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All I Want For Hanukkah Is… All I Want For Hanukkah Is…

There are a couple of situations I recently found myself in where I couldn’t help but take a pregnant pause, a quick step back, and slap myself across the face, leaving me to beg the question of, “Did I…just…say…that?”

Eight Miraculous Nights Of Wine
Eight Miraculous Nights Of Wine

In the spirit of Hanukkah I’ve put together eight potential date scenarios and paired them with an appropriate wine.  From the quivery first date to Hanukkah at his parents’ place, there is a wine for every occasion (and sometimes you will need it)!

The Challenge of Fitting In
The Challenge of Fitting In

The weekly Torah reading of Miketz (Genesis 41:1-44:17), which always coincides with Chanukah, tells the story of the rise of Joseph the son of Jacob from slave to viceroy. And while Miketz contains no Jewish oppression, no battles,…

Hey Handsome
Hey Handsome

Religion is about spirituality, morals and becoming a better person. One might, therefore, assume that physical beauty is beyond the Torah’s spectrum of interest. But the Torah makes a point of stating that Sarah, Rebecca and Rachel were all beautifu…

‘Tis The Season For Online Dating
‘Tis The Season For Online Dating

Ah, December… the time for lighting the menorah, spinning the dreidel to get that elusive gimel, and, of course, wondering whether you’re going to have a date for New Year’s Eve this year.

Nikki and Haran: “Almost three years ago, Nikki saw Haran’s profile on JDate.” Nikki and Haran: “Almost three years ago, Nikki saw Haran’s profile on JDate.”

Almost three years ago, Nikki saw Haran’s profile on JDate. She sent him a JDate message only to receive a response saying he had just started a relationship. A year ago, shortly after that relationship ended, Haran rejoined JDate. When Nikki caught him checking out her profile, she immediately IM’d him.

Chanukah and Divine Order
Chanukah and Divine Order

Chanukah always overlaps with at least one Shabbat (if not two), and since Chanukah begins on the 25th of Kislev and lasts for eight days, the holiday always coincides with the celebration of Rosh Chodesh (the new month of) Tevet. (Tomorrow, 1 Tevet, is Rosh Chodesh.) This is significant, because both Rosh Chodesh and Shabbat were loathed by the Syrian-Greeks and their observances were outlawed.

Spin The Dreidel
Spin The Dreidel

I have a little dreidelI made it out of clayAnd when it’s dry and readyWith dreidel I shall play!The Dreidel is a four sided top, with a single Hebrew letter on each of its sides. Before the game begins, all players are given an equal number of coins…

And They Lived Happily Ever Apart And They Lived Happily Ever Apart

Years ago, when I met someone who had life-partner potential, someone who could be my first real adult relationship, I held on tighter than Donald Trump to a bad hair style.

Holiday Party Season: Your 2012 Survival Guide
Holiday Party Season: Your 2012 Survival Guide

It’s the most wonderful time of the year – holiday party season! Whether you’re headed to an intimate Hanukkah dinner with friends or a festive mega-party where tastemakers go to see and be seen (think SCHMOOZ-A-PALOOZA® at SLS Hotel Beverly Hills), there are a few things you need to remember in order to ensure you are the life of the holiday party.

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