Our friends, D and J, had their auf ruf (calling up) where they were called up to the torah for an aliyah (an ascent to the bimah to say the prayers before/after reading the torah) on Saturday at services. We were asked to hold two corners of the rabbi’s tallit (prayer shawl), to represent the chuppah they’ll be standing under this coming Sunday. Ben read torah for them between their blessing over the torah, then Rabbi Marc said some prayers for them, and finally the congregation pelted them with candy!
I’ve never been at services when someone had their auf ruf who was a friend, or at all connected to me. It was kinda awesome, especially when thinking that it will be our turn in less than 4 months.
Our auf ruf will be the day before our wedding, and I hope that everyone we know through the congregation can come! If we have people that are meaningful to us, and our families there, I’m going to cry the second I make eye contact with anyone; I just know it. Adrenaline will keep me from being too emotional on our wedding day I expect, not unlike during my recitals (when I’m sick as a dog, but play to the best of my ability anyway).
A smaller, more day to day, way that I’ve been preparing for our wedding is drinking lots of water and trying to watch my tan lines (something I’ve been failing miserably at). I apparently suck at putting on sunscreen and have blochy blobs of sunburn on my arms and that little white triangle above my boobs, and various strap marks. I’ve either got to go out more with a strapless top on, or stay indoors/covered in SPF 100 for the rest of the summer. I think I’m going to go make myself some more strapless shirts.
PS- want to see some funky tan lines? Click here, I think they’re beautiful.