Chicago’s vibrant fall delivers nothing short of a magical experience. From trees splashed in bold oranges and reds to the abundant sunshine and fresh crisp air found on the shores of Lake Michigan, one can’t help but feel alive during Chicago’s amazing autumn months.  And if you’re one of the lucky singles currently living in The Windy City, then you can be sure your love life is bound to come alive as well! There’s a reason Chicago is also called the “Heart of America.”

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Missy and Seth: “Seth and I met on JDate in 2010.”
Missy and Seth: “Seth and I met on JDate in 2010.”

I knew from that night on that we had something good. He said the sweetest things and made me feel really special. I will never forget our first kiss as we were waiting for the car by the valet. 

The Most Important Meal
The Most Important Meal

Across the country, school breakfast programs are offered in order to ensure that students will be properly nourished and capable of putting forth their best efforts during their day of learning. While the origins of the often repeated statement that

Alexis and Seth: “Thank you JDate!”
Alexis and Seth: “Thank you JDate!”

Seth had seen that I was online and decided to IM me (that was his preferred method of contacting girls). We chatted for a long time about life, our friends, families, professions, music, etc. 

5 Jewish Olympians to Follow on Twitter
5 Jewish Olympians to Follow on Twitter

Every four years, sports fans and non-sports fans alike come together for the athletic spectacle that is the Summer Olympics! We watch in awe, cheer with enthusiasm and now (in 2012) immediately head to Twitter to update our status about the amazing physical feats we just witnessed! If you’re obsessively Tweeting about the Olympic talents in London, here are the Top 5 Jewish Olympians you should be following on Twitter:

Hits & Mrs: What You Can Learn From Famous Olympians About Dating
Hits & Mrs: What You Can Learn From Famous Olympians About Dating

I have never been much of an athlete, unless you consider the two sports in which I lettered in high school great feats of fitness: golf and cheerleading. I did, however, prepare for my online dating life as if I was in training to win the gold medal of love (i.e. the perfect guy). After years of dating practice with many love injuries and disqualifications, I finally got to the finish line. If you are still in the midst of the dating rat race, perhaps these words from famous athletes can inspire you to stay in the game!

Raisman Makes Olympic Audiences Kvell
Raisman Makes Olympic Audiences Kvell

American Jews have a new reason to be proud of their country at this year’s 2012 Summer Olympics. Jewish gymnast Aly Raisman first wowed spectators when she earned one of the two spots in the all-around individual finals for the US. Then, she wowed Jews worldwide when performed a floor exercise routine to the tune of “Hava Nagila,” a Hebrew folk song that has become a staple at Jewish weddings and Bar/Bat Mitzvahs.

Natural Born Athlete
Natural Born Athlete

In the world of sports, Bobbie Rosenfeld had, what one might call, the “magic touch.” As it was once noted: “The most efficient way to summarize Bobbie Rosenfeld’s career…is to say that she was not good at swimming” (Jewsinsports.org). What is more amazing about her incredible sportsmanship is the fact that she had no formal athletic training.

Tisha B`Av
Tisha B`Av

The saddest day on the Jewish calendar, the ninth of Av, is this Shabbat. Because of Shabbat, the normally observed Fast of the 9th of Av (Tisha B’Av) is pushed off until Sunday. The observances of the day are very similar to Yom Kippur, the holiest day in the Jewish calendar. In addition to fasting (no food or drink) for a 25 hour period, additional restrictions include refraining from washing, using lotions, wearing leather shoes and marital relations.

The Burial At Betar
The Burial At Betar

In war, a common means of humiliating the enemy is to refuse them burial of their dead (which is also forbidden by the Geneva Convention). Certainly, demoralization was the goal of the Romans when they forbade the Jews from burying the dead after the fall of Betar on 9 Av, 133 C.E. And there were many dead–enough for the sages to pronounce that, “For seven years the gentiles fertilized their vineyards with the blood of Israel without using manure.”

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