My Jewishness is making it harder for me to find love. The more I get
involved in Jewish life, the less options I have for girls to date. To
be honest, it is making me hesitate before becoming more observant. What
should I do, take on more Judaism and limit my options, or keep my
options open and put the Jewish thing on hold?
It depends what you are looking for. If you are just after a partner,
any partner that suits, then it is a simple numbers game, and the more
options in front of you the better chances you have. If you have a wider
pool of potential partners, the odds are higher that you will be
successful in your search. In this equation, the vaguer you are about
yourself, the more potential partners you will find.
But thats only if you are merely looking for a partner. If you are looking for your soul mate its another story entirely.
Your soul mate is the other half of your soul, the missing part of
your very being. You can only recognize your soul mate if you first get
to know your own soul. When you know where you are going in life, when
you are clear on your own identity, when you know who you really are,
then and only then are you equipped to identify the other half of your
Some people have it backwards. They think that when it comes to
describing whom youre looking for, you need a long and detailed list of
specifications, but when it comes to describing who you are, you are
better off being blurry and general. The opposite is true. Know yourself
and your own soul. Explore your Jewish identity and become comfortable
with it. You are not limiting your options, you are refining your