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Where Are You Shopping?
December 26, 2012 – 4:05 am
Where Are You Shopping?

If you spent the day frantically shopping at Saks, Bloomingdales or Neiman Marcus* (to name a few), you’ve witnessed the amazing legacy of the 19th century influx of German Jews to America. It was not uncommon for young German Jewish immigrants to feed their families by peddling and slowly building up resources to open a store. Although this was not a uniquely Jewish story, the inordinate success of some Jewish merchants profoundly shaped American retail history.

The Flying Rabbi
December 25, 2012 – 4:05 am
The Flying Rabbi

On October 24, 2011, a memorial to the Jewish chaplains of the United States Armed Services was dedicated in Arlington National Cemetery. The 14 Jewish chaplains whose names were inscribed on the plaque all perished while serving their country.

Nittel Nacht
December 24, 2012 – 4:05 am
Nittel Nacht

Jews of the 21st century may comment, or even grumble, about the pervasiveness of Christmas in our society, but, let’s be honest, in this day and age, the effects of the holiday season are rather benign. Of course, we must still deal with frequent questions from our children about festive trees and the jolly guy in the red suit. But, nowadays, people do their own thing.

This New Year, It’s Time For Some Self-Reflection
December 23, 2012 – 8:07 am
This New Year, It’s Time For Some Self-Reflection

For many single men and women, New Year’s Eve can be one of the toughest nights of the year. While technically speaking it is just another night, symbolically, New Year’s Eve is so much more. This is the one dreadful night of the year where single men and women are forced to reflect upon all that is missing in their lives, especially when it comes to love and relationships.

The Tenth of Tevet
December 21, 2012 – 4:05 am
The Tenth of Tevet

And it was in the ninth year of [King Zaddekiah’s] reign, in the tenth month, on the tenth (day) of the month, that Nebuchadnezzar, King of Babylon, came, he and all his legions, upon Jerusalem, and encamped upon it and built forts around it. And the…

When Will The End Come
December 20, 2012 – 4:05 am
When Will The End Come

“I believe with perfect faith in the coming of the Messiah; and even though he may tarry, nevertheless, I wait each day for his coming.” – Prosaic formula of the 13 Principles of Faith set down by Rabbi Moses ben Maimon (Maimonides/Rambam).

Can Studying Human Behavior Help You Find Your Beshert?
December 19, 2012 – 4:16 pm | 5 Comments
Can Studying Human Behavior Help You Find Your Beshert?

If you’ve been single for years and are constantly lamenting that “all the good ones are taken,” or are always dating the same type of woman who consistently breaks your heart two months in to the relationship, there may be a simple solution for your dating dilemmas. According to Candace Silvers, a human behavior specialist in Los Angeles, the problem behind your rocky relationships may be YOU!

Serach’s Seranade
December 19, 2012 – 4:00 am
Serach’s Seranade

When perusing the list of the generations of Jacob found in Genesis 46, one gets a strange sense that there was a powerful genetic predisposition in Jacob’s family for male children. Jacob had thirteen children – twelve sons and one daughter. Among the 67 descendants traveling to Egypt with Jacob, there are listed 53 grandsons and one granddaughter: “The sons of Asher: Yimnah and Yishvah and Yishvi and Vriah and Serach their sister” (Genesis 46:17).

Ask a Rabbi: Can a Woman Make the First Move?
December 18, 2012 – 11:16 am | 2 Comments
Ask a Rabbi: Can a Woman Make the First Move?

My question: It has been over thirty years since I have dated and things have changed a lot. Is it appropriate for me to contact a man that I first notice on JDate? Or does that send the wrong message?

It’s Not Really Instant
December 18, 2012 – 4:00 am
It’s Not Really Instant

Ten years ago, the favorite catch phrase of media pundits was the expression “disposable society.” Critics of  Western society complained, and still do complain, of there being a generational demand for “instant gratification.” This need has not diminished as people have filled their lives with all sorts of gadgets and gizmos to get what they want more quickly.

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