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Dating Forum: The Good Group

A few weeks ago, you gave advice to a divorced woman with daughters who complained that she does not get invited to married people for Shabbos and yom tov...

Dating Forum: Too Good To Be True

Question I was recently told the following by a prominent individual: “Calling all references before deciding on a first date is the best way to protect a woman from ending...

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Dear Elisheva, This message probably makes me sounds like a shallow, judgmental person, and maybe I am. My husband and I are both in our late thirties. We have a great...

Dating Forum: Familial Interference

Question I am a 27-year-old bachur who was on the verge of getting engaged to a 25-year-old girl. Ever since her younger 19-year-sister got married a few days ago, this...
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