The siddùr, the book of daily prayer, in a special edition for women containing specific prayers to be said on the wedding day, on the birth of a child…
We leave the hotel room and go towards the reception area. Arbel is waiting there, and behind him, Lara.
They look at each other as if in a dance before embracing.
I don’t understand the words, but I can feel the vibration of their voices, it’s Love!
The artists’ district of Jerusalem, or Yemin Moshè, with the walls of the old city and the Abbey of the Dormition in the background.
Kibbutz Einat in Israel.
The father of the groom welcomes the guests at the entrance.
Portrait of the groom’s father.
Portrait of the groom’s mother.
A guest awaits the arrival of the groom.
The groom is accompanied towards the chuppà by his father, his brother and his friends.
The groom veils the bride.
All the sacred passages of the ceremony were photographed for the newlyweds; there is a huge number, we can look together at just a few of them.
The entrance to the old city through the Jaffa Gate, with the Tower of David in the background.
In the old city, in one of the streets leading through the Armenian quarter to the Jewish quarter. A very orthodox young Jew passes close to the couple and looks curiously towards the camera.
At the entrance to the Jewish quarter, in the old city, a group of frontier police (Mishmar haGvul) pass by close to the bride and groom, greeting them enthusiastically.
A symbolic image of the contrasts of Jerusalem: an orthodox Jew, wearing the cap known as a kippah, observes the bride and groom as they are photographed against the background of the Wailing Wall and the disputed Al-Aqsa Mosque, at the entrance to the Arab quarter.
Lara and Arbel talk to me about the baby they so desire: Have you thought of a name? Silence… the name is never pronounced before the birth.
Surrounded by tourists and devout Jews, in the square in front of the Wailing Wall, the most holy site of Judaism: the bride and groom went there to pray so that their union would be blessed.
In front of the Wailing Wall, in the Jewish quarter of the old city.
Leaving the old city in the Jewish quarter, close to the Wailing Wall the bride and groom greet a celebratory procession for the bar mitzvà (the coming of age for Jewish young men).
Leaving the Jewish quarter in the old city, from the side of the Wailing Wall, through the Dung Gate (Sha’ar haAshpot); a passer-by who gave his blessing to the couple is rewarded by the bride with a gentle smile.