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An interesting point, but i think that “shidduch crisis being less severe (if that is, in fact, true, but let’s say it is) and couples getting married younger in communities that have stricter separation of the genders” is correlational, not at all causational…i.e., stricter separation of the genders does not lead to more marriage and younger marriage. That is a function of the communal standard more so than anything else. And of course i’m not claiming that a tall mechitza at a wedding 100% prevents two people from talking (although the OP apparently would like it to), but it’s more representative of the attitude…ceiling high-mechitzot, and, for that matter, long sleeves, are not things that even the most religious Jews ever did in Europe. It’s a post-war invention, as the world in general and the Jewish community in particular, shifts waaaay to the right, and are just…excessive, and not halachik. Heck, a mechitzah in shul only has to be 40 t’fachim, but today we have floor to ceiling cages with either zero visibility or one-way glass. It’s just not the way things were.
DaMoshe hit the nail exactly on the head.
this is a unique Concept in this last generationonly… The idea of making sure that young men and women never, ever meet. In my parents generation, Orthodox, yes, Orthodox synagogues had a single dances so that couple’s might meet, Mary and build Jewish homes. In this generation, we are doing everything possible to prevent Jewish homes from ever being built.I understand that allowing men and women to meet might, heaven forbid, lead to something like men and women talking to each other…which might lead to mixed marriage lo aleinu! all that the extreme separation has done is helped perpetuate the shudduch crisis.
So what should you do? Make an announcement that asks MORE single young men and women to cross the mechitza.September 30, 2016 5:38 pm at 5:38 pm in reply to: Has anyone ever heard a somersault or flip referred to as a "kulah"? #1184565
Thanks all! Y’sh’koiach.