While 27 is the median age for an American woman’s first marriage, in many Orthodox circles — even modern ones — a single woman is considered over the hill by her late 20s.Both sexes are encouraged to marry at relatively young ages.Clutching the strap of his bag under the table as if it’s the leash of an unruly dog, he displays an impressive commitment to deflection—responding to Irenstein’s personal questions by spouting perplexing theories, including, “A major aspect of the notion of getting better at dating is not about increasing the total numbers, but increasing the yield of the process.” ).
ANSWER: The practice of the Church is not a matter of discrimination any more than the practice of the Jewish faith, which only permits practicing Jews to celebrate their bar mitzvah, or the practice of the Buddhist faith, which allows only practicing Buddhists to enter Buddhist monastic orders, are cases of discrimination.
“There are three problems specific to the ex-religious when they first try to date,” Irenstein says.
“Inexperience, having no identity, and having no understanding of the opposite sex.” That makes sense when you consider how insular the Orthodox communities are.
If you would like to be notified when your comment is published, please fill in your email address in the form below.
Updated June, 2006 You might also find our 10 Questions Non-Jewish Partners in Interfaith Couples Ask helpful. You can receive a biweekly email newsletter featuring new content by signing up.