Sunday, February 21, 2010

Girls Not To Date Until 21-22?

Rumor has it that a large Orthodox Jewish community in the yeshivish world will be coming out with an announcement this week, instructing its girls not to date until the ages of 21-22 for three primary reasons:
  • To quell some of the shidduch "crisis", by evening out the number of available men and women and by reducing the average age gap, and also to reduce the pressure on girls
  • To help the women be established with college degrees to better be able to support their families (particularly husbands who are in klei kodesh fields or in kollel).
  • To reduce what seems to be a major factor in the high, growing divorce rate in the Orthodox Jewish community.
If this is true, it is a) fascinating b) surprising and c) a huge step in the right direction, even if it's a strange one with a couple its own, possibly flawed assumptions.