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Ultra-Orthodox Matchmakers Will Get $4,000 For Pairing ‘Damaged Goods’ Over 21

The grand rabbi, or “rebbe,” of the Boyan sect of ultra-Orthodox Jews is offering $4,000 to anyone who suggests a successful match between “older singles” in their community, the Israeli news site Arutz Sheva reported Wednesday.

The “older” designation applies to single men over the age of 23 and single women over the age of 21. Arutz Sheva noted that Hasidic Jews who do not marry before 23 are often derogatorily referred to as “damaged goods.”

The rebbe of the Belz Hasidic sect, which numbers over 7,000 families across the world, recently adopted a $1,000 finder’s fee for matches of “older singles” as well. The Skver sect, in the U.S., gives $3,000 for similar matches.

The Boyan rebbe, Rabbi Nachum Dov Brayer, announced the new fee at a meeting with the community’s matchmakers in Jerusalem on Monday.

Contact Ari Feldman at [email protected] or on Twitter @aefeldman.

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