Ruth Mason

Bride Price: Alexandria, Egypt, 1926

Reviewing the family saga: What happened when her mother was sold into marriage for the sake of the family’s return to Jerusalem? Believe it or not, it’s a 20th-century tale. 

I am sitting beside my mother’s bed where she now spends all her days, hearing the story of her betrothal for the very last time. Her apartment is on Tchernichovsky Street, in Jerusalem’s Rasco neighborhood, facing the olive tree-studded Valley of the Cross and the hill topped by the sprawling, white complex that is the Israel Museum. It is 1999.

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