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Mandy Patinkin at JFS Luncheon

I had the pleasure of listening to Mr. Patinkin speak at the Jewish Family Service luncheon here in Colorado. He was a joy to listen to and he sang a little bit of a song a the end in English and Yiddish. Here are my tweets from the event and the sound bite at the end.   JFS luncheon with @alliedjewish and Mandy Patinkin (@ Hyatt Regency Denver at Colorado Convention Center) 4sq.com/145VpRr — Talia Haykin – טליה (@thdpr) April 24, 2013   Waving hi, @jonathanlev ! Table 79 at @jfs_colo #jfsel13......

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Religiously Observant Athletes

It is fascinating to hear the stories already coming out of the Olympics, especially regarding religiously observant athletes. In particular, the intersection of Ramadan and the Olympics this year. The Islamic calendar is a purely lunar one. What this means is, their months float around on the secular, Gregorian calendar. Thus the month in which they must fast, Ramadan, falls in different seasons. This can become an advantage when the days are short and so are the fasts. Ramadan is one of the Five Pillars of Islam. The Five Pillars are: Shahadah......

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L’Havdil – This Week’s Separation and New Year’s

Tomorrow night we will celebrate two important milestones. They both have a similar shoresh (root) but they are different. Tomorrow night, at approx 72 minutes past sunset (click here to get the exact time), we will say baruch hamavdil ben kodesh l’chol… and a few other brachot by the light of a braided candle. We will be doing havdallah. We will be creating a separation between the sacred and the everyday. On Shabbis (Shabbat, Sabbath) we hold our actions to a higher standard than usual. Whether that means you don’t drive or......

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As The Candles Gutter Out

Today is the last day of Chanukah. Last night we lit our last candles of this holiday. With all the hype that led up to Chanukah, it’s hard to imagine that it is over. I can’t image what it feels like for Christians who have (I feel) an even bigger build up to their holiday and then only one night and one day Xmas. With all this holiday spirit and war on Xmas talk… what are we, as Jews to feel when we look at our lit chanukiah? Our chanukiah brings light......

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New Facebook Timeline

So Facebook is finally rolling out the new Timeline feature for personal pages. It’s very exciting and I am sure will piss off a few people. The people over at Facebook have a nice tutorial here – Introducing Timeline – on how it all works. So I moved my profile over today and one of the neat features is the cover photo. In addition to your profile picture, which stays as your avatar around the site, you have a large photo at the top. It’s a neat feature that I have been......

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HackerPocalypse 2011 – The Lesson

If you would like to start this journey with me by reading part one, HackerPocalypse 2011 – The Story, please feel free. So yesterday, I told you the emotional parts, the sadness and sorrow of the losing 10+ years of email and memories. Today I am going to talk technical. If this has happened to you, here are the things you need to know. First of all, though I am a very savvy web person, I think I was the victim of a spam email. It looked like it was coming from......

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HackerPocalypse 2011 – The Story

Here is the first part of a two-part story. This is the story of HackerPocalypse 2011. I am a savvy online person. I can spot scams a mile away. I debunk chain letters and forwards. This scam was so insidious that I was caught in its web. If I was caught, you could be too. This first part is the story of what happened, the next blog will be about how to prevent it and what to do when it happens to you. As my cousin said, “There are two kinds of......

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Is New Media Mainstream?

This was written for an online publication and never published so I thought I would share it with my wonderful blog readers! Enjoy… I hope! Is New Media Mainstream? By Talia Davis They say you know technology isn’t ‘cool’ anymore when your parents join. I have to admit, it was interesting to become ‘friends’ with my dad on Facebook but, overall, I feel that theory is incorrect. Facebook and Twitter may not be ‘edgy’ any more or reserved for us early adopters but I think the world at large is better for......

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Two Cool Jews Being Cool Jews in Soho

I have two amazing friends. Okay, I set myself up for that one. I have many cool friends but today I want to talk about two in particular. I met Esty and Dovi Scheiner what feels like a million years ago. Dovi’s brother is a rabbi in Colorado who my family is close with and I met them at a bar mitzvah. It is Dovi’s sister-in-law Chani as well as Esty and Dovi themselves that I have to thank for my amazing spiritual journey into Orthodox Judaism and Chabad in particular. I......

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