When the organizers of DanandHan.Wedding began asking their invite list to "answer the call" to attend the "#weddingofalifetime" in Jerusalem,there was one man whose heart immediately yearned to answer with a 'yes'.
That man was Chris, pictured above.
As circumstance would have it, Chris had participated in a monastic retreat in the city just a few months previously. There, he had dived deep into the age-old secrets of Jewish mysticism and discovered within himself a happiness that he scarcely knew existed.
A Once in a Lifetime Opportunity
Unbeknownst to Chris at the time, a dear childhood friend of his living in Jerusalem would get engaged just a month prior to his retreat and present him with a once-in-a-lifetime invitation to his wedding — selecting him from among a small cadre of friends deemed worthy to experience what is sure to be an extraordinarily and spiritually uplifting event — precisely the type of occasion which Chris would otherwise surely go to great lengths to attend.
A true ascetic by nature, however, Chris is not given to extravagance.
In light of his recent foray to the Middle East, he knew that the responsible thing to do would be to politely decline the invite and tend to his professional responsibilities as a supply chain professional in London, UK — even if doing so meant potentially rupturing a close personal relationship and disappointing the friend who so wished he would attend.
He had just spent time in Jerusalem, after all and hadn't planned on making another international excursion for several more years — if in fact, during his lifetime.
Help Chris Answer His Heart's Calling
The wedding organizing committee sense that Chris' soul has not reconciled to this decision, however.
The spiritual growth which Chris experienced in Jerusalem earlier this year could be severely stunted by the disappointment and sense of guilt he will surely feel by reluctantly declining this opportunity.
Just as we know that Chris inwardly yearns to attend the wedding of a lifetime, so too we yearn to see his peaceful complexion grace the streets of Jerusalem once more.
Regrettably, the planning committee's finances have been stretched by the cost of organizing the wedding so far and do not allow us to remedy this lamentable state of our affairs through our own means.
Which is why, at the insistence of Chris's closest associates, and those interested in his spiritual wellbeing and furthering, we have created this page to explain his predicament and fundraise on his behalf.
Please do your bit to enable Chris to experience the #weddingofalifetime.