Jewish gymnast Aly Raisman disappointingly took fourth place in the women’s gymnastics individual all-around competition at the London Olympics this week. It was a disappointment to the 18-year-old athlete because she actually tied for third place, but was dropped to fourth place due to a quizzical and controversial tie-breaking rule.
Tu B’Av, the fifteenth of Av, was celebrated in ancient times by unmarried maidens who went out on this day to dance in the vineyards hoping to be chosen by an unmarried youth to be his bride. However, this day was marked for celebration for several other reasons.
Aries, this month transiting Venus (love and money) slides its way on over into Cancer which happens to be your solar 4th house of home and family. Venus is all about what we value most. Do you value time with the fam? What about a partner that is close with his or her family as well? Take time out of your daily grind and spend time with the ones you love. By doing so, you will manifest a partner with that same vibration as well. Aries, since you like to take the lead, I’ll leave it up to you…do you prefer the Partridge family, the Adams family, or maybe your own Modern Family? Whichever it is, start by making things right with your own first.
Hot summer days and dramatic Olympic competitions bring to mind the joy of swimming. But swimming is more than a sport or a relaxing pastime, swimming is a skill that is specifically mentioned in the Talmud.
Aly Raisman is obviously a skilled gymnast who loves to compete, but did you know she has career aspirations that don’t include gymnastics?
The U.S. men’s water polo team rallied from an early two-goal deficit to edge Romania 10-8 on Tuesday. The win means the U.S team is still unbeaten and on track to potentially win a medal at the London Olympics! And who was behind that win? Jewish goalkeeper…
Jewish swimmer Jason Lezak, a four-time Olympic gold medalist, is likely finishing out his Olympic career with a silver medal. Competing in the 2012 games, Lezak helped the American swim team qualify for the 4×100-meter freestyle relay finals on Sunday. However…
If you’re having tsuris about narrowing down and choosing a first dance song, I don’t blame you. There’s, like, a bajillion songs in the world, and agreeing on a tune that’s also “appropriate” for a wedding is super stressful.
Tonight, tens of thousands of Jews will celebrate completing their study of the Talmud. Some of the celebrants are full-time Torah scholars, others are dentists, mechanics and businesspeople. Almost all of them have been involved in the Daf Yomi, a program of studying one folio page of Talmud each day that was initiated in 1923 by Rabbi Meir Shapiro. It takes 7 ½ years to complete the Talmud’s 2711 folio pages one folio page at a time, and each Daf Yomi cycle’s completion is celebrated at a Siyyum Hashas. A siyyum is a special celebration observed upon completing any set amount of Torah study. Shas is an acronyn for the Talmud, alluding to the Shisha Sedarim, the six orders into which both the Mishna and the Talmud are divided.
Dear Rabbi Singer,
I know distance can be a barrier, but is there any trick to starting a long-distance relationship when you’ve never met in person? I’m looking to move across the country this fall and have already started searching JDate for new guys who live in my future community. How do you start a relationship online, and keep a spark until you get the chance to meet face to face?