What did Fayge mean when she threw herself at Shmuel's feet and said, "The sky is our canopy. Gods canopy. The sky."?What did Fayge mean when she threw herself at Shmuel's feet and said, "The sky...

What did Fayge mean when she threw herself at Shmuel's feet and said, "The sky is our canopy. Gods canopy. The sky."?

What did Fayge mean when she threw herself at Shmuel's feet and said, "The sky is our canopy. God's canopy. The sky,"?

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anthonda49 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Because their wedding was interrupted by the Nazis, Fayge was never married to Shmuel. By Jewish custom, the wedding takes place under a canopy with all of the friends and relatives present. As Shmuel is about to be executed for trying to escape from the detention camp, Fayge commits to a marriage with him before God under his canopy of the sky. Shmuel had suggested that Fayge's father, the rabbi, marry them earlier, Fayge held out for a proper wedding under a canopy. Now she realizes her mistake in not going through with the wedding in an nontraditional way. Though it is merely a gesture, Fayge decides to die with Shmuel as his wife.

klueg | Student

Well, when they were first removed from Viosk the wedding was going to have a canopy. Being married under a canopy is a Jewish tradition. So before Shmuels persectution, Fayge wanted to be sure to marry him, but she wants to get married but she gets shot instead.

frijoles | Student

not sure i need the same help as well actually, but i need reasons to go with it

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