Cup Half Full Brisbane and Steve Taos, NM
Match #: 2073&2074
Hello from Asher (Steve), Taos, New Mexico (USA)and Elisheva (Cup Half Full), Brisbane, Australia.
It is our sheer joy to let you know of our plans to marry.
First from Asher: I called a friend the other day who happens to be a Chabad Rabbi. In the course of the conversation he told me it was his birthday and said he could give me a blessing, as is the Chabad custom.
Several years before I had flown to New York for his wedding. In preparing for the wedding I was fortunate enough to accompany him to the Rebbe’s ohel (gravesite) for his pre-wedding visit to his spiritual and religious leader. It is considered by the Chabadniks an especially auspicious place to pray. I prayed for the usual things, but also in my case I asked for clarity as I always do and asked for a my shidduch if that turned out to G-d’s will.
On his birthday my friend offered me the usual blessings again and one for a shidduch. I informed him that a blessing for the success of my current match might be in order but that I thought the shidduch had been made. Well all of these prayers have worked beyond my dreams and Elisheva has come into my life. A beautiful, smart, evolved woman who gets me completely. What more could I ask for.
Some friends seem to think this might be a little fast. I understand. But it reminds me of people standing very close to the train tracks. When the train goes by at 100 miles per hour. Very fast and scary if you're too close. However on the train (where Eli and I are) we are sharing a glass of wine, relaxed and completely happy with the leisurely pace of the trip. We're fine. We love each other. Life is good.
From Elisheva: Always one to surprise, I have some exciting news for you all. Some of you have been privy to my journey but for those of you who have not, I will regale the story thus far. It suggested to me that the love of my life would not be knocking on my door at my Brisbane address. Being me, with my unwavering trust in Hashem (G-d), I thought it will be whatever Hashem wants. I had the opportunity to have a New York Chabadnik (neither Asher nor I am Chabad as such, but we have been nurtured, held and cared for by individual members of that community) offer to take my prayer request to the Rebbe’s Ohel. One who could appreciate me for who I am. Then my young friend, a Rabbi sent me a lovely blessing stating his hope that Hashem show me who that might be in the most open way … because as he so kindly said, I deserved it. This empowered me to give Hashem a bit of a hand and so I Googled Jewish Dating sites and came across JWed (a dating website for orthodox Jews). I was only on a couple of weeks and disillusioned, was going to get off when my daughter looked at the pages of men who had peaked at me and said “click on him he has a nice face”. I wasn’t wearing my glasses but with little interest did just that. Asher’s profile matched mine on many levels save, he is a pilot and I am a member of the white knuckle brigade. Messaging turned into emails that lengthened to the point that we began to skype at every opportunity. As you know, I have a unique world view and sense of humour and it was with joy I found a match in Asher –to the extent I cracked my rib laughing. Asher is an exceptional man. He is sensitive, funny, intelligent, perceptive, and frum but modern. He has a lovely face. I am grateful to G-d in a most humble way for sending me my match. I have waited through a lifetime, maybe a few as Asher and I stood at Sinai waiting for G-d to give all those present the Torah. It was a convoluted journey for us both to reach this sweet moment of our plans to marry and for that we are truly grateful. It is a special moment to include you in our joy. B’H.
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