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My date was hospitalized, then blew me off. What should I do?
January 26, 2011 – 10:00 am | One Comment
My date was hospitalized, then blew me off. What should I do?

I recently began dating a woman I’ll call Sue whom I met on JDate. It appeared we have a lot in common. I’m a psychotherapist, and so is she. We are both vegetarians. We both love to hike, etc. We had two dates; the second one extended into hours of talking and sharing stories. It ended with a very passionate kiss and a hug. We tentatively scheduled a third date, but she said she would need to confirm something with her schedule.

Jews Down Under
January 26, 2011 – 7:12 am
Jews Down Under

Jewish Treats pop quiz: Name the country whose first Jews arrived as convicts.

Goy to the World
January 25, 2011 – 11:19 am | One Comment
Goy to the World

Schmuck!  Schlep!  Schmooze!  Yiddish terms abound in American usage, but none as loaded as the Yiddish term for non-Jews: Goy.  While often used with self-aware cheekiness, the word carries historically derisive connotations, apparent in traditional (and often amusing) Jewish idioms.

Problems with the People You Meet Online?
January 25, 2011 – 11:12 am
Problems with the People You Meet Online?

People get busy. Someone is sending you playful pokes one minute, and you find their profile has been deactivated the next time you log on to your account. Circumstances like this happen every day in cyberspace, in great part because the time spent there is muddled by the very things that make the technology such a wonder – anonymity, variety, abundance and immediacy.

Sorcerers Beware
January 25, 2011 – 7:25 am
Sorcerers Beware

In Sanhedrin 67b, Rabbi Ashi states that he saw “Karna’s father blow his nose violently and streamers of silk issued from his nostrils.”

Game Day or Winter Comfort Food
January 24, 2011 – 3:18 pm
Game Day or Winter Comfort Food

Chili is the perfect accompaniment for Sunday game day or a movie night. I turned a dish that could be ordinary into something extraordinary by combining different types of beans, vegetables and peppers for layers of flavor. My family serves it steaming hot, right out of the slow cooker, accompanied by a platter filled with lots of tempting accompaniments.

The Art of The Compliment
January 24, 2011 – 4:05 am
The Art of The Compliment

“You look very nice.” “That was an excellent presentation.” “Your house is so lovely.”

Messy Mistakes Guys Should Avoid
January 21, 2011 – 3:51 pm
Messy Mistakes Guys Should Avoid

Gentlemen, did you know that January is Get Organized (GO) Month? If you are waiting for the perfect relationship to come along before you invest in your surroundings, it’s high time you clean up your act. The following cheat sheet will help you transform your pigsty into a Zen bachelor’s den.

Eliyahu Ha’Navi
January 21, 2011 – 4:00 am
Eliyahu Ha’Navi

The song Eliyahu Ha’Navi, Elijah the Prophet, is customarily sung on Motza’ay Shabbat because ultimately, Elijah will be the harbinger of the Messianic age.

Ask the Matchmaker Rabbi – Lovelorn Edition
January 20, 2011 – 3:19 pm | 3 Comments
Ask the Matchmaker Rabbi – Lovelorn Edition

Dear Matchmaker Rabbi: When I was volunteering in Israel two summers ago, I met this amazing guy. It was love at first sight. Seriously — I tried not to meet him because I knew I was already in love with him! But we did meet, and there was no escaping it. When the summer ended, I needed to return to the U.S. to finish my degree. I told him I would try to return this past summer, but it didn’t pan out due to financial issues…

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