Pretty sure I’ve reached the peak of my texting career
I had been on JDate, on-and-off, for a couple of years without much success. However, after my last relationship did not work out, I realized it was time to find my Jewish prince, and turned right back to JDate.
Since I was so serious about my new decision, I also enlisted the services of a matchmaker. (I should mention here that my level of commitment also included visualizing and talking to my future intended, you know, like in The Secret, and other such theories on how to get what you want from the Universe… the Universe told me that his name would be “Jason.” No joke, that was the name that popped into my head.)
The matchmaker instantly matched me with a brilliant doctor who, interestingly enough, I had almost been set up with the year before. I say “almost” because he never knew about it, and my friend who wanted to set us up, wanted it to look like an accidental meeting. Long story short, we just kept missing each other, and eventually, my friend gave up.
I was getting plenty of e-mails from JDaters, which mostly just ended up in first dates, and, sadly for me, none of the men I contacted first through the site ever responded back. On top of which, my doctor match (from the matchmaker) was taking his time in calling me to set up our first date. It was starting to feel like the story of my life.
One Sunday morning while killing time before work, I was logged into JDate and saw Jason. His profile was short, and photos seemed a bit spread out through time (it was hard to tell which was more recent), but something about his tone and his eyes made me want to reach out. I figured it might turn out like all the others who never responded, but no more than five minutes later, he sent me a response! We exchanged phone numbers right away and ended up meeting that very night!
My first impression when he walked in was unlike anything I had ever experienced before. He looked amazing, better than any of his photos; he was my perfect type, and I was getting really excited. Our date went very well: it ended with a kiss and a promise to see each other again.
In the meantime, my doctor match had finally called, and we planned to meet that same week. Did I mention that his name was also Jason? Yeah… So, we met and had a great date. I didn’t get that same feeling that I had had with JDate Jason, but Dr. Jason and I had history! I got very confused, so I did what any normal girl would do… I went to Maui with a girlfriend!
While I was gone, I pondered my situation, trying to figure out which of these two I was supposed to be with. Upon my return, Dr. Jason and I had a couple more dates. Feeling like things were going in the right direction, and given our mutual connections, I started realizing that I was going to have to let JDate Jason down. He had been texting about our upcoming second date, to which I responded: “I’m so sorry; I’ve met someone else with whom I have a stronger connection. I wish you the best.” A few hours later, his response was: “Very sorry to hear that, I wish you the best, and you never know what the future may hold.”
Smart man. After two more dates with Dr. Jason, I got an e-mail saying he wasn’t feeling the relationship! That’s when, remembering the open text message from JDate Jason, I decided to re-initiate communication. He instantly asked me on our “second first date” – and from that moment on, May 18th 2013, we were inseparable.
The love we felt for each other so quickly was breathtaking. It was truly like being entirely attracted to your best friend. We moved in six months later, around Thanksgiving. One month after that, on December 13th, 2013, during our morning hike, the love of my life, my prince, asked me to be his wife.
I tell my friends often that finding the right partner is tough, and internet dating can seem a bit daunting, but it just takes one to make it all worthwhile. I will forever be a fan. Thank you JDate.
Caroline and Jason
Los Angeles, California
Light the candles, remove all the Chametz, pull out your tablet and grab some wine—it’s Seder time. Now you can get your Haggadah from a dating site (that’s right) and really spic…
You need more than four glasses of wine to get through a full seder with your entire family.
I mentioned on the podcast this week that I wrote the Passover Haggadah (story of Passover) for JDate.
It’s free if you’re looking for a Haggadah or if you just want to read something I wrote.
Happy Passover, and good luck to all first born!
Attending a Seder is an extremely common practice for U.S. Jews. While only 23% of U.S. Jews said they attend religious services at least monthly, 70% said they participated in a Seder last year.
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Rabbi Dan Ain & Nathan Phillips
Wishing everybody a happy Passover. We hope to see some of you at our 92Y Seders.
So about those four questions…
Question no. 1: Why is this Haggadah different from all other Haggadahs? Rabbi Dan Ain will be leading a Passover Seder with writer/comedian Nathan Phillips, author of The Bob Marley Haggadah, in Brooklyn. For those of you who can’t join us, our friends at JDate have published the all-new JDate Haggadah with a fresh take on Pesach. Or you can always download The Maxwell House Haggadah (this one simply gives us a warm and fuzzy feeling).
Question no. 2: Why do we eat Matzah? Rabbi Dan has the answer over at HuffPo.
Question no. 3: Where can I find a creative family Seder? We’ve got one with songs, stories and games at 92Y.
Question no. 4: What makes this night different from all other nights? We’ll leave that one to you.