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I went on one date that is memorable for many reasons, but one of the funniest is that I seemed to know more about Judaism than he did.
Our date happened in late fall, and we were discussing Yom Kippur and the Jewish holidays, and he seemed to be unclear on which holidays celebrate which events in the Jewish tradition.
I learned a lot about the Jewish faith and realized my family's and my personal values overlapped quite a bit with Jewish values." Full disclosure: "[When I first joined,] I made it clear that I am not Jewish.
I think I marketed myself pretty accurately (I'm lucky to be tall).
I got a few dates out of JDate but decided it wasn't for me ultimately.
I'm still dating, mostly guys I meet through friends." Moral of the story?
Take a minority population (Jewish guys) and make it even tinier (Jewish guys taller than me); for those kind of odds, online only made sense.".
Full disclosure: "I did have a disclaimer at the end (which I tried to make cute) that while I was in fact not Jewish, I thought Jewish guys are great and would be happy to meet some." The response: "It was kind of tepid — not tons of emails, and one guy that I really liked and wrote a really thoughtful, clever note to responded very kindly but said that he was actually looking for a Jewish girl, which is totally fair of course." Success: "I did go out with one guy who was a little older, and he was nice but a little awkward.
The correct answer is always "yes" and the correct follow-up question is "This must be your mother's recipe, right?
She might not want to talk to my mom that much, but if you want to ride with me, you're going to have to. It's called Jewish geography and it's the world's greatest ice breaker. Seriously, there was never a better summer on the planet than Lake Year '07 with my 36 best friends. Not only will I assume you're an asshat, I'm going to think you're an uneducated one too. It's in my nature to react to things largely and loudly and with lots of emotion. The whole mitzvah thing becomes ingrained in you, giving you a conscience, integrity, etc., etc.
Families are really important to Jewish people, they just are. Even if you never met before you started dating, she probably knows at least two people in your life. Your camp was probably great and all but it wasn't nearly as great as her camp. And if you want to make jokes about how Jews are cheap, (1) I'm going to assume you're kind of an asshat who laughs at all kinds of rude things and (2) you're not the kind of person I want to date anyway. And there's a major red line you cross when you call someone a JAP. You know when you go out of your way to recycle and do good other things and you're like What you did is called a mitzvah and Jews are commanded to do them by the Torah.
Niche dating sites exist for a reason: So that birds of a feather can flock together.
(See: Beautiful People.com, Farmers Only.com) But rules are meant to be broken.
Jewish food is delicious when done right and, again, by "right" I mean exactly the way it was prepared for me each holiday growing up.