In the Orthodox world, a rare dance and an historic gesture
At the Belzer wedding in Jerusalem, attended by thousands of people, the rabbi had a special dance not just with the bride, but with Rabbi Ovadia Yosef. Such warmth between ultra-Orthodox Ashkenazi and Sephardi rabbis is not an everyday occurrence.
Before parting, Rabbi Ovadia Yosef and the Admor (Master, Teacher and Rabbi) of the Belz Hassidim rose, stretching their hands towards each other while tens of thousands watched the spectacle. While the band played a traditional wedding song, the two elderly rabbis started dancing arm-in-arm, trying to keep in step with the tune. The whole thing lasted for only 30 seconds, but bears further consideration.