Laura Hess dreamed of meeting her very own Paul Newman. And when she went to a matchmaker, she sounded like a perfect catch — until he discovered her disability.
Rachel Garfinkle, 29, an ultra-Orthodox stay-at-home mom in Cleveland, Ohio, was married to her husband Michael in 2003. Her cousin, who also happened to be Michael’s best friend, set them up. As the norm goes in her community, they were married after five dates.
When I was 23, I interviewed a Lubavitch [matchmaker]( (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shadchan ‘matchmaker’) for a story I was writing. The more she explained her profession to me, the more appealing the whole idea sounded: Your parents get together with a professional and find someone for you. You’ve got a say in who you match with, but none of this agony of hoping a mixture of chemistry and fate will bring you your true love.