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Ask the Matchmaker Rabbi – Lovelorn Edition Ask the Matchmaker Rabbi – Lovelorn Edition

Dear Matchmaker Rabbi: When I was volunteering in Israel two summers ago, I met this amazing guy. It was love at first sight. Seriously — I tried not to meet him because I knew I was already in love with him! But we did meet, and there was no escaping it. When the summer ended, I needed to return to the U.S. to finish my degree. I told him I would try to return this past summer, but it didn’t pan out due to financial issues…

5 People You Should Never Date 5 People You Should Never Date

All over the world, so many people are searching for true love. Sometimes, it’s hard to find. However, just because the pickings might sometimes be slim, that doesn’t mean you should go for someone who’s …

Lisa and Jason Lisa and Jason

Jason proposed to me on a bluff overlooking the San Diego coast. With our one big, happy family looking on, Jason’s middle brother, a rabbi, married us. It is truly Beshert.”

A Modern Sage
A Modern Sage

Medieval scholars such as Maimonides and Gersonides were famous for both their Torah scholarship as well as their scientific knowledge.

New Year for the Trees
New Year for the Trees

Tu B’Shvat is this week and is the perfect day to reflect on how we might better take care of the earth and its resources. Though the holiday has changed throughout the centuries, Tu B’Shvat can be a day to celebrate the unique partnership between man and nature. It appears that now, more than ever, we need to be more conscious of everything we do and how it affects the planet.

More Than Just Trees
More Than Just Trees

Thousands of blue boxes and a dream that encompassed a nation…that was the foundation of the Jewish National Fund (JNF or Keren Kayemet L’Israel). Today, JNF is best known for its commitment to environmentalism and its dogged campaign to reforest the land of Israel (you know, plant a tree in honor/memory of a loved one).

The Warsaw Ghetto Uprising
The Warsaw Ghetto Uprising

The Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, which is famous for its month-long resistance struggle in April/May of 1943, actually began with an initial uprising on 12 Shevat 5703 (1943).

The Challenge of a Cup of Tea
The Challenge of a Cup of Tea

How do you make a cup of tea? Seems like a silly question, doesn’t it? Tea is easy. Simply take a mug, fill it with hot water, and then just add a tea bag. Let the tea steep and remove the tea bag. Then, season to taste by adding your fixings (sugar, honey, milk, etc).

Forget The Top Forties
Forget The Top Forties

Thousands of years ago, the sages created a top ten song list of the important songs recited in the Tanach (Bible). Straight from the Midrashic collection of the Mechilta of Rabbi Ishmael Shirata 1:5, here is the Rabbis’ top ten…

Millionaire Matchmaker Patti Stanger: How to Get Married in a Year Millionaire Matchmaker Patti Stanger: How to Get Married in a Year

In the dating detox period, Patti recommends finding your five non-negotiables.  Determine what the five things are that you can’t live without.  Whether it is religion, location or financial security, you should have a good idea of what these non-negotiables are before entering the courtship process. According to Stanger, you can tell if he is the right guy if “he shows up on time, he calls when he says he will call and you get to be the Saturday night girl.”

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