SparkPeople SparkJews Team Messageboard Jewish? Whatever kind of Jew you are, cultural or religious, whether you keep kosher or not, this group is for you. SparkPeople SparkJews Team Messageboard Democracy Dies in Darkness A new current events thread seemed appropriate. Some miscellaneous observations of recent goings-on. Feel free to ignore me, quibble, or hijack this thread as the spirit moves you. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Democracy Dies in Darkness - I love the new masthead of the Washington Post; seems so fitting for our times. I recent days with the exposure of the wiretapping charge as a baldfaced lie, and then th... Sat, 25 Mar 2017 06:24:10 EST Roman Jewish Food (radio segment) This weekend's "The Splendid Table" of public radio includes a discussion about Roman cuisine, including Jewish food, with Katie Parla. She covers the city's Jewish population, which dates to ancient times, and Jewish arrivals from North Africa since the 1960's. The bit of history and the dishes she described are tempting. (Naturally, she's promoting her new book, "Tasting Rome.") <BR> <BR> There seems no way to get to the segment without listening to what precedes it, but, if you're game... Sun, 19 Mar 2017 13:09:22 EST Trump's 2005 tax return! Not four minutes ago a promo for the 11 p.m. news (NY channel 7) just announced that someone gave it to a reporter. Things and creatures in the White House are a-tizzy. Maybe there is justice after all. Tue, 14 Mar 2017 21:50:56 EST SparkPoints Wheel <em>347</em> Spin the SparkPoints Wheel to get Points &amp; Prizes for logging in. <BR> How many points did you get on the SparkPoints Wheel today? <BR> How many points did you get on the Bonus Wheel? <BR> <BR> <em>220</em> Stop by and say <em>524</em> Tue, 14 Mar 2017 15:08:08 EST Latest Jeopardy Champion Watching this woman play tonight (she won for the first time yesterday, I believe), makes Jeopardy something to behold: She looked about to lose it all, getting down to zero on a gambled daily double that she lost. Then she bet the farm AGAIN and this time came up a winner. To top it all off, she bet it ALL on Final Jeopardy, and WON!! Beautiful to watch. And so atypical for a woman. Love it! <BR> <BR> That money sure will come in handy. She is known as an "unemployed bartender". Fri, 10 Mar 2017 00:02:41 EST Introduction Hi <BR> <BR> I'm Ido Dubrawsky and I've been a member of SP since February of 2012. I was born in Israel in Petah Tikvah but my parents moved to the US back in 1973. I grew up mostly in Texas where I went to school and where I was married. My wife and I along with our 2 out of 3 of our children and our dog now live in Silver Spring, MD since 2002. Our son is currently serving in the paratroopers in the IDF as a Lone Soldier. <BR> <BR> When I started with SP I was about 212 lbs and felt... Wed, 8 Mar 2017 10:05:01 EST This is getting very scary “So there’s the truth as we believe it to be and the truth as it actually is. In the age of social media, will it soon become impossible to tell the difference” <BR> <BR> <link><BR>laren-news-thats-neither-true-or-fake-<BR>until-you-click/article34175922/ </link> <BR> Fri, 3 Mar 2017 09:02:31 EST The Holocaust Never Happened. Amazon Knows This. Interesting article. Amazon, thus far, refuses to stop selling Holocaust deniers their screed: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>st-memorial-to-amazon-stop-selling-hol<BR>ocaust-denying-literature/?utm_source=<BR>MadMimi&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_c<BR>ontent=Israel+Strikes+Hamas%3B+Women%2<BR>7s+March+Leader+is+Convicted+Killer+of<BR>+Israelis%3B+Amazon+Refuses+to+Remove+<BR>Holocaust-Denying+Books&amp;utm_campai<BR>gn=20170227_m137817608_Israel+Strikes+<BR>Hamas%... Tue, 28 Feb 2017 10:15:51 EST The Enemy Within - A Topical Metaphor In the 5th episode of the 1st season, entitled "The Enemy Within", a transporter malfunction splits Captain Kirk into two people – one good and one evil, and neither capable of functioning well separately. Because of a transporter malfunction, two Kirks materialize, minutes apart, unbeknownst to one another or to the crew. For TV viewers, they differ in hairstyle and uniform color, before long. <BR> <BR> The first that materialized embodies all of Kirk's positive qualities - kindness, pati... Fri, 24 Feb 2017 07:04:08 EST Survey Says! Ok Sisterhood - Call to Action. Cook His Orange Majesty's Books by your thoughtful and considered answers on his media survey. You know what to do... <BR> <BR><BR>m-media-accountability-survey/ <BR> <BR> <link><BR>edia-accountability-survey/ </link> Sun, 19 Feb 2017 07:18:15 EST ... You Bought It... He called Hillary Clinton a crook. <BR> You bought it. <BR> Then he paid $25 million to settle a fraud lawsuit. <BR> <BR> He said he'd release his tax returns, eventually. <BR> You bought it. <BR> He hasn't, and says he never will. <BR> <BR> He said he'd divest himself from his financial empire, to avoid any conflicts of interest. <BR> You bought it. <BR> He is still heavily involved in his businesses, manipulates the Stock Market on a daily basis, and has more conflicts of interest than ca... Sat, 18 Feb 2017 15:07:07 EST So You Suffered Under Obama? Dear Trump Voter: <BR> <BR> You say you voted for His Orange Majesty because you, and others like you, suffered so greatly when Obama was President. You say it now is my turn to suffer, and that by voting for Trump you decided that it is my turn, as an Obama supporter and Hillary voter, to suffer. <BR> <BR> I am surprised you would wish suffering upon me. That of course is your right, I suppose. I do not wish harm on anyone. Your statement seems to continue the ‘US v THEM’ mentality. The ... Mon, 13 Feb 2017 21:14:42 EST Surprising Coalition of Trumpees A late middle-aged Asian woman was "repping" a brand of vegan frozen food at the local health store. In conversation she mentioned how much she supports Trump. I looked at her and asked why, because I seriously did not understand how an immigrant could be supportive of His Orange Majesty. <BR> <BR> She explained that she worked hard to come here and has worked hard once being here to be a "good American" which to her meant self-starting, self-reliant and not a burden to the taxpayer. She... Sun, 12 Feb 2017 14:02:29 EST Dreamers Or Rapists? Thought-provoking essay eloquently written by a young man who came to the US from Colombia as an undocumented four year old. He is currently attending Columbia University as a freshman by the grace of having won several scholarships due to his stellar grades earned prior to receiving college admission. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>p-dont-deport-daca-recipients-potes-op<BR>inion/ </link> Thu, 9 Feb 2017 01:52:40 EST 650,000 Sign Petition To Impeach "The Donald" And growing: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>esident-donald-trump/ </link> <BR> <BR> His "Imperial Majesty" is out -- in his spare time -- hell-bent on destroying careers: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>-offers-to-destroy-career-texas-state-<BR>senator </link> Tue, 7 Feb 2017 16:03:22 EST 5 "Myths" of Antisemitism Much food for thought here, in this morning's Washington Post. Don't gag on your coffee, but some scary stuff. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>-myths-about-anti-semitism/2017/02/03/<BR>a8de59e2-e884-11e6-b82f-687d6e6a3e7c_s<BR>tory.html?utm_term=.1e96d61fab42&amp;w<BR>pisrc=nl_headlines&amp;wpmm=1 </link> Sun, 5 Feb 2017 09:21:44 EST King Donald The First? Every day I find more things being written, and am still astonished we haven't hit the lowest point yet. Follow closely this CNN opinion piece's logic. It is truly very frightening: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ld-trumps-most-bone-chilling-tweet-obe<BR>idallah-opinion/ </link> Sat, 4 Feb 2017 20:01:39 EST The Lght At The End Of The Tunnel? Republicans begin to break with Trump: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>e-ban-executive-order-republicans/ </link> Mon, 30 Jan 2017 21:51:43 EST Promises, Promises "... Now it's time for America to bind the wounds of division... I say it is time for us to come together as one united people. I pledge to every citizen of our land that I will be president for all Americans... For those who have chosen not to support me in the past, ... I'm reaching out to you... so that we can work together and unify our great country...." <BR> <BR> That was Donald Trump on Election Night, less than 90 days ago. <BR> <BR> Um, what the hell happened to THAT promise? Sun, 29 Jan 2017 17:15:22 EST A Healthy Food Thread (OMG, right?) Here is a great way to make hard boiled eggs. No muss, no fuss, and apparently, no uncertainty. <BR> <BR> 1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (I've also heard 325). <BR> <BR> 2. Put 1 raw egg, still in the shell, in each of 12 muffin cups. <BR> <BR> 3. Bake in preheated oven for 30 minutes. <BR> <BR> 4. Plunge baked eggs in a large bowl filled with ice water until cooled completely, about 10 minutes. <BR> <BR> 5. Peel, refrigerate, dunk them in saltwater for Passover, whatever! Fri, 27 Jan 2017 14:48:29 EST In Remembrance Of Elie Wiesel The Museum Of Jewish Heritage in lower Manhattan, will have a full reading of his work, "Night" that will take place this Sunday, January 29th from 3 PM to 8 PM EST, in the presence of luminaries and international guests. <BR> <BR> I don't think he wrote a more powerful work than this one. It is a short work. I read it in one sitting, while we were waiting out a tornado in Massachusetts some years back. <BR> <BR> It will also be live streamed worldwide, if you are interested: <BR> <BR> ... Fri, 27 Jan 2017 10:33:44 EST The Netherlands seeks Trump's favor If you haven't already, carve out four minutes to watch this. If you have, you'll want to watch again. Life without satire is... <BR> <BR> <link><BR>amp; </link> Thu, 26 Jan 2017 07:04:23 EST Sing-A-Long With Randy I wonder if you are tired of all the political contention. Here is a nice, happy sing-along song. Speakers up! <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> (You do know me, right?) Wed, 25 Jan 2017 10:21:02 EST Interesting Twist On The Women's March As is typical of large political gatherings, there seem to always be elements that attempt to hijack it from its designated purpose: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ti-trump-womens-march-attacks-israel-s<BR>ilent-on-saudi-arabia/?utm_source=MadM<BR>imi&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_conte<BR>nt=Obama%27s+Secret+%27Last+Minute%27+<BR>Gift+to+Palestinians%3B+Israel+Approve<BR>s+2500+New+Homes+in+Judea+and+Samaria&<BR>amp;utm_campaign=20170124_m137195483_O<BR>bama%27s+Se... Wed, 25 Jan 2017 03:40:36 EST Obama Gives Palestinians 221M In Last Minute "Gift I would like to know under what authority he was allowed to do this "quietly"? <BR> <BR> <link><BR>mped-221-m-on-palestinians-hours-befor<BR>e-leaving-office/?utm_source=MadMimi&a<BR>mp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_content=Ob<BR>ama%27s+Secret+%27Last+Minute%27+Gift+<BR>to+Palestinians%3B+Israel+Approves+250<BR>0+New+Homes+in+Judea+and+Samaria&amp;u<BR>tm_campaign=20170124_m137195483_Obama%<BR>27s+Secret+%27Last+Minute%27+Gift+to+P<BR>alestinians%3B+Israel+A... Wed, 25 Jan 2017 03:36:26 EST Women Who Rock Israeli rock band, that is. If you are in the NYC area, this sounds like a blast. Now where the heck is The City Winery, and why have I not heard about it? <BR> <BR> <link><BR>der?m=1101152784118&amp;ca=a7be014e-4e<BR>b4-4491-b3ca-e833190de777 </link> Wed, 25 Jan 2017 03:31:49 EST Introduction Hi! I am new to this group. I am a working mother of one. Ready to finally take control of my life. Tue, 24 Jan 2017 10:16:55 EST 65-Year Old Has Been Jogging Around Her Block... ...Four Miles For 25 Years (hate that we cannot put the whole title in the subject line): <BR> <BR> <link><BR>jogging-running-new-york-city.html?_r=<BR>1&amp; </link> Mon, 23 Jan 2017 16:20:16 EST And So It Begins Ethics lawyers are planning a lawsuit against Trump for violation of the Constitution for accepting foreign payments to his companies. Trump is no stranger to lawsuits, and I believe this one will go in his favor, for as a sitting president, it probably will be found that it does not apply to him. I am not a lawyer and I could be wrong, but it appears that the dam is about to break, and a slew of legal actions will now be taken against him. <BR> <BR> <link> Mon, 23 Jan 2017 10:10:23 EST The Women's March goes WORLDWIDE! This is incredible - you really need to see that on all seven continents, women and the men who support us were out there marching! Pink pussy hats and all! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>21/world/ </link> Sun, 22 Jan 2017 09:21:26 EST Some of the Better & Funnier Women's March Signs Here you go, as published in a WaPo column this morning: <BR> <BR> #FreeMelania <BR> No Country for Dirty Old Men <BR> Sad! <BR> Resistance is Fertile <BR> Too Worried to be Funny <BR> If Mom’s Not Happy, Nobody’s Happy <BR> I Have a Vagenda <BR> Manchurine Candidate <BR> Orange Is the New Fascism <BR> There Is So Much Wrong It Cannot Fit on This Sign <BR> Super Callous Fragile Ego, Trump You Are Atrocious <BR> Super Callous Fascist Racist Extra Braggadocious <BR> Actuaries Against Repeal a... Sun, 22 Jan 2017 07:20:22 EST Kosher sports bar in NYC Promenade Bar and Grill was mentioned this morning on one of the public radio programs. I pass that way often and don't think I'd noticed the place, let alone heard that it's kosher. It's great that observant sports fiends can congregate to watch games, holler and chow down. <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Sat, 21 Jan 2017 12:46:29 EST Tweeting Ban, Seriously? The Department of the Interior was ordered to shut down all Twitter accounts until further notice by the (then) incoming administration. One embarrassing picture, later retweeted, showed the massive crowds at Obama's first inaugural, compared to the sparse crowds for Trump's: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>powerpost/wp/2017/01/20/interior-depar<BR>tment-banned-from-twitter-after-retwee<BR>t-of-smaller-than-usual-trump-inaugura<BR>tion-crowd/?utm_term=.fa3ee6b3ebe4 ... Sat, 21 Jan 2017 05:31:20 EST 65 Congressmen To Boycott The Inauguration So, is this the correct message that we want to send out into the world? Are we honoring the office or the man? What do you think? <BR> <BR> <link><BR>crats-boycotting-donald-trump-inaugura<BR>tion/ </link> Thu, 19 Jan 2017 17:32:21 EST Bernard-Henry Lévy on being Jewish Today This is a segment of today's Leonard Lopate program (public radio). The audio is unavailable as I type this, but should be up later on to tomorrow at the latest.. