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Is it just me, or do men never write back? Is it just me, or do men never write back?

Is it ridiculous? Of course. It is maddening and counterproductive in a dating platform whose sole purpose is to help people find their love match? Absolutely. But how else can you explain the fact that for every 10 men I wrote online, I was lucky if one wrote me back too? (And I, like you, had no shortage of compliments and kudos by people who knew me.) Unfortunately, I imagine this kind of old-fashioned thinking is even more prevalent among men in your age group than it was in mine.

STILL HOT, WHY NOT? STILL HOT, WHY NOT?

Now, I can hear my brave and  bold sisters asking “Why didn’t you ask him out, we don’t have to wait…” This deserves its own column but, truth be told, I did ask to see him.  Twice.  That’s my limit, girlfriends.  Both times, he had 100% valid reasons that he couldn’t make the date; and both times, he did not come back with an alternate proposal.

Simple Rules to Surviving Single in an Office with Unfair Politics
Simple Rules to Surviving Single in an Office with Unfair Politics

“My job is my life.” Sound familiar? So how do you handle the fact that the workplace is a less friendly place for singles? Take a minute to consider these facts: More than 25% of Americans work for an employer that offers family and domestic partner benefits; 51% percent of Fortune 500 companies offer family and domestic partner health benefits, as do 80% of the Fortune 50. (Human Rights Campaign. “State of the Workplace”: 2006).

Lemon Risotto
Lemon Risotto

This decadent version of the Italian classic is a perfect first course or main dish. I like to serve it garnished with big shards of Parmigiano-Reggiano. The tangy lemon and salty cheese combine to create a big “wow” flavor and the mascarpone cheese puts this creamy decadent dish over the top.

I’m on disability and have no ambition. Will any Jewish woman have me? I’m on disability and have no ambition. Will any Jewish woman have me?

I think the question you should be asking is not whether an intelligent Jewish woman would agree to a date, but whether any intelligent woman would agree to a date. Would you agree to a date with you? If your answer to that is “yes” then, sure, I think there is hope. You just have to find the right person. If your answer is “probably not,” then you might think about what you can do to improve yourself and your life which, by the way, are great questions for any person to ask of themselves.

Date Night Cooking Tips from Celebrity Chefs: Stay-at-Home Dinner Ideas
Date Night Cooking Tips from Celebrity Chefs: Stay-at-Home Dinner Ideas

Boiling an egg, steaming rice and baking a piece of chicken: These are just a few of the how-to principles of Cooking 101. If you’ve never learned the basics, the challenge of preparing a home-cooked meal for someone new may seem like Dinner Impossible. It’s important not to lose perspective or momentuml you’re not exactly competing for the title of The Next Food Network Star. Stay-at-home dates should be intimate as well as exciting and nothing measures up quite as memorably as a homemade dinner for two.

The Sounds of Debbie Friedman The Sounds of Debbie Friedman

Debbie Friedman, an American Jewish song writer and performer passed away just a few weeks ago on January 9th. She had been in an Orange County, California hospital suffering complications from pneumonia, and even though Jews around the world held prayer services and song sessions in her honor and desire for recovery, Friedman lost her battle and, momentarily, Jews lost their source of music.

Chocolate Macaroons
Chocolate Macaroons

Sophisticated and simple, these macaroons are easy and delicious. You can fill them with chocolate ganache and give them as a stylish Shelach Manot (gifts of food for Purim). Keep the recipe for Passover because these trendy treats are perfect for the holiday.

Spring Skiers Mad About March Savings
Spring Skiers Mad About March Savings

You either love to ski or you hate it because of the conditions: cold weather, long lines and uncontrollable travel delays. For those who fall within the latter category, there is something to be said about spring skiing, which gives a whole new meaning to March Madness. The days are longer, crowds are smaller and the sun is brighter. There is a certain rush you get zooming down a mountain when the frost isn’t nipping away at your toes.

I’m in love with Israel and the Jewish people, but I’m not a Jew. How can I follow my heart? I’m in love with Israel and the Jewish people, but I’m not a Jew. How can I follow my heart?

If you feel a pull to live in Israel – or anywhere in the world for that matter – the first and obvious thing to do is to actually go there and spend some time! It is very easy to have a romanticized notion of what another place is like without having spent real time there in the nitty-gritty reality of everyday life (and by “real” I mean a minimum of several months, not a two-week visit). There are many study and volunteer programs in Israel where you could spend a summer or even a semester.

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