Jewish matchmaking is a very old, and for many traditionally observant Jews, important aspect of Jewish culture and tradition. While it may seem an outdated custom in this, the 21st century, it is still widely practiced, which may come as a surprise to many people. However, it is still alive and well, much to the benefit of Jews who feel it is important to maintain their culture and traditions in a society that is becoming increasingly fragmented.
Although matchmaking has traditionally been most popular with Ultra-Orthodox and Orthodox Jews, increasing numbers of Jews of all denominations (and even non-religious Jews) are taking advantage of professional matchmakers to help them find their life mate.
One reason that so many Jews still use matchmaking to find a spouse is to ensure that the Jewish community carries on and thrives. There are millions of Jews living all over the world, but not all live in an area that has a large Jewish population. It can be difficult to find others of a like mind in an area with few Jews, let alone ones who are single and looking for a partner themselves. Matchmakers can help Jews find each other. Of course, it is ultimately up to the couple to decide whether or not to continue the relationship. The matchmaker is only there to help facilitate the first meeting, and offer advice, if requested, as things progress.
A modern Jewish matchmaker is also someone who can be turned to for relationship advice. They are there to help you along your journey to finding a happy, fulfilling marriage, and there are naturally bumps in the road along the way, as there are in any relationship. Wise elders who Jews once turned to with these questions are not necessarily available to provide advice, and a matchmaker can expertly fill this role.
Technology has changed the way that matchmaking is done, combining traditional matchmaking practices with the advantages of a computer database. Although matchmaking still happens today through Jewish mothers and grandmothers, even they are learning of the advantages of finding a professional Jewish matchmakers for their children. There are several websites dedicated strictly to parent matchmakers. Contemporary Jewish moms are increasingly finding that modern Jewish matchmaking services are a great way of helping their children find the perfect Jewish partner. And that’s a mitzvah!