The events of Chanukah took place about 150 years after the death of Alexander the Great (323 BCE), whose death brought 40 years of civil war to his empire.
Are you behind on your monthly bills? Do you have credit card debt? If the answer to any of these questions is “yes,” then it’s time to start paying attention to how much you spend on your dates.
Chanukah is neither directly ordained in the Torah (like Rosh Hashana, Passover, etc.) nor mentioned in any other biblical text (as Purim is in the Book of Esther). The Books of Maccabees are not included in the Biblical canon, because these events occ…
What does Noah’s son Yephet have to do with the story of Chanukah and the mitzvah of circumcision?When the Syrian-Greeks sought to force Hellenization on the Judeans, one of the first mitzvot they outlawed was brit milah, circumcision. In f…
We were both brought onto JDate around the same time in the summer of 2011. Having lived very parallel lives, Marc and I experienced uncertainty in both our relationships and our employment. For years, we searched for eternal love and security in our careers, taking every obstacle in stride, yet always feeling hopeful.
So, what can this story about those eight miraculous nights teach us about dating? Plenty! Here are eight lessons we can apply to dating.
Chanukah always overlaps with at least one Shabbat (if not two), and since Chanukah begins on the 25th of Kislev and lasts for eight days, the holiday always coincides with the celebration of Rosh Chodesh (the new month of) Tevet. (Rosh Chodesh is cele…
Have you ever heard of Yehudit (Judith), the daughter of Yochanan the High Priest, who saved her city, Bethulia, from destruction at the hands of the Syrian-Greek general Holofernes?
When we started to correspond on JDate, we recognized friends in common and Bonnie figured out that if one friend in particular did not contact her with a warning about me, I MUST be okay. We called that “The Larry Factor.” It took JDate to connect us and we will be eternally grateful.
Most Jewish holidays are marked not only by feasting and celebrations, but also by special prayers. On Biblical holidays, such as Passover and Rosh Hashana, these special prayers include an entire additional service (Musaf).