“Inexperience, having no identity, and having no understanding of the opposite sex.” That makes sense when you consider how insular the Orthodox communities are.Premarital sex, even premarital touching, is prohibited. As Business Insider's resident 23-year-old, I was obliged to poke around and try out some of the most popular dating apps.For this story, I compared Ok Cupid, Tinder, JSwipe, Hinge, and Bumble — and I was surprised by the app that ultimately became my favorite.”“No.” (Seventh grade was the year I decided that religious activity was not for me — and the year I decided that social activities on Friday nights were far more fun than studying for an event that would not, as it would for my classmates, culminate in a very expensive, fancy party.)“Do you speak Hebrew?”“No.” (I took Spanish, French, and Portuguese in high school and college.)“Do you read Hebrew?
It’s actually efficient and far more effective than the ridiculous, mostly worthless “security” measures the United States employs, and I respect that they take the more human approach over the filthy, asinine method of removing shoes and banning yogurt — they ask questions, wipe your suitcase with something that picks up gun residue, I guess, and look you in the eyes and somehow But being aggressively asked questions (even if it’s Interrogation Lite compared to Guantanamo) is dehumanizing and uncomfortable in its own right, even if it sounds reasonable in theory.“Is your mother Jewish? ”“No.” (He’s Catholic.)“Did you have a bat mitzvah?
“If I could work magic in your dating life,” Israel Irenstein says, “what would you have me change?
” We’re sitting at a table at Pret A Manger in Union Square, and Irenstein, a 35-year-old dating coach dressed neatly in a pale green Tommy Hilfiger button-down, is talking with Sam, a 29-year-old ex-Orthodox Jew.
A social activist more by chance than choice, Ma Nishtana entered the blogosphere in 2009 with a mission to nurture unity and strengthen multifaceted identity within the Jew of Color (or “JOC”) community.
The psuedonym “Ma Nishtana” is inspired by the first of the Four Questions of the Passover seder, “/What makes this night different from all other nights?