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ects-being-jewish-today/ </link> Thu, 19 Jan 2017 14:15:43 EST Simply fun, no politics Four minutes of happy. I'd love to know where this is. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ailroad-is-the-most-epic-thing-weve-ev<BR>er-seen-59354 </link> Thu, 19 Jan 2017 14:11:05 EST Some New Words for the English Language <img src=""> Wed, 18 Jan 2017 13:26:25 EST Michelle more than merits equal time here NPR's "The Takeaway" has a segment today, "The Meaning of Michelle." A promo early this morning was admiring, referring to her as "a First Lady like no other." It's the truth. <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Wed, 18 Jan 2017 10:03:55 EST Stephen Colbert on Trump Last night's monologue was another of Colbert's gems. If you don't have time for the full video, stay through 3:15 which will include a faux tweet that deliciously weaves together a few different topics that arose since the start of the campaign. Really, though, watch the whole thing. Really. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>fq2Dw0I </link> Tue, 17 Jan 2017 10:01:16 EST "How Putin won over Republicans" This will be your first gag of the day. Trump's comment is truly, deeply horrifying and counter to the intent and spirit of the Constitution. He's talking tyranny and dictatorship. Pence made a U-turn. <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> Tue, 17 Jan 2017 06:35:45 EST Classic Opening One-Liner Those of you who eschew Facebook are missing non-stop, 24/7 hilarity. If only it were a lauging matter. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Mon, 16 Jan 2017 20:43:31 EST Zero Calorie Ice Cream Just in Time <img src=""> Sun, 15 Jan 2017 12:52:20 EST The Gutting Of Donald Trump I stumbled across this article the other day, and I wonder if it is true: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>d-trump/ </link> <BR> <BR> Be funny if it were. Sat, 14 Jan 2017 17:42:09 EST Are You Left-Leaning Or Right-Leaning? Take the quiz (real short - ten questions only) that supposedly is reliable and true. Give it a whirl: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>z.php </link> Sat, 14 Jan 2017 12:34:41 EST One More Time The Inventive Genius Of The Israelis They have now created a new app to detect skin cancer: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>li-app-that-diagnoses-skin-cancer/?utm<BR>_source=MadMimi&amp;utm_medium=email&a<BR>mp;utm_content=Israeli+App+Diagnoses+S<BR>kin+Cancer%3B+Netanyahu+Says+Paris+Con<BR>ference+%27Rigged%27+Against+Israel&am<BR>p;utm_campaign=20170113_m136998506_Isr<BR>aeli+App+Diagnoses+Skin+Cancer%3B+Neta<BR>nyahu+Says+Paris+Conference+%27Rigged%<BR>27+Against+Israel&amp;utm_term=Capture-1-249x16... Sat, 14 Jan 2017 12:02:40 EST Well, It's About DAMNED Time! The world stands with Israel (how odd to say that after decades of indifference) after the horrific attack (the latest one of countless many) in Jerusalem. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>aders-condemn-terror-attack-in-jerusal<BR>em/?utm_source=MadMimi&amp;utm_medium=<BR>email&amp;utm_content=Obama+Denies+Sta<BR>bbing+Netanyahu+in+the+Back%3B+US+Allo<BR>ws+Iran+Enough+Uranium+for+10+Nuclear+<BR>Bombs&amp;utm_campaign=20170110_m13694<BR>7218_Obama+Denies+Stabbing+Net... Tue, 10 Jan 2017 21:32:00 EST Yiddish in our common language Numd97 posted about the word "sechel" and how Marlon Brando used it as a quality that has sustained the Jewish people. <BR> <BR> Made me wonder about how Yiddish has become part of the American language. The link that Numd97 included said this: "Why hasn’t sechel entered the English lexicon, like many other commonly used Yiddish words, such as mensch or chutzpah? “ <BR> <BR> Something I noticed last night, watching Bernie Sanders (a mensch) in sort of a town hall meeting on CNN last night... Tue, 10 Jan 2017 17:16:33 EST Marlon Brando And The Jews We were talking about "sechel" in the clinic today, and it caused me to go in search of a more concrete definition. As it turned out, I was correct. But the article was fascinating because it noted that Brando had a strong affinity to the Jews and their (here's the word again, in Brando's words) "seychel" [Spelling is Brando's.] <BR> <BR> <link><BR>/ </link> Tue, 10 Jan 2017 16:28:45 EST Who Says You're Too Old? Check out this 105-year old cyclist: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>92c996de413/ </link> Mon, 9 Jan 2017 07:19:49 EST Don't ambush Sandy While doing errands in different parts of Manhattan today, I walked by Sandy's place of business. The location is one I've passed in taxis many times, but have rarely walked by. While outside the front doors, I had the notion for a scant flash of a moment to go in to say "hello." I didn't because to show up uninvited to greet a person one has never met is rude and a form of stalking. On I went to my destination around the corner. <BR> <BR> You heard it here: Sandy had a good day. Thu, 5 Jan 2017 20:19:52 EST Kitten Teaches The Dreidel Game Finally found the link without sending y'all to Facebook. A little late, but it is very cute: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>48bac87ca5765f563ea90a/ </link> <BR> <BR> And couldn't we all use a little something on the lighter side to begin the new year? I think so. Tue, 3 Jan 2017 13:15:10 EST HIPAA violation: What would you do? Punchline: I requested a CD of radiology images with the written report. I received a written report about another person; I was unable to access the CD that came with it to find out whose name is on the images. <BR> <BR> Details: <BR> - I made the request by phone two days ago for the materials from 2014. I was told it would take three days to process the request [and then however long once in the Post Office's hands]. <BR> - The materials arrived today; postmark is two days ago. I sa... Thu, 29 Dec 2016 17:38:04 EST Chrismukkah? Oy! Again? Here we go again. Because the 25th of Kislev falls out on a little known holiday occcurence called Christmas on the 25th of December, they are once again smushing the two events together as Chrismukkah (a la "Thanksgivukkah" a few years back). <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> The upside is we won't see the likes of this again until 2073. I, for one, am greatly relieved. Sat, 24 Dec 2016 17:04:08 EST WebMD: "10 Ways to Control Your Eating" In case any of these tips are new to someone. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ays-to-control-eating </link> Sat, 24 Dec 2016 09:33:08 EST The Night Before Chanukah <BR> T'was the night before Chanukah, boychicks and maidels <BR> <BR> <BR> Not a sound could be heard, not even the draidels. <BR> <BR> <BR> The Menorah was set on the chimney, alight <BR> <BR> <BR> In the kitchen the Bubba hut gechapt a bite. <BR> <BR> <BR> Salami, pastrami, a glassala tay <BR> <BR> <BR> And zayerah pickles with bagels, oh vay! <BR> <BR> <BR> Gezunt and geschmack, the kinderlach felt <BR> <BR> <BR> While dreaming of tagelach and Chanukah gelt. <BR> <BR> <BR>... Sat, 24 Dec 2016 06:26:01 EST 101-Year Old Woman Frolicks In The Snow And with a childlike wonder, reminds us, once again, what is really important: <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Thu, 22 Dec 2016 17:05:22 EST A Canadian aids 58 Syrian refugee families I post this for two reasons, one that it illustrates a fine spirit and the other that it came from a former Spark user whom some of you may have known, Merrikate. She wasn't a member of out team, but was active in others. We've been in constant contact since she moved on from SP a few years ago. The man written about in this followup article is the son of a close friend of Kit's. His mother doesn't understand the publicity because, to her, one just does what one is able and to the financi... Wed, 21 Dec 2016 18:54:08 EST In The Event Of Trump's Demise.... I had thought Phebe asked this question, about who would become president if the president-elect died before taking the oath of office in January. It piqued my curiosity as we have been seeing so many unprecedented events lately. <BR> <BR> As it turns out, the VP-elect then becomes president, as per the 20th Amendment to the Constitution. <BR> <BR> Here's the context: <BR> <BR> "If a winning Presidential candidate dies or becomes incapacitated between the counting of electoral votes in ... Sat, 17 Dec 2016 23:47:17 EST rent a jew? Germany is starting this as a thing. When you read the article you get a sense they are trying to do the right thing, but for some reason, the name of it and the country...well, why does it bother me so much?? <BR> <BR><BR>y-s-rent-jew-project-aims-fight-anti-s<BR>emitism-n695306 Sat, 17 Dec 2016 10:15:53 EST What the well-dressed Passover cook will wear This certainly is unseasonal, but there they were in all their cuteness. I was ordering a few things from the Bed Bath and Beyond website and spotted these in the process. Use your arrow to see the images in large size. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ct/the-kosher-cook-mah-nishtana-apron-<BR>and-mitt-collection/ </link> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ct/the-kosher-cook-frog-print-oven-mit<BR>t-and-apron-collection/ </link> Fri, 16 Dec 2016 21:00:10 EST If Dr. Seuss Were Still Alive Today... I believe this is my all-time finest contribution to this team. See if you agree. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> ... Fri, 16 Dec 2016 13:05:47 EST Give It A Wiggle New one on me: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>hould-always-wiggle-the-card-reader-on<BR>-an-atm-to-avoid-getting-scammed?utm_s<BR>ource=aol&amp;utm_medium=content&amp;u<BR>tm_campaign=partner#.mtofU817x </link> <BR> <BR> To avoid your credit card from being fraudulently read by a fake credit card reader. <BR> <BR> We gotta be ever so vigilant! Thu, 15 Dec 2016 19:54:24 EST "The Sociopath's Diary" This, from The New York Times' summer (read: before the election) edition: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>he-sociopaths-diary.html?WT.mc_id=2016<BR>-KWP-AUD_DEV&amp;WT.mc_ev=click&amp;ad<BR>-keywords=AUDDEVREMARK&amp;kwp_0=19824<BR>5&amp;kwp_4=773630&amp;kwp_1=388657&amp;_r=0 </link> <BR> <BR> I read it back then. It bears repeating now. Thu, 15 Dec 2016 09:34:09 EST Walmart Third-Party Vendor Mug: "Got Hitler?" Walmart goofed big time, lining its shelves with mugs with the aforementioned logo. Not to worry: "Got retard?" got equal play. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>13/walmart-s-site-was-selling-got-hitl<BR>er-mugs/21627119/ </link> <BR> <BR> Has the world gone totally mad, or is it just me? Wed, 14 Dec 2016 18:53:27 EST I've Been Bageled So our company sent out non-denominational e-cards for the holidays. We do so every year. This year we sent almost 2,000 of them. They go out under my email address, so i get the responses (if any). <BR> <BR> Recently I had met an engineer at a meeting with a mutual client. He wore a yarmulke. I did not think much of it. Here in the Balt-Wash Corridor, MOTs exist in many professions. I added him to our always-growing list. <BR> <BR> He responded to the e-blast with "Hag Samaech?"... Wed, 14 Dec 2016 10:03:31 EST On The Lighter Side (Because We Sure Could Use It) Betty White, at 94 is "ready to mingle [bless her!]": <BR> <BR> <link><BR>f39def5c834/ </link> Sun, 11 Dec 2016 16:27:17 EST "Hugs and Knishes" celebrates Jewish food traditio Public TV has been showing this older documentary on food of Ashkenazy and Sephardic. It's fun, witty, nostalgic and amazing in segments such as elderly people sharing food and love with young children. Here's a blog entry about the program. I'll be back once I find a link to the full film. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>hes-celebration-jewish-food-traditions/ </link> <BR> <BR> -------------------- <BR> <BR> I'm back after not having been able to find a link ... Sun, 11 Dec 2016 16:19:27 EST Trump: "I'm, like, a smart person" Now Trump does not feel the need for daily intelligence briefings. He feels he does not need to hear the "same thing daily for the next eight years [ever the optimist]. Only if things change." He did note that VP-elect Pence attends the daily briefings. So much for the de facto president. