A list of the religious world's most eligible bachelors and bachelorettes is being published Friday in Makor Rishon newspaper's Motzash magazine. It is comprised of 50 men and 50 women considered to be the sector's most handsome and successful young people.
The list includes lawyers, businesspeople, journalists, actors, singers and even a "kosher" bartender. It is being published ahead of Tu B'Av, the Jewish holiday of love.
The list's editor, Dina Avramson, says it originally included as many as 300 men and women, most of whom refused to appear in the magazine for modesty reasons.
"It took us two months to convince people. There's a difficulty in the sector admitting that you're pretty and successful. But as soon as the project was made public, we were actually flooded with requests."
The pressures reached the magazine's editor, Elad Tene. "We're thinking about compiling a list of those who were offended by our failure to include them," he says, smiling. "Bachelorhood is a hot issue in the sector, and this project is creating a lot of noise already."
Indeed, a list containing the Facebook pages of the 100 most wanted religious bachelors has been posted across the Internet in the past few days, becoming a huge hit. According to Avramson, the list has already generated at least two couples.
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