The Toldos Aaron Rebbe Shlita has implemented a new takanah pertaining to shidduchim, putting an end to shidduchim involving young couples. According a BaKehilla report the rebbe has become aware that over recent years younger couple that got married would hide the fact, sometimes for a number of years. He wishes to put and end to this trend, not permitting shidduchim for chassidim under 18.
The takanon refers to one’s “second year in yeshiva gedola”, instructing parents not to accept any shidduch calls prior to that time. Even in one’s second year, the shidduch year begins after Chanukah and may ‘close’ the shidduch Tu B’Shevat. This formula is conditional upon the fact the chosson is 18 by Tu B’Shevat. For the younger members of shiur 2, they must wait until reaching their 18th birthday prior to accepting shidduchim. Regarding girls, they must be a minimum of 17.
For those who do not wish to comply, there are consequences. Anyone making a shidduch below the minimum age will not be permitted to visit with the rebbe before the chasnah for a bracha and direction for the young couple. In addition, whereas the rebbe usually attends chasnahs of chassidim, he will not attend these weddings.
And finally, the chassidus’ large gemach that assists young couples will not assist a shidduch that is not in compliance with the takanah.
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)