Last summer, I experienced this pressure first-hand.
A prominent rabbi argued to me that too few students were getting married in college.
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The position the rabbi advocated was completely out of touch with my reality, and as far as I could see, he seemed unwilling to even consider the needs of a diverse and changing community.
But as I continued to read through the article, I saw that it actually discussed a very relevant issue that has confronted many in my community.Traditionally, a Modern Orthodox Jewish person keeps Kosher and observes the Sabbath.Women dress modestly in skirts and quarter sleeves.When I explained that many of us believe in first completing school or starting a career before making the supreme commitment, his response was a cool, "Why?" This encounter deepened my concern that there was a growing disconnect between our spiritual leaders and my reality as a young adult.