Ynet, known for the intellectual frisson of its articles ( 😉 ), has posted a story about a young Haredi couple that has sort of eloped and gotten married despite the parents’ objections. Apparently the girl comes from a wealthy family, was spending some time in Israel studying and came across a young man. He was also Haredi, but apparently not the best scholar and maybe the girl’s father did some research on the boy and decided that he doesn’t feel like having to save his daughter from trouble in a few years.
Well, love is either wise or blind but youth is impetuous and the young couple, apparently with some encouragement from the groom’s father, decided to go ahead with the wedding. The bride’s father pulled strings, made phone calls and managed to get some important Haredi rabbis to speak out against the wedding. Posters were hung denouncing the pending marriage and perhaps even a little lashon hara, known to the rest of us as slander, was involved. Entitled “An Act of Villainy Being Carried out in Israel“, the posters were directed to the groom’s father:
“After hearing from important scholars that your son is about to marry a girl as opposed to the Torah’s wishes, we demand that you prevent this marriage which will not be held according to our dedicated Jewish law.
“Who can tolerate such a marriage with such great sorrow on the part of the daughter’s mother and father? It is a defamation of God to marry a person from the street considered problematic like the groom.”
Lovely, isn’t it. Obviously, these rabbis care about
pleasing the rich daddy the girl’s welfare immensely and think slandering a young man publicly is the way to go about protecting her.
Well, not to worry folks, the girl got to marry the little troublemaker in an exciting and joyful wedding, and she can now proceed to, you know, have a lot of babies. If she’s lucky, he’ll find his true calling and go back to yeshiva to study and have her find a job so she can support the family. Ahh, bliss!
Mazal tov to the happy couple and may their love prove her father wrong. Although, to be perfectly honest, I have a feeling 19 year old girls are far less wise in the ways of the world than their daddies…