March 22, 2017 12:45 am at 12:45 am #1241384
How much older is it okay for a guy to be than the girl?March 22, 2017 2:06 am at 2:06 am #1241402
I know a guy that is about 55 years older than his wife…March 22, 2017 6:16 am at 6:16 am #1241423
bmyer – for real??? How old were they when they got married?
I know a guy who is approximately negative 16 years older than his wife. When they got married, he was around 23 and she was around 39.March 22, 2017 8:27 am at 8:27 am #1241449
Up to 10 years older.March 22, 2017 8:27 am at 8:27 am #1241443
I know a guy who is approximately negative 16 years older than his wife. When they got married, he was around 23 and she was around 39.
I know someone who did the same.
The WolfMarch 22, 2017 8:30 am at 8:30 am #1241453
How about 6 years older?March 22, 2017 8:46 am at 8:46 am #1241467
How about 6 years older?
No I think it has to be at least 7. Just wait another year.March 22, 2017 10:09 am at 10:09 am #1241577
There are exceptions but generally 7 years. I have known differences of 10 years that work out. Depends on the people.March 22, 2017 11:17 am at 11:17 am #1241628
In Rapa Nui and Sweden, it’s up to 23 year and 4 months older. For the rest of the world, it’s up to 11 years and 8 months.
The difference is the clean, cool air of Sweden and the delicious margaritas of Rapa Nui make people live longer, so it’s okay for the ages to be further apart.March 22, 2017 11:55 am at 11:55 am #1241642
My father is 9 years older than my mother, and they have been happily married for 24 years and counting.March 22, 2017 1:14 pm at 1:14 pm #1241711
Wolf – really? It must be the same couple – how many can there be like that?March 22, 2017 1:14 pm at 1:14 pm #1241713
Since this should not be an issue that is best left up to people’s individual feelings, levels of maturity and preferences, we need to make a rule.
calculate the difference in age of the girl’s parents, and the boy’s parents, and the girl’s grandparents and the boy’s grandparents. Then calculate the average of those 4 values.
To that, add 1 year for every 1 inch difference in the boy’s and girl’s heights.
To be machmir, average the boy’s and girl’s IQs. If it is an even number, add another year to the value gotten above. If it is an odd number, subtract a year.March 22, 2017 1:25 pm at 1:25 pm #1241722
Joseph – Up to 10 years seems to be a common opinion.
I know a shadchan who seems to consider that a halacha. Whenever I ask her if she can set up two people with each other, if they are more than 10 years apart, she will nix the idea immediately and say “they are more than 10 years apart” as though it’s assur to set up people who are more than 10 years apart.
Personally, when people ask me up to what age I would go out with, I don’t like to give a specific number since I don’t believe in making such hard and fast rules, and I think it depends on many factors. But if I am forced to give an exact number (for example if I am filling out an online form), I usually say up to 10 years older.
I do know girls who married guys who were more than 10 years older than them and they seem to be happy. And I don’t believe in making age too much of a factor (in either direction) unless it really bothers the person.
The only real problem I have with girls going out with guys who are much older than them is that it gives older guys unrealistic expectations and they refuse to go out with any girls who are older than 10 years younger than them (since they know that they can occasionally find girls younger than that to go out with them) Meanwhile, these guys just keep getting older without getting married and there are many girls who are still single because these guys won’t go out with them.March 22, 2017 1:41 pm at 1:41 pm #1241742
So my friend got divorced recently, and we’re pretty close, so I asked her what happened. She said it’s because her husband was more than 10 years older than her, so their marriage just couldn’t work.
Real life proof that 10 years is a real barrier that separates marriages.
So to all who are more than 10 years older or younger than your spouse: Quickly, if you want to save your marriage, find a Delorean with a working flux capacitor.
March 22, 2017 2:01 pm at 2:01 pm #1241758
Misteryudi – you’re a lady? I thought you were a guy!March 22, 2017 2:20 pm at 2:20 pm #1241769
Mod – Thanks, I forgot that part.
