Monday, June 29, 2015


"Pledge? They made each other a pledge?"

Tevye’s daughter marries outside the faith in spite of tradition.
And in keeping with tradition, Tevye rends his garment and refuses to speak to Chava for years.
The Russians come, and evict Tevye and his entire town.  They are displaced, to be refugees. They begin packing their wagons for the exodus.
Chava and her husband, already packed, pass by Tevye’s house.
Chava tries to call to her father: “Goodbye Papa!”
He doesn’t look up, keeping Tradition by ignoring his daughter, keeps packing the wagon.
Chava calls to her sister Hodel, “Goodbye Hodel”
Hodel, who has been helping her father Tevye to pack the wagon, looks up and waves “Goodbye, Chava”.
She looks down, sadly,  to her father, still packing the wagon.
Her father mutters under his breath “Go with God”.
Hodel smiles and looks up to Chava and delivers the message:
“Go with God, Chava!”

From the Supreme Court ruling, lifting the ban on Same Sex Marriage in the United States:
 "The history of marriage is one of both continuity and change. Changes, such as the decline of arranged marriages and the abandonment of the law of coverture, have worked deep transformations in the structure of marriage, affecting aspects of marriage once viewed as essential. These new insights have strengthened, not weakened, the institution. Changed understandings of marriage are characteristic of a Nation where new dimensions of freedom become apparent to new generations" 

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