The position the rabbi advocated was completely out of touch with my reality, and as far as I could see, he seemed unwilling to even consider the needs of a diverse and changing community.
would I be overly picky if I limited my dating range to only Orthodox Christian girls?we talked about this at an Orthodox teen camp, and the priests encouraged it.Last summer, I experienced this pressure first-hand.A prominent rabbi argued to me that too few students were getting married in college.I thought about the loneliness she described, and about her feelings of pressure and dissatisfaction.
The teen dating scene can be awkward and uncomfortable, for teens as well as their parents.
The young woman who wrote the aforementioned e-mail explained how she has felt an unhealthy pressure to wed ever since her time at a religious seminary in Jerusalem.
More recently, within my own life, I watched a close friend's relationship disintegrate after his girlfriend's rabbi harassed them to marry, launching him into a lengthy period of depression and conflict.
Perhaps in the bygone world of the , it was considered common for men and woman to marry young, and perhaps the system served everyone fine.
And while -- admittedly -- many of us can sing Tzeitel's song for "Yente the Matchmaker" word for word, few of us can truly relate to the sentiment.
When he or she does, you’ll have to step up to the plate with some parenting skills.