What is the Mazel Wave?

The 'Mazel Wave' refers to a wave of good fortune during the Jewish month of Tishrei; the month that includes the high-holidays of Rosh Hashana, Yom Kippur, Sukkot, Shemni Atzeret, and Simchat Torah.

In modern times, the Jewish community has come to view this time period as so holy, it's fit only for deep prayer and connection with G-d and incompatible with pursuits of dating and marriage. Nothing can be further from the truth. Our tradition teaches that the high-holiday period is the best time of the year to seek out and date someone of the opposite sex. This is because we have a closer connection to G-d during this time and G-d wants nothing more than to help us find our soul-mate. Nothing exemplifies this more than a passage in the Talmud (Taanit 4:8) which says that on Yom Kippur, women dressed in white and danced in the vineyards to attract potential male suitors. This occurred not before Yom Kippur, not after Yom Kippur, but on Yom Kippur. This tradition has been kept by many sefardic communities worldwide through the 20th century where singles meet and mingle outdoors in between the mincha and ne'ilah services.

The modern view on separation of dating during holy times has actually been influenced by Christianity and other religions that believe physicality, sex, and marriage are unholy aspects of our lives and our ideal state is pure spirituality. Judaism believes the opposite but unfortunately this mentality has seeped into even Jewish Orthodox culture and has kept singles away from the dating scene during Tishrei.

JWed strongly and aggressively supports our Jewish tradition the way it was always meant to be practiced. When the holidays come around, don't take a break - step it up and G-d will be there to give you a helping hand.

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