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Quiz: Is Your Current Mate A Good Match For You? Quiz: Is Your Current Mate A Good Match For You?

Take this quiz to help determine if your current mate or date is your best choice.

Chanukah-What’s The Mitzvah?
Chanukah-What’s The Mitzvah?

Here’s a quiz:
What is the primary mitzvah of Chanukah?

a) Eating latkes (potato pancakes)
b) Giving Chanukah gifts or gelt (money)
c) Publicizing the miracle of the oil that lasted 8 days
d) Playing Dreidel

4. Integrity: The Foundation of A Transformational Life
4. Integrity: The Foundation of A Transformational Life

The absolute foundation of everything that we build in the world is who we are as people. If you build a house on a crooked or cracked foundation, you will wind up with a crooked (and then cracked) house. The definition of ‘integrity’ is ‘complete, undivided, unblemished’. If we want to create a world that is complete, undivided, and unblemished – this is how we need to be ourselves. If our intention is to create (through our vision and our actions) a world that is interconnected, whole and in balance, we need to be whole and in balance ourselves.

It’s All Good
It’s All Good

One ancient and ongoing philosophical question is: If God is perfect, and God created the world, can anything that God created be inherently bad? We all know that there is evil in the world, that there are things that appear to be bad. But when one takes the world as a whole, we realize that while the bad is usually unpleasant, difficult to understand and, in truth, terrifying, it is also necessary as a contrast to the incredible good we are given.

Eight Lessons Learned Eight Lessons Learned

Hanukkah is on the horizon, and whether you’ll be spending it with loved ones or the one you love, it’s the perfect time to reflect on what you learned this year and how to take those lessons of the heart with you into 2012. I’ve shared plenty of my own tales and advice, so this time around, I did some market research and came up with eight appropriate wine pairings.

The Maggid of Mezeritch The Maggid of Mezeritch

It is often noted by commentators on the Torah that whereas Abraham was a charismatic leader, his son, Isaac, was an introvert who spent much of his time studying. This same comparison could be made between the founder of the Chassidic movement, Rabbi Israel Baal Shem Tov (aka the Besht), and his successor, Rabbi Dov Ber of Mezeritch (c. 1704-1772).

Top Ten Jewish Apps
Top Ten Jewish Apps

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Is your Yiddish rusty? Want to whip up a kosher culinary masterpiece? Trying to remember which prayer to say as you cast off your sins on Rosh Hashanah? Don’t worry—there’s an app for it!

Quick and Easy Weeknight Powerhouse
Quick and Easy Weeknight Powerhouse

This simple weeknight dish is a powerhouse of healthy ingredients. I love making large batches of this and freezing some of it for leftovers. If you cannot find the Tuscan Kale, use any type of kale in the market or Swiss chard. The meatballs are delicious and make the dish hearty and family friendly.

Don’t Roll Your Eyes At Me
Don’t Roll Your Eyes At Me

The plaintive cry of exasperation, “Don’t roll your eyes at me!” that parents often address to their children is one that each person should consider saying to him/herself, omitting, of course, the concluding words “at me.”

Alison and Scott: “After they both moved to Los Angeles, they met on JDate.com.”
Alison and Scott: “After they both moved to Los Angeles, they met on JDate.com.”

In August of 2006, shortly after they both moved to Los Angeles, Scott and Alison met on JDate.com. After emailing back and forth and talking a few times on the phone, they agreed to meet up for coffee at a Starbucks® in Pasadena. 

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