The Magic Barrel Characters

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Leo Finkle

Leo Finkle has spent the last six years studying to become a rabbi at New York's Yeshivah University. Because he believes that he will have a better chance of getting employment with a congregation if he is married, Leo consults a professional matchmaker. Leo is a cold person; he comes to realize that "he did not love God so well as he might, because he had not loved man." When Finkle falls in love with Salzman's daughter, Stella, the rabbinical student must confront his own emotional failings.

Pinye Salzman

Leo consults Pinye Salzman, who is a professional matchmaker. Salzman is an elderly man who lives in great poverty. He is unkempt in appearance and smells of fish. While Salzman works to bring couples together, Leo has reason to believe that the matchmaker, or "commercial cupid," is occasionally dishonest about the age and financial status of his clients...

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