Just inside the ornate glass doors stands a cluster of modestly dressed young women, not too overtly scanning the crowd.The objects of their attentions are sitting restlessly in the lobby, periodically getting up to pace the floor.It’s the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in Central Jerusalem and these young men and women are engaged in “shidduch dating,” a system of matchmaking used by religious Jews, from the liberal Modern Orthodox to the ultra-Orthodox Haredim.Tourists sharing the lobby stare openly at the daters.Each side is looking for the prearranged clue — a gold necklace, a forest green tie — that’ll identify their partner. Each man leads a woman to a corner where they’ll spend the next hour, maybe two.Both hope that the person sitting across from them just might be the one.
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There’s something about the shidduch date process — the constrained romance, perhaps — that piques curiosity, even envy.
A friend of mine recently wondered why she couldn’t just “outsource her love life to a ” — a Jewish matchmaker.