Article Archive for June 2012
The end of the school year is upon us, and across the country, many parents are packing their children’s trunks for summer camp. The world of Jewish camping began as a reaction to urbanization. Those interested in “social welfare” and the health of the children, promoted summer getaways so children could experience nature and fresh air. Such was the goal when, in 1893, the Jewish Working Girls Society of New York opened Camp Lehman (later called Camp Isabella Friedman).
In this month’s Kosher Cinema, we’re going to kick things off with a special section: “Lessons in Love from TV and Film.” As we all know, art tends to imitate life. So, perhaps next time you’re setting up a date with a hot new JDate prospect, you’ll look to some of these tips for advice.
As far back as the mid-1800s, rabbis wrestled with the question of the growing mobility of the populace. Since there were no new lands to be discovered, those of an exploring nature were drawn north, to the great white unknown.
Special Guest Blogger and Mr. Yenta himself, Bryan, is here to share a little nostalgia with the recent four-year wedding anniversary that came and went on May 25th. So much of the conversation on The Wedding Yentas column is from the woman’s point of view before the wedding actually happens. Today is different because Bryan is here with “the man’s” point of view as he looks back on four years of wedded bliss. Weddings are wonderful, but anniversaries are apropos times to reflect.
I am truly in awe that a man I never had any possible way of knowing, no connection other than JDate, came into my life and made me realize why the relationships I had in the past never worked out.
Moses’ job of leading the Israelites was not easy. Not only were the people “stiff-necked,” they also spent a great deal of time complaining. When the nation cried out that they wanted meat (Numbers 11), not manna, Moses asked God why he alone was to bear the burden of an entire nation. God told him to appoint 70 elders whom He would endow with the prophetic abilities of Moses-but only for a limited time.
Who doesn’t like flowers? Unless you’re severely allergic, it’s hard not to smile at a big beautiful bouquet. Whether you’re a man or a woman, the gesture remains a solid rite of passage along the road to courtship, and no matter how long you’ve been together, a bunch of roses will always mean something.
If one were to create a list of the great European learning centers, Moscow would probably not be on it. After the establishment of the Soviet Communist regime, Jewish life was systematically oppressed, as the Communists viewed all religion as the “opiate of the masses.” It is therefore surprising to note that in 1956, during the premiership of Nikita Khrushchev, the opening of a rabbinical seminary in Moscow was announced.
Astrology 411: With the lunar eclipse occurring in early June, it’s a busy and important time to move projects forward. What does that mean for you? Well, one sign will notice that this is a positive time to make a statement in the workplace. (That means you can start screaming, “Show me the money!”) And another sign should start concentrating on their greatest dreams and desires (and why they deserve it) in order to start receiving the goods!
In discussions of World War II and the decade leading up to the war, history tends to mainly focus on the major players in Europe (Germany, France and England) and the Pacific (Japan and China). Even Jewish historical accounts (which tend to be quite detailed) overlook the destabilizing impact that the increasing nationalism in other countries had during the 1930s. For instance, most people have not heard of the Thrace Pogroms of 1934. In fact, many readers might even be wondering where Thrace is-certainly not on any 20th century map. Thrace is a region in Southeast Europe, between the Balkan Mountains, the Aegean Sea and the Black Sea. The incident in question actually occurred in “Eastern Thrace,” which is part of Turkey.