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Orthodox wedding with a Ugandan Putti twist

    Groom Tarphon Kamya (right) at his wedding (Photo: Ros Eisen)
    Groom Tarphon Kamya (right) at his wedding (Photo: Ros Eisen)

    Trudging through a bog with temperatures in the high 30s, dozens of Orthodox Puttis made their way towards the new mikveh. Onlookers from neighbouring Ugandan villages could hardly believe their eyes.

    The event — which took place late last month — was the marriage of Ruth Muthoni, a young Orthodox lady from the Nairobi Jewish community, to Tarphon Kamya, a member of the Putti community who had recently returned to Uganda after studying at a yeshivah in Jerusalem for a year.

    The pair had been introduced to each other by Simon den Hollander, a New York-based rabbinical student and matchmaker.

    Bride Ruth (left), bathes in the mikveh (Photo: Ros Eisen)
    Bride Ruth (left), bathes in the mikveh (Photo: Ros Eisen)

    Many in the small Putti community are related to one another. It was therefore crucial to introduce their youngsters to members of other Orthodox communities. Ruth and Tarphon were just the first to be introduced, and will remain in the Putti community to teach Orthodox practice.

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