I have had the pleasure of attending quite a few weddings during my stay here in Yeshiva. There is a song that is sung at every wedding that strikes a deep chord in my heart. It is taken from our Prophet Jeremiah. During the First Temple period he warns the Jewish people to correct their ways. They don't listen, the First Temple is destroyed and off the Jews go into exile. Instead of saying "I told you so," Jeremiah gives hope. He tells the Jews to set up markers so that they will remember how to get back to Israel. No other nation in the history of the world has ever returned to their homeland. Imagine the Native Americans taking back America. Jeremiah promises the Jews that they will be back.
Today, 2,600 years later his words are sung at every religious wedding! He declares, "Od yeshama - Again there shall be heard in this place ... in the [desolate] towns of Judah and the [deserted] streets of Jerusalem ... the sound of mirth and gladness, the voice of bridegroom and bride" (33:10-11).
I am so enamored by the depth of this beautiful song. It represents the great power of the Jewish people to always make a comeback. Despite the wishes of world powers throughout history, we are still here, celebrating weddings in our own land. With a quick glance into the past we remind ourselves of the richness and uniqueness that lie within the Jewish people.