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You Say Biscotti
January 28, 2011 – 2:41 pm | One Comment
You Say Biscotti

Mandelbrodt, or almond bread, is an Ashkenazi confection that is usually twice baked. Similar to Italian Biscotti, Mandelbread are formed into loaves, sliced and baked. To keep the Mandelbread pareve, use dark chocolate for dipping instead of white.

The Science of Attachment
January 28, 2011 – 1:02 pm
The Science of Attachment

Pretending to be busy just to play hard-to-get, showing you don’t care when you really do (Hillary’s default strategy), or trying to be someone that you’re not — can all backfire. By acting hard-to-get, when in fact what you truly crave is closeness, consistency and stability, you may end up attracting the exact person who is least likely to make you happy – someone avoidant—who doesn’t feel comfortable being close and prefers to keep you at arms length.

Instrumental Shabbat
January 28, 2011 – 4:05 am
Instrumental Shabbat

The first time a musical instrument was played to enhance a Shabbat Service was well before the Common Era. In days of yore, it was customary that the Levites would both sing and play instruments to enhance the Shabbat service in the Temple.

Davina and Micah
January 27, 2011 – 1:11 pm
Davina and Micah

The following November I told her I loved her while on a carriage ride through Central Park….  I knew the next step—a proposal and subsequent engagement and marriage—was on the horizon.”

Are Wedding Gifts Mandatory?
January 27, 2011 – 12:42 pm | 20 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.

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