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Matchmaker, Matchmaker, Make Me a Match!

A look at Jewish dating and matchmaking.

Coming up on August 5th is Tu B’Av, (the 15th of Av), a Jewish day for matchmaking and love. According to the Mishnah, on this day, “The daughters of Jerusalem would go out dressed in white and dance in the vineyards. What were they saying? ‘Young man, consider whom you choose (to be your wife)'”(Taanit, Chapter 4).
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In honor of Tu B’Av, MyJewishLearning interviewed matchmakers and took a closer look at JDate. Check out the links below to learn about everything from prehistoric matchmaking, to the shortage of eligible Jewish men, to short Jewish men (and women).

 

Matchmaker, Make Me a Millionaire!
A conversation with Patti Stanger, star of the hit Bravo reality TV show, Millionaire Matchmaker.

Secrets of an Orthodox Matchmaker
A conversation with Chana Rachel Frumin, director and founder of the Jerusalem Narrative Family Therapy Institute, where she is a marriage counselor and Orthodox matchmaker.

Find Me an Online Match
Manya Berenholz, one of the top matchmakers at online Jewish dating site SawYouAtSinai.com, answers questions about the oys and joys of setting up Jewish singles.

I’d JDate Him
MyJewishLearning intern Jen Abrams explains why she joined the popular Jewish dating site, and how she found her fiancé.

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Tu B’Av, the Jewish Day of Love

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Modern Israel at a Glance

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How to Say the Shehechiyanu Blessing

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Simple Spatchcocked Chicken and Roasted Root Vegetables

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Roasted Potatoes for Shabbat

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Jewish Jokes

Great traditional Jewish jokes.