Ynet headlines it a Haredi-style “West Side Story” – but it sounds more like Shrek:
The bride’s parents objected, rabbis protested and the public took to the streets but the young couple refused to give up. Against all odds and despite violent demonstrations outside the wedding hall, a young ultra-Orthodox woman from overseas and her Jerusalemite fiancé were married in the capital Tuesday evening.
It all began when an international millionaire, a renowned haredi philanthropist, sent his 19-year-old daughter to study in an ultra-Orthodox institution for girls in Jerusalem.
In Israel, the daughter got involved with a young haredi man, but according to sources familiar with the affair, the woman’s father objected to the relationship from the very beginning, claiming that the young man was a “shababnik” (a yeshiva dropout).