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>trump-im-a-smart-person-dont-need-inte<BR>lligence-briefings-e/21625229/ </link> <BR> <BR> And you wonder why I have the renewal of my passpor... Sun, 11 Dec 2016 12:58:22 EST Chanukah Mashup A little early, but before I forget where the link is, I thought I'd post it now: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>kah-video-you-will-not-be-able-to-stop<BR>-watching/ </link> Sat, 10 Dec 2016 04:46:03 EST Astonishing Portraits Now, for something lighter: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>/astonishing-portraits-you-wont-believ<BR>e-arent-photos/ </link> <BR> <BR> Seen portraits like this before, but they are still stunning to see. Thu, 8 Dec 2016 09:27:03 EST Upcoming Jeopardy Contestant Gets Final Wish One for the books: Jeopardy contestant dies before the show airs (this week, December 13th): <BR> <BR> <link><BR>/jeopardy-contest-dies-trnd/ </link> Thu, 8 Dec 2016 09:23:20 EST Jewish roots of the Vulcan greeting Last night I watched "For Love of Spock" a film by Leonard Nimoy's son for the 50th anniversary of the original Star Trek. The origin of the greeting "Live Long and Prosper"was included. I did not know this story. Perhaps it is news to others? <BR> <BR> In this link Nimoy describes how a childhood memory of an Orthodox service influenced his creation of this now famous greeting. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>-entertainment/wp/2015/02/27/the-jewis<BR>h-roots-o... Wed, 7 Dec 2016 14:25:28 EST The Maccabeats to perform in NJ on Dec. 14 For anyone interested in seeing them (despite the Irishized spelling of the group's name -- who did that?), tickets, not surprising, are available from Groupon. The theater is in Englewood, northern NJ. <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Tue, 6 Dec 2016 09:52:30 EST We Need a Man Like Dr. Seuss Again I did not know that Dr. Seuss was a poingant political cartoonist, and one in our corner, circa World War 2. Check this out. <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Sun, 4 Dec 2016 18:03:05 EST Fact Check: Trump's First 100 Days NPR wrote a beautiful outline of Trump's promises to come: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>t-check-donald-trumps-first-100-days-a<BR>ction-plan </link> Fri, 11 Nov 2016 11:52:20 EST No Words <link><BR>ws-tyrannical-yoke-moderate-respect-wo<BR>m-54664 </link> Thu, 10 Nov 2016 06:45:27 EST The Jewish Frat Alright Sisterhood Plus One, I offer the distraction of a new topic to consider. This may be of special interest to the parents among you. <BR> <BR> Thing Two is a freshman at a large Mid-western University. In a dramatic departure from the shy, geeky introversion of his high school years (my kid, remember?) when he came to eschew all things religion after his Bar Mitzvah (strident agnosticism), he is pledging a Jewish fraternity. Who is this kid? <BR> <BR> Accordingly, his friends the... Wed, 9 Nov 2016 16:44:38 EST If Trump Were President This article was written back in March. Now we have something to tick off, if and when they become true: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ngs-that-could-happen-if-donald-trump-<BR>becomes-president#.4SiXiuFt5 </link> Wed, 9 Nov 2016 06:03:26 EST Dear Hillary Well I posted this on her FB page. It's a serious question. I wonder what I will hear. <BR> <BR> Hello. I'm a lifelong Democrat (since Jerry Brown's primary campaign in '76), supported Bill both times and supported Hillary in 2008 as now. I consider myself politically knowledgeable, astute and a little bit influential. This brings me to my question. <BR> <BR> I need a good 30-second "elevator speech" sort of a response to the potential Hillary voter who is stuck with "Just don't lik... Sat, 5 Nov 2016 21:43:08 EST Healine: "Trump Rigs Election" After the weeks of Trump's squawking that the election was rigged by Hillary and her people, desperation has driven him to do some rigging of his own. <BR> <BR> Watch FBI Director James Comey's life turn extravagant. Desperation in the last days before the election has driven Trump to bribe Comey to the tune of millions to resurrect the email scandals. <BR> <BR> That's my story and I'm sticking to it. <BR> <BR> (Can I be charged for this? If so, I made the whole thing up...I think.) <B... Sun, 30 Oct 2016 10:42:35 EST Grandpa of the bride Just came across this and it is so dear. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>onal-stories/a40288/flower-grandpa-atl<BR>anta-wedding/ </link> Thu, 27 Oct 2016 15:15:12 EST feeling slighted by no slight I need help with a member of my actual Sisterhood. We have a member who is very difficult, alsways has been. she also maybe 5-10 years ago had a reaction to something and has mde it worse. so we had a speaker in the sukkah - a police officer who's job it is to come talk about safety etc. (to give you an idea, all yesterday she wanted me to take down the pictures cause you can almost see the police officers face and we would blow her "cover"). Officer says in speech about having key out befor... Wed, 19 Oct 2016 12:04:17 EST Mixing Religion and Politics Some of you may have seen my occasional musings about how we live in a Red county in an otherwise Blue state. That we are fish out of water here achieved a new level of discomfort today, with this Facebook post by the elected County Commissioner from our very district. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Disconcerting beyond words. Thoughts anyone? (other than moving, whereupon this repugnance wins). Tue, 18 Oct 2016 12:12:49 EST Not Your Papa's Sukkah In honor of the Feast of Tabernacles, I give you the following: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>israel-middle-east/these-jerusalem-suk<BR>kahs-are-nicer-than-yours </link> <BR> <BR> Talk about upscale! Leave it to the Israelis. <BR> <BR> Happy Succos, Yidden! Sat, 15 Oct 2016 13:32:57 EST Bob Dylan: Why not? The Nobel folks have made a most unusual choice and, after a few seconds reflection upon hearing the announcement the other day, I concur. There have been surprises surrounding other Nobel categories. Only the title "Nobel laureate" applied to Dylan doesn't quite sit yet. <BR> <BR> A couple of fun items sent by an approving friend in Canada, the list of 75 had my silent cheeks aching one-third of the way through. <BR> <BR> *************** <BR> He braved a blizzard to perform at the White ... Fri, 14 Oct 2016 11:43:53 EST Susan the Nerd on Jeopardy The nerd from Bowie MD (how dare Alex call her a loser) sure seems like a card-carrying MOT. I'd wager even money or better she had a Bat Mitzvah 15 or so years ago. Anyone see her last night and concur? Thu, 13 Oct 2016 13:52:57 EST Anti-Semetic Graffitti This past Sunday, right before Yom Kippur, the wall at the cemetery of the temple I go to, was spray painted with swastikas, big letters saying Heil Hitler and SS. To say this was upsetting is quite the understatement. <BR> <BR> Christian clergy in the town and nearby towns came to Kol Nidre in support. The rabbi, cantor, temple dignitaries walked in carrying the Torahs and the clergy walked in with them. it was very moving. <BR> <BR> Of course, that was the big topic of conversation. Th... Thu, 13 Oct 2016 13:33:35 EST Saturday Night Live Nailed It Last Night SNL, which I have not followed for years, sadly was spot on last night, as reported by CNN this morning: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>/snl-takes-on-trump-tape.cnnmoney?iid=EL </link> <BR> <BR> I just heard from a Canadian Sparker saying we all should just pack up and head north. I do not recall the last time I have been so embarrassed trying to explain our political process to a foreigner. Watergate comes close. <BR> <BR> After Trump's latest, Clinton, witho... Sun, 9 Oct 2016 11:29:26 EST Happy New Year! Wouldn't be me if I didn't share a YouTube video to celebrate the season. Here are The Fountainheads (Hebrew version): <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> Enjoy and a sweet year for all. May all that you are wishing for the New Year come to fruition for all. Tue, 4 Oct 2016 22:09:23 EST A Happy New Year Sing-A-Long All together now, in the original Aramaic... (speakers up!) <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Mon, 3 Oct 2016 06:50:44 EST ? on beef cut for recipe nutr calculation purposes I'm going to braise bone-in short ribs. Spark and the USDA and Calorie King databases seem to give only boneless data. Does anyone know of another source of info? Or another bone-in cut that's close enough in fat, etc., that I can use to calculate my recipe? When it comes to a dish of many ingredients, it's difficult to get an especially accurate result, so I just go ahead with calculating based on raw meat. <BR> <BR> I entered flanken, but found nothing at all; I don't know another na... Sat, 1 Oct 2016 13:53:36 EST Carnegie Deli -- with Condolence to Phebe <link><BR>us/ap-us-carnegie-deli-closing </link> <BR> <BR> For the photo: <link><BR>-carnegie-deli-close-dec-31 </link> <BR> <BR> An incentive to get here, Phebs? Fri, 30 Sep 2016 15:29:17 EST Jeopardy! online test, anyone? Have you registered? I have. More heartbreak. I'll take it either Oct. 4 or 6. <BR> <BR> Tue, 20 Sep 2016 16:30:18 EST Sweet, charming and haunting... ...all in one child. <BR> <BR> [[ Sorry, try the link two boxes away from this. ]] <BR> <BR> She's making it hard for me to live with myself. Wed, 7 Sep 2016 10:17:09 EST Jeopardy "Power Players" Did anyone see that? The woman SE Cupp, a political journalist of whom I've never heard, referred during the contestant interview to religion's being in good shape; that G-d has kept things running well about 2,000 years. She blitzed several religions with a few words. <BR> <BR> I'd like to post a comment about it on the Jeopardy website, but found no option. Does someone know where I can post my comment? Some sort of a quasi-official Jeopardy site? <BR> <BR> On the lighter side, I got m... Mon, 5 Sep 2016 19:33:06 EST Cooking question for the cooks I bought a gorgeous-looking bunch of red mustard greens. There are loads of recipes that cover southern tastes as well as Indian and Asian. Because the leaves are fairly broad, it occurred to me that they may be stuffable. I've never made stuffed cabbage, but I was thinking something like that, either with ground turkey or ground beef. If you're familiar with mustard greens, any color, what do you think? I'm more comfortable using Indian spices than Asian, but can't think of what sort of sauc... Sun, 28 Aug 2016 00:12:21 EST The Jews of Zakynthos, Greece!!! A friend sent me this article - amazing story!!! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ulous-story-of-the-Jews-of-Zakynthos </link> <BR> <BR> Tue, 23 Aug 2016 17:32:59 EST Good: Trump's mental health under fire Much as I dislike Yahoo as a source of news, this one bears a link. I see these things because I use Yahoo Mail for a few things. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ty-mental-health-000000384 </link> <BR> <BR> Silly me, I've always thought he was no more than a coarse, common, crude, egomaniacal toddler. Also stupid and ignorant, yet shrewd. It may be that I can drop "shrewd." <BR> <BR> -------------------------------- <BR> <BR> P.S. "The Takeaway" is on my p... Tue, 2 Aug 2016 15:20:16 EST One of Us on Jeopardy (again) Barbara Resnick, two day winner. Looking every bit like everyone I grew up with, in the "ghetto" y'all know as Northwest Baltimore. <BR> <BR> We're rooting for her. Seems very down to earth. Thu, 28 Jul 2016 19:29:23 EST "The Golden Bride" -- Yiddish operetta The National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene is currently performing a revival of the 1920's opera. The company, 100 years old and, was in danger of folding several years back. I'd never heard of "The Golden Bride," but the reviews are so appealing that I'll be seeing it next week. Not that I understand Yiddish, but neither do I understand Italian, German, etc.. As long as the synopsis is available, you can follow. I'm excited. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>iddish... Fri, 22 Jul 2016 20:03:47 EST Care to Author My Response I am somewhat at a loss for the snappy retort to this Facebook post: <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Fri, 15 Jul 2016 22:08:26 EST Trumped Again (He Seemingly Hates Us) I struggled for a title for this topic and found my self dumbfounded and speechless as for commentary. Just read? <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ps-vigorous-defense-of-anti-semitic-im<BR>age-a-turning-point-for-many-jews/2016<BR>/07/08/720858e2-4450-11e6-bc99-7d269f8<BR>719b1_story.html?tid=pm_politics_pop_b </link> Sat, 9 Jul 2016 06:46:20 EST British insults thanks to that Trump The link is not for the faint of heart, the squeamish or those who are otherways delicare. It includes some stiff language. My purpose in posting it is not to turn any faces red, but to share insults from a land that make many U.S. insults sound milky. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>-trump-was-the-victim-of-some-vicious-<BR>british-insults-which-are-incredible-a<BR>nd-my-new-favorite-thing/ </link> <BR> <BR> The link was sent to me by a refined lady of Canada. Sun, 26 Jun 2016 21:54:35 EST Bibliophiles, we have a hotel! I thought of Sylph with this one - The Library Hotel in New York City!!!! <BR> <BR> I think I need to stay in this place! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>hotel-ny/?gg_source=lit&amp;gg_campaig<BR>n=Ad%20-%20468x250newslibrary-hotellit<BR>eracy&amp;gg_medium=house&amp;gg_conte<BR>nt=2016-06/468x250newslibr_160614064144.jpg </link> <BR> <BR> and <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ws/article-3026248/New-York-s-Library-<BR>Hotel-inspired-Dewe... Tue, 21 Jun 2016 12:57:09 EST Seeking advice: Stuffed animal safety A friend's daughter gave birth a month ago. I'd like to get a stuffed animal and wonder if any particular brands are best or worst for babies. It's small buttons and such that a baby might chew off that I want to avoid. Mon, 20 Jun 2016 12:44:21 EST A Team Shidduch I'm excited about this. Thanks to SP and SparkJews, Brooklyn Born, aka Eileen, and I will be getting together for dinner on Sunday. She'll be in NY to sing at Carnegie Hall with her chorale group, exciting in its own right, but old hat to her. Not only will I meet Eileen, but her husband, too. They ran away from home long ago. Maybe I'll persuade them to return. Maybe not. <BR> <BR> Tee-hee. Thu, 16 Jun 2016 19:54:05 EST Transgender Jews So reading this, one supposes that in the future, sensitive synagogue architectural designs will have triplets of bathrooms instead of pairs? So it would seem. