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Choosing Your First Dance Song
Choosing Your First Dance Song

If you’re having tsuris about narrowing down and choosing a first dance song, I don’t blame you. There’s, like, a bajillion songs in the world, and agreeing on a tune that’s also “appropriate” for a wedding is super stressful.

Guide To Talmudic Terms Guide To Talmudic Terms

Tonight, tens of thousands of Jews will celebrate completing their study of the Talmud. Some of the celebrants are full-time Torah scholars, others are dentists, mechanics and businesspeople. Almost all of them have been involved in the Daf Yomi, a program of studying one folio page of Talmud each day that was initiated in 1923 by Rabbi Meir Shapiro. It takes 7 ½ years to complete the Talmud’s 2711 folio pages one folio page at a time, and each Daf Yomi cycle’s completion is celebrated at a Siyyum Hashas. A siyyum is a special celebration observed upon completing any set amount of Torah study. Shas is an acronyn for the Talmud, alluding to the Shisha Sedarim, the six orders into which both the Mishna and the Talmud are divided.

Is There Any Trick To Starting A Long-Distance Relationship?
Is There Any Trick To Starting A Long-Distance Relationship?

Dear Rabbi Singer,

I know distance can be a barrier, but is there any trick to starting a long-distance relationship when you’ve never met in person? I’m looking to move across the country this fall and have already started searching JDate for new guys who live in my future community. How do you start a relationship online, and keep a spark until you get the chance to meet face to face?

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.

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