by Alice Sparberg Alexiou

A Matchmaking Crisis in the Jewish Community

In response to what he calls a “shidduch crisis” in the religious Jewish community, Chananya Weissman, a 25-year-old rabbinical student at Yeshiva University in New York has started “End the Madness,” an organization which hosts live symposiums and chat rooms on its website. The madness, says Weissman, refers to the crazy questions (“Does he wear shoes with laces?” “What’s her dress size?” “Where do the parents daven? “) that people now ask each other, and feel compelled to answer, during courtship.

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