As Rosh Hashanah approaches, our thoughts are focused on our actions and what the New Year will bring.
After 120 years, every soul will face questions on the Day of Judgment. Among the first questions will be: Were you involved in bringing children into this world? Another way to understand this question is: Were you involved in making matches?
Recognizing our responsibility in this area and understanding that there are challenges involved, consider the following – a solution so simple that it can be easily overlooked.
On a community level:
Every shul should consider designating a “go to” person to keep a list of all the single (or single children of) members. These designees should be approached when one is seeking a suitable suggestion and can also meet with one another and/or swap lists.
On an individual level:
Prepare 2 lists – single boys and girls that you know. Periodically, and anytime you add a new name, review the lists for potential matches. And then most importantly – follow through on your own or through a shadchan.
This effort need not be time consuming for any one person, but a joint effort can yield dramatic results: Two hundred people each devoting just 15 minutes per week would result in a total of 2,600 hours being invested per year.
In the merit of our hishtadlus, coupled with tefillah, may the Ribono Shel Olam bless the New Year with mazel and hatzlacha as we unite to build batim n’emanim b’yisrae
A Matzav Reader