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Nobody Talks Shidduchim

Nobody Talks Shidduchim

By Nobody Talks Shidduchim
It’s a subject that not too many want to hear or discuss. Nobody Talks Shidduchim is a podcast for those who are facing a true challenge in American Jewish dating. Did we scare you yet? Here you are not alone. There are so many others struggling in Shidduchim and it’s time us singles has a voice for it!
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Ep 39: Siblings Affects on Dating, Effects of Siblings During Dating
How much influence does your bro or sis have on your Shidduch picks? Ahuva Holy__Shid joins the crew to discuss how much involvement our siblings should have in our dating experience. We discuss: 1) Siblings negative affects in dating 2) How much should I be telling my siblings? 3) Siblings positive affects 4) Does it change anything if your sibling is SINGLE OR MARRIED 5) Siblings getting involved in the Shidduch prospect 6) Ranking Siblings spouses and siblings themselves...many girls trying to find their bro? 7) Common chats with siblings..reality vs. their illusions 8) Meeting the siblings when the match is getting serious 9) Basing what not to do off your siblings 10) When siblings want to know too much 11) Getting setup with your best friends older brother or younger sister
January 19, 2021
Ep 38: Why So Serious? When Relationships Are Serious. PLUS Avery and IJ Rap Shidduchim
Avery & IJ Rap Shidduch words, they also monologue about being in a serious relationship. Why is it so complicated, even for those ones that seem like they have it together. 1) Do daters treat dates seriously? 2) It’s all about finding out stuff about them, while knowing yourself 3) Setting the tone for who you are 4) Are women more direct in the serous dating stage? 5) Challenging times are good for a serious relationship, it makes or breaks it.
January 10, 2021
Ep 37: The Role of Gender Roles - The Women’s Perspective
Part 2 of this Gender Roles series features Holy__Shid & Mrs. Raina Balsam. With IJ, Hanna, Yonah & Chani. 1) What is Holy__Shid and their mission? 2) The Torah’s perspective & modern day Shidduch actuality 3) Women wanting more Halachic involvement 4) Men wanting more house duties 5) Woman contributing financially 6) Men contributing in Shabbos & decorative aspects of the house 7) Focusing on what makes sense for you vs. for the world 8) Respectable jobs vs. a job for you Sponsored by Shas 4 Shidduchim:
December 26, 2020
Ep 36: The Role of Gender Roles - The Men’s Perspective
It’s important for both parties in dating to be themselves and stick to the roles they feel most comfortable with. Whether the man is cooking or the woman is bringing home the kosher bacon. But is there more to this than the average Shidduch dater can let on? The Crew discusses certain conventional roles in the relationship that when switched may be more unconventional than you’d think. 1) Of course it’s ok, but is there more to it? 2) Women wanting more Halachic involvement 3) Men wanting more house duties 4) Woman contributing financially 5) Men contributing in Shabbos & decorative aspects of the house 6) Roles exist but are a spectrum and aren't rigid 7) Roles can different based on cultural gender differences - Ashkenaz, Yeshivish, Sephard, BT, etc... 8) Focusing on what makes sense for you vs. for the world 9) Roles in a home are necessary regardless of gender but gender can be a useful way to breakdown responsibilities
December 13, 2020
Ep 35: Getting Over The Older Single Thing
Remember AOL, Netscape or when Netflix was on DVD? Well if you do and you’re single this podcast is calling your name! IJ & Rosie discuss what it’s like to be the “older single”. All the cliches like; soon by you, don’t give up, and why aren’t you married? Is there actually an older singles community? Should you make some game changers when you become an older single? 1) Escaping the older Shidduch talk 2) Does the wall actually get higher for the older girl? For the older guy? 3) Do you hang out with other older singles, or your friends who happen to be married? 4) Older singles may be a problem, but it’s not a disease!! 5) Avoiding negative people 6) Is dating people younger really that big of a deal? 7) Headspace and emotional stability for an older single 8) Keep yourself slightly’s why 9) I’m not the same person when I started dating in the slightest bit yet I’m the same person
November 26, 2020
Ep 34: Why Can't We Be Friends?
