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Book of Maccabees
December 28, 2011 – 4:05 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 occurred after the sages had declared the Tanach (complete Hebrew bible) closed to further additions (around 250 B.C.E.). Writings, such as the Books of Maccabees, which have historical import but are not included in the Tanach, are often referred to as Sfarim Chitzonim (external books) or by the Greek term Apocrypha (hidden books).

Sara and David: “Both signed up for JDate during college…”
December 27, 2011 – 11:56 am | One Comment
Sara and David: “Both signed up for JDate during college…”

…Sara and David grew up within 15 minutes of each other in southern New Jersey. They were both involved in the Jewish community growing up, but never seemed to cross paths.

Hits & Mrs: Is It Worth A Second Date?
December 27, 2011 – 11:15 am | 4 Comments
Hits & Mrs: Is It Worth A Second Date?

I think back to that first date when I, frankly, was on the fence (he since has told me that he was too) and I wonder what would have happened if either of us cut it off at that point.  So often we are quick to judge. Think of the times when you made a quick decision – either at work or with a purchase?  How happy were you in the long run? Studies show that 55% of Americans believe in love at first sight, but with a divorce rate that hovers close to that number, maybe we need to rethink our way of making decisions about a potential partner.

I keep my basic criteria for deciding whether or not to go on a second date very small…

A Chanukah Heroine
December 27, 2011 – 4:05 am | One Comment
A Chanukah Heroine

Have you ever heard of Yehudit (Judith), the daughter of Yochanan the High Priest, who saved her city, Bethulia, from destruction at the hands of the Syrian-Greek general Holofernes?

Chanukah and Divine Order
December 26, 2011 – 4:05 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. (Today, 30 Kislev, and tomorrow, 1 Tevet, are both Rosh Chodesh.) This is significant, because both Rosh Chodesh and Shabbat were loathed by the Syrian-Greeks and their observances were outlawed.

5. The Root Of All Evil
December 23, 2011 – 11:09 am
5. The Root Of All Evil

Once, when walking out of the library at the university where I was attending graduate school, I saw a teenaged boy walk up behind an unsuspecting man and punch him in the head. As the man turned around, startled, the boy ran away. This is what is meant by not fully considering (allowing for) the existence of another human being. This is the root of all evil.  In similar fashion, walking by when someone stumbles is also the root of all evil – though perhaps to a slightly lesser degree (omission versus commission).

The Power Of Texting: Why Texting Is Absolutely CRITICAL To Success In December!
December 23, 2011 – 10:50 am | 3 Comments
The Power Of Texting: Why Texting Is Absolutely CRITICAL To Success In December!

Let’s suppose we meet a girl online a few days before December 20th or even during that week.  You may have had a great Instant Messaging conversation online, or had some very successful emails. However, between the holidays, New Years, and all the other obligations December brings, by the time you are both ready to meet, it could be upwards of two to three weeks!

And what happens when you wait that long to meet? Comfort levels begin to slip between and you start to feel like strangers again.

Dating: The Ultimate Adventure in Job Training
December 22, 2011 – 9:55 am | 4 Comments
Dating: The Ultimate Adventure in Job Training

Believe it or not, the life of the single Jewish person isn’t all nerve-wracking pain, disappointment, frustration, stress and heartache.  Okay, perhaps I’m being overly optimistic.  But there are a couple of positive things to be said about being single. No, really! For example, the world is filled with fascinating occupations and I’ve gained invaluable experience in most of them simply through dating. As a result, my resume is now thirty-four pages long. But I use a smaller font, so it seems more like seventeen.

Giving Gifts
December 22, 2011 – 4:05 am
Giving Gifts

The desire for scholarly children was actually one of the motivations for the custom of giving Chanukah gelt (money). In modern times, money has been replaced by Chanukah presents. What is the connection between Chanukah lights, intelligent children and gelt?

Light and Crispy Churros
December 21, 2011 – 2:22 pm
Light and Crispy Churros

I love latkes and am head over heels over sufganiyot. But, these Spanish fritters are a tasty alternative during Chanukah. Made from the classic Pate a Choux paste, these airy and delicate pastries are a snap to whip up. The dough is easy and can be made a couple of hours ahead of using.

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