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>faith/wp/2016/06/01/the-rabbis-of-cons<BR>ervative-judaism-pass-a-resolution-sup<BR>porting-transgender-rights/ </link> <BR> <BR> If it's not Bar Mitsvah or Bat Mitzvah its called _______? Wed, 1 Jun 2016 07:01:45 EST Are you a teacher? An NJ parent? A person? The NJEA, the statewide organization/union of public school teachers, has been running this PSA on TV for just over two weeks as far as I know. I don't know whether it's funnier than it is appalling or the other way around, but I believe NJEA makes the strongest argument for enrolling children in private schools. <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> (I expect to hear from Phebe, a teacher and enthusiast of southern-hemisphere birds.) Sun, 29 May 2016 14:34:18 EST Jeopardy shines the light: Maryland? Yuck. <em>339</em> "....patriotic gore....?" <BR> <BR> The despot's heel is on thy shore, <BR> Maryland! <BR> His torch is at thy temple door, <BR> Maryland! <BR> Avenge the patriotic gore <BR> That flecked the streets of Baltimore, <BR> And be the battle queen of yore, <BR> Maryland! My Maryland! <BR> <BR> What kind of lyric is that for a state song? Who is your state hero? The Grim Reaper? <BR> <BR> A bunch of sickos. <em>527</em> <BR> <BR> Feh. Wed, 11 May 2016 19:31:37 EST Turn up those little corners This is really nice. Too bad it's only a minute's worth of nice. <BR> Suitable for grandchildren. In fact, perfect for grandchildren <BR> <BR> <link><BR>fXohxc?rel=0&amp;%3bshowinfo=0 </link> Sat, 30 Apr 2016 23:22:40 EST The Science Behind Passover So you think you can avoid bread for a week? Entirely? Really? <BR> <BR> The Washington Post seems to think otherwise. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>peaking-of-science/wp/2016/04/15/the-s<BR>cience-behind-passovers-broad-bread-ba<BR>n/?postshare=3231460990908472&amp;tid=ss_tw </link> Mon, 18 Apr 2016 10:54:52 EST Getting a YouTube link to work By coincidence, SP members outside the team discovered the solution to making a link to YouTube work. Coincidence because it came up in the matzo-house topic. <BR> <BR> Delete the "s" from "https" and, supposedly, the link will work. However, I usually delete that whole thing and yet couldn't get a YouTube link with only the "www." The "www" isn't needed either, so, save time and simply copy the url after "www." into the "Add a Link" option. Sun, 17 Apr 2016 16:55:56 EST The Matzah House - a new take on Passover Apparently building a matzah house is a new thing. (Just in case you didn't have enough to do before the seder.) <BR> <BR> <link><BR>tzoh-house-is-the-new-gingerbread-hous<BR>e#.iw8RrZQRx </link> <BR> <BR> There are all kinds of videos and directions online, but basically it's built around a box with slices of matzah, and stuck together with Nutella spread. Then decorated with nuts, or dried fruits, and such. <BR> <BR> I'm rather intrigued by the c... Sat, 16 Apr 2016 15:15:40 EST The Librarian (Jeopardy) Who saw Jeopardy tonight? The Knitting Librarian - a force to be reckoned with. Watch. Thu, 14 Apr 2016 20:04:35 EST 8 Knights of Passover A British Jew is waiting in line to be knighted by the Queen. He is to kneel in front of her and recite a sentence in Latin when she taps him on the shoulders with her sword. <BR> <BR> However, when his turn comes, he panics in the excitement of the moment and forgets the Latin. Then, thinking fast, he recites the only other sentence he knows in a foreign language: <BR> <BR> "Ma nishtana halayla hazeh, mikol halaylot." <BR> <BR> Puzzled, Her Majesty turns to her advisor and whispers, "Wh... Mon, 11 Apr 2016 15:21:47 EST Passover Memes on the Net For your viewing pleasure, here are two to set the tone and get you going. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> The former 7-year-old-boy in you will understand and appreciate. Here is another one: <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This is a slightly exaggerated take on what was our Seder style for many years. Our problem really was ... Thu, 7 Apr 2016 07:20:52 EST The Maccabeats Bring You Passover Enjoy! <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Sat, 2 Apr 2016 18:25:40 EST Pre-Passover Cleaning - I Will Survive, Oy! This video has nothing on Gloria Gaynor, but it is hysterical: <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Sat, 2 Apr 2016 17:56:09 EST In Time For Passover - A Jewish Rock Opera Passover Rhapsody: <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Sat, 2 Apr 2016 17:52:03 EST Passover Recipes FYI, for those who observe and might look for new things to try. <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Thu, 31 Mar 2016 11:22:44 EST The Maccabeats Bring You Purim! Chag Prim sameach, y'all and enjoy: <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Mon, 21 Mar 2016 20:49:00 EST A Haredi (Ultra Orthodox) Wedding In Israel We knew all this, right? What struck me is the secular world's fascination with this event: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>side-look-at-an-ultra-orthodox-wedding<BR>-in-israel/21329077/?cps=gravity_4755_<BR>-4937420395973281345 </link> Mon, 21 Mar 2016 19:51:53 EST Computer tech/safety question Is there a good reason to leave bad things in "quarantine?" I don't know enough to know why anyone would want to do so. <BR> <BR> Specifically, I ran Malwarebytes Anti-Malware and it found and quarantined 40 items from a bad program (Conduit) that's been in my computer for some time. Rather than leave them there, I deleted them from my computer with a "Ptooey, good riddance" snarl. Should I have left everything in quarantine? Sun, 20 Mar 2016 10:08:07 EST Jeopardy's Philip Tiu! Did you see that? First having confidence to wager $19,000 on a double jeopardy, then looking lost, but pulling the answer out with seconds to spare. The category was cities. The question asked for the name of a major, southwestern Canadian city, 15 miles from the U.S. border, with an important harbor -- Vancouver. You can go to minute 5:55. <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> His score after Final Jeopardy makes watching worthwhile. It happens ra... Wed, 16 Mar 2016 10:21:45 EST Spelling Bee from New York Public Library How's your spelling prowess? The quiz from NYPL will test your ease with some common words. Results are given for each word immediately or you can enter your email address at the end to have results sent. Here are two versions of the link in case the first doesn't work. <BR> <BR> <link> 20 16 </link> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>2016?utm_source=eNewsletter&amp;utm_me<BR>dium=email&amp;utm_content=Engmt201603<BR>SpellingBee... Wed, 9 Mar 2016 14:53:07 EST Trumped Maybe even Trump supporters see the humor in this. Must see, unless you really were going to spend the 5 minutes more constructively on something that cannot wait. Speakers Up! <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Wed, 2 Mar 2016 09:04:57 EST Team Bonus Points - Red Banner How many points did you find on today's red banner? Click a pennant on your Start page. Post for the team! You earn Points and you reward your favorite Team(s) with Points to help us rise on the leaderboards! Sun, 28 Feb 2016 11:20:15 EST Cameron Diaz' Jewish Wedding (No One Is Jewish) Now here is one for the books: Cameron Diaz, the actress, married Benji Madden, the guitarist for the group Good Charlotte, in a Jewish ceremony last year, where neither the bride nor the groom was Jewish (say what?). It's not about conversion, it's about adopting another religion's customs for the sake of what exactly? The wedding had a traditional chuppah, breaking of the glass, all the way to including the "yichud" (private room where the bride and groom retire after the ceremony and be... Wed, 24 Feb 2016 14:11:38 EST How Honest Are Israelis? An interesting social experiment: <BR> <BR> <link><BR> </link> Fri, 19 Feb 2016 18:36:52 EST Why do people put on a differing amount of weight? A study in Israel reports some interesting results. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>93414 </link> <BR> <BR> This may explain my oddball status food-wise, but I don't think I'll be mailing any "packages" to the Weizmann Institute of Science. Fri, 29 Jan 2016 07:56:24 EST Jeopardy! online test I remember that Mark signed up. Anyone else? I took it on Tuesday and know that I missed more than I like to say. It would be so nice if they were to send results, but they don't. At least this time I registered 'for real, not just for fun. Something tells me that I missed that click-upon the other times I took the test, in which case, even had I done well enough, I had no chance of advancing to the next stage. Thu, 28 Jan 2016 16:36:59 EST Got this invite to join another team? Hmm Someone whose screen name, 4He Is the Answer, is completely unknown to me, sent an invitation to join a team called "Seeking the Right Path to Succeed." I browsed the team a bit and have a feeling that the invitation may have been sent to all SparkJews members. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>l_message.asp </link> <BR> <BR> Please let me know if you received it. Wed, 27 Jan 2016 22:34:21 EST Two New Features in SparkPeople Spark introduced two new features today with the following notice: <BR> <BR> "1. On the Nutrition Tracker, you can now make a 'Quick Entry.' This basically lets you add a calorie/carb/fat/protein value to a meal, without searching for a food, nor adding a manual food." <BR> <BR> The "Add Quick Entry" click-upon appears below the green "Search" button to the right of the "What did you eat?" bar. <BR> <BR> "2. We used to let people share 1 piece of content for 3 points a day. We now let you... Wed, 20 Jan 2016 18:08:03 EST In Honor Of MLK Day:The Maccabeats and Naturally 7 Two a capella groups, one Jewish, one black, perform a James Taylor cover, "Shed A Little Light": <BR> <BR> <link><BR>D_os </link> Mon, 18 Jan 2016 21:13:08 EST Adele, the Everywoman For those like me who usually miss the viral stuff, her selfie. It helps. <BR> <BR> . <BR> <link><BR>wAAeKBs.jpg:large </link> Thu, 7 Jan 2016 16:02:32 EST Thanking someone several years later In 2007 I saw a doctor once for a specific purpose. After an extensive discussion and exam, he recommended some action. I took his advice and over the next two or three years, made great strides because of his ideas. It occurred to me then that people in his and similar positions, such as teachers, who have limited contact with those who may pass through what seems to be a revolving door never know what effect they may have had. Because of volunteer work I'd done, I'd wonder how some peop... Wed, 6 Jan 2016 16:05:56 EST Tzedakkah Thread 2016 - All you do is click! A new year, a new thread (because it gets way too long in a year!): <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> You donate for free! Really!!! <BR> <BR> Click on that, click the button to donate a cup of food (free for you, paid for by the sponsors). Then, after you get the "thank you" page, click the tabs at the top -, literacy, animal rescue, etc. You can navigate around the sites to see what they donate to where, based on clicks. You can also do... Wed, 30 Dec 2015 20:49:05 EST This is a mistake - just ignore. Our hotel's wifi is being weird. Please do NOT post here. Wed, 30 Dec 2015 20:46:03 EST A double-edged cliche came true the happy way I don't mind when a cliche bears truth and when its truth bears out. What I mind is the dumbness of the cliche: "What goes around comes around." That aside, it proved itself this morning and made a happy difference in my mood. If the following seems a bit "written" for a forum, it is. It's in progress for another location, but I thought of SpJ as I was writing. <BR> ----------------------------------- <BR> <BR> "Today is December 30, 2015. Knowing that I would be buying more than I could ca... Wed, 30 Dec 2015 15:35:20 EST Research a charity prior to donating?? I want to make a donation to a lung cancer organization and did a little googling. <BR> <BR> Lung Cancer Research Foundation, an unfamiliar name, isn't listed in Charity Navigator. Anyone know this group? <BR> <BR> Cancer Care got a low rating from Charity Navigator <BR> <BR> Lung Cancer Alliance, also unfamiliar to me, has a high rating from Charity Navigator. Does anyone know this organization? I've tried a few times to get to its website, but get a Firefox notice, "Unable to connect,... Sun, 27 Dec 2015 18:36:07 EST Judiasm - A Conscious Choice Made (&/or Unmade?) Picking up with something interesting and for me anyway, a little extraordinary... <BR> <BR> Most of us were born and/or raised Jewish, and a few of us converted consciously or willingly to become Jewish (welcome btw!). One or two of us seem to know family members of friends who have consciously and/or willingly elected to leave the faith. When I read this, I found it quite surprising and certainly something to which I could not relate. <BR> <BR> We are not like-minded with one another,... Sun, 27 Dec 2015 12:00:04 EST Marcel Marceau (Mangel) Saw this on Facebook today, had to share: <BR> <BR> From "The Accidental Talmudist" <BR> December 24 at 11:13am · <BR> <BR> Marcel Marceau’s extraordinary talent for pantomime entertained audiences around the world for over sixty years. It also saved hundreds of Jewish children during the Holocaust. <BR> <BR> Born to a Jewish family in Strasbourg, France in 1923, young Marcel Mangel discovered Charlie Chaplin at age five and became an avid fan. He entertained his friends with Chaplin imita... Sun, 27 Dec 2015 10:21:47 EST Making left turns while driving is dangerous? "Morning Edition" had a feature today on the fairly high rate or at least likelihood of accidents when vehicles turn left on city streets. They described a driver running down a pedestrian, not having seen her; both had obeyed the relevant laws. It also described the way truckers driving on streets choose routes that eliminate left turns, even saying that doing so saves time. <BR> <BR> I didn't quite get it although I think I was paying enough attention. Will someone who is familiar with ... Thu, 24 Dec 2015 14:46:56 EST High Holiday School Closures (or Not) The latest, locally here, on this oft-divisive and controversial topic. It's an easy call in NYC and the other big metros with substantial MOT populations. Its tougher out here in the hinterlands. What's the right answer? <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ndar-conundrum/news/ </link> Wed, 23 Dec 2015 18:49:12 EST Oy to the World Enjoy. Merry Festivus, MOTs. