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Tick Tock to the Simcha
December 28, 2010 – 12:52 pm
Tick Tock to the Simcha

A lovely whirlwind of excitement and love follows a proposal. Once the ring starts sparkling on the finger, the bride begins to execute all of her wedding daydreams and turn them into realities. It all sounds fun and girltastic, but when it comes down to the nitty-gritty, the panic starts to set in.

Your Mother’s Brother
December 28, 2010 – 4:05 am
Your Mother’s Brother

There’s an old wives’ tale that a man’s hair pattern (i.e. baldness) can be predicted by the hair of his mother’s brother. The genetic veracity of this claim is debatable, but, according to the opinion of the Talmudic sage Raba, “most [male] children [do] resemble their mother’s brothers” (Baba Batra 110a).

Walter Mosley and the Jewish Race
December 27, 2010 – 11:22 am
Walter Mosley and the Jewish Race

When then-presidential candidate Bill Clinton was spotted toting the novel Devil in a Blue Dress on the campaign trail in 1992, he catapulted author Walter Mosley out of obscurity and into the spotlight.  Clinton talked up the book, the first of the Easy Rawlins series of detective novels, to a Wall Street Journal reporter saying that it was important “for all Americans” to see “the way it was from a black person’s view…in the ’40s, ’50s and ’60s.”  Mosley soon became a literary star, noted for his portrayal of black protagonists in largely white worlds.

A Man of Torah, A Man of Science
December 27, 2010 – 4:05 am
A Man of Torah, A Man of Science

Perhaps you’ve heard of Maimonides (Rabbi Moses ben Maimon, Rambam) and Nachmanides (Rabbi Moses ben Nachman, Ramban), two medieval scholars whose works are quoted frequently even today. You may not, however, have heard of Gersonides.

Preacher Man
December 24, 2010 – 4:04 am
Preacher Man

One does not often associate preachers with Judaism. There are, however, certain distinct personalities in Jewish history who are known for their ability to inspire through their oratory.

Rachel and Mark
December 23, 2010 – 12:22 pm | 3 Comments
Rachel and Mark

One week after we met through JDate, we set up our first date, which is now a time that I remember as vividly as the moment I met my soul mate.”

Separation of Church and State
December 23, 2010 – 4:05 am
Separation of Church and State

Recently @JewishTweets mentioned, in passing, a website created specifically to give cheers or jeers to those who would or would not say “Merry Christmas.” Many of the jeers were given to local municipalities–once again raising the issue of separation of church and state.

Something Else for Jews on Christmas
December 22, 2010 – 6:07 pm
Something Else for Jews on Christmas

Last year I was on a one-chef campaign to bring chop suey back en vogue with an updated version for Christmas. What else is there to do on Christmas except to invite some friends over and EAT?!

Stingy?
December 22, 2010 – 4:05 am
Stingy?

Is being frugal a Jewish trait? After all, being “tight-fisted” is one of the most common slurs against Jews.

Total Eclipse
December 21, 2010 – 4:05 am
Total Eclipse

Last night/early this morning, North Americans were able to view a complete lunar eclipse. While this is not a rare occurrence, it is always a fascinating event.

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