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I’m confused by the mixed signals my significant other is giving me.
October 18, 2011 – 9:56 am | 9 Comments
I’m confused by the mixed signals my significant other is giving me.

The last time I saw him, I asked him if he thought our relationship had a future. I have reasons to doubt that after all the months of waiting for him to act like we’re a couple, and make room for me in his life. His answer was that he wasn’t optimistic, and he struggles to be hopeful. He said he wanted to continue to be together, and we could “wait and see”. I ended the relationship after that. I feel terrible and miss him everyday. My heart isn’t into the dating scene at all. I understand that not all relationships are meant to be, but I’m confused by the mixed signals he gives me. I talk to other people who tell me that he hasn’t treated me as well as I deserve, and that I should accept that whatever his issues are, they are his issues, and I should move on. What do you think?

My marriage just ended. How do I know if I’m ready to take that next step?
October 17, 2011 – 2:48 pm
My marriage just ended. How do I know if I’m ready to take that next step?

Dear Rabbi Singer, My marriage just ended.  I’ve very recently started searching through the profiles on JDate.  How do I know if I’m ready to take that next step, to start getting to know a new someone? Is there a certain amount of time I should wait? I’m not sure if I’m searching because I feel ready to start again or because I don’t want to be on my own.  Thank you for your help with this. On My Own.

Jessica and David: “It all happened, starting with a JDate email…”
October 17, 2011 – 2:36 pm
Jessica and David: “It all happened, starting with a JDate email…”

It took us four years to actually meet, but it was well worth the wait… it all happened, starting with a JDate email…

Autumnal Feast
October 12, 2011 – 10:26 am
Autumnal Feast

This satisfying and riotously colored dish will please all of your sukkot and Shabbat guests.  I like to hollow out a pumpkin and roast it for 15 minutes, so that it is not raw, and then present the finished tagine in the beautiful, toasty-orange gourd for a big WOW presentation. I serve the tagine with my Pomegranate Glazed Chicken or braised pot roast.

Jen and Todd: “Our advice to other JDaters® would be to be honest…”
October 11, 2011 – 11:54 am | 2 Comments
Jen and Todd: “Our advice to other JDaters® would be to be honest…”

Our advice to other JDaters® would be to be honest in what you are looking for in a person and in terms of a relationship. Get out there and date! If you are too picky or unrealistic, love may pass you by.

Everyone Does The Wave
October 11, 2011 – 3:05 am
Everyone Does The Wave

One of the main mitzvot of the holiday of Sukkot is the waving of the four species: citron (etrog), palm, myrtle and willow. Trying to understand this mitzvah metaphorically, our sages compared the four species to four different types of Jews:

Forget the Kugel
October 10, 2011 – 9:25 am
Forget the Kugel

I have never been a kugel enthusiast. I like the idea of comforting warm noodles baked with savory or sweet fixin’s , but the paradox is that I am not a fan of soft-mushy pasta. I guess it is because, as a chef, I struggle to serve perfect al dente pasta that is toothy and with a little bite left in it.  

Somehow my dislike for soft noodles does not translate to soft bread. I know this is not logical, but I am breaking my Yom Kippur fast with a warm, welcoming bread pudding. Even the name, Bread Pudding, screams COZINESS, and that is what I need after the fast.

The Perfect Species
October 10, 2011 – 3:05 am
The Perfect Species

At this time of the year, Jews around the globe head out in search of the perfect Lulav and Etrog (Lulav refers to the grouping of lulav, hadassim and aravot, which, together with the etrog are referred to as
the four species.) Since the lulav and etrog are used for the mitzvah of waving the four species, it’s important to find a set that is as perfect as can be.

But Wait…There’s More
October 9, 2011 – 3:05 am
But Wait…There’s More

Now that the Jewish people have repented on Yom Kippur and, hopefully, received Divine forgiveness, it is time to sit back and relax…

Just kidding!

The Food Of Yom Kippur
October 7, 2011 – 3:05 am
The Food Of Yom Kippur

Food on Yom Kippur? Isn’t Yom Kippur the most famous fast day on the Jewish calendar?

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