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Yeshivat Frisch Seniors Unlock 19-Century Shadchanut

Seniors in Yeshivat Frisch’s History of the Jewish Family elective recently learned about the extent to which modernity influenced the Jewish matchmaking process over the course of the 19th century—for example, ideas about love versus other pragmatic considerations. The class was divided into groups of two or three, and each group read an academic article or book chapter about Jewish marriage in a different part of the 19th-century world, from Germany to Jerusalem, Italy to Istanbul. Each group analyzed matchmaking from their time and location, created the profile of a local shadchan from that era, then chose a contemporary piece of Jewish media or writing about a matchmaking/marriage issue and offered an explanation of how their 19th-century shadchan might respond.

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