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New Year for the Trees
January 18, 2011 – 6:26 pm
New Year for the Trees

Tu B’Shvat is this week and is the perfect day to reflect on how we might better take care of the earth and its resources. Though the holiday has changed throughout the centuries, Tu B’Shvat can be a day to celebrate the unique partnership between man and nature. It appears that now, more than ever, we need to be more conscious of everything we do and how it affects the planet.

More Than Just Trees
January 18, 2011 – 4:05 am
More Than Just Trees

Thousands of blue boxes and a dream that encompassed a nation…that was the foundation of the Jewish National Fund (JNF or Keren Kayemet L’Israel). Today, JNF is best known for its commitment to environmentalism and its dogged campaign to reforest the land of Israel (you know, plant a tree in honor/memory of a loved one).

The Warsaw Ghetto Uprising
January 17, 2011 – 7:19 am
The Warsaw Ghetto Uprising

The Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, which is famous for its month-long resistance struggle in April/May of 1943, actually began with an initial uprising on 12 Shevat 5703 (1943).

The Challenge of a Cup of Tea
January 14, 2011 – 7:40 am
The Challenge of a Cup of Tea

How do you make a cup of tea? Seems like a silly question, doesn’t it? Tea is easy. Simply take a mug, fill it with hot water, and then just add a tea bag. Let the tea steep and remove the tea bag. Then, season to taste by adding your fixings (sugar, honey, milk, etc).

Forget The Top Forties
January 14, 2011 – 12:00 am
Forget The Top Forties

Thousands of years ago, the sages created a top ten song list of the important songs recited in the Tanach (Bible). Straight from the Midrashic collection of the Mechilta of Rabbi Ishmael Shirata 1:5, here is the Rabbis’ top ten…

Millionaire Matchmaker Patti Stanger: How to Get Married in a Year
January 13, 2011 – 11:06 am | 24 Comments
Millionaire Matchmaker Patti Stanger: How to Get Married in a Year

In the dating detox period, Patti recommends finding your five non-negotiables.  Determine what the five things are that you can’t live without.  Whether it is religion, location or financial security, you should have a good idea of what these non-negotiables are before entering the courtship process. According to Stanger, you can tell if he is the right guy if “he shows up on time, he calls when he says he will call and you get to be the Saturday night girl.”

Making Changes for the New Year
January 12, 2011 – 12:10 pm
Making Changes for the New Year

As someone that writes about online dating for a living I have visited and seen my fair share of online dating sites.  While many strive for greatness, the truth is that many just do not live up to the hype in terms of user-experience, quality of membership and overall satisfaction.  Yet, there are a few gems in this over-populated field and I must say, JDate falls near the top of the list.  JDate not only delivers on a specific niche, helping Jewish people to find matches in a dwindling Jewish population, but it continues to expand and innovate with new ideas.

Letter Abbreviations
January 12, 2011 – 5:21 am
Letter Abbreviations

Everyone is familiar with standard letter form: the return address here, the date there, salutation and signature each have a place, etc. When looking at letters, or documents, written by observant Jews, many people notice some strange markings created by specific Hebrew abbreviations that often appear on the page.

Elana and Barry
January 11, 2011 – 12:06 pm | 3 Comments
Elana and Barry

“…I do have to say my parents were right about having more in common and feeling a closer bond because of our heritage and the sharing of similar customs and traditions.”

So Trendy
January 11, 2011 – 12:02 pm
So Trendy

So cupcakes are dead and pie is the new ….well, cupcake! Kumquats are the new pomegranate and vegetables, especially root vegetables are the new meat (I called that one last year). Kale is the new hottie in the sauté pan AND the salad bowl and not eating meat once a week is all the rage.

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