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Hester Panim
February 15, 2010 – 12:34 pm
Hester Panim

One might think that the Book of Esther is a heroic tale about Mordechai and Esther saving the Jewish people through diplomatic skill. Looking deeper, however, one is struck by the overwhelming number of “coincidences” of the right people being at the …

What’s With The Salt
February 12, 2010 – 10:30 am
What’s With The Salt

At every Shabbat meal, the blessing of Ha’mo’tzee (the blessing over bread) is recited over two complete loaves of bread. This ‘bread’ is usually the braided loaves known as challot, but any type of bread is acceptable as long as it is uncut and…

The Great Valentine’s Day Debate
February 11, 2010 – 6:27 pm | One Comment
The Great Valentine’s Day Debate

The great Valentine’s Day debate started brewing over dinner the other night. The question at issue:  Should you or should you not celebrate the holiday with someone with whom you’ve shared three dates or less and, if so, what is appropriate?

JDate’s Rabbi of the Month – Rabbi Tamara Miller of The Center for Integrative Medicine, Washington, D.C.
February 11, 2010 – 6:16 pm | 3 Comments
JDate’s Rabbi of the Month – Rabbi Tamara Miller of The Center for Integrative Medicine, Washington, D.C.

“I recommend JDate to all my single clients who want to find someone to connect with and, maybe, eventually marry. Joining JDate is a way of telling the universe that you are ready for love in all the right places with all the right people.”

– Rabbi Tamara Miller

Tali and Matthew
February 11, 2010 – 5:35 pm | 9 Comments
Tali and Matthew

“They say that when G-d creates your soul, He splits it in half. One half goes to you and one half goes to your soul mate. Tali and I are celebrating the re-attachment of two pieces of the soul.”

Salem and Joe
February 11, 2010 – 5:22 pm | 2 Comments
Salem and Joe

“Joe was smitten from day one, but Salem was a bit more stubborn.”

Romancing the Bean
February 11, 2010 – 4:48 pm
Romancing the Bean

Whether you are spending Valentine’s Day alone, with a friend or even if you don’t celebrate at all, it is hard to ignore the red foil cherubs, pink and red hearts, and message heart candy everywhere. I personally look for any excuse to eat chocolate.  Chocolate recipes are fun, easy, do-ahead and delicious. They can also be eaten saved for Purim in just a few weeks time. Enjoy!

Just A Half A Shekel
February 11, 2010 – 11:02 am
Just A Half A Shekel

This Shabbat is Shabbat Shekalim, the Sabbath of Shekels. The Torah portion that speaks of Shekalim (Exodus 30:11-16) is read as the Maftir portion after the regular weekly Torah reading has concluded. It refers to G-d’s commandment that…

The House of Assembly
February 10, 2010 – 11:02 am
The House of Assembly

Did you know that the Greek word ‘synagogue’ is actually a translation of the Hebrew term Beit K’nesset (English = House of Assembly). The ‘assembly’ referred to is the minyan (quorum of 10) necessary for a full prayer service.

Rabbi Israel Salanter and the Mussar Movement
February 9, 2010 – 11:03 am
Rabbi Israel Salanter and the Mussar Movement

The Mussar movement, the formal study and program of ethical improvement, was developed in the mid-nineteenth century by Rabbi Israel Salanter (1810-1883, his family name was Lipkin but he is known as Salanter in honor of the many years he studied…

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