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The Vanishing Conquerors
December 17, 2012 – 4:05 am
The Vanishing Conquerors

Politics do not change much from millennium to millennium. There have always been superpowers, great and powerful nations, vying for control of the world. In the seventh century B.C.E., the divided kingdoms of Israel and Judah found themselves in the u…

Book of Maccabees
December 16, 2012 – 4:00 am
Book of Maccabees

Chanukah is neither directly ordained in the Torah (like Rosh Hashana, Passover, etc.) nor mentioned in any other biblical text (as Purim is in the Book of Esther). The Books of Maccabees are not included in the Biblical canon, because these events occ…

All I Want For Hanukkah Is…
December 14, 2012 – 10:38 am | One Comment
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
December 14, 2012 – 9:00 am
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
December 14, 2012 – 4:05 am
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
December 14, 2012 – 4:01 am
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
December 13, 2012 – 2:38 pm
‘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.”
December 13, 2012 – 10:38 am | One Comment
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
December 13, 2012 – 4:08 am
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
December 13, 2012 – 4:05 am
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…

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