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Will I Forgive You for What!?
Will I Forgive You for What!?

An ancient Jewish proverb declares: “Loose tongues are worse than wicked hands.”

How Social Media is Forever Changing the Engagement Process

While integrating social media into your engagement process can turn out great (as it did for Matt), it also poses serious sociological implications.  As the web progresses, society is lagging behind the impact social media and new technology will have on marriage and the overall courtship process.  People will now see a digital footprint of everyone you have ever dated via Facebook pictures before you decide to marry.

From Holy God to Holy King
From Holy God to Holy King

On Rosh Hashana, God judges the world (and all the people therein), but their fates are not sealed until 10 days later, on Yom Kippur. It is during these ten days during that we must present a compelling case of our worthiness to the heavenly court.

Challah: Easy as 1, 2, 3
Challah: Easy as 1, 2, 3

Making homemade challah only seems hard. Everyone’s grandmother made challah and without the aid of fancy bread machines or other equipment. Making challah is really easy and very gratifying. It is also mostly passive, which means you can be doing other things while the dough takes care of itself.

Budget Friendly Ways to Spice Up Your Relationship
Budget Friendly Ways to Spice Up Your Relationship

Once you find your significant other, it’s important to make sure you don’t get bored of each other. It’s easy to fall into a relationship rut when things become dull. But don’t worry – you don’t have to be whisked away to Paris to have fun with your partner.

Avinu Malkeinu
Avinu Malkeinu

No prayer so thoroughly captures the Jewish people’s dual relationship with God as Avinu Malkeinu, “Our Father, Our King.”

Monica and Mark Monica and Mark

“I liked Monica’s joie de vivre from the moment I sat down at my third five-minute date of the night.  She was vivacious, positive, bright and flirty, not to mention beautiful.”

Symbolic Foods
Symbolic Foods

Since Rosh Hashana is the day of judgement, it is customary to eat simanim,* foods with symbolic meanings that invoke God’s blessing. We also recite a short prayer before eating them. While apple with honey is a universal custom, other symbolic foods eaten depend on family custom.

Here’s A Grape Idea!
Here’s A Grape Idea!

It’s a scene out of a movie… or “America’s Funniest Home Videos,” depending how sick your sense of humor is.  During the wedding ceremony, a beautiful bride in a sparkling white gown receives her groom’s Bar Mitzvah Kiddush cup. She looks up at her handsome groom, feels butterflies and blushes over the excitement of the day. Just as she prepares to make contact with the cup, she presses her lips lightly on the surface to make sure that her lipstick stays in tact, and then it happens.

The Light Of The First Day
The Light Of The First Day

When most people think of natural light, they think of the sun. Strangely enough, the sun (along with the moon and stars) was not created until the fourth day. So what was the “light” that God placed in the world on the first day?

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