“We thought 10 minutes for each date, because that was just an easier number to use in a busy coffeehouse,” Deyo says.
That night, in a Peet’s Coffee & Tea in Beverly Hills, the Orthodox rabbi twirled his gragger to signal when it was time for the single men and women present to switch partners and spark up a conversation with the next stranger.
That theory is definitely not correct- yes, the speed dating game has become very, very popular in recent years and even more so in the UK but research points to the fact that speed dating dates back to the nineties (oooooh the 90s were just great werent they?!
) when Yaacov Deyo, a popular and forward thinking Rabbi based in Los Angeles, created the idea as a means for young Jewish singles to meet, greet, mingle and get to know young Jewish girls with the hope of finding a partner and falling in love.
These people will have dates on a regular basis, and they may or may not be having sexual relations.
This period of courtship is sometimes seen as a precursor to engagement or marriage.