Sunday, December 12, 2021

The Gartel Supervisor

I found a clip showing some dancing at the wedding of the grandson of the Williamsburg Satmar Rebbe, Zalman, the other one, not Aharon of Kiryas Joel.

What I found interesting was not the Rebbe (1), nor, interestingly enough included, the Kallah (2) but someone (3) who was in charge of the gartel* used to connect the Rebbe to the Kallah.

He would pull it in as the Rebbe approached and then let it out as the Rebbe, along with the Chatan and other honorable persons, distanced themselves. That way, no tripping will occur.

As explained,

The mitzvah tantz, or mitzvah dance, is the chassidic custom of honorable men (related to the chosson or kallah) dancing before the bride, after the wedding feast. Commonly, the bride, who usually stands perfectly still at one end of the room, will hold one end of a gartel, while the one dancing before her holds the other end. Many consider this to be a very special and holy practice, while others feel that this practice should not be performed

* and, yes, there's an academic article on it. 


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