The name Aish HaTorah, literally "Fire [of] the Torah", was inspired by the Talmudic story of Rabbi Akiva, the once illiterate 40-year-old shepherd who subsequently became the most famous sage of the Mishnah. One day he came across a stone that had been hollowed out by a constant drip of water. He concluded, "If something as soft as water could carve a hole in solid rock, then how much more so can Torah which is compared to fire make an indelible impression on my heart."
The concept of "round robin dating" was founded by Rabbi Yaacov Deyo and his students in Los Angeles, CA as a way of helping Jewish singles meet and marry. Rabbi Deyo coined the word SpeedDating® as the name for these events. The first event took place at Petes Café in Beverly Hills in late 1998.
Changes During 1999, the concept was modified – until its current form of 7, 7-minute round robin dates in one night. Today, hundreds of Jews have met and married through this venue – and it has spawned the round robin dating industry for people of all cultural backgrounds.
Studies A 1995 study at the University of Bern showed that women appeared to be attracted to the smell of men who had different MHC profiles from their own.
MHC The MHC is a region of the human genome involved with immune function. Because parents with more diverse MHC profiles would be expected to produce offspring with stronger immune systems, dissimilar MHC may play a role in sexual selection.
Smell A speed "date" lasting several minutes should be long enough for the sense of smell to come into play, and therefore it is important that the participants are seated close enough together.
Move Couples move around the tables and mark their card
Television Sex and the CitySex and the City. "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" (2000): Miranda, the lawyer, pretends to be a stewardess at the event after telling her first few "dates" that she is a successful lawyer scares them off ProvidenceProvidence. "The Mating Dance" (2001): Syd goes to a "speed dating" event Kath and KimKath and Kim. "Gay" (2002): Kim, estranged from her husband of 2 months, goes with her friend Sharon to a speed dating event RebaReba. "Switch" (2002) : Reba's daughter, Cheyenne, convinces her mother to try speed-dating.  MonkMonk. "Mr. Monk Goes to the Theater" (2003): Adrian Monk tries to talk to a suspect at a speed dating event.Mr. Monk Goes to the TheaterAdrian Monk Yes, DearYes, Dear. "Speed Dating". Jimmy hits it off during a speed dating session. Dead Like MeDead Like Me. "Hurry" (2004): Daisy goes speed dating to take the soul of one of the men participating. Gilmore GirlsGilmore Girls. "But Not as Cute as Pushkin" (2004): Featured Rory's friend Paris attempting speed dating RoryParis
More clips Queer Eye for the Straight GuyQueer Eye for the Straight Guy. "Queer Eye For The Shy Guy" (2004): a straight man is made over to attend a speed dating party 60 Minutes II60 Minutes II. "60 Minutes II" (2004): Featured speed dating in the segment called "Love in the 21st Century" The Vicar of DibleyThe Vicar of Dibley. "Happy New Year" (2005): Geraldine Granger receives a ticket to a speed dating event for her 40th birthday. Beauty and the GeekBeauty and the Geek. "Episode 204" (2006): Featured speed dating as one of the challenges faced by the "geeks". The BillThe Bill. "Episode 405" (2006): Yvonne Hemmingway persuades Honey Harman to go with her to a speed-dating event. The L WordThe L Word. "Lifeline" (2006): Alice and Kit go to a speed dating event The SimpsonsThe Simpsons. "Regarding Margie" (2006): Marge Simpson, during a bout of amnesia, went on a speed-dating event.Regarding Margie
References SpeedDating History "The Road to Romance". Harvard Magazine (March-April 2003): 28-28A. http://www.harvardmagazine.com/on- line/030382.html. Retrieved on 2007-02-09.The Road to Romancehttp://www.harvardmagazine.com/on- line/030382.html "Speed dating with Yaacov and Sue Deyo""Speed dating with Yaacov and Sue Deyo". NPR. http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=4 803880. Retrieved on 2007-02-08.NPR http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=4 803880 The Independent (London) Jan 19 2003 via Findarticles.com: Speed-dating boom hit by shortage of menThe Independent (London) Jan 19 2003 via Findarticles.com: Speed-dating boom hit by shortage of men "HurryDate: Mate preferences in action""HurryDate: Mate preferences in action"a study done by evolutionary psychologists at the University of Pennsylvania