Finding a love that lasts a lifetime is something not everyone is lucky enough to get. But once in a while, we come across stories that restore our faith in not just love but the institute of marriage itself.
This couple stuck together in the most difficult circumstances imaginable, and today, they are as strong as ever.
Zechariah and Shama’a were merely children when they got married. Both of them were respectively 12 and 10 years old when they tied the knot, a custom that was very usual for their community at the time. Since both of them were orphans, they were obligated to get married early. And once they did get married, they became each other’s strength.
The couple was in Yemen and lived in a donkey barn that they cleaned during the initial stages of their marriage. They then were able to move to Israel in their twenties and built a life for themselves in their new country. They are said to be one of the first Yemeni Jewish couples who moved to Israel once it was established.
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The couple had 11 children together and are now grandparents and great-grandparents to 64 children.
The couple has been married for 91 years and has seen it all together. Both of them are over 100 years old and have some simple lessons they have learned from life.
As for how they have sustained their love for so long; they say it is because they were made for each other and were lucky enough to find one another early on in their lives.
The couple is incredibly proud of having lived together for so long and having done so “without fighting.” Even though their collective start in life was incredibly tough, they were able to build a beautiful life with each other, together.
Their story of resilience and love is striking chords with people all over the world who are struck by their love for one another and for being able to sustain a marriage for so long and with so much affection towards one another.
This couple surely has a beautiful love story that only a handful of people get to enjoy and have the privilege of.
We send them all the luck and send them well wishes for them and their beautiful family.