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My Search for Mr/Ms Spiritual Right
September 9, 2011 – 10:12 am | 2 Comments
My Search for Mr/Ms Spiritual Right

When I was in junior high school, I read the book Siddhartha, by Herman Hesse and became fascinated with the idea of setting forth on my own spiritual quest. During spring vacations, when our family would drive from Chicago to Florida, I began the practice of looking out the window at various landscapes trying to find the perfect place for me to live like a hermit and reach enlightenment. The minimum requirements included a grassy area by a stream and a tree. My requirements for a hotel in Florida, however, included a vending machine and a swimming pool. As I got older, my spiritual search led me away from trips to Boca to treks in the Himalayas where my soul soared in the heart of Buddhist teachings while the rest of my body kvetched from the affects of altitude. From Nepal to Bhutan, I saw myself as an adventurer and seeker, always looking out for that perfect moment of Nirvana, just around the corner, or keeping a watchful eye for the perfect Buddhist monk or nun with a shaved head who would, through word or action, invite me into the world of enlightenment.

Rena and Scott: “…he was new at the JDate thing…”
September 8, 2011 – 2:08 pm
Rena and Scott: “…he was new at the JDate thing…”

“By the end of our first date, we had already discovered our mutual love of NY football and baseball and decided to go out again.”

Is it a good thing to “flirt” on JDate if you are sincere?
September 8, 2011 – 11:48 am | 5 Comments
Is it a good thing to “flirt” on JDate if you are sincere?

I commend you for reentering the world of dating. I’m sure it’s tough, but well worth the effort. You’d think that men in their 50’s and 60’s would be done playing games and be ready to pursue their romantic interests in a direct manner. Unfortunately, not all are. Those are the ones that you don’t want to waste your time getting involved with in the first place.

The Mother Bird
September 8, 2011 – 7:06 am
The Mother Bird

There are many mitzvot in the Torah for which there are no given explanations. These mitzvot are known as chukim. For instance, there is a prohibition against wearing wool and linen together in the same garment. Among these chukim is one known as shiluach ha’kayn, sending away the mother bird: If one comes upon a roosting mother bird, one must send the mother bird away before gathering the eggs or the young chicks.

Atone for Your Sins
September 7, 2011 – 1:04 pm | One Comment
Atone for Your Sins

I’ve amassed a list of common dating sins based on my own experience as both a victim and a perpetrator and paired them with some of my favorite kosher wines for wrapping it up, righting the wrongs, and starting fresh in 5772.  L’Chaim!

The Jews of Brazil
September 7, 2011 – 3:05 am | One Comment
The Jews of Brazil

The Jewish community of 21st century Brazil is much like that of other South American Jewish communities. The Brazilian Jewish community is diverse, consisting of Ashkenazim and Sephardim, traditional and assimilated Jews, the wealthy and the poor. Jews are generally accepted within the larger Brazilian population.

Jan and Ben: “I cannot thank JDate enough for introducing me to my soul mate.”
September 6, 2011 – 11:25 am | 2 Comments
Jan and Ben: “I cannot thank JDate enough for introducing me to my soul mate.”

“Our rabbi – who commented that we were the most well-matched couple he had ever married – even read aloud our JDate profiles during the wedding ceremony!”

Golda
September 6, 2011 – 3:05 am
Golda

Stories of the Zionist leaders of the early twentieth century usually begin: “He came from Poland (or Russia) and…” Golda Meir’s account, however, begins quite differently: She came from Milwaukee, Wisconsin (although she was born in Kiev).

Golda Malovitch Meyerson (1898-1978), who would, in 1956, change her name to Meir, began life in Palestine together with her husband, Morris, at Kibbutz Merchavya in 1921. Three years later, they left the Kibbutz and moved first to Tel Aviv and then to Jerusalem. Golda and Morris had two children, Menachem and Sarah.

With each move that they made, Golda was recognized for her natural leadership skills and fiery passion for the labor Zionist movement. In 1932, she returned to the United States for two years with her children (Morris remained in Palestine) to work as an emissary of the Hechalutz women’s organization.

Golda was appointed to head the Jewish Agency’s Political Department in 1946, after the British arrested the department’s senior leadership. Early in 1948, as politicians prepared for the end of the mandate, Golda returned to the U.S. to raise funds. She was expected to raise no more than $10 million, but she returned with $50 million. That May, Golda was one of 24 signatories on Israel’s Declaration of Independence and was brought into the government by David Ben-Gurion.

Ambassador (to the Soviet Union), Member of Knesset, Minister of Labor, Minister of Foreign Affairs…Golda Meir assumed the office of Prime Minister in 1969 upon the death of Prime Minister Levi Eshkol.

Golda’s time in office was tumultuous. She had to contend with constant fighting along the Suez (1969-1970), the murder of Israel’s athletes at the Munich Olympics (1972), and the Yom Kippur War (1973). Golda resigned and retired after that war. She passed away, at age 80, in 1978.

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Workers’ Rights
September 4, 2011 – 7:05 am
Workers’ Rights

Are workers’ rights a modern invention born out of the trials and tribulations of the industrial revolution? Everyone’s heard of the horrors of the sweatshops, child labor abuses and other workplace issues that, sadly, sometimes still take place today.

Julie and Steven: “I totally credit JDate for my happily ever after.”
September 2, 2011 – 4:23 pm
Julie and Steven: “I totally credit JDate for my happily ever after.”

“I tell everyone, ‘Don’t knock online dating.  I was scared to do it but I’m glad I did, otherwise I would have missed out on my happily ever after with Steven and our five beautiful children!’”

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