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>om-im-not-going-to-the-matzahball#.ya3<BR>yoGmPz2 </link> Tue, 22 Dec 2015 07:51:49 EST Coming Aboard Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> I'm Kate, I'm 65 and live in western Maryland. I've been on Spark for five years and have maintained a 25 pound weight loss, still have about 10-15 to go. I have some good long-term SparkFriends but have never gotten involved with teams. Decided to join an "over 60 with 10-15 pounds to lose" team this morning and the first message was this: <BR> <BR> "The Son of Man has come to seek &amp; to save that which was lost" <BR> <BR> So here I am, enough said. I changed my... Wed, 16 Dec 2015 11:40:47 EST Favorite souvenir EVER DH bought me a new wedding band here in Cuzco - best souvenir ever, really! <BR> <BR> The background - when we got married, DH gave me his uncle's wedding band. (This uncle and aunt never had kids, and they spoiled DH, who was the baby of all the cousins.) DH wore his father's wedding band, that's what we used for his ring at the wedding. <BR> <BR> Well, when diving in Indonesia, somehow DH lost his wedding ring. We were both upset, it was sentimental, but, well, things happen. So a few... Sun, 13 Dec 2015 23:16:15 EST Flash Mob - Hora Jerusalem And on a lighter note: <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Sun, 13 Dec 2015 07:23:29 EST The Origins Of Current-Day "Palestine" As mentioned in the other thread, it was time to devote an independent thread to this very important topic. Herewith is the link posted by CAMERA: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>&amp;x_outlet=16&amp;x_article=3147 </link> <BR> <BR> CAMERA is a Jewish organization, dedicated to disseminating the truth about a lot of misconceptions about the Middle East, especially as it is dispelled in the US. Sat, 12 Dec 2015 11:34:08 EST Are you tired of Trump? I don't know if people have seen this - it's a letter and registry of American Jews who believe Trump needs to apologize and shut up about "registering Muslims" and banning any Muslim immigrants for who knows how long. <BR> <BR> Might not help, but I think it's absolutely worth signing. I don't think any minority group can afford to sit by and be silent in the face of the current hatred and bigotry in the USA. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>istry/ </link> Wed, 9 Dec 2015 11:32:33 EST Donald Trump puts his foot in the latke batter <link><BR>e_mistake_donald_trump_just_delivered_<BR>an_anti_semitic_speech_to_the_republic<BR>an_jewish_coalition/ </link> <BR> <BR> First link from Salon includes the full speech to the Republic Jewish Coalition, bragging and all. The highlight is his reference to being a good negotiator as are the members of the audience. <BR> <BR> For good measure, NPR and the Times: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>mp-to-jewish-republica... Thu, 3 Dec 2015 21:40:25 EST Jewish American soldier honored Wow, did you hear about this? <BR> <BR> <link><BR>us-gi-who-told-the-nazis-we-are-all-jews/ </link> <BR> <BR> During WWII, American POWs were to be separated, with Jewish soldiers going to who knows where. This high ranking American officer told the Nazis "we're all Jews here" and refused to back down! <BR> <BR> WOW! Wed, 2 Dec 2015 22:55:10 EST Syrian refugees compared w/yesterday's Jewish Refu "Comparing Today's Syrians With Yesterday's Jewish Refugees" is the full title of the segment on today's Brian Lehrer Show (public radio). The dark history of the U.S. position in the 30's is the period discussed, with particular attention German Jewish refugees. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>show-2015-11-23/ </link> Mon, 23 Nov 2015 10:29:35 EST Paris, last Friday <link> </link> Fri, 20 Nov 2015 19:59:44 EST Groucho, Robinson and Reynolds got Uptown Funk You may have seen this, but it's worth a second viewing. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ce-oldies-classic-vintage-nostalgia-v2/ </link> Fri, 20 Nov 2015 19:56:50 EST Lubavichers on Vacation (seriously!) So, we're in the Galapagos Islands, Ecuador. We go to a restaurant for dinner. There's a group of maybe 8 or 10 men sitting around a table, all with kippot. After they finish eating, my husband heads to the restroom and says hi to the group, says something to one guy who has a NY Yankees kippah. <BR> <BR> Turns out the group is a bunch of Lubavich men on vacation - which is why they weren't wearing the black hats and suits and all. Left their wives and small children at home and were vac... Thu, 19 Nov 2015 23:12:14 EST "Amy Poehler's Smart Girls" The recap of an interview between Poehler and Seth Meyers came in today's email from, a career-oriented website. It introduced me to her own (with partners) site, designed for girls as an alternative to all the dumb things on the internet. The recap is fun and is so good. (The link in the levo item doesn't work, hence, the second one below.) <BR> <BR> <link> e- amy-poehler </link> <BR> <BR> <link> <... Wed, 18 Nov 2015 18:01:36 EST He's One of Us - But So What? Bernie probably is not electable, but not b/c of his Jewishness. It is heartening, though, that one of us has gotten this far though. Interesting article on this in today's Post: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>cts-of-faith/wp/2015/10/13/bernie-sand<BR>ers-who-could-get-farther-than-any-jew<BR>ish-candidate-for-president-has-just-o<BR>pened-up-about-his-jewishness/ </link> Sun, 15 Nov 2015 15:09:18 EST The Tasty Bait of Curiosity - Is it Traef? Yesterday I was in a meeting with a prospective new client. He is a prominent land use attorney and his client - a Baptist Church - needs our professional expertise. He is explaining the background of this client and project and their need - "they are traditional Southern Baptists...." <BR> <BR> He proceeds to explain how their religion has provided them the "vision" for the success of their project, although it will require considerable funding through donations, he casually interjects so... Fri, 13 Nov 2015 07:54:38 EST Jeopardy Tournament I was going to take the other topic back to its starting place, but it's way off in another arena. <BR> <BR> The first two games of the championship are most humiliating Jeopardy in history, I'm sure. I won't even tell you how many I got out of 30 each round. Tonight was worse than last night. My one highlight yesterday was "Guthrie," as I'd never heard of such a city in Oklahoma. <BR> <BR> Today's Final Jeopardy, beside the fact that none of the players nor I got it, was phrased inaccur... Wed, 11 Nov 2015 19:38:00 EST Jewish anxiety? Would a minor change in the shirt's emblem reveal a cultural characteristic? Jewish guilt is old, old news. Is anxiety another that I've never heard of? <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Sun, 8 Nov 2015 15:51:52 EST Jeopardy, Joan Didion and Mexico Was it my imagination or did the show yesterday or the day before include these two questions (not verbatm): <BR> <BR> 1) Who is author of "The Year of Magical Thinking," about the death of her husband, John Gregory Dunne? (Answer: Joan Didion, which I knew), and <BR> <BR> 2) In which country is the state of Quintana Roo? (Answer: Mexico, also knew) <BR> <BR> If so, it's interesting because the show rarely runs two separate but related questions in a single game. Didion and Gregory had... Fri, 6 Nov 2015 18:34:25 EST Relics from the Past - Animate & Inanimate My Mom moved in with us three weeks ago. It's been weirder than weird - the never-ending three bears circumstance. Someone is in our house and messing with our well-ordered routine, 24x7. <BR> <BR> She things she is on a cruise. Outstanding food three times a day, and scintillating entertainment every evening. She loves it with us. We are less sure. <BR> <BR> She traveled very heavily. She never disposed of anything. Now we have - well - all this stuff. As she very slowly goes thr... Fri, 6 Nov 2015 14:44:26 EST "Survey Says!"... Family Feud, anyone? <BR> <BR> Just oodles of interesting, topical and mildly controversial stuff here. <BR> <BR> (And no; I was not surveyed) <BR> <BR> <link><BR>/pew-survey-57-of-u-s-jews-eat-pork-an<BR>d-torah-study-more-popular </link> Wed, 4 Nov 2015 20:30:28 EST More Interesting & Topical Stuff Found Online The latest on intermarriage and acceptance by our faith of the intermarried. And interesting read, to say the least. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ter-to-judaism-from-an-interfaith-fami<BR>ly-77903604514a#.j6qkjm8fy </link> Wed, 21 Oct 2015 17:56:55 EST Digital Future of Organized Judiasism Here is a fresh take on an oft-visited topic for y'all in the Sisterhood. What is the future of the organized practice of our religion, given all of its challenges from assimilation on down. I found this Forbes article nothing short of a fascinating take on the topic: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>015/10/13/this-synagogue-is-breaking-a<BR>way-from-a-2000-year-old-model-and-sol<BR>ving-judaisms-biggest-problem/ </link> <BR> <BR> To me this approach only works ... Fri, 16 Oct 2015 09:37:02 EST Matt Jackson - Jeopardy Redux 10/12/15 He did it again and this was the second time I've noticed him have a slow start. If he had other slow starts, but I missed them. <BR> <BR> I'm irritated with myself over Final Jeopardy. The correct response, Bayeux Tapestry, just eluded the tip of my tongue. Bayreuth was all that came to mind and, when it did, I knew I was wrong. It was the curse of Wagner. <BR> <BR> Who else is going to win a European cruise? Mon, 12 Oct 2015 20:00:29 EST Penalize the "Jeopardy!" host Matt Jackson, age 23, the current champion, just won his eighth (seventh?) for a total $230,000+. I've seen most of his games and will say that he's a pleasure to watch. He was careless with one of tonight's categories, "I.T," the letters standing for the initials of well-known individuals. The quotation marks signify that a correct answer must be the full name. <BR> <BR> Ivan Turgenev was one of the answers, but Matt gave only the last name, for which Alex gave him credit. During a brea... Tue, 6 Oct 2015 19:47:10 EST 18 Year Old Haredi Girl Takes Israel By Storm Developed a talent for chic fashion design, she gets to have her cake and sew it too? <BR> <BR> <link>,7340,L-4<BR>706052,00.html </link> Sat, 3 Oct 2015 19:26:16 EST Who Are The Orthodox? Tangential to the thread that Mark began, I got involved in a discussion just now about the rising Orthodox population, and what it means. Some interesting data extrapolated from the Pew study, which conducted a larger analysis of present-day Jews in America: <BR> <BR><BR>ws <BR> <BR> Reading the original white paper, which is rather lengthy, I am still trying to wrap my brain around the four percent of "Orthodox" [ it had to take the quote marks, b... Fri, 2 Oct 2015 14:32:03 EST The Steamy Kibbutz When this sign appeared on a previously unoccupied building few people noticed. The sign is lit at night, but otherwise the building is dark because of shades on the windows. You can’t see inside. Last night there were cars in the parking lot and I wondered what was going on in there. So I googled it. <BR> <BR> An interesting concept and a curious choice of name in an area with a very small Jewish population. Tue, 29 Sep 2015 06:32:56 EST Future of Organized Judiasism in the Hinterlands? Today for YK, Susan and I perhaps glimpsed the future of the organized practice of Judaism (other than orthodox). While I absolutely could write all day on this topic, basically it boils down to this: <BR> <BR> Problems: <BR> <BR> 1. Too many synagogues, with operating expenses too high for their dwindling number of families willing to pay four figures year after year. <BR> 2. Thirteen years old and out (see #1). <BR> 3. Intermarriage and assimilation, lessening the priority people pl... Wed, 23 Sep 2015 20:49:02 EST Negativism in the National Press The latest in case you missed it, from Ann Coulter is in the supplied hyperlink. <BR> <BR> Warning: if you are easily upset by the use of "colorful metaphors" when describing us collectively as a people, don't click. Move along. There is nothing for your genteel sensibilities here. <BR> <BR> The rest of you steely-eyed folk, well, there is something new from Ms. Coulter to make your blood boil. