This is the fifth in a series on dating and marriage in the religious Zionist community in Israel.
Previous posts in the series:
In charedi circles there has been a lot of talk about the “tragedy” of older single women not finding their mates. I put tragedy in quotes not to make light of the problem, but to emphasize the word’s emotional weight.
While it may not be seen as a tragedy, the religious-Zionist community does seem to have a problem. Many families in our synagogue has several single children approaching thirty or older. A television drama series, Srugim, focuses on older religious Zionist singles.
So what do you think? How serious is this problem? And more important, what is the solution? One article I read claims that boys and girls are learning different approaches. The boys are taught that their wives will be responsible for the home and kids while they work and/or study Torah. The girls are prepared for careers. Other factors include the absence of formal matchmaking. Commenters have also mentioned the lack of opportunity for young people to meet each other outside of mixed youth groups.
I’m looking forward to hearing your thoughts on the subject. Shabbat shalom.