Matchmaker, matchmaker make me a match – unless it’s a public pension…

Apr 3rd, 2011 | Filed under: Institutional Investing, Today's Post | By:
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Matchmaker, Matchmaker,
Make me a match,
Find me a find,
catch me a catch.
Matchmaker, Matchmaker,
Look through your book,
And make me a perfect match.

Matchmaker, Matchmaker,
I’ll bring the veil,
You bring the groom,
Slender and pale.
Bring me a ring for I’m longing to be,
The envy of all I see.

In strictly Orthodox Jewish circles (and in the well-known play and movie Fiddler on the Roof), dating is pretty much limited to a search for an appropriate marriage partner. Both sides of the prospective partnership typically make inquiries on such matters as character, intelligence, level of learning, financial status, appearance and level of religious observance. But beyond family and friends, the search often falls flat, which is where a so-called shadchan comes in. Seen as a blessing, a shadchan is a professional who charges a fee to bring a couple with all the right credentials together in marital and familial bliss.  If the pairing works out, everyone’s happy. If it doesn’t work out, the shadchan goes back to the drawing board and gives it another whirl.
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