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Hits & Mrs: 10 Ways Technology Has Improved Dating
June 27, 2012 – 10:00 am
Hits & Mrs: 10 Ways Technology Has Improved Dating

We’ve come a long way from the days of letting the local yenta (most often your mother) make your matches. Thanks to advances in technology, there now are infinite possibilities to find love at the convenience of your keyboard.

It’s Not About The Status
June 27, 2012 – 3:05 am
It’s Not About The Status

In many, if not most, Jewish parables, the righteous and scholarly are often presented as living in a state of poverty. Indeed, it might often seem as if poverty is an attribute of righteousness. As Tevye the Milkman (Fiddler on the Roof) says: “It’s no shame to be poor… but it’s no great honor either!”

A Picture Is Worth 1,000 Dates
June 26, 2012 – 5:23 pm | One Comment
A Picture Is Worth 1,000 Dates

There is no denying it; looks are definitely a factor when it comes to dating. Are they everything? Absolutely not! But they do matter. And by “matter,” I’m not talking about the vanity of only dating people who would rate as a 10 on the Jew-licious meter. Looks matter when it comes to online dating because what someone looks like (i.e., how they dress, how they style their hair, how they pose in a picture) can give you great insight into who they are as a person. And that little nugget of information right there is a huge reason why you need a profile picture. So, here are three tips to help you see the big picture when it comes to picking your profile picture!

How To Write The Perfect Email
June 26, 2012 – 12:00 pm
How To Write The Perfect Email

So you found someone cute on JDate and now you’re ready to make your move. What’s the best way to get in contact? Through email, of course! The only problem is, you can’t even think of a subject line, let alone what to say in the email itself. If you’ve ever found yourself staring at a blank email, wondering where to begin and what to write, you’re not alone! However, crafting the perfect email is much easier than you think. Simply follow these five easy steps and you’ll be hitting up hotties online in no time.

Play It Safe: Safety Tips for Online Daters
June 26, 2012 – 11:44 am
Play It Safe: Safety Tips for Online Daters

Making your foray into the world of online dating is an exciting process that can seem tough to navigate at first, but gets easier with time. While JDate is an ideal destination for Jewish singles to find other Jewish singles, it’s also a place (just like any other) where we need to be mindful of personal safety.

Written For Their Sons
June 26, 2012 – 3:05 am
Written For Their Sons

Imagine traveling forward 500 years in time and discovering multitudes of people studying something you had written for your child. Imagine walking into a bookstore and finding multiple editions of that work, many of them with commentaries. In the world of Jewish scholarship, there are two such works that have gained this status.

How Long Should A Person Wait To Date After Their Spouse Dies?
June 25, 2012 – 11:04 am | 22 Comments
How Long Should A Person Wait To Date After Their Spouse Dies?

Dear Matchmaker Rabbi:

My sister recently lost her husband of 45 years and was thinking of starting to talk to men online just two weeks after his death. Prior to that, they were happily married (according to her own account and everyone who knew them). This seems way, way too fast to me. What is your opinion?

― Concerned Sister

Opening England
June 25, 2012 – 3:05 am
Opening England

Menashe ben Israel (Manoel Dias Soeiro, 1604 -1657), whose family fled Portugal after the Lisbon auto-de-fe of 1603, was raised in Amsterdam where he received a full Jewish education and was recognized for his great abilities early in his life. (He accepted a rabbinic post before he was 20.) In addition to his rabbinic duties, Menashe ben Israel established the first Hebrew press in Amsterdam, which served the needs of a community that continued to grow as more conversos  sought to escape the Inquisition.

20. Living In An Upside Down World
June 22, 2012 – 10:26 am | One Comment
20. Living In An Upside Down World

One of the things that makes living a meaningful, transformative life difficult is that we live in an upside-down world. What does this mean? Let me give you an example: I recently watched a true crime show where a woman was found murdered in her home. The woman herself, a loving single mother, was completely blameless. The only clue of any suspicious activity was a neighbor who had seen a strange vehicle parked in an empty field behind the woman’s house the night she was killed.

Out Of The Narrows
June 22, 2012 – 3:05 am
Out Of The Narrows

The fourth of the Ten Commandments is the observance of Shabbat. In Exodus, the Jews are commanded: “Remember (zachor) the Sabbath day” because “in six days God created the heavens and the earth and on the seventh day He rested.” In Deuteronomy, on the other hand, Jews are instructed to “Guard (shamor) the Sabbath day” because “you were a slave in Egypt, and God brought you out of there with a strong hand and an outstretched arm.”

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