Tens of Thousands Attend Jerusalem Wedding of Hasidic Dynasty

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Yair Ettinger

Some 25,000 people took part Tuesday night in the wedding in Jerusalem of the eldest grandson of the amdor, or leader, of the Belz Hasidic sect, one of the largest Hasidic sects in the world.

The groom is the admor's grandson, Shalom Roke'ach, who turned 18 a few weeks ago. The bride is Hannah Batya Penet, of a rank-and-file Belz family. The wedding is a rare meet-and-greet opportunity for leaders of various Hasidic sects.

Thousands of Belz Hasids from the United States and Europe attended the celebration, which was expected to last until dawn.

Belz is the second-largest Hasidic sect in Israel after the Gur Hasidic sect.

Hannah Batya Penet, of a rank-and-file Belz family, weds Shalom Roke'ach, grandson of Hasidic sect's leader. Credit: Gil Cohen-Magen
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Tens of thousands of Ultra-Orthodox Jews of the Belz Hasidic Dynasty watch the wedding ceremony of Rabbi Shalom Rokeach, the Grandson of the Belz Rabbi to Hana Batya Pener, in Jerusalem on May 21 2013Credit: AFP
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Hannah Batya Penet, of a rank-and-file Belz family, weds Shalom Roke'ach, grandson of Hasidic sect's leader. Credit: Gil Cohen-Magen
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Some 25,000 attended wedding of Belz Hasidic sect leader's grandson.Credit: Gil Cohen-Magen

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