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The Great Don
October 7, 2010 – 4:02 am
The Great Don

Few people in Jewish history understood the “wheel of fortune*” as well as Don Isaac Abrabanel (Lisbon, 1437 – Venice, 1508).

First Date Wines
October 6, 2010 – 4:36 pm | One Comment
First Date Wines

Who hasn’t imagined the perfect first date at a dimly lit wine bar? Flickering tea lights, knees bumping under the table, warmth spreading to the legs, fingers brushing fingers as you clink your glasses…Flash forward to the perfect wedding, and there’s that same bottle of wine, the first one you ever shared. Do you really want your guests to guzzle a cheap Pinot Grigio that smells of, ahem, Linden tree blossoms (Google: “Queen Victoria and the Linden Tree”).

Acher: The Sage Turned Apostate
October 6, 2010 – 4:02 am
Acher: The Sage Turned Apostate

Our Rabbis taught (Chagigah 14b): Four men entered the ‘orchard’ (pardes, a metaphor for Heaven), namely, Ben Azzai, Ben Zoma, Acher, and Rabbi Akiva.

Cyndie and Bob
October 5, 2010 – 5:16 pm
Cyndie and Bob

“His (Bob’s) first comment to me was, ‘When I look at you I see us.’ What a great opening line…”

Take a Walk on the Aisled Side
October 5, 2010 – 3:23 pm | 3 Comments
Take a Walk on the Aisled Side

Ever wonder about coordinating the order for the wedding processional? Getting ready to stroll down the aisle doesn’t have to be Broadway choreography. We have the traditional Jewish wedding processional for you right here, so you don’t need to worry about who goes where and when.

Tales of The Phoenix
October 5, 2010 – 4:28 am
Tales of The Phoenix

Mythological creatures are generally shrugged off today as figments of overactive imaginations. Nevertheless, a fair number of these fantasy creatures are noted by the sages of the Talmud.

Ilyse and Ari
October 4, 2010 – 12:42 pm | 2 Comments
Ilyse and Ari

On December 17, 2000 my maternal grandmother, Toby, an immigrant from Lithuania, passed away at age 90.  I knew her only wish for me was to marry a Jewish man which I wanted to fulfill, so I decided to join JDate.

Bummed About a Breakup?
October 4, 2010 – 9:51 am
Bummed About a Breakup?

I was 13 years old when I had my heart broken for the first time.  Unable to console me, my mother prepared a batch of banana walnut muffins (yesteryear’s equivalent to pink frosted cupcakes) to cheer me up. Food makes us feel better – it can be a cup of soup when we are sick, a power bar after a strenuous workout or a sweet treat to put a smile on your face.

Chuppah
October 4, 2010 – 5:43 am
Chuppah

Nothing symbolizes a Jewish wedding more than a chuppah, which we today call a “wedding canopy.” The chuppah-bridal canopy of today is meant to represent the home of the groom into which the bride enters. The home is symbolized by the roof.

Roasted Butternut Squash Bisque
October 1, 2010 – 1:08 pm
Roasted Butternut Squash Bisque

This autumnal soup is velvety and deliciously decadent with its creamy texture and rich color, but is actually low in fat and very high in beta carotene. It can be made several days ahead of serving and will keep in the refrigerator for up to 3-5 days, or frozen for one month.

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