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Shabbat Medicine
August 19, 2011 – 3:05 am
Shabbat Medicine

Twenty-first century medical technology has a pill for nearly every illness and ache. Even those who prefer alternative medicines often purchase their cures in liquid or pill form. Most people today have no familiarity with the potential medicinal cures found in their local gardens.

Gazpacho
August 18, 2011 – 10:03 am
Gazpacho

All summer I wait for the start of tomato season. Ripe, juicy and in-season tomatoes taste like sunshine and summer. They are fruity and incomparably rich and refreshing. Supermarket tomatoes have no flavor and are starchy. I do not ever use them in recipes and just wait it out until the real thing comes in season. If you have never tried an in-season, fresh off the vine tomato, I insist that you find a farm stand or farmer’s market and pick some up. When you purchase fresh tomatoes, do not put them in the refrigerator. All that wonderful sugar that is a natural part of the tomato will convert to starch in the refrigerator. That is why store bought tomatoes have a grainy texture and are flavorless. The usually travel great distances in refrigerator trucks and then are store in the stores coolers. YUCK! Purchase fresh, off the vine tomatoes as close to the date you need them to insure the best flavor.

Bread and Clothing
August 18, 2011 – 3:05 am | One Comment
Bread and Clothing

Until recently, the repercussions of converting to Judaism meant more than just renouncing one’s previous religious beliefs. More often than not, a person who converted to Judaism also cut off ties with his/her family (and in many cases the family sought his/her arrest and punishment). Additionally, converts were often forced to forfeit any personal wealth that they might possess. This was a challenge for which the Torah was well prepared. Scripture, in Deuteronomy 10:18, states that God “loves the stranger, giving him food and clothing.” Throughout the Torah, the Jewish people are reminded of the importance of being kind to converts (and widows and orphans). Throughout history, communities often took it upon themselves to help converts support themselves.

Brittany and Matthew: “We truly owe everything to JDate…”
August 17, 2011 – 3:11 pm | One Comment
Brittany and Matthew: “We truly owe everything to JDate…”

We truly owe everything to JDate because, without this wonderful website, we would have never met each other. For that, we are eternally grateful. 

The Terrible Case of Leo Frank
August 17, 2011 – 3:05 am
The Terrible Case of Leo Frank

The case of Leo Frank is incredibly disturbing.

A Case of Gout
August 16, 2011 – 3:05 am
A Case of Gout

The Jewish view on healing is that while all healing is in God’s power, the Almighty works His will through human hands. This being the case, it is interesting to note the tone of rebuke in the case recorded in II Chronicles 16:12: “In the 39th year of his reign, Asa was diseased in his feet; his disease was exceeding great; yet in his disease he did not seek God, but [went] to the physicians.” Asa, the third monarch of the Kingdom of Judah, was a righteous king who waged war against idolatry. As a known righteous man, why did he not pray for healing?

Francine and Alex: “Knowing just a few details from his JDate profile was enough to find him…”
August 15, 2011 – 1:31 pm
Francine and Alex: “Knowing just a few details from his JDate profile was enough to find him…”

“Something Francine wrote in her profile on JDate clued Alex in that she was the diamond in the rough he was searching for, so he chose to send her a Flirt.”

Pleasing Your Wedding Guests
August 15, 2011 – 11:13 am
Pleasing Your Wedding Guests

You want your wedding to be the event of the century, right? Your guests should regroup at the following Friday’s Shabbat oneg in the temple’s banquet hall and gush about what an affair the ___stein and ___berg wedding was, yes? Your mother’s mahjong group will hardly get to the game at hand because they’re so busy yenta-ing about the celebration of her daughter’s big day, isn’t that so? Well, all this can come true with a few things to think about when it comes to making the wedding of your dreams for you and avoiding all nightmares for your guests.

No Holiday As Joyous
August 15, 2011 – 3:05 am
No Holiday As Joyous

Tu B’Av (The Fifteenth of Av) is no longer the well-known holiday on the Jewish calendar that it was in ancient times. In fact, in Talmudic times it was said: “There were no holidays so joyous for the Jewish People as the Fifteenth of Av…” (Ta’anit 26b).

Thank You For Having Me
August 12, 2011 – 3:05 am
Thank You For Having Me

Giving an appropriate gift to a host or hostess is the topic of many an etiquette column. But when one is invited to a Shabbat meal, not just any gift will do.

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