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Making Changes for the New Year
Making Changes for the New Year

As someone that writes about online dating for a living I have visited and seen my fair share of online dating sites.  While many strive for greatness, the truth is that many just do not live up to the hype in terms of user-experience, quality of membership and overall satisfaction.  Yet, there are a few gems in this over-populated field and I must say, JDate falls near the top of the list.  JDate not only delivers on a specific niche, helping Jewish people to find matches in a dwindling Jewish population, but it continues to expand and innovate with new ideas.

Letter Abbreviations
Letter Abbreviations

Everyone is familiar with standard letter form: the return address here, the date there, salutation and signature each have a place, etc. When looking at letters, or documents, written by observant Jews, many people notice some strange markings created by specific Hebrew abbreviations that often appear on the page.

Elana and Barry Elana and Barry

“…I do have to say my parents were right about having more in common and feeling a closer bond because of our heritage and the sharing of similar customs and traditions.”

So Trendy
So Trendy

So cupcakes are dead and pie is the new ….well, cupcake! Kumquats are the new pomegranate and vegetables, especially root vegetables are the new meat (I called that one last year). Kale is the new hottie in the sauté pan AND the salad bowl and not eating meat once a week is all the rage.

The Eyes Have It
The Eyes Have It

January is Eye Care Month!  Close to 2,000 years ago, the importance of treating even basic eye disease was recorded in the Talmud (Shabbat 108b), where the rabbis debate what one may do to care for one’s eye on Shabbat…

Walking in a Winter Weddingland
Walking in a Winter Weddingland

Tis the season for proposals! Maybe it’s all the celebratory time with family, the fabulous New Year’s kiss accompanied by champagne, or that romantic, hand-held skate around the ice that makes this the time of year that couples get engaged. Either way, jewelry stores are busy and the men are bending down on one knee. So if you’re a new bride-to-be, welcome! And if you are planning on a year-long engagement, well you’re looking at a winter 2011 wedding and we have some ideas to make your wedding dreams become a true winter wonderland.

Knock, Knock, Who’s There
Knock, Knock, Who’s There

It is basic courtesy to knock on a closed door and wait to be admitted by those inside. Did you know that this simple matter of etiquette was discussed by the sages and has far greater ramifications than merely being polite?

Finding LOV on Wall Street
Finding LOV on Wall Street

Spark Networks® Rings The Opening BellSM at the New York Stock Exchange CEO and Success Stories Join to Celebrate JDate®’s B’nai Mitzvah by Giving NYSE Traders The Gift of LOV On Friday, January 7,  Adam Berger, CEO of Beverly Hills, Calif.-based Spark Networks, Inc. (NYSE Amex: LOV), a leading provider of online personals services, visited the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) to celebrate the B’nai Mitzvah (13th birthday) of the leading online community for Jewish singles, JDate.com. Berger was joined by several JDate success story couples, including two “JBabies:”

Kugel Konnection
Kugel Konnection

A traditional Ashkenazi Shabbat table will often be graced with at least one kugel. Whether that kugel is noodle, potato or a more modern vegetable version will depend on the chef.

Wines to Warm You Up Wines to Warm You Up

January is upon us, and for most of the country, that means facing the daunting task of self-improvement and a mild case of mid-winter blues. Assuming sobriety is not on your list of New Year’s resolutions (and I wholeheartedly advise against it), here are a few of my suggestions for heart-, soul-, and body-warming wines to keep you in high spirits for nights that are better spent in…with someone special at your side.

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