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Kugel Konnection
January 7, 2011 – 4:05 am
Kugel Konnection

A traditional Ashkenazi Shabbat table will often be graced with at least one kugel. Whether that kugel is noodle, potato or a more modern vegetable version will depend on the chef.

Wines to Warm You Up
January 6, 2011 – 5:16 pm | 3 Comments
Wines to Warm You Up

January is upon us, and for most of the country, that means facing the daunting task of self-improvement and a mild case of mid-winter blues. Assuming sobriety is not on your list of New Year’s resolutions (and I wholeheartedly advise against it), here are a few of my suggestions for heart-, soul-, and body-warming wines to keep you in high spirits for nights that are better spent in…with someone special at your side.

Jacquie and Michael
January 6, 2011 – 3:30 pm | 7 Comments
Jacquie and Michael

…As a Rabbi, more than 50% of my weddings are because of JDate. I believe so strongly in the service you provide.”

In Flows Shevat
January 6, 2011 – 4:05 am
In Flows Shevat

Despite what one might expect, Jewish tradition does not dismiss the signs of the zodiac (Click here for a Treat on Jewish Months and the Zodiac). In fact, it is quite interesting to see how the astrological symbols relate to the actual months to which they are assigned.

Start the New Year with Sparkle
January 5, 2011 – 5:05 pm
Start the New Year with Sparkle

While New Year’s is not a Jewish holiday, I am always happy to raise a glass and join friends and loved ones in a toast. The collective hope for good health, happiness, peace and prosperity is always welcome and I do not ever hesitate to join in. This past year, especially, has been a trying one for many people throughout the world and I, for one, am happy to see the secular year of 2010 pass.

Reaching Out Across the Aisle
January 5, 2011 – 4:51 pm | 4 Comments
Reaching Out Across the Aisle

Jews at Christian weddings might get spooked at the whole Jesus aspect of things, but there’s very little done outside the native language of the bride and groom. But a Christian at a Jewish wedding could be lost in Hebrew for several minutes at a time. It’s no 40 years of wandering in the desert, but several minutes is a long time to leave one of your own guests confused.

Possessed
January 5, 2011 – 5:31 am
Possessed

The Exorcist, one of the most famous horror films ever created, is based on the terrifying concept of someone being possessed by the devil. And while the deeply evil devil of Christian lore is certainly not a Jewish concept, the idea of spiritual possession is not unheard of in mystical Judaism.

The Leader Is
January 4, 2011 – 4:56 am
The Leader Is

Torah and civil law are the two legal codes that shape the lives of the Jewish people. While the Jews have often been accused of living “outside” civil law (of maintaining a separate communal legal system) this accusation directly contradicts the numerous ways in which Jewish law requires Jews to respect and obey civil law.

Bling in the New Year
January 3, 2011 – 12:07 pm
Bling in the New Year

The good news for women who want to shine in the New Year is that faux jewels are finally out. From bright purple gemstones to stacked gold rings, the real thing is in for 2011.  So what are the must-have jewelry items? Here are our predictions for some of next year’s top sellers from Diamond.com

The Root of the Meaning
January 3, 2011 – 4:05 am
The Root of the Meaning

“Our sacred literature does not use obscure language, but describes most things in words clearly indicating their meaning. Therefore it is necessary at all times to delve into the literal meaning of words to achieve complete understanding of what is actually meant.”
–Rabbi Samson Raphael Hirsch (1808-1888)

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