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The Jews Who Schmooze The Jews Who Schmooze

You might do it in a dimly lit bar, or in the harsh fluorescent light of your office’s break room. It happens in coffee shops and cafes, over turkey at Thanksgiving and lox and bagels at Yom Kippur break fast. Wherever it occurs, schmoozing, or the art of small talk, has embedded itself into the American Jewish way of life.

In Thanks For Your Work
In Thanks For Your Work

As history moves from the age of the Industrial Revolution into the age of technology, the western world has become a service based society. Yet as much as we depend upon the services we receive (someone delivering our groceries, laundering our clothes, preparing our coffee, etc.), the modern age has created a society of individuals, many of whom feel entitled to the services they receive.

The Prophet’s Speech
The Prophet’s Speech

Last night’s big Oscar winner was The King’s Speech, the true tale of how King George VI learned to overcome his stutter before ascending the throne after his older brother’s abdication.

Guard and Remember
Guard and Remember

The observance of Shabbat is the fourth of the Ten Commandments, listed in both Exodus and Deuteronomy. One would expect to find no difference in the wording of the Ten Commandments from one Biblical Book to the next. However, the wording of the Fourth Commandment differs in two major ways.

The Lemba Connection
The Lemba Connection

The Assyrian conquerors who claimed the Northern Kingdom of Israel in 722 B.C.E. made it their policy to resettle vanquished nations. By transferring one population to another’s land, they sought to crush any sense of nationalism. On the whole, their plan succeeded and the Ten Tribes were “lost” in the vortex of history.

Just This Once?
Just This Once?

Children notoriously like to test the limits. “If I try to take a cookie, will mom really punish me?” “If I draw on this wall, will dad really be upset?” The job of the parent is to stay consistent and to teach the child that rules are rules.

Let’s Drink to Life! L’chaim!
Let’s Drink to Life! L’chaim!

No longer reserved for Yiddish-speaking grandparents from the Old Country, l’chaim—to life!—has become synonymous with “cheers.” It’s an all-purpose toast for any occasion or situation, crossing barriers of class, culture and age and can be heard over clanking beer mugs across the nation.

Mr. Adams’ Attitude
Mr. Adams’ Attitude

In honor of President’s Day, Jewish Treats presents an overview of the interesting viewpoint on Jews held by the second President of the United States, John Adams.

On The Ice
On The Ice

As a Semitic nation, the Jewish people emerged as a nation in the warm, dry region of the Middle east. And while snow may occasionally fall in Jerusalem, winter activities are not frequently discussed in the Torah and the Talmud.

Purim Katan
Purim Katan

In a Jewish leap year, two months of Adar are celebrated: Adar I and Adar II. The question that arises is, in which Adar does one celebrate the important events that occur in that month? On a communal level, this question refers to the holiday of Purim. On a personal level, this affects the observance of yahrtzeits and bar/bat mitzvahs.

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