Dating

Has My Dating Life Become 'Friday the 13th Revisited?'

“You know when you’re watching a horror film and the girl is about to head into the shed because she forgot her sweater? And you’re sitting there watching the whole thing and cringing, saying, ‘No, no, no!! Just don’t go into that shed! Just forget about your sweater!’”

“Well, that’s how I feel when I read your dating columns.”

This from a friend whom I saw at a party on the Upper West Side. Which is another way of saying, this is the first I had heard of the “Abby as singles’ horror columnist” before.

Table For One: For Singles, A Different Kind Of Judgment

The Days of Awe and the nagging marriage question.

09/07/2010
Special To The Jewish Week

The days of Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur are supposed to be days of judgment by God. But for singles, they are often days of judgment by family and friends who ask the inevitable — and inevitably annoying — question: “Why aren’t you married yet?”

Queens Cantor Yossi Lisauer said praying for a mate is good, but praying and taking action is better.

One Newspaper Subscription Away From Marriage

All I wanted was to put my Haaretz on hold while I'm on vacation.

But nothing's ever that simple. Especially not in Israel.

Spiritual Housecleaning, Indian Style

08/31/2010
Special To The Jewish Week

 ‘Where was I?”

Which was really another way of saying, “What in the bleep was I doing?”

I asked myself these questions through my haze as I lay prone on a couch in the living room of an Israeli couple I barely knew.

How Gennady met Nurit

08/31/2010
Special to the Jewish Week

They have different skin colors and different mother tongues. But Ethiopian-born Nurit Beru Kuchuk says: "We have so much in common. We both moved to Israel with our families at a young age and both served in the Israeli army." Her Moldova-born husband, Gennady Kuchuk, adds: "We both spent time in the U.S.; and we are both film professionals." Nurit is a photographer; Gennady is a script writer and film director.

Nurit Beru Kuchuk  and Gennady Kuchuk

Is Your Date FDA Approved?

It dawned on me the other day that dating is a totally unregulated industry.

I mean, where is the FDA when you need them?

Which is another way of saying, why did the guy I once went out with who spent more time chatting up his cell phone than actually talking to me not come with a warning label?

In the World of Dating, How the Heck Do You Get to "I-Thou?"

Because I got to yoga a little early, the religious guys were still there.

You see, the class before mine is exclusively for “fervently orthodox men.”  They’re American, and baalei teshuva and embody this weird combination of a modern, American sensibility with this newfound holiness.

Not that I’m saying they are holy men, only that they are always looking at the world through the lens of Torah, and by that I mean of G-dliness.

How to Say Goodbye to Dating Forever...And Ever...And Ever

“Mature frum singles, after years of unsuccessful dating, are painfully aware of the incessant and ceaseless march of time working against them.”

Ain’t that the truth!

And you don’t have to be frum to feel this way, says a (ahem!) “mature” single who gleaned much from Shaya Ostrov’s The Inner Circle: Seven Gates to Marriage, whose first line I quoted here.

Love On The LIRR

08/03/2010
Special To The Jewish Week

In the mood for a Real, Honest-to-Hashem Love Story?

Something that does not end with the phrase, “Love means never having to say you’re sorry?” 

Something, for that matter, that does not end in disappointment and loneliness? Or worse: Penury and woe?

I mean, something with teeth. Preferably involving the Shoah? Because I don’t know about you but I love a good Holocaust love story. 

iPhone App Features Talking Points on Intermarriage

NOTE: The following is a post about an iPhone application that provides suggestions for what parents should say to their children to prevent them from intermarrying. It is not a product review of the application, but rather a news story. Neither the blogger nor The New York Jewish Week endorses this iPhone application. We realize the controversial nature of this application and hope you will leave your opinion in the comments section.

Application Presents Resource for Parents Who Don't Want Their Children to Intermarry
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