Welcome to the Friend Zone *Let’s Be Friends...* • Can guys and girls be friends with each other? • Can I maintain a friendly relationship with someone I dated? What about someone I dated seriously? • Making shidduchim with people you’ve dated *Make Amends* • I mistreated someone who I dated. Should I ask mechillah? How would I even go about that? • I feel I deserve an explanation from someone I previously dated. Should I reach out to them? • The shadchan really messed things up. Should I confront them? *Friends of The Family* • I was suggested to a family friend, who would be a good match, but it’s just too weird! • I’m interested in my family friend. How should I, or my parents, approach the situation with the other party? *REJECTED!* • I was rejected by my friend who I really like. What should I do?! • Is it possible to exit the friend zone? • I was rejected by a family friend, who I will definitely see again. How do I avoid the inevitable awkwardness?
November 17, 2020
Ep 33: The Parent Trap
Ep 33: The Parent Trap • Using a parent as your shadchan • A mother knows best– how much should I trust my parent’s experience/advice? • My agent will handle this– How involved should my parents be in “handling” my shidduchim? Do I have a responsibility to take part in the process? • Parental consent– what if my parents nix a good idea for reasons that don’t actually matter to me? • The Parent Trap– my parents are very controlling and won’t let me make my own dating decisions. How do I break free? • One man’s treasure... My parents just don’t get me and are trying to match me with the wrong type. What should I do? • I heard concerning things about his/her parents. Should I end it? • Pair-rents– do both sets of parents have to be a good shidduch too? • Mommas boy– I really like the person I’m dating, but he/she has an unhealthily close relationship with his/her parents. Is this a concern?
October 29, 2020
Ep 32: How I Met Your Shadchan
A Conversation With Shadchanit Rissel Namark. Discussion: Not just setting singles up but why aren’t they staying together? Is our generation lacking? If so where is that lacking coming from? Parenting issues in the entire process Is calling on the phone like texting? What’s the deal with Chemistry? Most men are not finished products and woman need to accept that Problems with the boss ladies Is it really the divorce thing? Who is too blame for the Shidduch crisis?? The last 20% before you get engaged in the Shidduchim process is a leap of in Hashem! When in doubt continue going out!
October 14, 2020
Ep 31: The Compatibility Check
Our guest hosts, Chani and Yonah, and their featured guests discuss: 1. The great compromise - How rigid should your lifestyle expectations be? Reconciling differences in areas such as upbringing, child-rearing, food preference and money-spending. 2. Deciding you’re not compatible • Are you being too picky? • How to point out concerning behaviors to the shadchan 3. Personality tests/horoscopes- are they a good barometer? 4. Friends/Family • What do you do when your family/their family expresses clear distaste for the shidduch? (Elope? Break it off? Work it out?) • What if you like them, but can’t stand their friends/family? • What do you if a friend intervenes and says they think it’s a bad shidduch? 5. Comfort with expressing disagreement- becoming comfortable telling your date that you disagree, and being told that they disagree with you
September 24, 2020
Ep 30: Money Talks
It’s a conversation to have, money talks in Shidduchim. Spending money on dates, paying shadchanim and of course family financial means. 1) Would you date someone who’s poor? Would you date someone who’s rich? Why? 2) When you find the one, what’s the expectation in terms of engagement/wedding gift? Do you/your family intend to stick to the “rules” of who pays for what at the wedding? 3) What kind of lifestyle do you need in a spouse? Frugality vs lavishness. 4) It’s a dog eat dog world: shadchanim who are in it for the money. Do they exist? Have you experienced them? 5) At what point do you feel comfortable spending a lot of money on a date? 6) Getting married when one or both are in school 6) Is there anything wrong with filtering for a rich spouse? 7) Are shadchanim catering to the rich? 8) Do you want to spend big on dates? 9) How to tell they are financially stable/saavy? 10) Are shadchanim catering to the rich?
