I called back to thank him but explained I was busy writing a book.He asked what the book was about, and I wound up telling him about the Mormon marriage crisis. And if you come to one of our family meals, you better come hungry and wear pants with a stretchy waistband. The weather, our hair, our new Canada Goose jacket getting dirty…we love to complain.“I don’t sleep at night anymore,” said Elefant, a shadchan—or Jewish matchmaker—affiliated with the Ohr Naava: Women’s Torah Center in the Sheepshead Bay section of Brooklyn.“My own sister is thirty-seven, educated, accomplished, attractive, and single.“You have no idea how big a problem this is,” said Tristen Ure Hunt, founder of the Mormon Matchmaker, a Salt Lake City dating agency.
Most marriages are loosely arranged—“guided” is probably a better word—by matchmakers such as Elefant.
The shadchan’s job has been made exceedingly difficult, she said, by a mysterious increase in the number of unmarried women within the Orthodox community.
When Elefant attended Jewish high school 30 years ago, “there were maybe three girls that didn’t get married by the time they were twenty or twenty-one,” she said.
I'm pretty sure Jewish girls are a species all their own. They have years and years of inside jokes that they can convey with just a look. My cousin probably knows your sister's best friend. Unless you want to have second dinner at like 10 p.m.?
Some of the stuff that we do would not be considered normal in "the real world," aka around non-Jews. For some reason, our hair seems to be a lot frizzier than everyone else's.