Unlike ever before, the chance to dress up or down is making for pure adult entertainment as retailers are predicting an increase in spending on costumes for grownups. Indeed, a survey by the National Retail Federation® finds that Americans are planning to spend a lot more on this Halloween than the last, and an estimated one billion dollars will be spent on trick or treat attire for adults, and more than one third of respondents plan to throw or attend a party for All Hallow’s Eve.
Life provides us with a plethora of opportunities to pronounce blessings. There are blessings on foods, blessings on doing a mitzvah, and even a blessing after using the restroom. Not all blessings are formal declarations (those that start with Baruch Ah’tah Ah’do’nai…, Blessed are You God…). Saying “God bless you” when a person sneezes is also a blessing.
Groups, in general, frequently form some sort of hierarchy. There are always those who are placed in charge, or who take charge. Since the celestial world is a mirror image of this world, it should not be surprising that there is a hierarchy among the mal’achim–angels.
While planning my own wedding, I kept having this recurring bad dream that we forgot to send out the invitations and no one showed up on the day of the wedding! What a random worry to have. And this dream kept happening even after I actually did send out the invitations. Of course, everything was fine and we didn’t even have any RSVP issues! Phew!
The Book of Jeremiah describes the final 40 years of the Kingdom of Judah.
The patriarch Jacob had four wives (all at the same time): Leah and Rachel and their handmaidens Bilha and Zilpah. Rachel, however, was the wife that Jacob truly loved.
“Will popped up on the first page and, immediately, I wanted to sign up for a monthly membership again so that I could contact him. He was extremely handsome and his profile was very sincere.”
The United States Supreme Court decides whether laws conform or do not conform to the U.S. Constitution. Similarly, the ancient sages decided and interpreted halacha, Jewish law, based on the written Torah and the Oral Law, Mesora, as passed down from generation to generation.
“We have met quite a few people who also met on JDate, including the Rabbi that married us. It really does work and we owe so much to JDate for making our dreams a reality.”
Parents frequently use dessert in the negotiations to get their children to eat or behave at the table. But the question remains, is dessert a natural part of the meal?