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Pasta Puttanesca
March 4, 2010 – 4:25 pm
Pasta Puttanesca

This is the perfect dish to use up some of that pasta lying around in your cabinets before Passover. I am embarrassed to think of how much pasta I consume in a year because of this dish.

A Guard of Shabbat
March 3, 2010 – 11:02 am
A Guard of Shabbat

Two primary words of instruction are used in the Torah to command the observance of Shabbat: zachor, remember (Exodus 20:8) and shamor (Deuteronomy 5:12). According to tradition, remembering (zachor) refers to all of the positive…

Purim! Again
March 1, 2010 – 11:02 am
Purim! Again

Unique to the Jewish calendar, Purim is actually observed on different days depending on location. The majority of the Jewish people celebrate Purim on the 14th of Adar (yesterday). However, Jews living in the city of Shushan…

The Command To Remember
February 26, 2010 – 10:03 am
The Command To Remember

This Shabbat is Shabbat Parashat Zachor, the Sabbath of Remembering.

The Torah portion that is read as the Maftir (additional) portion after the conclusion of the regular weekly Torah reading, commands the Jewish people…

Chocolate Bark for Mishloach Manot
February 25, 2010 – 2:43 pm
Chocolate Bark for Mishloach Manot

The mitzvah of giving baskets of food or Mishloach Manot on Purim is one I enjoy. I like the giving and of course the receiving! Mishloach Manot (Hebrew) or Slach Manos (Yiddish) means “sending portions” and refers to the food baskets given on Purim. Jewish law says to give two different types of ready-to-eat food, each of which require a different blessing, to at least one person.

Bouncing Back After a Breakup
February 25, 2010 – 1:59 pm
Bouncing Back After a Breakup

Breaking up appears to be the thing to do in February.  Up until now, I was under the impression that January was the most popular time of year to get booted, but judging by the number of written queries and calls I have received from hearts heavy and broken in the last couple of weeks, lovelorn singles seem to be trending this month.

The Four Mitzvot of Purim
February 25, 2010 – 11:02 am
The Four Mitzvot of Purim

Purim is celebrated on Sunday, February 28th (beginning after Shabbat on February 27th). Four mitzvot are associated with the holiday…

Shabbat Heroics
February 23, 2010 – 11:03 am
Shabbat Heroics

Question: What does a Sabbath-observant doctor do when a friend or neighbor needs emergency medical assistance on Shabbat? The answer: Everything necessary. Call an ambulance, cut a bandage, use a defibrillator…

Under Oath
February 22, 2010 – 11:02 am
Under Oath

Taking an oath of office or swearing* to tell the truth in court may not seem like a historic victory to Jews who were raised in the 21st century. However, for hundreds of years Jews were denied their legal rights/political voice because almost all…

Start Living and Stop Playing the Waiting Game
February 18, 2010 – 6:37 pm | One Comment
Start Living and Stop Playing the Waiting Game

So why do so many singles hibernate instead of motivate? Personally, I believe it boils down to fear. Too many of us are afraid to try new things on our own, break out of our comfort zones, be disappointed, rejected or looked down upon…

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