Lilmod – Looks can be deceiving, my dear:
March 22, 2017 2:45 pm at 2:45 pm #1241780
misteryudi, I did not know you can paste photos?March 22, 2017 3:08 pm at 3:08 pm #1241790
rebshidduch, only if you have the deluxe account. ($50 a month)March 22, 2017 3:29 pm at 3:29 pm #1241830
There is a chasidish couple in my neighborhood that got engaged about 2 weeks ago. She is 30, he is 22.March 22, 2017 3:42 pm at 3:42 pm #1241850
misteryudi, no thank you.March 22, 2017 3:55 pm at 3:55 pm #1241948
rebshidduch, are you sure? It comes free with a “Pin the tail on the troll” game, and a “Honk if you’re Joseph” bumper sticker. You won’t believe how many honks I hear every day.March 22, 2017 4:22 pm at 4:22 pm #1242080
I think I’ll make that bumper sticker myself. Then I’ll buy a car to stick it on.March 22, 2017 5:54 pm at 5:54 pm #1242218
LU: He’s around 90 and they have a teenage daughter..she’s not his first wife…March 22, 2017 7:31 pm at 7:31 pm #1242230
I once heard of a bumper sticker: Honk if you believe in G-d; text if you want to meet Him.
Wouldn’t it be funny if the CR really started producing bumper stickers that say, “Honk if you’re Joseph”? That could make a lot of money that way.March 22, 2017 7:34 pm at 7:34 pm #1242228
bmyer – is this a joke? I mean, people are always trying to get me to go out with older guys, but that’s a bit extreme!!! That would mean that she’s around 35. If they have a teenage daughter that would mean that when they got married, she was no more than around 21 and he was 76.
I guess that’s a joke.March 22, 2017 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm #1242281
Wolf – really? It must be the same couple – how many can there be like that? –
Probably more than you know. It could be the same couple, but I highly doubt they are the only one.
The WolfMarch 22, 2017 10:42 pm at 10:42 pm #1242308
There are very few men who are married to women 16 years older than them. And even amongst those that are, it is unlikely that there are too many who davka got married at those particular ages. And we are limited to the Frum community. And we are talking about someone in this generation (at least someone who is alive right now). And I assume we are both talking about Americans. And since you live in New York, there’s a good possibility that we are both talking about someone who lives in New York (or at least used to live – I have no idea where they are now, but I know they were talking about moving oot). So I think it’s more likely than not that it’s the same couple.March 22, 2017 11:18 pm at 11:18 pm #1242332
about someone who lives in New York
The couple I know of never lived in NY as a married couple.
The WolfMarch 23, 2017 6:24 am at 6:24 am #1242340
I met them in Queens, so I thought they lived there, but it’s possible they were just there for Shabbos. I’m pretty sure his family is from Queens. Is the family of the guy you are talking about from Queens, and did they get married around 2005-2007?March 23, 2017 8:38 am at 8:38 am #1242361
Is the family of the guy you are talking about from Queens, and did they get married around 2005-2007?
No and no. I think that pretty much settles it. 🙂
The WolfMarch 23, 2017 10:04 am at 10:04 am #1242460
As wide a gap as both sides are comfortable with. It is their comfort level that matters, not yours.March 23, 2017 11:46 am at 11:46 am #1242594
RebShidduch: when someone is young like you seem to be, it’s not just the age difference in years but in percentage older than you that matters. When you’re 20 for example, 50% older than you is too old IMHO even if it’s “only” 10 years.
However, if you’re not involving your parents, you definitely need a shidduch mentor.
Good luck!March 23, 2017 3:15 pm at 3:15 pm #1242726
LU: No jokes. I think she was 18-19 so he was low 70s…March 23, 2017 3:33 pm at 3:33 pm #1242744
Wolf – oh, well. I guess you’re right and it’s more common than I thought. So maybe there’s hope for me…:)
Mammele – yes and no. Many people seem to feel as you do and expect older girls to go out with guys with a greater age difference than they did when they were younger. And there is definitely truth to what you are saying.
