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US Ambassador Dances at Orthodox Wedding [VIDEO]

A video of Ambassador Dan Shapiro dancing with haredi leader Rabbi Heshin at his daughter’s wedding has gone viral

By: Itamar Eichner
Published: September 17th, 2013 in News » Israel
US Ambassador Dan Shapiro (left)

A sought-after character to diplomats and religion men alike, Rabbi Matityahu Heshin, the Haredi Consul, is the direct link between many embassies to the haredi public, and vice versa. It is no surprise, then, that a man of US Ambassador Dan Shapiro’s stature was invited to his daughter’s wedding.

Rabbi Heshin and Shapiro created a deep bond when Shapiro first came to Israel. With time, Rabbi Heshin guided Shapiro through the realms of the haredi world and deepened his connection with the Jewish community in Israel.

This is the friendliest connection between a rabbi and any foreign ambassador, let alone an American one: Shapiro has been on tours in Bnei Brak, visited yeshivot, conferred with the chief rabbis of Israel, etc.

(Shapiro dancing at Heshin’s daughter’s wedding)

Recently, Heshin celebrated his daughter’s wedding in Bnei Brak, and an obvious guest was good friend Shapiro, who joined the crowd dancing. He danced folk Jewish dances that are custom at weddings and even donned a shtreimel on his head at a certain point.

The ambassador’s bodyguards stood watching as he danced for a few minutes. “The ambassador is a down-to-earth person who engages with everyone, and that’s his beauty,” said Rabbi Heshin.

Ambassador Shapiro even posted about the event on his facebook page: “I had the pleasure of congratulating the Haredi Consul Rav Matityahu Heshin and wife Hinda and their family at the wedding of their daughter. Mazal Tov!” Read the status.

Rabbi Heshin’s connection with foreign embassies began 20 years ago when he requested from the Ukrainian embassy access to the grave of the Rabbi of Uman. Today, any foreign ambassador who wishes to relate to the haredi world turns to him.

This story is reprinted with permission from Ynet News

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