Israeli dating customs
Once you get a conversation going they usually open up fast and become friendly and candid.
Israeli women are pretty real and "in your face" type – no fake smiles or such – what you see is what you get.
It is important to note that although money is one way of "acquiring" a wife, the woman is not being bought and sold like a piece of property or a slave.
This is obvious from the fact that the amount of money involved is nominal (according to the Mishnah, a perutah, a copper coin of the lowest denomination, was sufficient).
There are a number of statements in the Talmud that would seem to contradict the idea of bashert, most notably the many bits of advice on choosing a wife.
Nevertheless, the idea has a strong hold within the Jewish community: look at any listing of Jewish personal ads and you're bound to find someone "Looking for my bashert." Finding your bashert doesn't mean that your marriage will be trouble-free.
To satisfy the requirements of acquisition by money, the ring must belong to the groom.