A Jew and a Christian couple in Israel have married after they separated because of their differences, the second marriage of an Orthodox Jew in a country where the country’s Orthodox Christian majority has seen a rise in its religious observance.
Hilary and David Withers, from nearby Rishon Lezion, said they were married on Monday in a public ceremony in the southern city of Kiryat Arba.
They were married as a couple after having their first child in 2012, a boy, and had a second son, a girl.
“It was not our intention to become a couple,” Hilary Witherson, 42, told AFP news agency.
David Wither, 41, said the two had married because they were “uncomfortable” with each other. “
We decided that we wanted to be a couple because of the way we look at the world and the way that we live our lives.”
David Wither, 41, said the two had married because they were “uncomfortable” with each other.
The Wither-Withers couple was married in Israel, but in the United States they said they had lived in Israel for three years and were planning to return to Israel.
They are now trying to arrange a second wedding in the US.
But the couple’s first marriage in Israel was annulled because of her conversion to Judaism.
They divorced after 10 years.
The Withermans were married in a ceremony in Kiryats Beit Shemesh on January 15, 2012.
In December 2012, Hilary married David Wulf, 37, a resident of the northern city of Nazareth, and they have two sons together.
After they separated in 2015, Hilaries husband, David Wethers, became the head of the synagogue in Nazareth and headed a synagogue service in Jerusalem.
Hilary, who is a teacher, said she was happy to be married again and that her husband was a wonderful father.
“I love him more than anyone else,” she said.
“He is very kind, gentle and he does not judge anyone.”