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Hillary and Joel: “I decided to go on JDate and try my luck there…”
October 25, 2011 – 9:49 am | One Comment
Hillary and Joel: “I decided to go on JDate and try my luck there…”

Hillary and I didn’t go on to JDate looking for soul mates, as we were just hoping to find people to have fun with, but soul mates are what we did find in each other.

Can a person still converting to Judaism date a Jew?
October 24, 2011 – 5:54 pm | 3 Comments
Can a person still converting to Judaism date a Jew?

Dear Matchmaker Rabbi,

I am wondering if I could get some insight in regards to being a convert attempting to be successful with dating Jewish men.

I’m almost 30 and feel like I am running out of resources and options. I have developed a great relationship with the members at the local Temple. I have asked my rabbi and was advised to try the black Jewish community. I did and was unsuccessful, as I have a feeling that the Jewish men I encounter are not so sure about dating me, as I haven’t completed conversion yet.

I also have had Jews consult with their rabbi about dating me as I do impress/scare the men to the point that they have to do so. I also participate in Jewish community events, as well as Jewish dating events, in order to ‘put myself out there’ so to speak.

1. Is it appropriate for a Jewish man/woman to date a convert while the convert is in the process of completing their conversion?
2. What could a convert do in order to show that they are dedicated to Judaism and all that entails, during a date, without having to regurgitate all of the information that the convert has spent years learning?
3. Would it be best if a convert just wait until the conversion process is complete before attempting to date a Jewish male/female?
4. What advice could you give to a convert who is trying their best, yet keeps getting rejected, and frankly, is finding Jewish dating to be a big disappointment, due to the lack of acceptance and constant requirement to prove their “Jewishness”?

— Committed

Michelle and Lance: “We are so thankful for JDate…”
October 21, 2011 – 2:26 pm
Michelle and Lance: “We are so thankful for JDate…”

We are so thankful for JDate… Don’t give up. That person is out there! We are living proof.

Ask the Rabbis: Should Jewish children celebrate Halloween?
October 21, 2011 – 11:15 am | One Comment
Ask the Rabbis: Should Jewish children celebrate Halloween?

Since the pagan elements of trick-or-treating have effectively been “neutralized,” is it wrong to allow our children to participate? The Torah’s answer is “yes.” Through its prohibition of “foreign” customs, the Torah draws attention to its own uniqueness. Primitive people found themselves in an overwhelming, mysterious and threatening environment in the face of which they felt powerless and vulnerable. They created religious rituals and superstitions as a way of exerting magical influence over the forces of nature that they could not control physically. Man made religions thus reflected the fears, anxieties, hopes and fantasies of their adherents. The Torah is designed to challenge and educate human beings at the highest level of which they are capable—morally, intellectually and emotionally.

Samantha and Garrett: “I figured [JDate] was worth a shot…”
October 20, 2011 – 1:55 pm | 2 Comments
Samantha and Garrett: “I figured [JDate] was worth a shot…”

It is easy to say that luck (and a few guardian angels) brought Garrett and I together.

Think Unique: Gifts for Bridesmaids
October 19, 2011 – 12:41 pm
Think Unique: Gifts for Bridesmaids

Ever received something like this?
The day, the dress
The bride, the groom
The joy, the tears
Will all come so soon
Professing true love
To my husband-to-be
With family and friends
All watching me
I hope the sun will
Be shining down,
Keep your fingers …

Sherri and Brandon: “…found each other on JDate…”
October 18, 2011 – 2:18 pm | One Comment
Sherri and Brandon: “…found each other on JDate…”

Brandon proposed to Sherri on New Year’s Eve in New York at the stroke of midnight at the start of 2010, about three and a half years after they met [on JDate].

I’m confused by the mixed signals my significant other is giving me.
October 18, 2011 – 9:56 am | 9 Comments
I’m confused by the mixed signals my significant other is giving me.

The last time I saw him, I asked him if he thought our relationship had a future. I have reasons to doubt that after all the months of waiting for him to act like we’re a couple, and make room for me in his life. His answer was that he wasn’t optimistic, and he struggles to be hopeful. He said he wanted to continue to be together, and we could “wait and see”. I ended the relationship after that. I feel terrible and miss him everyday. My heart isn’t into the dating scene at all. I understand that not all relationships are meant to be, but I’m confused by the mixed signals he gives me. I talk to other people who tell me that he hasn’t treated me as well as I deserve, and that I should accept that whatever his issues are, they are his issues, and I should move on. What do you think?

My marriage just ended. How do I know if I’m ready to take that next step?
October 17, 2011 – 2:48 pm
My marriage just ended. How do I know if I’m ready to take that next step?

Dear Rabbi Singer, My marriage just ended.  I’ve very recently started searching through the profiles on JDate.  How do I know if I’m ready to take that next step, to start getting to know a new someone? Is there a certain amount of time I should wait? I’m not sure if I’m searching because I feel ready to start again or because I don’t want to be on my own.  Thank you for your help with this. On My Own.

Jessica and David: “It all happened, starting with a JDate email…”
October 17, 2011 – 2:36 pm
Jessica and David: “It all happened, starting with a JDate email…”

It took us four years to actually meet, but it was well worth the wait… it all happened, starting with a JDate email…

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Our story began on JDate…

What’s better than meeting your soul mate on JDate? Being part of a national ad campaign for the site that brought you two together! Check out the beautiful faces of real JDate Success Story couples (although they look like professional models!) appearing now in our national television commercial campaign: Our Story Began on JDate. Mazel tov JDate Alumni – you guys are famous!

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