September 14, 2020
Ep 29: An American Shidduch Story: Worst Dates Ever Part 2 (w/ Callers from Audience)
Do you feel like you had a "Shidduch experience from Gehenim?". In today's episode the crew and our live call in audience discuss some of their worst date experiences ever, which include: 1) The awkwardness of being set up 2) Another occupation mismatch 3) More foreign shidduch policy disaster! 4) Scary dates, just scary 5) Hikes & Yikes shidduch kind of date 6) Can worst dates turn to great dates? 7) The beltdown meltdown 8) Bayswater drinking stories 9) Unmasking the mask 10) Also Avery calls in
August 31, 2020
Ep 28: Rules of Shidduchim w/ Ahava Radio
Ariel Katz from Ahava Radio joins the OG NTS crew, yes that’s Avery, Miss D & IJ. We discuss our progress with the Shidduch podcast as well as a bunch of topic reviews, add-in, and some new stuff on the way. 1) Finding good shadchanim 2) More worst date stories 3) Awkward parent situations 4) Very bad date planning 5) What’s with the HomeDepot date? 6) What are the exact time stamps...traveling, eating..? 7) Music and dating 8) Avery unfiltered :-)
August 23, 2020
Ep 27: Does The Picture Really Matter?
The Shidduch Podcast crew discusses pictures, they are some daters best asset and others worst nightmare. Many times the picture depicts exactly the kind of vibe of the person and with doesn’t even do it’s just. 1) Do you like using profile pictures? 2) Those who don't do photos/ Those who require photos 3) Can you Google or Insta search their pic? 4) First impressions with the photo 5) What is the source of the actual picture 6) Professional photo shoot or screen shot of their WhatsApp 7) can we actually judge off of a picture? 8) Too provocative or overthinking it? 9) What to do if you need another picture 10) If the picture is too quirky 11) Funniest and maybe sad shadchan picture experiences 12) Our new lightening round segment on the most craziest pictures our audience has gotten!
August 10, 2020
Ep 26: Dating Out of the Box and All of Those Quirky Characters
IJ, Yona and Chani discuss people who totally stick out of the resume stack. They are different, loud, don’t fit the status quo and just stick out like a soar thumb. Heck they may just be you! Here are our thoughts on those characters and how to understand whether it’s a good Shidduch for you or not. 1) What exactly is someone who is out of the box? 2) Identifying if you are or aren’t 3) Are we examining the Shidduch Resume too much?? 4) What is the cookie-cuter Shidduch perspective 5) Don’t worry they’re very very normal 6) Toning things down: Do you have to calm down your funkiness and quirks? 7) Purple feather in the hat / funky rainbow skirt...when can these things be unloaded! 8) Why can’t they just have a normal profile pic!! 9) I am not judging the person..I am just judging based off of what you sent via what they put out...this is real! 10) Is it being naive or innocence? 11) Things are ambiguous 12) Can we really live above what the general population does with responses? 13) I don’t date from that area (ex: 5T, Monsey, Queens) 14) I’m noticing a pattern where a person from this place/this Yeshiva/this background tends to have this character trait, even though there’s no logical reason that should be. Should I stop dating those types of people?
July 31, 2020
Ep 25: How To Tell The Shadchan They’re Just Not Up My Alley
In this episode the podcast crew examines the classic responses like: she isn’t my look, he’s not up my alley, I just don’t see it and all of the politically correct responses you’ll need when talking to the shadchan. Remarks to the Shadchan: 1) She’s not up my alley / He’s not “my type” 2) Why can’t they just have a normal profile pic!! OR they don’t do profile they want to get married? 3) Physical Aspects and Resume Info: 4) He’s too short / she’s not my figure type 5) Their just not my look 😏 // I just don’t find them attractive! 6) Too loud/quiet 7) Hashkafically different / Different backgrounds 8) I don’t date from that area (ex: 5T, Monsey, Queens) 9) SPECIFIC ISSUES WITH SHADCHAN: Yes your my mother’s friend but you don’t know me so stop sending me outrageous ideas!!! 10) Enough with your sons sloppy seconds!! 11) Remarks from the Shadchan: I’m sorry you don’t approve of my resume. I’ll be sure to not answer your calls anymore. 12) YESSS a coffee date won't kill me but honestly my time is money and its really just gonna be a big FAT no from me 13) Im doing this for 10 years...just trust me! 14) So should I just not say anything to the shadchan 😡 like they don’t even give a hoot at what I have to say! 15) I just got a few No’s yes I will be sounding brash...if they can be picky why can’t I?? 16) The parents are divorced, I have a problem with that 😕 17) AS YOU DATE THEM: Can you just tell him to stop planning our dates around Starbucks!!!
