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The Power of Propaganda
March 12, 2014 – 12:03 am
The Power of Propaganda

In the last decade, there has been a noted increase in anti-Semitism, especially in Europe. But, attacks against the Jewish people are hardly new. Even the authors of the notorious Protocols of the Elders of Zion, however, were not origi…

How to Use the Power of Empathy in Your Love Life
March 11, 2014 – 10:59 am
How to Use the Power of Empathy in Your Love Life

Men and women have different empathic needs of their partners.  It is not uncommon to hear women complaining about their partner’s inability to listen closely to them. Likewise, many men are uncomfortable sharing their vulnerabilities, something women can help them to do.  Do the following complaints sound familiar to you?

It Was Bashert
March 11, 2014 – 12:03 am
It Was Bashert

Bashert, which in Yiddish means “predestined,” is most commonly applied to the concept of one’s intended soul-mate. This idea that, when dating, one is searching for his/her bashert, stems from Talmud…

New Rules: Why Dating Is Changing As We Know It
March 10, 2014 – 11:28 am
New Rules: Why Dating Is Changing As We Know It

First there were the matchmakers. In the 20th century they were replaced by the telephone, a device that allowed suitors to easily schedule dates. The past decade saw the return of the matchmaker, but this time it was an invisible algorithm on a website. Online dating means people have more potential dates. And now, so soon after the last revolution, there is something that has changed dating as we know it once again…

Amanda and Michael: “Thank you JDate for helping me find the love of my life!”
March 10, 2014 – 11:06 am
Amanda and Michael: “Thank you JDate for helping me find the love of my life!”

As it turns out, I had been following in Mike’s footsteps for many years before catching up to him.  Even though it was years apart, we both went to the same high school, were in the same drama department, went to UCF, worked in the same ice cream shop in Orlando, and moved back home to Boca Raton. It was meant to be.

Viewing Vashti
March 10, 2014 – 12:05 am
Viewing Vashti

She was raised a royal princess, he was raised in the stables. Vashti the daughter of the great Babylonian king, Belshazzar, and Achashverosh the son of Darius the Mede, were a match never meant to be….

Who Was Achashverosh?
March 10, 2014 – 12:03 am
Who Was Achashverosh?

“Now it came to pass in the days of Ahasuerus–this is Ahasuerus who reigned, from India even unto Ethiopia, over a hundred and seven and twenty provinces…” (Esther 1:1).While academic scholars struggle to identify Achashverosh (perhaps Ataxer…

The Four Mitzvot of Purim
March 9, 2014 – 12:06 am
The Four Mitzvot of Purim

This year, Purim will be celebrated on Sunday, March 16th (beginning Saturday evening, March 15th, after sunset). Four mitzvot are associated with the holiday…

The Purim Commitment
March 9, 2014 – 12:03 am
The Purim Commitment

What does the holiday of Purim have to do with Jews reconnecting to their Jewish heritage?

Aishet Chayil and Esther
March 7, 2014 – 1:05 am
Aishet Chayil and Esther

On Friday nights it is customary to sing a selection of verses from the final chapter of the Book of Proverbs (31:10-31) known as Aishet Chayil, A Woman of Valor. At this time of year [pre-Purim], one particular Jewish heroine stands out…

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