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Dating Forum: Keep an Open Mind

Question So much has been written about the “shidduch crisis” within Orthodox Jewish circles. There have been many potential explanations offered by various rabbis, community leaders, and organizations, ranging from...

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Kallah From a ‘Broken, Dysfunctional Family’

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Dating Forum: Taking a Leap of Trust

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Malkie Hirsch: The Beauty of Time

There’s much choreography involved in making Shabbos plans for me and my children. Sure, I could do things the easy way — stay home and sit at a table where...
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