Jaffa Road 521.
(photo credit: Shmuel Bar-Am)
At 16, Leah Abushdid was the most sought-after bride in Jerusalem. Her Sephardi
father was wealthy and well-known, and Leah was a full-bodied, raving beauty,
with ravishing dark hair.In stark contrast, Itamar Ben-Avi was
Ashkenazi, the son of controversial educator Eliezer Ben-Yehuda, 10 years older,
and although he was quite striking, very poor. Thus when Itamar fell madly in
love with Leah, her family objected. And after he published passionate (and
rather suicidal) love poems on the front page of the newspaper he had founded,
her family forbade any contact between them.
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