Jewish Teens/Asking out

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I'm a sophomore and I would like to ask out this girl at school but she's 18. Is that legal? Both in law and religion. I can't find anything against it, but I want to be sure.

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Hi Dustin

I can't comment about secular law, but is it is legal in Jewish law. The thing is that Jewish law also has rules of how you date: Focus on the meaningful side of a relationship and keep the physical to an absolute minimum (definitely no sleeping together before marriage). This ensures that you build a strong and meaningful connection before you expose yourselves in a way that could make breaking up later much more difficult.

You may find this link helpful: http://www.chabad.org/theJewishWoman/article_cdo/aid/313388/jewish/Relationships

Sincerely,

Rabbi Shishler

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Rabbi Ari Shishler

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As a campus rabbi, who teaches both religious and non-religious Jewish teens every day, I'm ready and waiting for your questions.

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I spent six years as the head of the Chabad House Young Adults' Division in Johannesburg, South Africa, before moving to learning director. I am the campus rabbi at the Witwatersrand University and University of Johannesburg and was the campus rabbi at Boston City Campus in Johannesburg for six years. I have worked closely with the South African Union of Jewish students since 1997. For the past eight years, I have been a guest lecturer at the Johannesburg "Encounter" program for King David High Schools. I have also spent two years as guest rabbi at the "Encounter" program in Cape Town. King David High Schools, Yeshivah College and Crawford High Schools invite me regularly to speak to various classes. Since 1996, I have been teaching Talmud at a local religious high school.

Organizations
Chabad-Lubavitch South African Rabbinical Association

Publications
Monthly column in Jewish Life magazine, South Africa. Jewish Tradition, South Africa. Jewish Report, South Africa South African Union of Jewish Students annual Holiday guide. Jewish Observer, South Africa. Nshei Chabad Newsletter, NY. Online Jewish Magazine www.chabad.org

Education/Credentials
After completing high scool, I spent six years studying in Rabbinical seminaries in South Africa, Israel and New York.

Past/Present Clients
www.askmoses.com www.chabad.org

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