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The Thrace Pogroms
June 5, 2012 – 9:35 am
The Thrace Pogroms

In discussions of World War II and the decade leading up to the war, history tends to mainly focus on the major players in Europe (Germany, France and England) and the Pacific (Japan and China). Even Jewish historical accounts (which tend to be quite detailed) overlook the destabilizing impact that the increasing nationalism in other countries had during the 1930s. For instance, most people have not heard of the Thrace Pogroms of 1934. In fact, many readers might even be wondering where Thrace is-certainly not on any 20th century map. Thrace is a region in Southeast Europe, between the Balkan Mountains, the Aegean Sea and the Black Sea. The incident in question actually occurred in “Eastern Thrace,” which is part of Turkey.

What’s The Best Way To Attract Attention Without Being Too Forward?
June 4, 2012 – 10:53 am | 8 Comments
What’s The Best Way To Attract Attention Without Being Too Forward?

Dear Rabbi Singer,

I’ve been on JDate for a few weeks. There are several men I’m interested in meeting, but I’ve been burned on other dating sites by emailing men and never hearing back. I’m pretty, thin, successful, funny and smart.  Dating is never a problem once I meet someone. However, it seems like the online space is a man’s playground where women need to wait to be picked. Is there some way to get on a man’s radar on JDate that isn’t too forward and gets the conversation going?

-Should I Write or Wait?

The Jewish Honeymoon?
June 4, 2012 – 3:05 am
The Jewish Honeymoon?

Where are you going on your honeymoon? Rather than announce an exotic location like Hawaii or Tahiti (or even Niagara Falls), most traditional Jewish couples answer that they are going to Sheva Brachot.

First On The Court
June 1, 2012 – 2:40 pm
First On The Court

Born in 1856, in Louisville, Kentucky, Louis Dembitz Brandeis was the child of European immigrants who maintained a minimal Jewish identity. However, his maternal uncle, Lewis Dembitz, lived a more Jewish involved life-style and inspired Brandeis’ subsequent Zionist activities.

19. Becoming Fully Born: How Facing Mortality Completes Our Birth
June 1, 2012 – 11:20 am | One Comment
19. Becoming Fully Born: How Facing Mortality Completes Our Birth

The problem that many people have with mortality is less about death, and more about having been born in the first place. There is something about accepting having been born that is scary for many people. Take a look at how many people live their lives either mired in thoughts and emotions about the past, or racing ahead to a nonexistent future that is being constantly constructed in their mind. Anything seems preferable to actually accepting their present state of existence – right here, right now. This inability to exist completely in the present (rather than in one’s imagination) is another way of describing the state of not having completed one’s birth.

The 20 Dos And Don’ts Of Dating
May 31, 2012 – 10:09 am
The 20 Dos And Don’ts Of Dating

Here are 20 tips to finding a partner and keeping them. They range from rules to apply at your very first interaction to rules that will apply in committed relationships. You’ll notice that the “Dos” are at the end because (like with a date) you should never end on a negative note. Bookmark these DON’Ts and DOs and refer to them often.

W Tea
May 31, 2012 – 3:05 am
W Tea

Although many Jews were active in the leadership of the Russian Revolution, and the government of the Czar was less than friendly to the general Jewish population, there were many anti-Semitic overtones during the revolution. One well-known chant during the revolution was : “Tea of Wissotzky, Sugar of Brodsky, and the Czar is Leiba Trotsky!” (inferring Jewish domination).

How Long Should I Wait To Introduce My Kids To My New Boyfriend?
May 30, 2012 – 10:24 am | 4 Comments
How Long Should I Wait To Introduce My Kids To My New Boyfriend?

As a divorced mother of two boys, I’ve been dating a JDater® for one month. He is a divorced father of a girl. He has no problems including me in his programs with his daughter; he said he would tell her that we are friends, and maybe one day he will tell her that we are more than friends. However, I’m afraid of introducing him to my children, with whom I have a very trusting relationship. For me it is too early to involve my children in something that is still beginning. I’m afraid that the relationship will not improve, and what shall my children think/feel then?

Know What Is Above You
May 30, 2012 – 4:00 am
Know What Is Above You

It is human nature to value privacy. This value, probably dates back as far as Adam and Eve. Once they had eaten from the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil, they instinctively wished to hide.

Kosher Cinema: June Movie Picks For JDaters®
May 29, 2012 – 1:43 pm
Kosher Cinema: June Movie Picks For JDaters®

As Universal ponders who sunk their Battleship, and Disney basks in the golden glow of the piles of money The Avengers has made them, we enter June, a month that promises entertainment at the box office for everyone! From musicals (Rock of Ages) to SciFi Thrillers (Prometheus), and even male stripper movies (Magic Mike), June is certainly chock full of variety.

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