But there is another side to it as well. When you’re 25 (for example), a guy who’s 15 years older than you is still young, but when you’re 45 (for example), a guy who’s 15 years older than you is very old.
One problem with marrying a 60 year old is that their average life expectancy is not too far off. Another problem is that it can be scary marrying a 60 year old man who was never married before (if we are talking about someone who was never married before). A third problem is simply that 60 is old and 45 isn’t, and most 45 year old girls don’t want to marry someone old.
So while there is truth to what you say, there is another side to it.March 23, 2017 3:33 pm at 3:33 pm #1242746
bmyer – wow! Was there a story behind this? Why would a teenage girl marry an old man?March 23, 2017 3:36 pm at 3:36 pm #1242750
“However, if you’re not involving your parents, you definitely need a shidduch mentor.”
I agree with that. And I also agree with you that Rebshidduch should not date 30 year olds. I wasn’t arguing with that point.March 23, 2017 4:15 pm at 4:15 pm #1242881
LU: I hear you, but when you’ll be 60 Iy”h (married with children) I hope you won’t consider yourself old… Everything is relative.
On a similar note however, there is a problem in our society – and I’m really generalizing – of men become “old” and less active at an earlier age than their female counterparts.March 23, 2017 4:17 pm at 4:17 pm #1242883
Bmyer -“I know a guy that is about 55 years older than his wife”
I wasn’t that much older than my ex.
OTOH, if I was, maybe we’d still be married!March 23, 2017 4:36 pm at 4:36 pm #1242995
Can everyone please just move to Sweden or Rapa Nui, and solve the shidduch-with-someone-more-than-a-specific-number-of-years-older-or-younger-than-you crisis.
Free margaritas on me.March 23, 2017 4:36 pm at 4:36 pm #1243028
Health: Why?March 23, 2017 4:37 pm at 4:37 pm #1242994
LU: Either because he’s a great person and has great middos or because he’s really charming…but he does HAPPEN to have A LOT of money…March 23, 2017 6:42 pm at 6:42 pm #1243153
WTP – if my husband is 75, I probably will.March 23, 2017 7:58 pm at 7:58 pm #1243169
Bmyer -“Health: Why?”
Why what?!?March 23, 2017 8:40 pm at 8:40 pm #1243185
Why would you still be married if you were much older than your ex-wife? I was wondering the same.March 23, 2017 10:59 pm at 10:59 pm #1243243
Depends on how much money the guy has. The more, the older.March 23, 2017 11:08 pm at 11:08 pm #1243247
huju – why, because you’ll inherit it faster?March 24, 2017 7:17 am at 7:17 am #1243285
LU: “WTP – if my husband is 75, I probably will.”
Will what? What is this in response to, I don’t recall writing anything about any husband being 75 or anything like that.
Besides the inheritance issue, there have been cases of technical marriages between a younger person who was a caretaker for the older person but could not live in the same house unless they were married.March 24, 2017 1:08 pm at 1:08 pm #1243405
LU -“Why would you still be married if you were much older than your ex-wife?”
Because whatever the reason was that she would marry an older guy – this has not changed!March 26, 2017 6:38 am at 6:38 am #1243562
WTP – you said that you hope that when I’m 60 I won’t consider myself old. This was part of a conversation about marrying guys who are 15 years older. So I was pointing out that if I do marry a guy who is 15 years older than me, then when I am 60 he will be 75, so it’s likely that I will consider myself old.
I wasn’t being completely serious, btw.March 26, 2017 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm #1244183
Sorry LU, it was me that mentioned that, not WTP.
And sorry WTP, for not correcting her earlier post when the chain of errors began. I wasn’t 100% sure at that point exactly what’s going, on so I let it slide. Mistakes happen.
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