What the Olympics Taught Me About Shidduchim

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I know that this may be one of the first British blog posts on frumsatire but here goes. Despite the common belief that we all drink tea at 4pm on Sunday afternoon, have met the queen personally and roughly attend the changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace at least once a week, there is a lot in common between the problems faced by the “orthodox community” in the US and UK. I feel at times, and from reading this site often enough, that in fact the UK, having a much smaller Jewish community, has microcosmic versions of those same issues faced in the US.

Many articles on here have focused around the problems with shidduchim in the “orthodox community”, pressure on singles and the ridiculous notion that orthodox men and women shouldn’t even be able to see each other until they are virtually already under the chupah etc.

The Olympics in London were definitely hated and feared by many living here before they took place, but I can now say that I really enjoyed them (they almost displaced my love of football/soccer and I’m English!!) and they certainly proved doubters like me wrong. Having not long finished, I feel there are some serious (and not so) lessons we can take from the games to this regularly proclaimed “crisis” that shadchanim, community leaders and Jewish media columnists feel the need to constantly remind us of.

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