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Naphtali, Son of Jacob
December 14, 2010 – 4:05 am
Naphtali, Son of Jacob

After four years of marriage and desperate to have a child, Rachel gave her handmaid, Bilhah, to her husband Jacob to be an additional wife and to bear children in her name. Any children resulting from the union of Jacob and Bilhah would be raised as if they were Rachel’s children. Rachel was overjoyed when Bilhah bore her first son, Dan.

Still Hot, Why Not?
December 13, 2010 – 1:34 pm | 48 Comments

So, here I am today. Out in the hazardous shark (35 year old single women) infested waters, with my posse of similarly desperate—I mean desirous—girlfriends, standing on the courthouse steps throwing ourselves at men going through divorce. We don’t do that. We hang out at funerals, offering home-made kishke to the widowers. Ha ha just kidding! Who makes kishke from scratch? Do you know a place to pick up some cow intestines?

Abbi and Jason
December 13, 2010 – 1:06 pm | 3 Comments
Abbi and Jason

“At our wedding ceremony, Jason’s father’s ring was used as we said our vows and started our Happily Ever After. We have JDate to thank for helping us find each other.”

How To Tell If He’s Into You
December 13, 2010 – 12:45 pm | One Comment
How To Tell If He’s Into You

I recently interviewed professional matchmaker Marni Galison regarding how to tell if a man is into you. I first encountered Marni when I read her spot-on Sunday at Noon piece, “The Phenomenon of the Manhattan Man Boy.” Galison has great insight into the world of dating and I thoroughly identified with her portrayal of how the typical “Manhattan Man Boy” dates.

Always A Jew
December 13, 2010 – 4:03 am
Always A Jew

There are certain renowned figures in history whose relationship with their Jewish heritage was so tenuous that they had no hesitation in accepting Christianity, but was strong enough that it shaped their lives. One such example is the renowned German poet, Heinrich Heine.

Thai Turkey Chowder
December 9, 2010 – 11:56 am
Thai Turkey Chowder

After you have cut the last juicy scrumptious slice of turkey off of the bones, do not throw away the carcass! There is flavor and a multitude of uses locked in those bones.

Sweet Morning-After Meals
December 9, 2010 – 11:29 am
Sweet Morning-After Meals

When a woman spends the night at a man’s place for the first time, he will awaken the next morning either suddenly shocked or pleasantly surprised. When the latter happens, a man’s got to be prepared. A quick trip to the diner or a bagel run can spoil the mood by cutting time spent in bed. The key to making the morning linger… is breakfast. And by that, gentlemen, we are not implying an apple or an old box of raisins.

My Father, Our Father
December 9, 2010 – 4:05 am
My Father, Our Father

Many well-known Jewish songs are based on words from the Bible. While a vast majority of them are based on Tehillim (Psalms) one of the most famous is almost a direct quote from Genesis: Od Avinu Chai, “Our Father Still Lives.” In this song, however, an inferred meaning of the words is utilized, rather than the actual meaning in the Torah.

Yarmulke O Yarmulke
December 8, 2010 – 6:05 pm | One Comment
Yarmulke O Yarmulke

Many of your non-Jewish guests may ask you about those little hats that men wear on their heads in temple. The Yentas offer you some answers that you can share.

The Holiday Behind Hanukkah
December 8, 2010 – 3:22 pm
The Holiday Behind Hanukkah

From lighting the Hanukkia to eating fried latkes and doughnuts, pretty much every Jewish school kid knows that Hanukkah celebrates the Maccabees’ improbable military triumph over the Greeks and the miraculous oil that burned in the Menorah for eight days instead of just one.  But few children—or even adults—know that several scholars believe that some of the most beloved Hanukkah traditions are actually rooted in pagan and seasonal traditions.

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