Eitan Shiskoff

Executive Director
Tents of Mercy Network
"Maintaining a sense of humor is vital to a growing, enjoyable relationship. Don't lose the ability to laugh, to see the lighter side of life's absurdities and your own foibles."

Boaz's parents were born in the United States, Rebecca's in the former Soviet Union. He grew up in the Galilean countryside; she was raised in the city. They met through the Tents of Mercy young adults' fellowship. Following a sweet courtship, they married this May in a beautiful wedding attended by several hundred guests from all over Israel.

I was privileged to perform the ceremony and shared these words while standing with them under the covering of the marriage canopy (chupah):

Together, you have an amazing, godly heritage that brings together two key Jewish people groups from opposite sides of the earth. Uniquely, your names are found in two of the greatest biblical love stories. By exploring the significance of the names of these two couples: Isaac and Rebecca and Boaz and Ruth, we can discover keys to God's blessing in the covenant of marriage, a lifetime of love and fulfillment.

Rebecca and Isaac were brought together by Eliezer ("the help of my God") to be part of the lineage of the Messiah.

1. Rebecca, your name means "yoked". Your attraction to each other will be a permanent bond. Foster it. Enjoy it. Invest in it.

2. Isaac speaks of laughter. Maintaining a sense of humor is vital to a growing, enjoyable relationship. Don't lose the ability to laugh, to see the lighter side of life's absurdities and your own foibles.

Boaz and Ruth were brought together generations later in an Israeli harvest field. Theirs was a union born of faith, not unlike yours, which made them one despite their differences in origin. Notably, their union also figures in world redemption, by bringing forth King David (their great grandson), thus inaugurating the line of King Messiah as the Son of David.

3. One of the interpretations of the name Boaz is "friend". Being friends, developing a vibrant lasting, ever-deepening friendship will make all the difference as your formerly separate lives combine, becoming a loving and supportive partnership.

Combining the four ingredients inherent in these names will make for an enduring feast.

We are standing under the chupah, where Heaven and Earth meet. May that ever be the reality of your relationship, and may it grow richer with every day. We love you!

By Eitan Shishkoff
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13:34 01Jul13 Debbie -
Absolutely beautiful!

23:23 01Jul13 Curtis Petty -
Beautiful!! I am one who loves to say and do all with the Holy Word of YAH. I know this pleases Him also.

02:42 03Jul13 Philip Latham -
Excellent! The ability to laugh together, to "see the funny side" is an absolute must.

14:30 09Jul13 Nancy Rodemann -
The heart of a male female relationship. For the magnetism to be mutually enjoyed the friendship you wrote and spoke about is enormous. May the blessing of this marriage be one with ever deepening friendships which are yoked with laughter and romance.

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Daniel Juster: A Culture of Accountibility and Responsibility
Avi T. with Andrey G.: Spring Cleaning
David and Albina: A Golden Age
Testimonies from Shavei Tzion
Asher Intrater: Recovering the Apostolic Commission