July 23, 2020
Ep 24: Is Ashkenazi Dating Sephardi Interracial?
The NTS crew (now only IJ) has Guest Hosts Lia, Page and Fefe on to discuss Sephardic and Ashkenazi dating. Also a special message from Avery. 1) Are there really barriers? 2) Identifying the cultures 3) Experiences with the interracial dating 4) What it’s like to date Sephardic 5) What it’s like to date Ashkenazi 6) is it always better to stay with the culture that you grew up with or can there be positives to dating outside your culture cubicle: I.e better pesach minhagim less wait time between meat n dairy lol 7) Does one group have it easier than the other when it comes to dating 8) How do you comment on their culture without criticizing them? 9) Why always giving the benefit of the doubt will help reduce the barrier 10) Getting over fear of being judged by family/friends 11) Determining how to "run" your house in a way that makes both sides happy 12) When is it right to open yourself up to new cultural practices (Food, davening, weddings) 13) Is it worth crossing the divide despite the chaos that relationships may incur 14) When you know they are just not willing to give in enough to make you feel comfortable 15) Sterotyping - Overprotective ashkenazi mother- Tyrannical Sephardic father 16) Areas that you won’t be able to make compromises on
July 9, 2020
Ep 23: Conversation Do’s and Don’ts
Conversation do’s and dont’s The NTS Bros host Blair & Serena, two young daters who have a lot to say. Are there conversations you should avoid? Things that need to be addressed? 1) Serious matters to be discussed 2) Girls are usually more submissive when it comes to expressing there opinion on something (& even guys) 3) I don’t know how to tell you this, but I listen to Goyishe music!! 🤭🙈 4) Avoid Discussing who you dated and why it ended, Especially in the begging 5) Real life preferences like Aliyah, how many kids, etc.. 6) Controversial things: Politics 7) If you want to be more frum 8) if you want to be more modern 9) When to compliment the person 10) You look so beautiful 11) There’s an issue in my family I need to tell you about 12) Do you go to Minyan 3 times a day? 13) I don’t daven with a minyan 14) Can you dress better? Have you listened to NTS Ep 21!! Haha 15) I am falling in love with you 16) Finances 17) I hate Rabbis, shadchanim and all ‘em people I shouldn’t maybe be hating BTW 18) I’m not sure if I want to cover my hair 19) Lashon Hara 20) Places, travel and adventure 21) Don’t prolong things 22) Rule breaking and law breaking
June 23, 2020
Ep 22: Shidduch System Survivors - The Newlyweds' Take
Looking back after it all ended The podcast crew brings on a married couple, one party who dated for many years and one who dated for a little bit. Now that they are married we discuss how hard dating was and what we can do to try to make it easier. Here are some things we get to... 1) what would they change, What did they like? 2) Are we looking for reasons why the date shouldn’t or didn’t work? 3) Can we persevere when being Shidduch downtrodden? 4) Are we seeing you many Shadchanim? 5) Rabbi Vs. The Shadchanit 6) What was the biggest struggle with Parents 7) what was the easiest of it all? 8) How did they know Vs when they were told 9) Shadchan experience 10) Family experience? 11) Real challenges singles face as relationship continues 12) What separated the person you married from others you dated 13) How to continue to see the light at the end of the tunnel 14) Lowest points of shidduch dating 15) Getting feedback from the shadchan or from the girl directly 16) It might have been inconsiderate, but I didn’t consider that guy to be inconsiderate
June 12, 2020
Ep 21: Call Her Hot Chani, When She Wears the Heels and He’s Got His Groom On
21 Are girls judged more harshly for how they dress or don't dress up? 1) What should you avoid wearing? 2) If you wear tights are you really frum? 3) Smartest thing to wear? 4) If you don’t like how they dress? 5) Comfort clothing...what date #? 6) The Flatbush look? 5 Towns look? Out of Towns look?!! 7) When can he wear shorts? 8) When he doesn’t let you know it’s a casual date and you show up in a PradaHow is this 9) what happens to Khakis, Jeans & Pigtails? 10) The "Torah" takes on style attraction and getting dressed up (Tznius) 11) Should fashion attire matter for the resume picture? 12) Is it really a make or break? 13) You find their old instagram with “questionable photos” 14) insecurity if the other person dresses too well 15) When can she lighten up on the Tznius thing
