The young chosson took some moments on his wedding day to write a letter thanking his parents for never sparing time or money if he needed, say, a tutor or an eye doctor, and for sending him to yeshiva “to learn your values, religious and worldly, until I reached to this current lucky moment.”
The following is the translation of the letter written by R’ Nachman Glauber which has been widely circulated since his tragic petirah. May the inspiration provided by the letter serve as a zechus for his and his wife’s and baby’s neshamos.
To my dear parents:
During these imminent joyous and highly spiritual moments of my life, when I’m heading to my chupah to begin my own mishpacha, I feel a sting in my heart that I’m already leaving your warm home.
I feel an obligation to thank you for everything you did for me since I was a small child. You did not spare time, energy and money, whether it was when I needed a private tutor to learn or an eye doctor or general encouragement. Also, later on, you helped me to succeed in my Torah learning, you sent me to yeshiva to learn your values, religious and worldly, until I reached to this current lucky moment.
Even though I’m leaving your home (actually I’m not leaving, I’m bringing in an additional family member) I want to tell you that all the education and values you taught me I’ll – with Hashem’s help – take along with me in my new home, and continue to plant the same education in my home and children that Hashem will grant me.
But since children do not grasp what parents are, and how much they do for them, and only when he matures and – with Hashem’s help – have their own children, they could realize it. And unfortunately I may have caused you a lot of pain; I am asking you to please forgive me.
I’m asking you, I’m dependent on your tefillos, daven for me and my kallah, and I will daven for you.
I daven to Hashem that Totty and Mommy should see lots of pride and delight from me and my special kallah, until the coming Moshiach Tzidkeinu, bimheira b’yomeinu.
From your son who admires and thanks you and will always love you,