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Four Steps of Repentance
October 4, 2011 – 8:07 am | One Comment
Four Steps of Repentance

In order to fully understand Yom Kippur, it is important to look deeper at the Jewish concept of teshuva, “repentance.”

Lori and Ken: “…we found each other on JDate.”
October 3, 2011 – 12:54 pm | 12 Comments
Lori and Ken: “…we found each other on JDate.”

Finally, we were both single at the same time, but we found each other on JDate before our friends got to introduce us.  Like other JDate Success Stories, we should have been able to meet without JDate, but needed to make the connection in our own way. 

From Holy God to Holy King
October 3, 2011 – 3:05 am
From Holy God to Holy King

On Rosh Hashana, God judges the world (and all the people therein), but their fates are not sealed until 10 days later, on Yom Kippur. It is during these ten days during that we must present a compelling case of our worthiness to the heavenly court.

Torrey and Dave: “I got an email from Dave through JDate saying that I spelled everything right…”
September 28, 2011 – 9:50 am
Torrey and Dave: “I got an email from Dave through JDate saying that I spelled everything right…”

…I got an email from Dave through JDate saying that I spelled everything right (thank you spell-check) and would I like to have lunch?

Annulment of Vows
September 28, 2011 – 3:05 am
Annulment of Vows

“I swear that this time I will lose weight”
“I am going to pray every day…”
We make promises all the time. We swear that we are going to do something, and then hope that we will be in a position to fulfill the vow.

Anita and Harvey: “I encourage all my single friends to keep trying on JDate…”
September 27, 2011 – 9:24 am | 6 Comments
Anita and Harvey: “I encourage all my single friends to keep trying on JDate…”

I encourage all of my single friends to keep on trying JDate, sometimes taking a break.   It only takes one special someone to change your life.

Tashlich
September 27, 2011 – 3:05 am
Tashlich

The Rosh Hashana tashlich ceremony is a tradition that is dear throughout the many diverse Jewish communities. Tashlich literally translates as “You will throw.” But what, exactly, is it?

Lauren and Scott: “Without JDate, we never would have found each other.”
September 26, 2011 – 2:35 pm
Lauren and Scott: “Without JDate, we never would have found each other.”

I think we both can thank JDate for getting us together because I lived in Hopatcong, New Jersey and Lauren lived in Manalapan, New Jersey. Without JDate, we would have never found each other.

Symbolic Foods
September 26, 2011 – 7:08 am
Symbolic Foods

Since Rosh Hashana is the Day of Judgment, it is customary to eat simanim,* foods with symbolic meanings that invoke God’s blessing. We also recite a short prayer before eating them. While apple with honey is a universal custom, other symbolic foods eaten depend on family custom. Here are some examples:

Selichot
September 23, 2011 – 3:05 am
Selichot

In addition to the unique prayer services of Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur, the High Holidays are known for one other service: selichot. A collection of religious poems and verses, selichot are penitential prayers that help one focus on the mood of the season.

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