Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Unexpected Proposal

Today in 770, upstairs in the zal, we had a small change in the daily grind of learning.
I watched as an Israeli bochur (his shirt was untucked, and he had a big Yechi yarmulka) walked in, and in his hands was a small, white box.
I pointed this out to my chavrusa, and joked that it was a ring.
We both watched as he opened up this box, to reveal another box. This box was brown, and did look like a jewelry box.
"Uh, maybe it is a ring?"
At this point I had gotten the attention of the chavrusa next to us, and all four of us watched as this bochur opened the second box to take out.... a gold ring! He brought it to Rabbi Osdoba, who sits upstairs in our zal.
And then, the bochur got down on his knee!!!
"He's proposing!" I gasped, and with this remark, I gained the attention of four more bochurim, sitting at the table next to us. One of them tried getting a picture on his phone, but we were all blocked by the shtender that Rabbi Osdoba sits behind.
We figured if it wasn't a proposal, although it sure looked like one, the only halachic question he might be asking was about letters engraved on the inside of the ring. Chabad custom is to have a plain and pure gold ring. With this bochur, it looked like he had had Yechi engraved on the inside of the ring, although we couldn't see from our vantage point. (And of course, the first thing we would do if we could see the ring, was to snap a picture.)
If we could have gotten a picture of him kneeling, showing Rabbi Osdoba the ring, that would have been priceless. Oh well.
And whatever it was that this bochur was asking, the only answer befitting such a kneeling position with a ring held up is: "Yes! Oh, yes!"
Binyan Adei Ad!