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Shrek, Haredi style

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).

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