Your profile is currently Deactivated. Would you like to reactivate your account and be able to log in again? For assistance, please email support sawyouatsinai. It is official! Some people may be forgiven for not realizing that the Jewish matchmaker, the shadchan, ever went out of vogue, for the Jewish matchmaker is so synonymous with Jewish life it is hard to believe that someone so vital and important can be forgotten. And yet, we also have to forgive those who have never heard of a shadchan.
The Rise, Fall and Subsequent Rise of the Jewish Matchmaker, otherwise known as The Shadchan
Are matchmakers for Jews necessary?
That was, apparently, the wrong answer. Never mind. I had just been sized up, then dismissed, as a potential match. A dentist by training, she long ago gave up that career for her full-time calling as a shadchen, to use the Hebrew and Yiddish word for one who makes shidduchs, or matches.
How Matchmakers Work
In one hand she holds a filing card with a photograph stapled to it. In the other is her phone. She peers at the card and tells the rabbi on the end of the line: Sirota flips the card over and reads out a couple of names and phone numbers:
The story is told that a Roman matron once asked Rabbi Yose: She was astonished. Even I can do that job. As many man-servants and maid-servants as I have, I can pair. She promptly placed one thousand man-servants opposite one thousand maid-servants and declared, "He will marry her, she will marry him," and so on.