#ShidduchCrisis 2019 : Short Stories
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Like any world, it has its stereotypes. We've got the stingy guy and the superficial girl, the too-religious, the not-religious-enough and everyone in between. Those who are in it because they want to and those who are in it because their moms made them.
And mostly we've got the pressure. Pressure, pressure, pressure on all ends.
Basically, it's a lot of fun, a lot of tears, a lot of arguments and some love.
I'm sure you'll relate.
Shidduch dating: an Orthodox Jewish method of dating in which singles are introduced for the purpose of marriage. Also, an intense and short period of time in which said singles are expected to make a life-altering decision.
These short stories highlight some repercussions that may arise. A humorous, uncensored, thought-provoking perspective.
- Paperback | 266 pages
- 152 x 229 x 14mm | 361g
- 18 Sep 2019
- Penina Shtauber
Misguided and over-zealous piety prompted by a small group of people has led shadchanim to require potential brides and grooms to conform to practices that have nothing to do with determining personality, temperament, or emotional levels if they want a shidduch (a match by a shadchan). Significantly, shadchanim don't investigate whether the applicant will make a good spouse, and there are instances where shadchanim hide allegations of a potential partner's history of abusive behavior.
Penina Shtauber's marvelous "Shidduch Crisis" contains over two dozen delightful, clever, and often funny short stories that examine the reactions and feelings of Orthodox young men and young woman well as their parents, who are involved in Shidduch. We read about young women having to deal with skinflints and young men who are much more interested in themselves than in the woman they may marry, how the two often have difficulty finding a subject to talk about, young men being attracted to young women who are not Orthodox or who are Orthodox but not strictly so, being encouraged to marry even though there is no love, and having one's parent pushing a liaison that one does not like. We also read stories such as one where the female knows more about Judaism than the male even though the male wants to spend his day studying the Talmud. The book, in short, is filled with interesting short stories and it opens our eyes to a culture that has good and bad points."
-Rabbi Dr. Israel Drazin