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>n-coulter-sparks-outrage-anti-... Thu, 17 Sep 2015 16:50:30 EST Auschwitz Installs Showers To "Comfort" Visitors That was the gist of the article headline, to provide relief from the brutal August heat in Poland. They are actually "misters", but did it ever occur to the "powers that be" to keep elderly visitors hydrated? Cold water bottles or water fountains might have been a better choice. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ors-horrified-by-showers-at-auschwitz-<BR>concentration-camp/21229972/?icid=main<BR>g-grid7%7Cmain5%7Cdl17%7Csec1_lnk3%26p<BR>Lid%3D-168480126 </link> Tue, 1 Sep 2015 11:03:52 EST Seeking some background about "Mountain Jews" My son’s new tenants are members of this group. The husband speaks only a few words of English. The wife and children are enroute from Moscow. DS & I were interested to learn more about their heritage and customs since we had never met anyone with this background or even heard the term before. Is there a sizable community here in the US? Googling gives some conflicting or ambiguous information. So I thought I would ask here. <BR> <BR> In spite of the language barrier things have star... Mon, 31 Aug 2015 18:02:55 EST Movies, Movies, And More Movies! FriedaZipora suggested we start a movie thread as well, so here goes: <BR> <BR> I saw "Phoenix" the other night, a movie I had not heard of, as my friend wanted to see it, so off we went. Yes, it did get very high marks, but I have learned over the years that I will not read reviews as they tend to be killjoys revealing all kinds of plot twists (I mean, what's the point then to go and see it?), especially if it's a movie that has piqued the curiosity of the reviewers and the public that eve... Wed, 26 Aug 2015 00:03:17 EST "Go Set a Watchman" Book Discussion This thread is limited to discussion of the book. We have plenty of other threads for everything else and new ones are always an option. It'll hurt and we'll squirm, but we can do it. Sun, 23 Aug 2015 23:17:38 EST Chocolate: Is It Truly THAT Decadent? Phebe said it and I wholeheartedly agree: A world without chocolate is a world devoid of a rich landscape. <BR> <BR> Coincidentally, I found this in my email box just now: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>r-diseases/12-bits-chocolate-and-healt<BR>h?GUID=E5DD1609-36A5-4800-957D-5FC9A8E<BR>3B97D&XGUID=&rememberme=1&ts=15082015 </link> <BR> <BR> Now seriously, how can something THAT good be all bad? Sat, 15 Aug 2015 12:31:53 EST Cyberbook Club As Phebe suggested, I am starting a new thread here. <BR> <BR> I respectfully submit "Go Set A Watchman" by Harper Lee. I think in view of the controversy, there's a lot to discuss there. <BR> <BR> All suggestions, of course, are welcome. Wed, 12 Aug 2015 13:35:26 EST I am happy to report that Richard (my DH, for those who have not been introduced) made it through his first cataract surgery just fine. <BR> <BR> He actually says he can see better with that eye - the surgery was this morning, he's wearing a perforated metal eye guard, and he claims he can see better than with the other eye. Possibly true. <BR> <BR> So his hours of worrying are over, he's a happy camper, and he just woke from a 4 hour nap. Yeah, he's fine. Mon, 10 Aug 2015 18:58:23 EST What Are You Reading Or Listening To This Summer? Revisiting my childhood, I just took out "Go Set A Watchman" by Harper Lee. Really wanted to see what all the hoopla was about. Because of time constraints and a lot of driving, I have resigned myself to the talking book mode of reading. Hopefully, that will change in the near future. <BR> <BR> After "Watchman", I'm going to have to reread "To Kill A Mockingbird". I wonder if 50 years after the first read, I'll see it differently. I would imagine so. <BR> <BR> I pray that the avariciou... Sat, 8 Aug 2015 17:27:19 EST Hurdles, bumps, plateaus, diet fatigue Can we talk about how to get through the rough spots? The hurdles, bumps, gains, plateaus, <BR> diet fatigue we've experienced. <BR> <BR> I just had a month long plateau that seemed like forever. <BR> <BR> About plateaus, Boss61 (Mark) gave me some very good advice and it really worked. He said, 1. Decrease sodium 2. Increase water 3. Eat your calories early, not late. 4. Track diligently and be wary of old habits creeping in. <BR> <BR> I got an interesting response came from NUMD9... Sat, 8 Aug 2015 01:11:48 EST A Fresh Face Mazel Tov! Our 7th grandchild, a boy, arrived on July 28, 8 lb. 1 oz. and he was named Bennett. His mother has strictly forbidden the use of any nickname such as Ben or Benny. He was circumcised yesterday in the pediatrician's office. A Bris would have been nice, a Hebrew name would have been nice, a middle name in memory of a great -grandfather would have been nice, but we have to take what we can get and be happy. At least there wasn't a Baptism either. Oh, did I mention that the mat... Thu, 6 Aug 2015 01:41:05 EST David Bowie is visiting us (metapho rically) Remember the song Ch-ch-ch-ch-ch-Changes! <BR> <BR> Contractor starts work here in a week; converting our main bathroom to handicap accessibility, low threshold shower stall and the works. Bought one of those units you can sit in, access rails and whatnot. <BR> <BR> By October my mother will be living with us. This is what happens when you are 86 and outlive your money. (And think of all of the seniors who flat-out do not have this as an option). <BR> <BR> She is reasonably healthy ... Sun, 2 Aug 2015 06:04:51 EST A Great Miracle Happened Here The things we take for granted with respect to our health... today's example is vision. <BR> <BR> So my Mom goes and finally has long-awaited and long-postponed cataract surgery. <BR> <BR> Mind you her vision has always been awful; she has worn glasses since the age of two. <BR> <BR> It turns out the cataract surgery also corrected lifelong deformities of her corneal lenses - she now can see without glasses - distance and reading both - for the first time in 84 years. <BR> <BR> She i... Tue, 28 Jul 2015 07:51:31 EST Leica and the Jews. <BR> Have you seen this before? <BR> <BR> <BR> The Leica is the pioneer 35mm camera. It is a German product - precise,minimalist, and utterly efficient. <BR> <BR> <BR> Behind its worldwide acceptance as a creative tool was a family-owned, socially oriented firm that, during the Nazi era,m acted with uncommon grace, generosity and modesty. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> E. Leitz Inc., designer and manufacturer of Germany's most famous photographic product, saved its Jews. <BR> <BR> <BR> And Ern... Sun, 26 Jul 2015 08:48:25 EST Muslim Wins Israel's Version Of "Master Chef" Sylph had started a thread about the worst cooks in America. I recently got a link to the winner of Israel's version of "Master Chef". What is interesting is she is a "proud Muslim, Israeli, and Zionist". <BR> <BR> I think you will find the following link to her performance on the show interesting: <BR> <BR> <BR> <link> atch-sarah-zoabi-mother-of-muhammad-on -master-chef-i-am-a-proud-zionist/ </link> Sun, 26 Jul 2015 06:25:43 EST Long summer weekends Long summer Saturday today. How was yours? <BR> <BR> In the morning, I went to a water aerobics class with my youngest son (34). I feel good about that because I have to push myself to exercise. It's not my strong suit. Then we picked up my husband and went to see the movie Southpaw with Jake Gylenhall which was excellent. After the movie, we went to Chipotle (not my favorite) to split a vegetarian burrito. I was dismayed when I saw that a half is 578 calories on the tracker. That's ... Sun, 26 Jul 2015 00:42:45 EST Food Network "Worst Cooks in America" Full disclosure: I don't watch the show and it's likely that I will never see it. Further and as usual, I've barely skimmed the linked article, so missed the big punchline and some of the sub-punchlines. I'm not even sure what I was googling that brought the article to my attention. <BR> <BR> Brief intro: Joshie Berger is or was a contestant on the "Worst Cooks..." show. He is a former Chasidic member of the Borough Park, Brooklyn, community. I gather that he held up cholent -- which s... Thu, 2 Jul 2015 12:24:07 EST Dieting and Shabbat How do you handle dieting on Shabbat? I've been reducing weight for years (120 pounds down), and consistently have had Shabbat as a day off. I don't log, and eat better and more than normal. I try to just relax and be in the spirit of the day. My caloric intake and eating practices have been naturally reducing on Shabbat as I adjust to eating less. <BR> <BR> Now I'm much closer to my goal and need to restrict calories even more, and this approach seems to be sabatoging my weight loss. ... Wed, 10 Jun 2015 14:20:18 EST The Pace of Shabbat Services (For the 20% of you who do not cringe when I launch a thread) <BR> <BR> Do you attend Shabbat services on Saturday mornings? Are they too long, too short, or just right? Do you attend the whole thing, or arrive fashionably late (and maybe even leave early)? Have you been at another shul, not your own, and found the service different enough in style, cadence or pace to be off-putting? <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Tod... Sat, 30 May 2015 19:49:11 EST Would/Could Israel Survive Without American Jewry? Earlier today, I started to rebuttal Mark's belief that "Jewish Americans" only support Israel if "guilted" by their rabbi, etc. etc. Perhaps "Jewish Americans", but I don't think "American Jews" do. <BR> <BR> I was at work, and couldn't get into a heated debate at that time. Taking off the table if one cannot afford to donate to worthy Israel causes for the moment, I promised to get back to this topic. Since I don't feel it's a topic as a "kibbitzer", I thought it worthy enough to start ... Wed, 20 May 2015 19:36:28 EST The price of a Picasso Last night Christie's New York sold "Women of Algiers" for $179 million, the highest price ever or a painting at auction. To say $179 million is an exaggeration, as the sale price is only $160 million; the other $19 mil represents commission. An anonymous bidder, no surprise, but there are speculations in the art world. <BR> <BR> The numbers heard at art auctions border on comical. More than the numbers, I'm always boggled by the auctioneers. Never a smile or any reaction registers on th... Tue, 12 May 2015 20:16:56 EST Jerusalem Flash Mob Sings Hatikva On Light Rail Real sweet: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>os/10152847808133717/?pnref=story </link> <BR> <BR> Notice all the different kinds of Jews on the train appreciating TOGETHER this moment. <BR> <BR> Sometimes it's nice to be Joos. Sat, 9 May 2015 21:58:19 EST If you missed it, a super blog (a short one!) <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5896722&u<BR>tm_source=sparkpeople&utm_medium=email<BR>&utm_campaign=sp-community-highlight </link> <BR> <BR> The woman who wrote this, "Mrs. Groucho," is so elated about her first experience at the gym that she is a bright light. Haven't we all experienced this, even in some arena separate from gymtimidation? <BR> <BR> I feel like dancing with her. Thu, 7 May 2015 15:22:39 EST On The Lighter Side Forget for a moment the location (Chernobyl), but take a look at this fox gathering up the offered food and making itself a sandwich. I love how it decided it didn't need all those carbs, and left off a slice of bread! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>-of-fox-making-sandwich-near-chernobyl<BR>-goes-viral/21177931/?cps=gravity_2722<BR>_7710645465857868855 </link> Wed, 29 Apr 2015 12:53:47 EST When The First Amendment is an Intolerable Act <link><BR>mix/wp/2015/04/22/killing-jews-is-wors<BR>hip-posters-will-soon-appear-on-nyc-su<BR>bways-and-buses/?tid=pm_national_pop_b </link> Tue, 28 Apr 2015 05:36:22 EST The Holocaust And One Arab Law Student's View I stumbled on the following quite by accident. I thought that perhaps you would find it of interest: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>Palestinians-learn-about-the-Holocaust<BR>-399168 </link> Mon, 27 Apr 2015 20:47:09 EST Nepal help Several of the organizations providing relief in Nepal following the earthquake were listed by "The Takeaway," the public radio program. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>you-can-help/ </link> <BR> Mon, 27 Apr 2015 16:02:39 EST Misc Kibbitz Thread Good morning Sandy and the Sisterhood (yes, sounds like a pop group, no?). Better than to have wayward threads transgress on topic-specific posts, perhaps this is a better place and way wherein we may merely catch up with one another. <BR> <BR> Laurie, Queen of the Universe, if you agree, you may bestow it with Stickiness. I could pretend to be Susan again for the purpose, but that is so yesteryear. <BR> <BR> So to kick things off, Thing One approached us about permission to travel to Pro... Thu, 23 Apr 2015 08:24:55 EST The Rising Wave Of Antisemitism Across Europe History, sadly, has a tendency to repeat itself: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>waves-Israeli-flags-in-Amsterdam-as-pa<BR>rt-of-solidarity-campaign-398787 </link> <BR> <BR> Knowing what we now know, just a generation removed, would you leave Europe? Tue, 21 Apr 2015 16:15:03 EST The "Accountant Of Auschwitz" Probably one of the last Nazi trials that we will ever see, almost 70 years after the end of WWII, is currently unfolding in Germany. Oskar Groening readily admits that he was "morally complicit" in the Nazi machinery. The question remains if he was "legally complicit" and for that, choice or not in the present legal process, he will "allow" the German court to decide his fate. He is to be tried as "an accessory to murder." <BR> <BR> He was at the train station, on the arrival of the Hung... Tue, 21 Apr 2015 15:55:57 EST Fun music video, "Ya'alili" The visual says it's fun even if I understand only a few words of the lyrics. If you start, stay to the last bits to complete the circle. Let's shop at the store. I'm already accustomed to doing some contained dance moves down the aisles at Trader Joe. