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Are Wedding Gifts Mandatory?
January 27, 2011 – 12:42 pm | 19 Comments
Are Wedding Gifts Mandatory?

Would you ever go to a wedding without bringing a gift? I’d sooner show up to a black-tie affair in a Speedo®. Yet, a few people came to my wedding metaphorically nude – without even bringing a card. And I’m not sure if I have any right to be annoyed.

Explain Ourselves
January 27, 2011 – 4:05 am
Explain Ourselves

While Judaism may appear to be a religion with many holidays and an interesting history, those who explore the religion more deeply soon realize that it is a lifestyle based on a complex set of laws. It is then that they discover that the incredible energy of Jewish life is drawn from the fact that questioning, and answering the questions, is the driving force of Jewish learning.

Finding the Perfect Photographer
January 26, 2011 – 6:14 pm
Finding the Perfect Photographer

Professional wedding photographers should have an extensive portfolio filled with lots of brides and grooms. If you see the same couple over and over in a portfolio that is a huge tell-tale sign that you might be looking at a new photographer. A photographer’s portfolio should be rich and diverse. They should have a well branded website, living blog and contact information readily available.

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.”

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