Give a detailed summary of the story "The Magic Barrel".

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clairewait eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I think the entire story can probably be summed up in about 5 sentences.  It is about a Jewish man named Leo, who has studied for 6 years to become a rabbi.  He has not necessarily been interested in any women during this time, but when he finds out his job prospects would significantly increase if he were married, he consults a matchmaker.

The rest of the story is about his experience with a matchmaker and specifically, two women he meets as a result.  Basically in this persuit to find a mate, Leo ends up learning more about himself than he would have otherwise understood... typical.