An Open Love Letter
Judaism |
February 17, 2010

An Open Love Letter

A friend/colleague/partner in Jewish fun crime wrote this open love letter.   http://bit.ly/BeMineDD It is just so sweet. I think we spend so much of our time worrying about control that we forget to let go… I really hope he does find his beshert soon. He certainly deserves it!...

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Brotherhood Postponed
History, Judaism |
January 28, 2010

Brotherhood Postponed

This is the sermon my grandfather (ZT”L) wrote after he marched with Martin Luther King from Selma, Alabama. Being MLK day, I thought it was appropriate and you might enjoy reading it! -Talia Brotherhood Postponed © The March from Selma, Alabama Sunday, March 21, 1965 Indianapolis, Indiana March 26, 1965 Rabbi Maurice Davis My dear friends, it was precisely one month ago tonight, the 26th of February, that we had chosen for the event, which takes place this evening. We called it a “Bring-Your-Neighbor” Sabbath. The thought behind it was to break......

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Bathroom Habits… RESULTS!

Thanks to everyone who took my bathroom habits survey. I was bummed that I didn’t get more of a response but here is the data… Demographics –54 respondents 70% were women30% were men 76% were between 19 – 2922% were between 30 – 392% were between 40 – 49 40% from the Southeast35% from the Central US (Colorado, Kansas, etc)11% from the Southwest7% from the Northeast4% from the Mid-west4% from the Northwest Bathroom habits –When asked what stall you go to, it was an even split between the first, middle, and last,......

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How Much is One Life Worth?

Okay, close your eyes… wait, not really, you have to read this. Pretend to close your eyes. Imagine it is WWII. The German’s captured a soldier on night. Just snatched him over the border. The next day there are cries for his release. But the Germans won’t even talk about releasing him until the American’s release 1000 prisoners. Not prisoners of war, Germans who came to America and committed a crime or multiple crimes that got them put in jail. Well… we can’t let a poor American boy languish in prison in......

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Kosher Candy
Judaism |
December 24, 2009

Kosher Candy

One of my biggest challenges as a person who keeps kosher is finding kosher candy. Seriously! It’s not something you think about. I mean, what are the chances that your chocolate candy bar has bacon in it or cheese and turkey? Okay… I guess I can’t really say that anymore because people are making bacon candy bars… (couldn’t they have found a better picture of bacon? I mean that doesn’t even look good!) But back on track here… the reason we need to look for a hecksher on a candy bar is......

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Challah Baby
Judaism |
December 20, 2009

Challah Baby

So many jokes you could make with that one… in fact, a lot of my friends use the word challah like holla… cheesy I know. But I am talking about the mitzvah of taking challah and the magic it can do… So, women were give three special mitzvot (commandments) – Challah – separating a portion of the dough, saying the blessing, and burning it Niddah – family purity… meaning you go to the mikvah monthly and stay separate from your husband during your period Hadlakat Nerot – lighting the shabbis candles But......

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Matisyahu… reinvented
Judaism |
December 15, 2009

Matisyahu… reinvented

There is this great new interview with Matisyahu on PBS (look for the video below) and it is really a beautiful and public and relateable story about how his faith has evolved. I think one thing that defines our generation is that we aren’t satisfied with the status quo in our spirituality. And it isn’t just Jews, I have seen this with my non-Jewish friends too, whether they are Muslims or Christians. Sometimes our parents are observant in faith and it can feel oppressive and so behind the times. Other people have......

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Don’t you DARE say Merry Christmas!

Do you know what really grinds my gears? The Happy Holidays/ Merry Christmas debate. Look you can say what you want, you have freedom of speech but that also means that I can say Happy Holidays or Happy Chanukkah to you. If you want the freedom to say Merry Christmas you can’t take away my freedom to say Happy Holidays. I am not diminishing your holidays by saying Happy Holidays, I am just including other people in that statement like my fellow Jews who celebrate Chanukkah or African-Americans who celebrate Kwanza. I......

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E-mail Streams
Random |
December 10, 2009

E-mail Streams

I just got overwhelmed. Literally. I am just sitting here, minding my own business… eating my delish Mad Greens Salad (one request, cut your beets into rounds, not teeeny tiny diced bits) and working when I realized I had about 92 email or email like things to read. Communication overload! At work, I generally have open:My personal emailMy work emailMy Facebook pageMy work’s Facebook pageMy websiteMy Twitter page (or my work one)My SkypeAND my iPhone next to me And every venue of communication has some group of people whom I don’t talk......

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Bathroom Habits…
Random |
November 04, 2009

Bathroom Habits…

Okay kids… so my friend Jen and I have been curious about bathroom habits (i.e. why do people pick which stall) and since I’m in Grad School mode… I decided to make an anonymous survey. I need at least 100 people to do it to get some decent data and I promise to share it, here, on my blog. Will you take the survey and pass it along to your friends? THANKS! Remember, totally anonymous! http://bit.ly/bathroomsurvey(fixed the link!)...

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