One ancient and ongoing philosophical question is: If God is perfect, and God created the world, can anything that God created be inherently bad? We all know that there is evil in the world, that there are things that appear to be bad. But when one takes the world as a whole, we realize that while the bad is usually unpleasant, difficult to understand and, in truth, terrifying, it is also necessary as a contrast to the incredible good we are given.
Hanukkah is on the horizon, and whether you’ll be spending it with loved ones or the one you love, it’s the perfect time to reflect on what you learned this year and how to take those lessons of the heart with you into 2012. I’ve shared plenty of my own tales and advice, so this time around, I did some market research and came up with eight appropriate wine pairings.
It is often noted by commentators on the Torah that whereas Abraham was a charismatic leader, his son, Isaac, was an introvert who spent much of his time studying. This same comparison could be made between the founder of the Chassidic movement, Rabbi Israel Baal Shem Tov (aka the Besht), and his successor, Rabbi Dov Ber of Mezeritch (c. 1704-1772).
Is your Yiddish rusty? Want to whip up a kosher culinary masterpiece? Trying to remember which prayer to say as you cast off your sins on Rosh Hashanah? Don’t worry—there’s an app for it!
This simple weeknight dish is a powerhouse of healthy ingredients. I love making large batches of this and freezing some of it for leftovers. If you cannot find the Tuscan Kale, use any type of kale in the market or Swiss chard. The meatballs are delicious and make the dish hearty and family friendly.
The plaintive cry of exasperation, “Don’t roll your eyes at me!” that parents often address to their children is one that each person should consider saying to him/herself, omitting, of course, the concluding words “at me.”
In August of 2006, shortly after they both moved to Los Angeles, Scott and Alison met on JDate.com. After emailing back and forth and talking a few times on the phone, they agreed to meet up for coffee at a Starbucks® in Pasadena.
Just in time for the holiday season, Spark Networks®, owner and operator of JDate®, is spreading a little holiday cheer to the victims of 9/11 and their families. Spark, is donating more than $32,000 to Tuesday’s Children, a non-profit organization committed to serving those impacted by the events of September 11, 2001 and terrorist incidents worldwide.
Employees at Spark Networks®, owner and operator of JDate®, fed their souls while helping the hungry to kick off the holiday season. About 50 employees gathered at the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank the day before Thanksgiving for a day of service.
The Book of Jonah is one of the best known stories in the Bible and is read on Yom Kippur because of its powerful message of repentance:
God instructs Jonah to go to the Assyrian city of Nineveh and warn them that Nineveh will be destroyed unless the people mend their ways.