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July 26, 2015 4:53 pm

Rabbi Says JDate Lawsuit Against JSwipe is Not Kosher

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Jdate has sued the dating app JSwipe over the use of the letter "J." Photo: Screenshot.

Jdate has sued the dating app JSwipe over the use of the letter “J.” Photo: Screenshot.

A lawsuit filed by JDate against competing Jewish digital dating company JSwipe would be frowned on by Jewish law, a rabbi recently told Forbes in a report on the legal wrangle.

“From a Judaic ethics standpoint, this lawsuit is inappropriate,” said Rabbi Shlomo Yaffe, Dean of the Institute of American and Talmudic Law.

“Here we are talking about creating Jewish families that will have Jewish children. All the more so that we should encourage competition if the aggregate number of matches increases,” Yaffe said further.

JDate’s parent company, Spark Networks, filed the lawsuit late last year against JSwipe claiming an intellectual property infringement over the use of the letter “J” for a Jewish dating brand.

According to Forbes, JDate also claimed that it owns a patent on software that “confidentially determines matches and notifies users of mutual matches in feelings and interests,” a prominent function of JSwipe.

Rabbi Yaffe explained that Jewish law allows unlimited competition for services that promote Jewish continuity. JSwipe, JDate and similar Jewish dating apps increase intrafaith marriages, resulting in more Jewish children to carry on the heritage, according to Yaffe.


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  • Moshe

    JDate has nerve making this claim when they allow non Jews on their site.

  • shara

    I thought all Jews on “shlish gan edan” today

  • Yitzhak

    It is also unJewish to charge for these services since the goal is to create Jewishmat he’s that will make Jewish children.


    It also would appear that JDate does not do a very good job at keeping non-Jews off the site, or allowing for appropriate notations of requested religious distinctions (i.e., Kohanim, vs Kohen eligible).

    I ceased to use them because, as an Orthodox Jewish man, I found few eligible women.