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Planning Your Engagement Photos
March 1, 2012 – 3:26 pm
Planning Your Engagement Photos

One of the many engagement milestones is a photo shoot, typically with your wedding photographer, that happens at some point before you actually tie the knot. This photo shoot is helpful for both of you: the couple and your hired photographer. You may think you’re comfortable behind a camera, but remember, every photographer has a different style and method, so taking engagement photos gives you and your betrothed a sneak peak into what you can expect from your photographer on the big day. Also, your photographer will learn about how to photograph you. Let’s face it, everyone is different — different angles, features, bodies, comfort levels — and this shoot will also allow your photographer to get a feel for what methods work for capturing you at your best. I know that I would want my photographer to know my good side (right) and if I have extra chins from a weird angle (true) before the big show when the photos truly matter. Plus, whatever, it’s fun.

Jewish Penicillin
March 1, 2012 – 4:08 am
Jewish Penicillin

There is an unusual statement in the Talmud (Berachot 44b) about the therapeutic value of particular foods: “Six things provide a permanent cure for illness: cabbage, beets, an extract of sisin, the stomach of an animal, the womb of an animal and the large lobe of the liver of an animal.”

Hester Panim
March 1, 2012 – 4:05 am
Hester Panim

One might think that the Book of Esther is a heroic tale about Mordechai and Esther saving the Jewish people through diplomatic skill, after all God is not mentioned once in the entire text. Looking deeper, however, one is struck by the overwhelming number of “coincidences” of the right people being in the right places at the right times. To follow one such line of “coincidences”:

I’m Witty, Fun, Successful. Are Guys Intimidated By Me?
February 29, 2012 – 5:48 pm | 3 Comments
I’m Witty, Fun, Successful. Are Guys Intimidated By Me?

I am everything a man could want: outgoing, witty, warm, caring, fun, educated, athletic, confident, musician, professional, mentally and financially stable. I’ve been on every website, dated lots of men, gone to many single weekends, but I just can’t find the one. I feel it’s because perhaps men feel intimidated by me and my accomplishments; they don’t want to travel to date; they are commitment-phobics; they are not mentally and financially stable. What should I do?

Debbie and Dan: “I asked for JDate’s help to set up a surprise proposal…”
February 29, 2012 – 1:19 pm | 3 Comments
Debbie and Dan: “I asked for JDate’s help to set up a surprise proposal…”

I’m proud to represent JDate for all that they have done for me, and happily share our story on how we met!

Covered Eyes
February 28, 2012 – 4:05 am
Covered Eyes

It is customary that after the Shabbat candles are lit, both hands are waved towards the face (symbolically drawing in the light of the candles and the sanctity of Shabbat) and the eyes are covered. The blessing is recited with the eyes still covered. Why?

Proud and Prickly with a Soft Heart
February 27, 2012 – 3:42 pm
Proud and Prickly with a Soft Heart

Muscular. Courageous. Bronzed. The stereotype of the sun-kissed sabra is Ari ben Canaan, as played by actor Paul Newman in the 1960 movie Exodus. The word sabra stems from the name of the prickly pear cactus—tzabar in Hebrew and sabr in Arabic—whose thick thorny skin covers a sweet and succulent soft flesh. An affectionate metaphor, it describes native-born Israelis whose rough and impertinent manners hide their good hearts and sensitive souls.

Ivonne and Sergio: “I was looking for a date on JDate…”
February 27, 2012 – 10:53 am | 2 Comments
Ivonne and Sergio: “I was looking for a date on JDate…”

We want to thank JDate for the wonderful job they are doing, keeping our people together and for helping us to start our own Jewish home.

Taking Time Off
February 27, 2012 – 4:05 am
Taking Time Off

In the day-to-day hubbub of our 21st century world, we are wired and wireless. With free wi-fi at Starbucks we can transport our offices to the coffee shop and save on rental space. ($100 per month on coffee versus a few thousand dollars to rent office-space should be a no-brainer. How come it hasn’t caught on?) Through our cellphones and Blackberrys we are now available 24/7. Bluetooth wearers have one ear dedicated to their cellphone and the other to the rest of the world. Even on vacation, we are likely to be accessible. It seems like there is no break.

Marriage: IN or OUT?
February 24, 2012 – 12:31 pm | One Comment
Marriage: IN or OUT?

Is marriage headed the way of the Dodo bird and the polar bear? Will children read about marriage in history books in 20 years and scoff, “Wait, couples signed on to be together legally FOREVER?!” You might think so if you have seen the latest study by the Pew Research Center in 2011, stating that barely half of U.S. adults are married–the lowest percentage ever.* It turns out that a whopping 44 percent of Millennials and 43 percent of Gen Xers think marriage is becoming obsolete, according to the Pew Research Center.

However, writer/director Michelle Cove isn’t so sure these findings mean the institution of marriage is dying out. After interviewing single women around the country for her documentary, Seeking Happily Ever After, she returns with some intriguing findings on the future of matrimony.

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