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Kosher Cinema: May Movie Picks For JDaters®
April 25, 2012 – 2:01 pm | One Comment
Kosher Cinema: May Movie Picks For JDaters®

As April and its wacky weather leaves us behind, I hope you JDaters® are ready for the blockbuster season to start rolling in. The next month offers a torrent of superheroes, science fiction, and Sacha Baron Cohen, which can only mean one thing: summer is coming!

I hinted you might get another daring Chosen Feature this month, and I won’t disappoint.

The Palmach
April 25, 2012 – 3:05 am
The Palmach

The IDF (Israeli Defense Force), was born in the heat of the Israeli War of Independence. As the brand new state was declared and the country came under attack, the Israeli government created its official fighting force from three separate, pre-state para-military units (each with its own political ideology), the Haganah, Irgun and Lechi.

5 Tips For Meeting Your Match
April 24, 2012 – 2:18 pm
5 Tips For Meeting Your Match

At a book club discussion for my novel, The First Husband, a reader joked about how she kept frequenting the hotel bar where the book’s heroine, Annie Adams, met her husband, Griffin. “I’ve gone a hundred times!” she said. “Where’s my Griffin?” Everybody laughed, but her question is one I receive often from readers: How do I find my soul mate?

With thousands of profiles to choose from, how do you make the right choice? I asked friends and readers who’ve found happy relationships online for their best advice on meeting Mr. or Ms. Right:

Hits & Mrs: Beyond Dinner & A Movie
April 24, 2012 – 8:59 am | One Comment
Hits & Mrs: Beyond Dinner & A Movie

The impression that you make on your date doesn’t just begin when you say hello. It actually begins when you suggest where to go. Those of you who follow my column regularly know that I only recommend having drinks (coffee, tea, martinis or wine) on your first date since it’s essentially more of an audition than a date. However, for a subsequent outing, you have the opportunity to really make an impression.

Here are six fresh date ideas that will not only allow you to get to know one another better, but will also impress your date with your cleverness.

Controlling Urban Sprawl
April 23, 2012 – 3:05 am
Controlling Urban Sprawl

Urban sprawl is one of the prominent contemporary environmental concerns. It is, understandably, a modern issue that started at the time of the industrial revolution. Oddly enough, however, it is a dilemma that the Torah appears to have considered, even in the days when many cities were growth-limited due to surrounding walls.

There’s A Key In My Challah!
April 20, 2012 – 3:05 am
There’s A Key In My Challah!

It’s a fact that many people spend much time thinking and even worrying about par’nassah (livelihood).Jewish tradition teaches that different seasons have different spiritual strengths.

Get Noticed: Make Your Online Profile Stand Out
April 19, 2012 – 10:51 am | 3 Comments
Get Noticed: Make Your Online Profile Stand Out

When you peruse the online dating sites, many of the profiles say some variation of the exact same thing. Often, we don’t learn anything about the person we hope to date! The key to online dating is to differentiate yourself, lest you fall into “Generic Profile Land.” Some common phrases to avoid include…

Beneath the Warsaw Ghetto
April 19, 2012 – 3:05 am
Beneath the Warsaw Ghetto

On January 18, 1943, the Jews of the Warsaw Ghetto arose in violent rebellion against further deportations. The struggle lasted an incredible three months. On April 19th, the Nazis began their final assault. Four days later, with their weapons depleted and the Nazis progressively blowing up blocks of the ghetto, the Jewish resistance was overcome. By mid-May, the Warsaw Ghetto was no more, its tens of thousands of residents mercilessly murdered. Beneath the rubble, however, remained profound exhibits of the courage, faith and strength of the Jewish people.

The Top 10 Toughest Jews Alive
April 18, 2012 – 4:59 pm | 4 Comments
The Top 10 Toughest Jews Alive

From Samson to Judah Maccabee, Ze’ev Jabotinsky to Hanna Senesh, there is a valiant history of tough and brave Jews who made tremendous marks on the world. While the image of a Jew has not always been that of a “tough” person, it is important that the world sees tough Jews.  Owning a PR firm, I help build brands and create personas – and as a proud traditional Jew and Zionist, approaching two important Jewish holidays – Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day) and Yom HaZikaron, (Israel’s Memorial Day for its fallen soldiers), I offer this list in tribute.

Yom Hashoah, Holocaust Memorial Day
April 18, 2012 – 3:05 am
Yom Hashoah, Holocaust Memorial Day

Tomorrow, the 27th of Nisan, Jews around the world will mark Yom Ha’shoah (Officially Yom Ha’zikaron La’shoah V’ha’g’vurah, which translates to The Day of Memorial for the Holocaust and the Heroism, generally shortened to Yom Ha’shoah). In Israel, the day is marked by official ceremonies, flags at half mast and, most famously, by a siren marking a moment of silence during which traffic comes to a standstill.

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