Monday, May 15, 2017
It was one Mother's Day gift that his nine siblings couldn't top.
A Brooklyn mom joyously watched Sunday as the last of her 10 children got married — at the Crossroads of the World, no less.
"Even if I had all the money in the world, the best gift I could give my mother would be to get married," 23-year-old groom J.J. Hecht II admitted to The Post.
Hecht tied the knot with his bride, Hadassa Halperin, as 200 guests and untold tourists witnessed the traditional Hasidic ceremony complete with a Klezmer band, dancing and scores of children.
His mother, Baila Hecht, said she had been hoping her adventurous son would settle down for years and called the event a true "gift.
"You get more enthusiastic every [wedding] because you're more relaxed about it," the 62-year-old matriarch explained. "You don't worry about every detail, every flower. It doesn't matter so much anymore.
"It's just the thrill of seeing them grow up and move on to their own lives."
The jubilant mother inadvertently wrapped the gift herself, when she discussed her son's lack of a bride with a friend at the city's annual menorah lighting in Midtown in December.
Baila's friend knew a matchmaker, who put the Crown Heights man and the Toronto woman in touch, lighting a different sort of flame.
The couple's union marked the merging of two prominent Jewish families.
Halperin, 20, is a descendant of the late Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson. Hecht comes from one of the most well-known rabbinical families in the world.
"On Mother's Day, it's extra special,'' Halperin said. "Marriage is not only about being a wife but about becoming a mother."
Baila Hecht said Sunday's venue was an additional "thrill'' because it had long been "a dream" of her husband, the prominent Rabbi Shea Hecht, to have a ceremony in Times Square. Shea Hecht officiated the marriage.
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