June 1, 2020
Ep 20: Is Breaking Bad During Quarantine? Taking A Break Part 2 (w/ The Singles Take)
2 more singles join the Shidduch Podcast Crew to respond to the taking a break now, later or never? Are you thinking about Taking a break? 1. Should I take a break? 2. Benefits of taking a break 3. How long should a break be? 4. Wrong reasons for taking a break (partying, stressing over work, stressing over family) 5. When you are on a quarantine break 6. When you're on a cold streak and don't want to call it a break 7. Reviewing resumes during a break 8. Should you tell people you are just not dating now? 9: Does exiting a serious relationship lead you to a break 10. Jumping back in too early
May 17, 2020
Episode 19: Is Breaking Bad During Quarantine? Taking A Break Part 1 (w/ Therapists)
Dr. Rachael Schindler & Therapist Eli Weinstein joins the Shidduch Podcast Crew. Are you thinking about Taking a break? 1. Should I take a break? 2. Benefits of taking a break 3. How long should a break be? 4. Wrong reasons for taking a break (partying, stressing over work, stressing over family) 5. When you are on a quarantine break 6. When you're on a cold streak and don't want to call it a break 7. Reviewing resumes during a break 8. Should you tell people you are just not dating now? 9: Does exiting a serious relationship lead you to a break 10. Jumping back in too early
May 10, 2020
Episode 18: Zoom Dating? We Both Went Our Separate Zooms After This Long Distance Thing
3 Singles Discuss there Shidduch dating experience while under quarantine. Zoom Dating isn’t new, thousands of singles have done FaceTimes before. But now we are all long distance dating with the COVID19 pandemic. After all said and done, will you both go your Separate Zoom ways? Or is it possible to maintain or start a relationship like this??
April 27, 2020
Episode 17: My best friend is engaged - time to social distance? (w/ special a Coronavirus Dating)
My best friend’s engaged.... now what? 1. The difference between how guys and girls react and deal with it. 2. Reasons why its hard: can friendship be the same? Being single and healing from a breakup. 3. Letting go even though you love your BFF. 4. Recognizing your own feelings that come with this. 6. Life after they get married / learning how to remain close - is it possible? 7. Feelings on your friend for leaving you alone. 8. Hating their spouse, do you tell them? 9. Handling loneliness. 11. Eating, working or drinkng your way through your feelings. 12. Incorporating your friend and their spouse in your life (3rd wheel syndrome). 13. How involved you are in engagement/wedding plans 14. Family members using your friend as an example. 15. Now she wants to set you up with all her friends. This week's episode is sponsored by Audible
March 19, 2020
Episode 16: The One That Got Away (w/ A Purim Special)
Have you ever had someone you were ready to marry and they somehow they got away, in this week's episode the crew discusses some their own experiences with the "one that got away". What is the Disney Effect? Do you have any regrets? Who should you speak to? What would you tell them if you had 2nd chance? Also included is a bonus purim segment which we hope you enjoy. This week's episode is sponsored by Audible
March 6, 2020
Episode 15: Are there other ways to date? - w/modern orthodox matchmakers perspective
Are there other ways to date? - w/ The Modox Matchmakers Getting setup through friends, online dating, app dating and of course social media 🧐😄🎧. Also the differences of growing up in a CoEd Hebrew Academy vs Yeshiva & helping us explore the benefits and challenges. This week's episode which is sponsored by Audible,
February 23, 2020
Episode 14: Guys vs Girls - Who has it tougher in shidduchim?