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>MUyrw7s </link> Sun, 19 Apr 2015 23:31:14 EST Goebbels Estate v. Random House On the heels of Yom Hashoah, news of the Goebbels estate's suit against Random House breaks. If you haven't already read or heard about it, do a search. I heard a headline in the wee hours from BBC News. You can search endless options for coverage. For starters, here's The Guardian. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>8/random-house-told-it-should-pay-to-q<BR>uote-joseph-goebbels-in-biography </link> <BR> <BR> This is going to be an ugly, painful, infuriating, p... Sat, 18 Apr 2015 08:55:11 EST Holocaust Remembrance Day This powerful video taken in Israel speaks for itself: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>-yom-hashoah-holocaust </link> <BR> <BR> Sadly, had there not been a Holocaust, the State of Israel would not have been created as a haven for all Jews. Thu, 16 Apr 2015 20:12:44 EST Need a water-drinking "buddy?" It's been a long time since I've drunk eight glasses daily. It's been a long time since I've drunk more than the sips needed to get vitamins and a couple of prescriptions down. <BR> <BR> I signed up the other day for SP's new 30-day challenge to develop a new habit and made eight glasses of water my chief goal for now. Today's challenge installment is to find a buddy with the same goal to check in for mutual, weekly accountability? <BR> <BR> Got the same need and want a support system? ... Mon, 13 Apr 2015 20:27:37 EST Jeopardy on-line test Was it Mark who wrote that he's registered for the test? Anyone else? Please fill me in, someone. <BR> <BR> I just signed up, but clicked back to look at something a second time and was prevented from moving ahead again. My registration was confirmed, I'm wondering if I missed anything else that would be useful to know in advance? I did watch the three videos of tips. <BR> <BR> <BR> Mon, 13 Apr 2015 20:20:53 EST A good game for a Sunday drive Just for fun and only 40 seconds. <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> Sun, 12 Apr 2015 12:49:57 EST Leavening the Leftovers So Pesach is in the rear-view mirror. Let My People Go. Hopefully, you people of the Sisterhood have Gone. <BR> <BR> Which brings me to this: do/will your Passover leftovers also go (in the garbage) or having prepared and paid for them, will you work your way through them as any other fridge, freezer or pantry item? Sun, 12 Apr 2015 12:20:23 EST Be on TV You can waive a magic wand and enter the storyline / set of any television show as a character, and live there / be there for a month. Then its over and you come back to reality. <BR> <BR> Which show, and why? My preliminary answer is Hawaii Five-O, for reasons that will make the Sisterhood hit me over the head. <BR> <BR> How about you? Go! Mon, 6 Apr 2015 20:53:45 EST Does anyone else look like this at Pesach? <img src=""> Sun, 5 Apr 2015 07:17:15 EST Six 13's "Uptown Passover" Amazing the diversity. This ain't the Passover of my childhood: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>7FkLH4 </link> Sun, 5 Apr 2015 01:19:37 EST The Maccabeats Tackle Passover I think I like the Chanukah one better..... <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Sun, 5 Apr 2015 01:15:47 EST The Future of Passover Happy Eruv Passover to the Sisterhood (plus one). <BR> <BR> I love Passover; it easily is my favorite of the holidays. Thing One recently quipped that in one more generation, Passover no longer will be celebrated outside the Orthodox community because it is so inconvenient and (unless traditional foods are steadfastly avoided) unhealthy. Susan and I were saddened by the practicality of her viewpoint, particularly given that we have always done the Seder big (Thanksgiving with Haggadahs and ... Fri, 3 Apr 2015 08:26:42 EST Robots Rule Passover! LOVE "The Four Kashers" as told by Israeli robots (Are robots Jewish, if they can recite the Ma Nishtana?): <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ation-of-f.html </link> Tue, 31 Mar 2015 23:01:54 EST The Passover Story - If Told by Us Geeky Boys There certainly are worse ways to spend two minutes of your life. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>oZrEvI </link> Sun, 29 Mar 2015 19:46:13 EST What If Men Were In Charge Of Passover Cleaning? In keeping with the spirit of the upcoming holiday, and getting somewhat away from all the fare that we know and love (NOT), already being discussed in parallel threads, I stumbled on this tonight and thought to post it here for yet another perspective on a very labor-intensive holiday, for many of us: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>7339/if-men-cleaned-for-passover/? </link> <BR> <BR> How well I remember it, exactly as described here. A full month from Purim to... Thu, 26 Mar 2015 21:53:56 EST Seder Planning 2015 Passover is far and away my favorite of the holidays. Hence my re-found frequent-flyerness here. How do you do yours? Share what works and what works less well on this thread. <BR> <BR> 2015 Seder planning - Are you hosting or just attending? Big gathering or small? Are you cooking, leading, or just helping / participating / and (not too much of the un-Sparky stuff) eating? First night, second night, or both? <BR> <BR> If you are hosting, what are you preparing, what are your specia... Thu, 26 Mar 2015 17:00:15 EST 25 Ways to Ruin Perfectly Good Matzo The pictures speak for themselves. How many have you tried? How many would you? <BR> <BR> <link><BR>r-of-passover-here-are-the-25-most-del<BR>icious-things-you-can-do-with-matzo-photos/ </link> Wed, 25 Mar 2015 16:34:23 EST Jon Stewart has at the junk/fake-food industry If you are delicate of ear, be forewarned that Jon Stewart is indelicate of mouth in service of making the point. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>big-food/ </link> <BR> <BR> More than language, beware of Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. The name is new to me, but it has compromised what seems to have been a respectable reputation. The question is whether it will clean itself up and take care of where it puts its approval symbols. <BR> <BR> <link>www.wsj.... Tue, 24 Mar 2015 18:42:31 EST Just i time for Pesach!!!! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Of course, this can't be eaten at the end of the meal if you keep kosher. But I'm thinking on top of apple pie with a matzah meal crust? Maybe a walnut crust. Or a matzah cone? <BR> <BR> The possibilities!!!!!! Sun, 22 Mar 2015 23:43:35 EST Hi - new to the group HI <BR> <BR> I'm living outside JLM, with 4 DD's and DH <BR> <BR> Working my way out of a sugar addiction <BR> <BR> :) <BR> Sun, 22 Mar 2015 04:44:56 EST The elections in Israel - Dan Raviv's commentary Not sure if people saw this on CBS news - Dan Raviv spent a number of years as a news correspondent in Israel, now works for CBS, and he sent us this short interview he gave. Sums up the elections in Israel, the politics, and how the entire process works there. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>on-day/ </link> <BR> <BR> (He's the friend we met up with in Hong Kong.) Thu, 19 Mar 2015 08:00:38 EST Centenarian Goes Skydiving For SECOND Time Not to be undone (she did it for the first time to celebrate her 92nd birthday), a South African woman went skydiving once again to celebrate her one hundredth birthday. What to me is absolutely astonishing is the awe that she expressed seeing the earth in that way. Someone who has celebrated more than 100 years, and who can express such awe, after having experienced so much and more in a greater than average lifetime, is truly inspirational. <BR> <BR> <link> Wed, 18 Mar 2015 23:39:57 EST Scanning The Physical World, Israeli Style I can't even begin to describe what this $250 device does. You have to see the demo to believe it. As an aside, Phebe, I think this will solve the problem of what your food items contain calorie-wise. Watch the video. It will explain all. <BR> <BR> I have to go now and pick my jaw up off the floor. <BR> <BR> <link><BR> </link> Mon, 16 Mar 2015 20:47:32 EST Jeopardy Lately, Jeopardy has had a few unusual shows: Yesterday's, at least for me, was striking, when there was only one person left to play the final. I never, ever saw that. When I saw one woman over $6K "in [Jeopardy] debt" with about two or three big money clues left, I knew she was doomed. <BR> <BR> I was struck by last Thursday's player who was obviously an Orthodox Jew. She came to play in a rather large hat. And during the question period, Alex made the comment that "of course" she was... Fri, 13 Mar 2015 10:34:26 EST Happy Purim! The Maccabeats for Purim: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>9LjvT14 </link> <BR> <BR> Well, someone had to fill the void in here! It's been awfully quiet lately. <em>198</em> Thu, 5 Mar 2015 14:00:23 EST Free NYC-area Clothing Exchange, 3/21 Most of you may recall that I've been organizing free, semi-annual clothing exchanges for the local bariatric surgery community for some time. The next, March 21 in midtown Manhattan, marks the fifth anniversary of these events. As this is my baby, I'm happy to invite again SparkJews teammates who live in the vicinity to take part, no surgery or plans for surgery required. <BR> <BR> If you'd like to attend, email me at my private box for the exchange -- <link> </link... Wed, 25 Feb 2015 16:46:42 EST FedEx Guy Makes Shidduch In Brooklyn I thought something upbeat and cheery was needed right about now, to melt your hearts if not the snow resulting from three back-to-back storms (and counting): <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ps-deliveryman-turned-matchmaker-conne<BR>cts-jewish-couple-crown-heights-articl<BR>e-1.1783321 </link> Thu, 5 Feb 2015 12:29:50 EST "Emotional eating" tracker category An SP friend edited her food tracker to include a "meal" she calls "emotional eating." It's a genius idea and, as I'm a proponent, which is not always the same as a faithful practitioner, of honesty in tracking as a learning tool and mindfulness reminder, thought I'd mention it here. Called "emotional eating" or what you will, it can be an aid to the effort. I was in the habit of listing such things under "snacks," but a distinct category will be more useful to me when I resume sanity. Tue, 3 Feb 2015 15:53:37 EST Is This Funny Or Not A non-MOT business acquaintance sent me this. I know him well and he means no harm. He thought it was funny. He thought I would think its funny too. And on a certain level, it is. Then again... <BR> <BR> *** <BR> <BR> "A Jewish man was sitting in Starbucks reading an Arab newspaper. A friend of his, who happened to be in the same store, noticed this strange phenomenon. <BR> <BR> Very upset, he approached him and said: 'Moshe, have you lost your mind? Why <BR> are you reading an Ar... Mon, 26 Jan 2015 05:51:37 EST The crock pot had Jewish roots? Did not know this "Nachumsohn, who went by the surname "Naxon," invented the slow cooker to be able to cook cholent, a traditional stew eaten by Jews in eastern Europe on the Sabbath. Since they were forbidden from cooking, the Jews would bring pots of stew to a nearby bakery the day before. They would cook slowly in the residual heat from the ovens, his daughter Lenore told NPR last year. <BR> <BR> "The advent of the slow cooker -- it saved the Jewish housewife," said Laura Frankel, the executive chef in Wol... Sat, 24 Jan 2015 07:42:14 EST Leave It To The Israelis This is phenomenal. I'll let their video speak for itself: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>VSpo?rel=0 </link> Fri, 23 Jan 2015 11:15:28 EST "Grine Felder," the Catskills and Yiddish Theater A while ago I bookmarked the following link while I was doing some research on things which I do not now recall. It's a brief reminiscence and history. The author's name isn't attached, but should be findable with a little research. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>e/Grine_Felder.htm </link> Sat, 17 Jan 2015 11:40:39 EST "JeSuisJuif" Hashtag Trending Now On Twitter "Je Suis Juif" ["I Am A Jew"] is trending now on Twitter in response to the hostage crisis in a kosher supermarket in Marais, the Jewish Quarter of Paris. