Don't miss this incredible post at the Muqata:
Jameel allows us to share in a true simcha.
Those of us who were teenagers in the early eighties remember how many hours we spent working for the SSSJ (Student Struggle for Soviet Jewry). We wrote letters and signed petitions and attended rallies, and every spring we traveled to Manhattan to march down Fifth Avenue and shout "Let my people go!" We were working to free millions of Jews, but there was one person that symbolized the face of Soviet Jewry to us- Anatoly Sharansky. And it was his beautiful young wife Avital that traveled the world, speaking to kings and presidents and ambassadors, pleading for her husband's release from a Soviet prison.
When Sharansky was finally freed in 1986, I cried with happiness.
And now, reading about the wedding of their daughter Rachel in Israel, I find myself crying again. I just love happy endings.
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