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Miracle On JDate - The Impossible Has Happened

by Ilana Angel

August 29, 2010 | 8:05 pm

After two months on JDate, I finally had a date.  To clarify, it was actually my third date since deciding to date exclusively on JDate for six months.  This is the first one however, that does not make me sick to talk about.  To review, I only date Jewish men, and so in an attempt to meet my Beshert, I decided to limit my online search to JDate.

So, I get an email last week from a gentleman who said he enjoyed my profile, to take a look at his, and if I thought he looked interesting, he would like to talk with me.  He was attractive, and his profile came across as normal.  If you’ve ever been on JDate, then you know normal is about the sexiest thing you can be online, and it’s very rare.

I emailed him back, sent my number, he called, we chatted a couple of times, and met for lunch on Sunday afternoon.  He was waiting for me outside the restaurant when I got there.  He looked just like his picture.  In fact, he was probably a little cuter than his pictures.  He was the height and age that was listed on his profile, which is unheard of.

We had a very nice lunch.  He was charming and funny.  We talked about our families, work, and Judaism.  We had enough in common for it to feel safe and comfortable, and subtle differences, which made him intriguing and made me want to know more.  He also happens to have the most beautiful green eyes I have ever seen on a man.

You must sit down now because I am about to tell you something rather shocking.  There is an honest man on JDate.  I know, it sounds like I’m making it up, but it’s true.  It’s not an urban myth.  If there is one, we can assume that there are others.  They exist, and I have seen one.  They walk among us, and with a trained eye, we can learn to spot them easily.

It was a nice afternoon, and while it was not really a love connection, it was a great date.  We had good conversation, were kind and respectful to each other, had a few laughs, and left with a hug and a smile.  He will call, or he won’t, but either way it was a good date and I have not had one of those in a very long time.

Some dates leave you wishing you had not bothered to fix your hair.  You are sick from the moment he opens his mouth, and you pray there will be an earthquake so you can get out quickly.  Other dates leave you feeling hot and bothered and believing love at first sight is possible.  The very best dates however, are those that leave you keeping the faith.

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Ilana Angel writes two blogs for JewishJournal.com. KEEPING THE FAITH is about her worldview as a single Jewish mother, and KEEPING IT REAL is all about reality television....

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