As an Orthodox Jew, Jeff* is not leaving anything to chance: He prays every morning that he will find a wife, attends big religious singles events and maintains active profiles on three different Jewish dating sites.For people like Jeff who are seeking romance and marriage on the web, a potential mate’s religious profile is the most important of all. W., an Upper West Side therapist who loves too much: She loves patients like Rafi (Uma Thurman), her eldest son David (Bryan Greenberg), and her religion (Judaism).

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But somehow it’s the double strand of big red beads dangling around her neck like a loose noose that manages to convey the high state of suffering–boy does she suffa–of a guilt-ridden, guilt-giving Jewish mother. and 13 Academy Award nominations fame has taken on the comi-tragic role of a Jewish mother. Prime is a New York romantic riff on love and what happens when obstacles are placed in the way–obstacles like age, family, religion or the fact that your therapist is the mother of the man you’re in love with (a situation that’s probably less likely to happen in real life than in the movies).

When Lisa discovers that her 37-year-old patient has been dating her 23-year-old son, she is beset by a professional concern that is the classic stuff of comedic conflict: Should she continue to treat this patient and how?

Acting as surrogate parents, aunts, uncles and traditional matchmakers, these sites appeal to the belief that the right match is one where the religious profiles of the couple are as similar as possible.

In this age of cultural melting pot and globalism, why are people searching for people of the same religious background?

“I think it’s important for all people to be open,” Younger said.

“It’s that exclusionary nature of religion that I do have a problem with.” If it’s true that artists make a statement in their work–consider Jewish artists like Chaim Potok, Philip Roth, Woody Allen–then perhaps Prime is Younger’s way of sending a message in a bottle to the Jewish community.

“When you marry outside of your religion, you set up a whole different bunch of difficulties and challenges.” Although Prime is just a movie, and only one man’s take on such a heavy topic, perhaps such pop-culture works are a better indicator of the cultural zeitgeist than proclamations from on high.

Younger believes that the Jewish community–the religious community–needs to be more open to the “other” in the world, when it comes to the arts and when it comes to dating as well.

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