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Dear Jido,

My cousin recently invited us (a family of five) to her son’s wedding. We were disappointed that we were seated all the way in the back, by the exit of the reception hall.

I was going to let it go, thinking it was probably the bride’s family that arranged the seating. However, this same cousin’s daughter is getting married next year, and my husband asked me if I could request in advance that we be seated somewhere in the middle.

I would like to ask her – but I’m not sure how she will react to my request.

I’m so confused about what to do to. Do you think it would be rude or inconsiderate of me to request better seating arrangements for her daughter’s wedding?

Looking forward to receiving your advice…

Signed,

Wedding Seater

Dear Wedding Seater,

Try something like this:

Dear Cousin Shprintzy,

Mabruk. Mazal tov. Congratulations. We are so happy to hear about the engagement of your daughter Chanalah. What a special young lady. I am sure he is a very special young man.

We had such a wonderful time last year at your son Moishe’s wedding. It was so great to be together with all of our family and friends. We just can’t wait until the upcoming affair to see everyone again.

After all, what’s more important than celebrating happy occasions with family? This time we are going to make sure to be part of every song, every dance, and every story-telling.

If it’s not too much trouble, could we sit right smack dab in the center of the hall so we could be surrounded by all of the joyous happenings? That would be so special for us.

We can’t wait to see you, Shloimie, and of course the lucky chattan. Wishing you all the happiness in the world.

Your loving cousin,

Jido