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I Was a Woman’s Last Online Dating Hope
January 10, 2012 – 3:09 pm | 19 Comments
I Was a Woman’s Last Online Dating Hope

Some men distinguish themselves by being great scientists, statesmen, artists.  I was a woman’s last online dating hope.  I did not choose or go after this “honor” – it was bestowed upon me by Kathy, whom I met on JDate.  Kathy informed me that her experiences meeting online dates in person had been so horrible, so traumatic, so soul-draining, that she decided to give the process just one more chance.  She’d decided to meet one more guy before removing herself from online dating for all eternity – and I happened to be the guy; the last guy she was going to meet; her final chance for online romance.

Keep Up With Your Upkeep
January 10, 2012 – 2:58 pm | One Comment
Keep Up With Your Upkeep

We all remember The Peanuts gang with Charlie Brown and all of his buddies. Well, when it comes to hygiene there are just too many men and even women who resemble Pig-Pen…he walked around with a circle of dust constantly swirling about his person. Eewww!

Blessed Is He Who Makes Strange Creatures
January 10, 2012 – 8:33 am
Blessed Is He Who Makes Strange Creatures

One might not think that Jewish Treats would have much to say about “Peculiar People Day,” as January 10th has been dubbed by those who create new holidays. However, the sages were so aware of a person’s natural reaction to those who are different, that special blessings were designated for just such occasions: Blessed is He who makes strange creatures (for those who are so from birth) and Blessed be the true Judge (for those whose appearance was altered after birth). These blessings remind us that all creatures are God’s handiwork and deserve honor and respect.

Elisa and Michael: “Thank you JDate for making my dreams come true!”
January 9, 2012 – 1:07 pm | 2 Comments
Elisa and Michael: “Thank you JDate for making my dreams come true!”

I am now the wife and mother I always dreamed I’d be, with a wonderful husband who I would never have met, if not for that JDate party.

Hebron Purim
January 9, 2012 – 4:05 am
Hebron Purim

Jewish Treats presents to you another local Purim, a day on which one small community commemorates a particularly life-saving event. Purim Hebron, also known as “Window Purim.” Sadly, the community that initially experienced the events of Hebron Purim no longer exists, as the Jews of Hebron suffered so greatly from a pogrom in 1929 that the city was, for many years, virtually bereft of any Jewish population.

7. Factors for a Transformational Life: Intention, Commitment, Action
January 6, 2012 – 6:00 pm
7. Factors for a Transformational Life: Intention, Commitment, Action

As discussed in the previous column, empathy alone does not necessarily make people take action on behalf of others – much less the kind of conscious action that leads to transformation. Feelings in and of themselves are just not strong enough – particularly when other factors are in play (outer pressure, inconvenience, ideology, direct orders from others, etc.).

Women Lie About Weight; Men Lie About Money: What Emerging Science Tells Us About Love
January 6, 2012 – 5:52 pm | 3 Comments
Women Lie About Weight; Men Lie About Money: What Emerging Science Tells Us About Love

Most people shy away from stating political views in their profiles – but that looks like a big mistake. It may attract more dates, but long marriages tend to be among partners with similar political ideologies.

Resurrection of the Dead
January 6, 2012 – 4:05 am
Resurrection of the Dead

It is required by Jewish law that the body of one who has passed away be buried as quickly and as completely as possible, meaning that the entire body (or as much of the remains as possible), including internal organs and blood, be buried together. The most basic understanding of this rule is that in this way one shows respect for the dead, which is an absolute priority in Jewish law. However, the more esoteric reason for this law is the resurrection of the dead.

New Year’s Resolutions
January 5, 2012 – 6:49 pm
New Year’s Resolutions

2012 is here. As you plunge into the New Year, take this moment of surging optimism and energy to revive your spirit and discover new and better versions of what you can be.

Caryn and Scott: “I was just browsing on JDate when I came to Scott…”
January 5, 2012 – 6:05 pm | One Comment
Caryn and Scott: “I was just browsing on JDate when I came to Scott…”

One night, I was just browsing on JDate when I came to Scott. I asked myself, “What do I have to lose?” and pressed the flirt button. This was the start to the rest of our lives.

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