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Marriage: Can Messianics Learn From Orthodox Jews?

There are hundreds of young single Messianic Jews in Israel who are praying and waiting for God to bring them a spouse.

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Some have attempted to use social media to find their significant other, but the young adults I interviewed say these efforts are not working. More often than not, young believers remain single for many years, some never get married, and others end up in unwholesome marriages.

Perhaps it is time for Messianic Jews to consider the wisdom of our ancestors, who for centuries practiced the art of matchmaking. A fascinating new study on arranged marriages gives wise counsel on how we might be able to help our young folks, too.

“Arranged marriages are far more likely to lead to lasting affection than marriages of passion.” That is the conclusion of a major research project directed by Robert Epstein, the Harvard-educated Senior Research Psychologist at the American Institute for Behavioral Research and Technology. “Those who have had their partner chosen for them by a parent or matchmaker tend to feel more in love with time, whereas those in typical marriages often feel less in love over time,” concluded Epstein.

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