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Dating Face-Off: The Chicago Version
October 24, 2012 – 10:14 am
Dating Face-Off: The Chicago Version

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.”

Yonah Of Geronah
October 24, 2012 – 3:05 am
Yonah Of Geronah

It is a fact of history that students have frequently been at the center of radical movements, often under the influence of a teacher or mentor. This was the case of Rabbi Yonah of Geronah, who, following the lead of his teacher Rabbi Solomon of Montpellier, passionately called for a ban on the philosophical work of Maimonides, The Guide to the Perplexed. In fact, Rabbi Yonah is generally regarded as the instigator of the 1233 Inquisitional book burning of Maimonides’ work.

Dating Face-Off: The Houston Version
October 23, 2012 – 11:33 am
Dating Face-Off: The Houston Version

I’m not arguing that Houston is the best city. I’m arguing that Houston is the best city to get a girl to like you. I am the best example of this. I finally got a girl to like me for a prolonged period of time, and if it’s not because of me, then it’s definitely the city.

Right Foot First
October 23, 2012 – 3:05 am
Right Foot First

Some people might find it surprising that the sages discussed certain “best practices” for getting dressed. For instance, the Kitzur Shulchan Aruch, an abridged compendium of the laws enumerated in the full Code of Jewish Law, states: “You should be careful not to put on two articles of clothing at one time, this causes forgetfulness.” (For instance, finish buttoning your shirt before putting on your pants lest you get distracted and leave the house dishevelled.)

Dating Face-Off: The San Diego Version
October 22, 2012 – 2:02 pm | One Comment
Dating Face-Off: The San Diego Version

Ahhhhh San Diego! Known as “America’s Finest City,” it’s also the best place to be single and Jewish in the country all year round. With plenty of opportunities to play and party, you can find something different to do on every date. And finding a date? There’s no better place than the city Anchorman’s Ron Burgundy calls “the whale’s vagina” because San Diego has plenty of Jewish fish in the Pacific Ocean. Add to that the burgeoning medical and technology field, and you have so many transplants that you can find someone from anywhere in the world, even a Raiders fan. And when you mix in the perfect climate, you have a JDate match made in 72-degrees-and-clear-skies heaven.

What’s in the Book – Zechariah
October 22, 2012 – 3:05 am
What’s in the Book – Zechariah

Like many of the later prophets, the Book of Zechariah has more prophecy than narrative.

Being Yotzei
October 19, 2012 – 3:05 am
Being Yotzei

Kiddush, sanctification, is the prayer said over wine through which Jews proclaim the uniqueness of Shabbat and sanctify the day. Reciting or hearing Kiddush on Shabbat is an obligation for all adult Jews. The blessing is recited while holding up the kiddush cup in one’s dominant hand. Once the blessing is concluded, the person reciting the Kiddush drinks from the wine and distributes it so that everyone present can actively participate in the mitzvah.

Dating Face-Off: The Washington, DC Version
October 18, 2012 – 10:48 am | 4 Comments
Dating Face-Off: The Washington, DC Version

As the weather quickly changes from sweltering hot to a little bit chilly and the leaves on the trees in Dupont Circle start to turn various shades of orange and red, we know fall has arrived in our wonderful city. That means it’s time to make sure we have a stash of fun and romantic date ideas that take advantage of all DC has to offer. To show you why dating in the nation’s capital is a monumentally good time, I’ll break down my favorite date ideas into four categories that showcase all DC has to offer!

Dating Face-Off: The Los Angeles Version
October 18, 2012 – 10:39 am | 2 Comments
Dating Face-Off: The Los Angeles Version

There’s a reason everyone’s California dreaming. From the beaches of Malibu to the foothills of the Santa Monica Mountains, Los Angeles’ diverse geography makes for some seriously romantic date locales. Even more diverse than the geography, however, is the dating pool itself! From actors and TV writers to real estate execs and the finance crowd, this city is full of good-looking, successful singles. Surprisingly though, it’s the diversity of the actual date ideas themselves that make LA one of the best cities in the world for dating. To prove my point, here are five amazing date ideas that can only be pulled off in “La La Land!”

Territorial Strife
October 18, 2012 – 3:05 am
Territorial Strife

The sages wisely noted in Pirkei Avot (Ethics of the Fathers 4:1) that a truly wealthy person is one who is happy with his/her lot. Alas, dissatisfaction and the sense of being entitled to something more has frequently been the source of conflict throughout time. One might go back as far as the Tower of Babel to see the tragic results of territorialism.

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