Jewish Journal

Rabbi looking for young wife to lower insurance premiums

by Brad A. Greenberg

August 17, 2011 | 3:51 pm

When Rabbi Craig Ezring’s wife died, his insurance rates shot up. Oddly, NPR leaves any mention of religion out of this story about the 56-year-old rabbi who has gone fishing for a young wife to lower his health insurance premium. As reported:

An insurance broker told him his small business insurance rate is based on the age of the owner of the company. So, Ezring posted on his blog that he was looking for a younger woman who wouldn’t mind marrying him to help him get cheaper coverage.

“Give some thought to the possibility of marrying me ... a good insurance plan is all I ask,” he wrote. “Okay there maybe one or two other things I ask for, but sadly, right now insurance has become a top priority.”

Ezring, a rabbi at several nursing homes and assisted living facilities in South Florida, said he’s had a few “comical offers” of marriage in response to his plea, including one asking if he wanted to move to South Carolina.

Read the rest here.

Ezring’s quest is a little different than marrying for money—more like marrying for the tax breaks or a family discount. But that Ezring is a rabbi still has to raise some questions of religious propriety, nu?

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