I had a very big argument with him. I decided to call Rabbi Walkin to clear up this machloket. Rebbi told me I must do minimum hishtadlut. He told me to go to two shadchanim and that will be my hishtadlut. He mentioned to me his mother will be in Eretz Yisrael by his aunts home, who hap- pens to be a shadchanit for Neve Yerushalayim.
He said, “Call her and go to meet my mother, if you make an impression on my mother my aunt will set you up.”
I followed his advice and the next week I met my wife through Rebbitzin Henny Walkin, the shadchanit of Neve Yerushalayim. My wife later mentioned to me that she did not know how choshuv the Walkin name was until she asked her Rebbitzin to check my references. My wife men- tioned how I got to Rebbitzin Walkin thru Rabbi Ahron. Her Rebbitzin said, “If it comes from the Walkin family I don’t have to check the references.”
My wife and I saw time and time again that Rav Ahron Walkin’s name was very well known and respected in Eretz Yisrael. After we got married, my wife and I tried to get an Israeli marriage certificate. In order to get a marriage cer- tificate, apparently we needed to go to the Rabbanut and prove that we are Jewish as in Eretz Yisrael many Russians claim that they are Jewish, but really lack a clear Jewish lineage.
My wife and I went to the Rabbanut of Petach Tikvah. We came with relatives to testify to our Jewishness.
As much as we were trying to prove our Jewishness to the court, they were hesitant to believe us. They asked where