This is the sixth part in a series on dating and marriage in the religious-Zionist world.
I hear of more and more couples who met through the internet. DossiDate seems to be the most popular site for religious Israelis, and has an English version too. It is open to all Sabbath-observant, Jewish singles.
I can think of a lot of advantages to meeting via the internet:
- Relatively cheap, compared to a professional matchmaker. (NIS 54 a month)
- Easier to make connections than with multitudes of phone calls.
- Open to anyone, even without “connections.”
- You get to know a person in a low-pressure situation (chat or email) before committing to meet.
- Shy people or those who don’t make a good first impression have an easier time.
- Internet prospects can be checked out just as easily as those recommended by friends. Assuming you have the name of the high school or yeshiva, someone will know someone who knew the person. It’s harder if someone is new to the community, but that is true regardless of how people meet.
- If you reject someone you don’t have to involve the matchmaker, your parents and the whole world.
Of course there are many advantages to a human matchmaker, who may have a broader perspective and helps ensure that the relationship doesn’t get derailed in the early stages.