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Let Love Blossom With Zucchini Blossoms
August 16, 2012 – 5:09 pm
Let Love Blossom With Zucchini Blossoms

Once a year, there is a rare opportunity to take advantage of a culinary delight. Zucchini blossoms are gorgeous yellow/orange flowers that resemble a lily. Most gardeners just ignore the blossom while waiting for the zucchini to grow and then harvest it. I, however, look forward to the blossoms and each year scheme to find them. I haunt the farmer’s markets and local gardens, waiting to scoop up the brightly colored treasures. Several years ago, I grew zucchini just to get at the blossoms.

The Netziv
August 16, 2012 – 3:05 am
The Netziv

At most yeshivot, the primary focus of study is on the Oral Law (as compiled in the Talmud and later legal compendiums), leaving the study of the written Tanach (the five books of Moses, the Prophets and the Writings) as secondary. Rabbi Naftali Tzvi Yehuda Berlin (known as the Netziv), who headed the Volozhin Yeshiva from 1854 until its closure in 1892, gave a daily lecture on Tanach after morning prayers.

Maintenance & Mating: Are We Trying Too Hard To Prep For Sex?
August 15, 2012 – 12:17 pm | One Comment
Maintenance & Mating: Are We Trying Too Hard To Prep For Sex?

Women spend hours in salons, too much time in bathrooms, lunch hours scouring lifebooker, evenings squeezing in spray tans, eyelash appointments, waxes, mani/pedis, laser appointments and the list goes on. Some of us do this for ourselves, but a lot of us do this for men. In the beginning stages of dating, women feel the need to look ultra-attractive as they want to be ‘ready for sex’ whenever it may happen!

Francesca and Mark: “Thank you JDate for making this happen!”
August 15, 2012 – 12:11 pm | One Comment
Francesca and Mark: “Thank you JDate for making this happen!”

I am so happy that I decided to join JDate! It turned out that Mark was living just 20 minutes away from me for years, and we even graduated from the same university!

The Cochin Jews of India
August 15, 2012 – 3:05 am
The Cochin Jews of India

The Malabar Jews of Cochin*, India, claim to have existed as a community since the times of King Solomon’s trade missions for ivory and silver. It is most likely, however, that their ancient community “only” dates back to the destruction of the Second Temple. The most important artifact recording the Jewish presence in the area is the  “Sâsanam,” a set of copper plates on which it is recorded that Joseph Rabban was granted a small principality.

Love And Money: In Sync Or At Odds?
August 14, 2012 – 3:27 pm | 5 Comments
Love And Money: In Sync Or At Odds?

Your approach to finances, if it differs from your partner’s, can put tremendous strain on a relationship. So whatever your views are on spending money, it’s important that you and your partner are comfortable with the other’s approach.

Lindsay and Andrew: “He was supposed to meet another girl from JDate…”
August 14, 2012 – 11:08 am
Lindsay and Andrew: “He was supposed to meet another girl from JDate…”

While the two were sitting on the couch, Andrew told Lindsay that he was supposed to meet another girl from JDate on the night they met, but he made up a cheesy excuse and cancelled so he could to enjoy more time with Lindsay. The rest is history!

What’s With The Cheese
August 14, 2012 – 3:05 am
What’s With The Cheese

When it comes to categories of foods, there are few types of food with as many variations as cheese. Like all dairy products, only cheese that has been made with the milk of a kosher animal can be kosher. (For those celebrating August’s National Goat Cheese Month, that’s good news, since goats are kosher animals.)

The Importance Of Taking Initiative: Avoiding Becoming A Serial Dater
August 13, 2012 – 11:01 am | 8 Comments
The Importance Of Taking Initiative: Avoiding Becoming A Serial Dater

The best way to keep your motivation and excitement for a first date is by taking initiative with whom we go out with. Too many online daters are guilty of being way too passive, letting the emails role in, and only responding to those that contact us first. This may be easier since we save tons of time performing searches and emailing, but it is the easiest way to fall into the trap of becoming a “serial dater.”

Aimy and Jacob: “Jake and Aimy met on JDate…”
August 13, 2012 – 9:06 am
Aimy and Jacob: “Jake and Aimy met on JDate…”

For the next year and ten months, their relationship remained long-distance. They saw each other once a month, for just one weekend at a time (since they were students, they couldn’t afford to see each other in person more often than that). They used Skype almost every night to talk to each other.

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