In today's episode we discuss who has it tougher in shidduchim the guys or the girls? We cover many different areas where the girls have it tougher including break ups, resumes, and the emotional aspect of dating.  Also debated are some of the challenges for guys when it comes to the logistics of dating, which we discuss with our callers in a humorous and thoughtful way. 
February 8, 2020
Episode 13: When he's more into the bentching than the date and she didn't order the salad?! (W/BrooklynFoodSnob)
For today's episode we brought on the Brooklyn Food Snob AKA Rivkie,  who is known as one of the foremost experts in NYC food & date spots . We discuss a wide range of issues that can take place when going on a food date.  Some of which include, bringing back leftovers, the friendly neighbor approaching you, and can you take that Instagram photo in front of your date?
January 26, 2020
Episode 12: An American Shidduch Story: Worst Dates Ever (w/ Live Call-ins from Listeners)
Do you feel like you had a "shidduch experience from Gehenim?". In today's episode the crew and our new live call in audience discuss some of their worst date experiences ever, which include:  The awkwardness of being set up at a wedding, occupation mismatch, and a foreign shidduch policy disaster!
January 12, 2020
Episode 11: Revisits: Same Face Different Place
The gang discusses revisiting a person you had previously went out with before. What if they wanted to revisit with you? What if you wanted to revisit with them? Here are the practical thoughts of singles who have been there...on both ends.
December 28, 2019
Episode 10: Dating more than 1 person at a time but at least they had the same name
The podcast crew gets heated over dating 2 people at the same time! They not only discuss some issues that can come but also the warranted reasoning behind it!
December 20, 2019
Episode 9: I Think He Might Be The One (w/ Dating Coach Hanna Kahana)
Featuring renowned Dating Coach & Shadchan Hanna Kahana. In this epsiode the crew discusses- How you know things are getting serious? The signs to know your shidduch is serious about you and how many dates until we’ve broached the daunting subject of meeting the parents?
December 12, 2019
Episode 8: Singles Events: To Go or Not To Go?
Love them or hate them singles events are marketed to singles constantly! The Nobody Talks Shidduchim Crew discusses personal experiences, best game plans and how to handle yourself at one of these things!
December 3, 2019
Episode 7: Does Age Matter
The Nobody Talks Shidduchim Crew (now with Miss D) discuss age’s role in Shidduchim. At what age is a good time to start dating and how many years can there be between you and shidduch ideas.
November 25, 2019
Episode 6: How To Save a DOA (Dead On Arrival) with Miss D!
We welcome Miss D to the podcast as our guest Co-Host who is representing the women’s voice in Shidduchim! In this weeks episode we discuss unforeseen occurrences that can end a date a lot earlier than planned.
November 15, 2019
Episode 5: Don’t let her plan the date
In “Don’t let her plan the date”, our hosts discuss the controversies regarding boys planning the dates, how to plan your dates? Whether to go to a restaurant or  lounge?  What's an action date? And of course the controversial concept of can she pick up the check?
November 4, 2019
Episode 4: The Resume Write Up
Give your Resume some character with a write up. In this episode we delve into some other tips for references, a resume outline & what you should be writing up in the write up!
October 14, 2019
Episode 3: I Almost Married The Reference!
We start off on how to structure the resume and then get into the topic of references. Ever have a bad reference? Have you ever called a reference? Get ready for some of the best questions to ask those references listed on a Shidduch Resume.
September 27, 2019
Episode 2: How To Deal With Your Shadchan / Matchmaker
Dealing with shadchanim can be a hands full! Your friends, friend’s mom, your moms friend, your boss’s cousin... Here are the complaints and tips for your best Shadchan experience.
September 16, 2019
Episode 1: First Date Roadmap
 A shidduch podcast series exclusively for talking shiduchim in the Jewish Dating world.  For Jewish religious orientations: Modern Orthodox, Yeshivish, Hassidic, Lubavitch, Conservative and Machmir.
September 13, 2019
Nobody Talks Shidduchim: Intro
It’s a subject that not too many want to hear or discuss. Nobody Talks Shidduchim is a podcast for those who are facing a true challenge in American Jewish dating. Did we scare you yet? Here you are not alone. There are so many others struggling in Shidduchim and it’s time us singles had a voice for it!
September 3, 2019