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Why Don’t Guys Ever Make Plans? Why Don’t Guys Ever Make Plans?

When I first joined JDate in late November, I began to see a pattern where I would have great, positive contact with several guys — but they would not ask me out! A meeting would always be discussed, but there were issues of drive time, schedules, etc. Yet, during this time, these guys would call, text, and IM constantly, which would wear me out and frustrate me! Any suggestions?

Almost Consul to Jerusalem
Almost Consul to Jerusalem

Can you name the first man appointed U.S. Consul to Jerusalem? In 1844, Warder Cresson was appointed, but never served, as the appointment was revoked while he was en route. Cresson’s journey to the Holy Land would have a profound effect on this earnest, truth-searching man.

Barbara and Irving: “We met on JDate in May…” Barbara and Irving: “We met on JDate in May…”

It has been a wonderful whirlwind-relationship and we are ecstatic to have found our soul mates!

Should I Move Simply to Find Love? Should I Move Simply to Find Love?

Dear Rabbi,

I live in a small city with only a few JDate members nearby. I love where I live, but I’m not opposed to relocating if that means I will be able to find my Beshert. Besides, my children are all grown and out of the house. However, no one I have contacted out of my state ever replies to my messages. Any advice?

The Foods of Tu B’Shevat
The Foods of Tu B’Shevat

This Shabbat, Jews around the world celebrate Tu B’Shevat, the new year of the trees. Tu B’Shevat is often celebrated with the 7 species for which the Torah praises the land of Israel: “A land of wheat and barley, of vines, figs and pomegranates, a land of olive oil and honey (from dates)” (Deuteronomy 8:8).

Tu B’Shevat is Coming
Tu B’Shevat is Coming

While it has been a difficult winter for many of us, it may be time to look beyond the turbulent weather and see that spring is just around the corner. You might wonder how one can possibly think of spring at the present time, but, according to Jewish …

Ways Singles Can Make Themselves Happy
Ways Singles Can Make Themselves Happy

Everyone has difficult days where nothing seems to go right; and those feelings can be exasperated when you’re single and don’t have a partner to listen to your frustrations! There is no instruction manual for life, and when your struggles become too much, or loneliness hits, there isn’t always someone to come with open arms to catch your fall. No matter what happens, however, you have to be able to pick yourself up and keep on moving on! Here are five ways singles can turn that frown upside down and make the most of each day.

Seek Out The Positive
Seek Out The Positive

An ethical dilemma: A close friend confides in you that he/she recently purchased an expensive, one-of-a-kind, nonreturnable item. When he/she shows it to you, you are immediately aware that the item is not at all unique,  your cousin has purchased the exact same item. Your friend and your cousin will probably never meet, so your friend will probably never know that he/she overpaid for something that was not really one-of-a-kind. Should you inform your friend?

Did I Join Our Divorced Families Too Quickly?
Did I Join Our Divorced Families Too Quickly?

Dear Matchmaker Rabbi:

I am living with a man who was in a 20-year marriage. We both are separated (me for 3 years and he for 1.5 years). We are both nearly finished with our divorces. We met when he had only been separated for five months. I have been dealing with issues with his older children, struggling with insecurities and adjusting to this new life.

Miracle of the Sea
Miracle of the Sea

The splitting of the sea is one of the most dramatic and well-known scenes in the Torah. It is the final, grand event of the exodus from Egypt, after which the Children of Israel were finally free to go and serve God.

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