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Shidduch crisis

The Shidduch crisis is a commonly observed and discussed[1][2][3] phenomenon in the Orthodox Jewish community whereby eligible singles, especially girls have difficultly finding suitable spouses, or shidduchim.


  • Debate 1
  • Causes and solutions 2
  • See also 3
  • References 4


Debate exists about whether the crisis actually exists and whether it is a new phenomenon.[4]

Causes and solutions

Several causes have been cited for the shidduch crisis, but it is most commonly attributed to the average age gap between Orthodox Jewish girls and boys at which they get married.[5] However, this is widely disputed.[6][7] Several initiatives in various Orthodox Jewish communities exist which try close the age gap by offering rewards for Shadchanim and couples who marry older girls.[8]

Other causes cited include the increased scrutiny placed on eligible girls[9] and the shidduch system in general,.[10]

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