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(Though at my age I dread putting the dating process on hold!
) It is increasingly lonely without my family, who live in a foreign country and are not very supportive of my choice to become Jewish.
People sometimes downplay this because they feel it's "wrong" to focus on material concerns, but in reality they are as much a part of married life as spiritual ones.
It seems that you started dating before having clear answers to some of these questions.
We imagine that since you’re in your 30s and want to start a family, you were encouraged to date as soon after your conversion as possible.
Perhaps one of the reasons you're feeling frustrated and burned out is that this was too early for you.
Rachel Dear Rachel, Thank you for writing and giving us an opportunity to address questions that are often raised by those who are new converts to Judaism or have recently become more Jewishly observant.
The dates I’ve had are simply not suitable – either they haven't "found" themselves yet in terms of life direction, or are not yet established in a career, or simply are not functioning well overall.
Dear Rosie & Sherry, I am a 34-year-old woman who converted to Judaism two years ago.
I didn't date during the period of my conversion process, because I knew that it wasn't appropriate until my conversion was complete. I am looking for a man who has kindness, patience, warmth, and an integrated life of Judaism and career.
They need to know themselves a bit better before they can decide exactly what they're looking for in a marriage partner.
There's no hard and fast rule as to the time-frame, but you should have a good idea of the direction in which you see yourself growing – both spiritually and materially – over the next several years, as well as the path you plan to take to get there.