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Letter Abbreviations
Letter Abbreviations

Everyone is familiar with standard letter form: the return address here, the date there, salutation and signature each have a place, etc. When looking at letters, or documents, written by observant Jews, many people notice some strange markings created by specific Hebrew abbreviations that often appear on the page.

The Eyes Have It
The Eyes Have It

January is Eye Care Month!  Close to 2,000 years ago, the importance of treating even basic eye disease was recorded in the Talmud (Shabbat 108b), where the rabbis debate what one may do to care for one’s eye on Shabbat…

Walking in a Winter Weddingland
Walking in a Winter Weddingland

Tis the season for proposals! Maybe it’s all the celebratory time with family, the fabulous New Year’s kiss accompanied by champagne, or that romantic, hand-held skate around the ice that makes this the time of year that couples get engaged. Either way, jewelry stores are busy and the men are bending down on one knee. So if you’re a new bride-to-be, welcome! And if you are planning on a year-long engagement, well you’re looking at a winter 2011 wedding and we have some ideas to make your wedding dreams become a true winter wonderland.

Knock, Knock, Who’s There
Knock, Knock, Who’s There

It is basic courtesy to knock on a closed door and wait to be admitted by those inside. Did you know that this simple matter of etiquette was discussed by the sages and has far greater ramifications than merely being polite?

Finding LOV on Wall Street
Finding LOV on Wall Street

Spark Networks® Rings The Opening BellSM at the New York Stock Exchange CEO and Success Stories Join to Celebrate JDate®’s B’nai Mitzvah by Giving NYSE Traders The Gift of LOV On Friday, January 7,  Adam Berger, CEO of Beverly Hills, Calif.-based Spark Networks, Inc. (NYSE Amex: LOV), a leading provider of online personals services, visited the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) to celebrate the B’nai Mitzvah (13th birthday) of the leading online community for Jewish singles, JDate.com. Berger was joined by several JDate success story couples, including two “JBabies:”

Kugel Konnection
Kugel Konnection

A traditional Ashkenazi Shabbat table will often be graced with at least one kugel. Whether that kugel is noodle, potato or a more modern vegetable version will depend on the chef.

In Flows Shevat
In Flows Shevat

Despite what one might expect, Jewish tradition does not dismiss the signs of the zodiac (Click here for a Treat on Jewish Months and the Zodiac). In fact, it is quite interesting to see how the astrological symbols relate to the actual months to which they are assigned.

Possessed
Possessed

The Exorcist, one of the most famous horror films ever created, is based on the terrifying concept of someone being possessed by the devil. And while the deeply evil devil of Christian lore is certainly not a Jewish concept, the idea of spiritual possession is not unheard of in mystical Judaism.

The Leader Is
The Leader Is

Torah and civil law are the two legal codes that shape the lives of the Jewish people. While the Jews have often been accused of living “outside” civil law (of maintaining a separate communal legal system) this accusation directly contradicts the numerous ways in which Jewish law requires Jews to respect and obey civil law.

The Root of the Meaning
The Root of the Meaning

“Our sacred literature does not use obscure language, but describes most things in words clearly indicating their meaning. Therefore it is necessary at all times to delve into the literal meaning of words to achieve complete understanding of what is actually meant.”
–Rabbi Samson Raphael Hirsch (1808-1888)

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