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Since launching Marriage-Minded Mentor in February 2012, Ben Shalom has been offering her matchmaking and mentoring services to a variety of clients in the U.S. and all over the world, including Europe, Israel and South Africa.

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Original content written for Aish.com

For starters, stop calling them “single”.
I came across the following story in a friend’s Facebook status the other day:
I experienced the most frustrating situation today. I was walking by a restaurant and saw an old man lying on the sidewalk, clearly recently collapsed, with his cane by his side. Three people were having an outdoor lunch and were sort of staring askance at him, saying things to passersby like, “We are just trying to have lunch,” and, “We called an ambulance, that’s all we’re supposed to do”.

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How to best respond to the accusation.

Picture this: someone (maybe you know them, or maybe you just met) asks you, “What are you looking for?” Of course, you’ve given this question much thought. You’ve learned that if you give the standard answer, no one will know more about you than the next person. So you take a deep breath, look them in the eye, and reply, “I’m looking for someone who says what s/he does and does what s/he says. Of course, all the basics too – someone with good character traits, who matches me Jewishly. And please, no smokers.”

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I would have appreciated a heads-up on a few things. What wisdom do you have to share?

I learned the ropes of dating on the fly, and somehow I made it to the chuppah. I sure would have appreciated a heads-up on a few things. To make your dating process a little sweeter, here are three concepts that I wish I’d known when I was dating.