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The Terrible Case of Leo Frank
The Terrible Case of Leo Frank

The case of Leo Frank is incredibly disturbing.

A Case of Gout
A Case of Gout

The Jewish view on healing is that while all healing is in God’s power, the Almighty works His will through human hands. This being the case, it is interesting to note the tone of rebuke in the case recorded in II Chronicles 16:12: “In the 39th year of his reign, Asa was diseased in his feet; his disease was exceeding great; yet in his disease he did not seek God, but [went] to the physicians.” Asa, the third monarch of the Kingdom of Judah, was a righteous king who waged war against idolatry. As a known righteous man, why did he not pray for healing?

Francine and Alex: “Knowing just a few details from his JDate profile was enough to find him…”
Francine and Alex: “Knowing just a few details from his JDate profile was enough to find him…”

“Something Francine wrote in her profile on JDate clued Alex in that she was the diamond in the rough he was searching for, so he chose to send her a Flirt.”

Pleasing Your Wedding Guests
Pleasing Your Wedding Guests

You want your wedding to be the event of the century, right? Your guests should regroup at the following Friday’s Shabbat oneg in the temple’s banquet hall and gush about what an affair the ___stein and ___berg wedding was, yes? Your mother’s mahjong group will hardly get to the game at hand because they’re so busy yenta-ing about the celebration of her daughter’s big day, isn’t that so? Well, all this can come true with a few things to think about when it comes to making the wedding of your dreams for you and avoiding all nightmares for your guests.

No Holiday As Joyous
No Holiday As Joyous

Tu B’Av (The Fifteenth of Av) is no longer the well-known holiday on the Jewish calendar that it was in ancient times. In fact, in Talmudic times it was said: “There were no holidays so joyous for the Jewish People as the Fifteenth of Av…” (Ta’anit 26b).

Thank You For Having Me
Thank You For Having Me

Giving an appropriate gift to a host or hostess is the topic of many an etiquette column. But when one is invited to a Shabbat meal, not just any gift will do.

A Mensch Isn’t Always a Mensch
A Mensch Isn’t Always a Mensch

Mensch (which can also be spelled mentsh—the more correct romanization of the Yiddish) comes straight from German, where it means man or mankind. As the Yiddish saying goes, “a mentsh tracht und Gott lacht” [Man plans and God laughs]. Along the way, mensch picked up other meanings. A second meaning that has passed from usage is as a synonym for servant. To be somebody’s mensch was once used as a slur by Yiddish writers such as Sholem Aleichem and David Pinski.

A Land of Milk and Honey
A Land of Milk and Honey

A land flowing with milk and honey–Eretz zavat chalav u’dvash–is one of the most famous descriptions of the Promised Land. While the rabbis expound that the milk is only that which flows from kosher animals (most prominently goats) and that honey refers not to the product of bees but to the sticky honey of figs and dates–it is a strange description. Has anyone ever seen a land literally flowing with either milk or honey?

Favorite White Wines
Favorite White Wines

With Labor Day just one month a way, it’s tempting to celebrate white wine while you still can. Perhaps you’ve got a refrigerator filled with half bottles from your last garden party, or your wine cellar is overflowing with Chardonnay specials from the local liquor store.  Think of it, too, as a last hurrah.  When the sandals, shorts, and skin go back in the closet, a little inhibition follows. Fall carries with it a sense of seriousness, not to mention the High Holidays – so get your kicks now while you’ve still got summer as an excuse.

Arielle and Josh: “Two of our close friends had met through JDate…”
Arielle and Josh: “Two of our close friends had met through JDate…”

“Two of these close friends had met through JDate and so she thought to herself, ‘This is the year it’s going to happen; tonight I’ll make a profile and see what happens.’”

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