Jewish view of dating
Then add to the mix the difference between growing up Jewish in a big city like New York, Chicago or Los Angeles and being raised in a small town.
Urbanites can take for granted the 24/7 availability of Jewish food, theater, educational and cultural organizations and houses of worship.
Small towners may feel the unique bond that exists in a tight-knit, minority community. Varying perceptions by non-Jews and a wide range of self-definition by Jews.
These factors raise issues in every facet of Jewish life, including dating.
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In the end, Judaism recognizes that if two people are to truly become one, then it may take some time. Some want stability of location – others would like to travel the world.
The lists for a partner’s attributes are easily just as varied. Some want wealth – that is less important to others. However, since Valentine’s Day is coming up, in the spirit of living in multiple civilizations I am happy to tell you what made my list and the Jewish values behind them: A sweet soul – a yiddishe neshamah Jewish - MOT Wanted children – be fruitful and multiply Caring - hesed Wanted pets – taking care of the world around us Attractive – heyn be’eneyha Happy - simhah Compassionate – rahamim Ethical – mishpat I am fortunate to say that I have been partnered for almost 7 years now.
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