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An Ultra-Orthodox Dating Show (Please Hold the Hot Tub)
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An Ultra-Orthodox Dating Show (Please Hold the Hot Tub)

By On August 6, 2014

They’re young. They’re single. They’re ultra-Orthodox Israelis. How will they ever find love? The old-fashioned way, of course—on a reality TV dating show. Match Made in Heaven followed Haredi singles, their families, and of course… Read More

How to Score a Yiddish Date in 1940s NYC
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How to Score a Yiddish Date in 1940s NYC

By On July 3, 2014

Long before JDate parodies, Yiddish cinema was poking fun of Jewish assimilation, values both “traditional” and “American,” and the desire to settle down, or, at least, get a date. Amerikaner Shadkhn (American Matchmaker), made in… Read More

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The Temptations Do “Fiddler on the Roof”

By On July 17, 2013

You’ve heard “Matchmaker, Matchmaker,” and you might even know half the lyrics, but you’ve probably never heard as groovy a take as The Temptations’. Though best known for their number 1 hit, “My Girl,” the Temptations’… Read More

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The Kugel That Was Really a Rebbe

By On September 21, 2012

Having problems in your marriage? Blame the potato kugel! It may seem farfetched, but in Michael Wex’s short story “The Kugel Story,” Mrs. Yoshke Furmanovsky cries bitter tears because her husband no longer… Read More

Splitting the sea
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Splitting the Sea

By On October 27, 2010

Think your job is hard? Try being a matchmaker. The ancient rabbis understood just how hard it is to find  that special someone and considered matchmaking a divine task. Literally. In one striking Talmudic vignette (Sotah 2a),… Read More