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Issachar, Son of Jacob
July 21, 2010 – 10:03 am
Issachar, Son of Jacob

Before his death, Jacob gathered his sons to him and gave them each a blessing that specifically reflected their personalities and their futures. To Issachar, Leah’s fifth son, Jacob said: “Issachar is a strong-boned donkey, crouching between the saddlebags. When he saw how good security was, how pleasant the country was, he bent his shoulder to the burden.”

Kiss My Glass
July 20, 2010 – 11:56 am
Kiss My Glass

On the big day, wedding guests “oooo” and “aaaahh” while bride walks down the aisle in a beautiful white dress. The bride enjoys a shower with important women in her life where gifts pour in like a hurricane into her lap. The bride receives an engagement ring that she proudly wears and presents to all those who gush over the exciting news. But what does a groom get? The groom gets perhaps the most exciting part of the Jewish wedding experience: He gets to break the glass!

Mourning Jerusalem
July 20, 2010 – 10:55 am
Mourning Jerusalem

Today, Jews all over the world observe the fast of Tisha B’Av. It is on this day that the Jewish people mourn the destruction of both the First and the Second Temples. The First Temple was destroyed almost 2,600 years ago and the Second Temple 1,938 years ago. It is therefore not easy to understand what exactly it is that the Jewish people mourn.

Tisha B’Av
July 19, 2010 – 10:03 am
Tisha B’Av

Tonight, at sunset, the saddest day on the Jewish calendar begins. Known as the Fast of the 9th of Av (Tisha B’Av), the observances of the day are very similar to Yom Kippur, the holiest day in the Jewish calendar. In addition to fasting (no food or drink) for a 25 hour period from sundown Monday to nightfall on Tuesday, additional restrictions include refraining from washing, using lotions, wearing leather shoes and marital relations.

Gazpacho 101
July 16, 2010 – 3:25 pm
Gazpacho 101

Gazpacho is a misunderstood soup. The true Andalusia version has almonds, bread, grapes, olive oil, vinegar and salt. Sometimes, anchovies are added. It is peasant food that utilizes leftover ingredients. The bread soaks up water, and then the mixture is pounded with a mortar and pestle. The gazpacho is creamy and refreshing.

It’s Electric
July 16, 2010 – 10:03 am
It’s Electric

In the early 1900s, rabbinic authorities had to determine exactly what electricity was from an halachic (Jewish legal) perspective. The first uses of electricity were, of course, for light and heat.

Persistence vs. Stalking – Where to Draw the Line
July 15, 2010 – 10:24 am | 5 Comments
Persistence vs. Stalking – Where to Draw the Line

Persistence is a good thing in life. They say that winners never quit and quitters never win. There is no such thing as luck. Instead, those that work hard and are diligent make their own luck. But when it comes to pursuing a woman, an overly persistent guy can be seen as a cyber stalker. Where do we draw the line?

Just for One Recipe Collection
July 15, 2010 – 10:17 am
Just for One Recipe Collection

Finding recipes that serve one person is no easy feat! For solos looking for meal ideas that are portion-friendly and delicious, the Single Edition Just for One Recipe Collection is a long-awaited treat. Inspired by top food & celebrity chef Alan Coxon, the collection comes complete with 24 gourmet and quick main dish recipes, perfect for diners with a sophisticated palate as well as budding chefs!

The Ban on Philosophy
July 15, 2010 – 10:03 am
The Ban on Philosophy

Rabbi Shlomo ben Aderet (a.k.a. the Rashba 1235-1310) was born in an age of controversy. The Jewish world was still unsettled over the first blend of “philosophy and Torah” produced by Rabbi Moses ben Maimon (Maimonides/Rambam – 1135-1204) in the late 12th century.

Judge Fairly
July 14, 2010 – 10:03 am
Judge Fairly

The Sixth Amendment in the United States’ Bill of Rights (requiring a speedy trial, impartial jury, confrontation of witnesses, council, etc) is, perhaps, one of the most difficult to properly observe.

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