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>-suis-juif-paris-jews_n_6444848.html </link> <BR> <BR> What's old is, sadly, new again. Fri, 9 Jan 2015 14:48:12 EST No More Ferstunkanah Synagogue Dues Intriguing Article in Today's Washington Post (all the news fit to print, for us Dixie MOTs): <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ews-rebelling-against-paying-dues/2013<BR>/01/18/0d28da6e-61a5-11e2-b05a-605528f<BR>6b712_story.html?tid=pm_national_pop </link> Mon, 5 Jan 2015 19:32:08 EST Tzedakkah Thread 2015 - Just click to give!!! A new year, a new thread (because it gets way too long in a year!): <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> You donate for free! Really!!! <BR> <BR> Click on that, click the button to donate a cup of food (free for you, paid for by the sponsors). Then, after you get the "thank you" page, click the tabs at the top -, literacy, animal rescue, etc. You can navigate around the sites to see what they donate to where, based on clicks. You can also do... Thu, 1 Jan 2015 05:20:26 EST help just got my award from 2014 broad street run last week. anyone know how I can post a picture of it? Sun, 28 Dec 2014 08:34:24 EST Just For Fun Puppies tucking infants into bed. Even I, a non-dog owner, found this precious: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>babies-bed?icid=maing-grid7%7Cresponsi<BR>ve-tablet%7Cdl10%7Csec1_lnk3%26pLid%3D585009 </link> Sat, 27 Dec 2014 12:40:10 EST Name change In honor of our visit to Phu Quoc Island, Sylph suggested I change my name slightly. She suggested Phube, but henceforth (until New Year's Eve, also called Old Year's Day) I will be known as Phu Bu. And Sylph will be known as Syl Phu. <BR> <BR> Please add your Phu Quoc names below! Fri, 26 Dec 2014 00:20:44 EST Washington Post: The War on Jewish Christmas <link><BR>g/wp/2014/12/24/the-war-on-jewish-chri<BR>stmas-must-be-stopped/ </link> Thu, 25 Dec 2014 10:44:42 EST Another Sing Along A Christmas Carol we MOTs can love too (Speakers up!): <BR> <BR><BR>Oo <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Wed, 24 Dec 2014 09:10:57 EST I feel broken and out of control I am so uncomfortable. Mother of two - married to a Rabbi -- Modern Orthodox. <BR> <BR> I hate exercise and I am getting bigger by the moment. Hope re-joining sparkppl will help me get moving Tue, 23 Dec 2014 14:56:10 EST The Cuba Decision and Historical Parallels Were you for the decision to normalize relations with Cuba? Against it? <BR> <BR> I think that it will be easier for a Cuban to immigrate. Generally I'm for policies that make immigration easier. It would have been good for immigration from Europe to have been easier in the 1930s than it was Therefore, I'm in favor. (And yes, telephone pollsters with Hispanic accents generally want to reach through the phone and kiss me on my answers to immigration questions). <BR> <BR> How about you... Sat, 20 Dec 2014 18:29:34 EST For our Monty Python fans Not because I'm a particular fan, though MP is hot stuff, but because I know a member of the chorus am I going to tonight's performance of "Not the Messiah (He's a Naughty Boy)," Eric Idle's work based on The Life of Brian." I thought you'd have fun with the trailer: <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> Last night's performance was the NY premier of the work. The trailer is a few years old and a different chorus, probably in London. The same principal... Tue, 16 Dec 2014 16:36:16 EST A much better sing-along (no cringing) <link><BR>-hanukkah/#:eyJzIjoiZiIsImkiOiJfb3I3ej<BR>htaWwxNGx4MWpheCJ9 </link> Mon, 15 Dec 2014 12:46:46 EST Healthy Whole Wheat Challah Recipe In case you missed it in Spark Mail for whatever reason (and have 24 people for whom to cook/bake): <BR> <BR> Challah is certainly not the lightest of bread, but this portion-controlled version can fit with your diet. I make this at least once a month, and I've never managed to mess up this recipe! <BR> Minutes to Prepare: 30 <BR> Minutes to Cook: 300 <BR> Number of Servings: 24 <BR> <BR> Ingredients <BR> <BR> 2 tsp instant yeast <BR> 1/4 cup all-purpose flour <BR> 1/4 cup warm... Mon, 15 Dec 2014 08:12:03 EST Sing Along, or Cringe Along Here you go, hoodies: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>H3UnKhk#t=91 </link> Thu, 11 Dec 2014 19:54:57 EST Various & Sundry Minor Upcoming Holidays In the Spirit of Sisterhood Preferences, interesting bog in The New York Times in dealing with the season as a parent: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>07/how-to-be-a-jew-at-christmas/?_r=1 </link> <BR> <BR> It was rebellious, if a-religious me, who took a firm stand against my Dad's family's practice of celebrating Christmas (tree and all) in their normal, German way. Believe it or not. Quite the story for some day when I have the energy and/or there is any inte... Wed, 10 Dec 2014 20:16:23 EST A knitting question. Can someone help? Never mind. I figured it out. <BR> <BR> Thank you. Fri, 5 Dec 2014 21:03:39 EST This one is a MUST SEE and MUST HEAR. Seriously. Trust me, this is weirdly wonderful and incongruous and just, well, universal! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>&pid=301229411&redirected=1&page=0&bac<BR>kurl=/users/3422645/post301229411/ </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> Soloist is Han Kim, 15 years old and from Seoul, South Korea. Not sure why the writing is Russian. And you'll recognize the music if you're Ashkenazi, and probably even if you're not. <BR> <BR> Wow. Delightful in a weird and wonderful way! Fri, 5 Dec 2014 10:33:24 EST Is Break Dancing Orthodox? I'll let the video speak for itself: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>dd0U </link> <BR> <BR> And, yes, he does spin on his keppie. 'Nuff said. <BR> <BR> Also, Phebe, then you should have been at my niece's wedding a week ago. <em>354</em> Wed, 3 Dec 2014 11:39:27 EST Just In Time For Chanukah I have been taking a bit of gentle teasing about starting the Passover holiday season so early. Perhaps this Aish video for Chanukah will rectify that. How many songs from the '60's and '70's can you identify? <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ka-mix-ever/ </link> <BR> <BR> Enjoy! Tue, 2 Dec 2014 23:52:34 EST Amazon shoppers can initiate charitable donations You already may know about this opportunity. It was news to me. <BR> <BR> Mark mentioned in another topic that Amazon will donate a percentage of an order price for qualifying items to any number of non-profit organizations. The program is AmazonSmile. Nothing changes for the shopper -- same prices, same usual policies apply, etc. To get things rolling, orders must be placed at <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> I haven't read the details in full, but the pr... Tue, 2 Dec 2014 17:20:09 EST SparkGuy's email re SparkPeople .com/Amazon I promised myself when I signed on as team leader that I'd do nothing leader-ish. Please don't think I'm breaking my word, as I am merely entering useful info that any worker bee could access and pass along. <BR> <BR> If you got SparkGuy's email today, you may have read that SP members who order from Amazon by accessing it from <link> </link> will enable SP to receive a commission from Amazon. I asked about privacy, et al. Chris's answers were as I expected, bu... Sun, 30 Nov 2014 17:02:15 EST Photographing Lubavitch Brooklyn <BR> An engaging article and what must be an engaging photography exhibition at Brooklyn Public Library, if you're in this part of the world. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>brooklyns-lubavitch-community-a-cultur<BR><BR>ml?_r=1# </link> Sat, 29 Nov 2014 11:26:33 EST For The Gourmet Chefs Out There I am trying to create an authentic Mexican chicken for Passover. I am thinking along the lines of a chipotle chicken but I'm not necessarily married to only that concept (and it seems especially difficult for Passover). I want something ethnic, something very flavorful, healthful (of course!), that can be frozen, and holds its consistency, visual appeal, and flavor on reconstituting. <BR> <BR> If Mexican is way too hard, I would consider Indian and Asian, too. It's a tall order, I know, bu... Wed, 26 Nov 2014 09:53:02 EST Cooking question: Pumpkin "pudding" <BR> My hosts for Thanksgiving have several dietary restrictions not of a kosher nature. One of them doesn't eat dairy. I'm thinking of making what I call pumpkin pudding because it's baked in dish, not a pie crust. <BR> <BR> My usual mixture is pumpkin puree, evaporated skim milk, sugar/splenda combo, cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla, dark raisins and some crushed, sweet & spicy pecans. I think I mix an egg in, too, so that it "sets." <BR> <BR> This time I'd substitute a can of light coconut ... Mon, 24 Nov 2014 20:42:07 EST Immigration Reform Not so much to touch off a firestorm here (you all know when I do that; this is not one of those times) as much to assuage my curiosity among you fine ladies-plus-one, on a simple scale of 0 to 10, where do you stand on immigration policy reform? <BR> <BR> 0 = Open Borders. Dream Act. Achievable pathway to citizenship for most everyone. <BR> ... <BR> 5 = It's complicated. Limited allowance only for the clearly persecuted, and then with some strings attached. <BR> ... <BR> 10 - Raise ... Sat, 22 Nov 2014 07:29:23 EST I did not know this... Grandson of slaves, a boy was born in a poor neighbourhood of New Orleans, known as the "Back of Town". <BR> <BR> His father abandoned the family when the child was an infant. His mother became a prostitute and the boy and his sister had to live with their grandmother. <BR> <BR> Early in life, he proved to be gifted for music, and with three other kids, he sang in the streets of New Orleans and his first gains were the coins that were thrown to them. <BR> <BR> A Jewish family, Karnof... Tue, 18 Nov 2014 07:52:54 EST Jeopardy Championship Anyone watching? It always amazes me when the contestants are too young to know answers that I'd expect anyone over the age of 10 to know. Today it was the name of a movie star for whom a life jacket was named: Mae West. That was before my time, but I know a Mae West from Mae West. And her favorite perfume was called "Ashes of Men," for those of us who saw the PBS three-parter, "The Great Radio Comedians," way back. <BR> <BR> Anyway, Julia Collins made in to the finals. <BR> Mon, 17 Nov 2014 19:46:46 EST Appropriate Use of "Oy Vey" in a Business Setting After all these years, I have the perfect one. Story time. Here goes. <BR> <BR> We hire 20-something aspiring environmental scientists right out of school. The interview process is challenging; we try and assess so very much in that two hour window (3 or 4, fifteen or 20 minute interviews, culminating with one with me). Technical qualifications, interest, aptitude, personality match, an intangible characteristic we came to call "flight risk" which is how likely they may quit after we ma... Tue, 11 Nov 2014 15:23:43 EST The safety video El Al SHOULD show!! You need to watch the video!!! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>light-safety-video-el-al-should-show?u<BR>tm_source=Facebook&utm_medium=Post&utm<BR>_content=The%20In-Flight%20Safety%20Vi<BR>deo%20El%20Al%20Should%20Show&utm_campaign=Oct2014 </link> <BR> <BR> Wouldn't you love it???? Sat, 1 Nov 2014 07:50:35 EST New nutrition labeling <link><BR>vised-nutrition-labels-still-wont-tell<BR>-whole-story/ </link> <BR> <BR> The glorious Jane Brody comments on labeling changes and has had the divine Marion Nestle and the divine Center for Science in the Public Interest weigh in. It's not the prettiest picture...once again. <BR> Mon, 27 Oct 2014 10:05:44 EST For better memory, eat chocolate! Really, recent research indicates eating chocolate can improve memory as we age! (As if we needed a reason to eat chocolate!) <BR> <BR> <link><BR>-to-remember-chocolate-is-shown-to-aid<BR>-memory.html </link> Mon, 27 Oct 2014 09:45:44 EST Food, Jewish...what else? This time, Southern. Hello? Hello? Anyone home? <BR> <BR> Yesterday when my laptop went kerplooey (kerplooier, to be accurate), the team came to mind. How to stir the pot? Then, good fortune, Yahoo, which I love to hate, provided a feature right up our alley. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ewish-southern-food-100685110216.html </link> <BR> <BR> Collard kugel instead of spinach? <BR> <BR> Wed, 22 Oct 2014 20:11:20 EST "Schnuzer?" An acquaintance not of this team used the word "schnuzer" with this explanation: <BR> <BR> ":......think of your old uncle, the one the adults seem not overly fond of,...perhaps he's a little too slick....he always has a "plan", an "opportunity" that seems a bit "iffy"..........................i am pretty sure it is an out-dated Yiddish term......" <BR> <BR> I've never heard such a word and google doesn't help. The woman says she isn't missing the mark for "schnorrer" and seems to know tha... Tue, 7 Oct 2014 09:03:17 EST Yom Kippur Playlist A holiday song list and video clips assembled by J.J. Goldberg <BR> <BR> ... follow the order of the day, starting with Kol Nidre, going to the evening and morning services, the cantor’s Hineni (Here I Stand) prayer and so on. Our guests include Bob Dylan, Moishe Oysher, R.E.M., Chava Alberstein, Al Jolson (in the original Jazz Singer), Barbra Streisand, Arik Einstein, Cantor Yossele Rosenblatt, Amy Winehouse, Earl Scruggs and the Foggy Mountain Boys, Mordechai Ben-David, Paul Robeson, Dolor... Fri, 3 Oct 2014 11:42:10 EST Moisha So, there's the story of the orthodox Jew, Moisha, who quietly slipped into a Chinese restaurant for some roast pork chow mein. <BR> <BR> Unbeknownst to Moisha, his rabbi, walking back from synagogue, walked by the very second Moisha took a seat in the restaurant and the rabbi saw him through the restaurant's window. <BR> <BR> The rabbi watched him, order, eat, and finish his unkosher meal. <BR> <BR> On leaving the restaurant, the rabbi said to him, "Moisha, how could you do such a thing?"... Fri, 3 Oct 2014 09:20:10 EST Solutions? Separate planes? Private charters? <link><BR>thodox-jewish-flight-delay_n_5902078.h<BR>tml?cps=gravity </link> <BR> <BR> These can't be the first such incidents. Wed, 1 Oct 2014 07:42:49 EST Millennials keeping kosher Today's Morning Edition had a feature on Millennials choosing to observe kosher laws, a great many who'd grown up otherways. I didn't hear the entire segment, but it seems that the age group outnumbers their parents' generation. The increase in kosher households has also had an effect on cuisine, no surprise.. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>mbrace-old-world-eating/ </link> <BR> Tue, 30 Sep 2014 07:48:22 EST Our Food Traditions (Goy Perspective) Pre-Spark, mind you. Here you go. Speakers up. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ewish-food-taste-test#338z8at </link> Thu, 25 Sep 2014 19:42:08 EST Holiday plans? I am in an awkward situation this year. My home congregation is in Lincoln NE, and I am presently living in Glenwood IA. My 13 yr old DS's school is very anal about attendance, and since he has already missed several days due to being ill, I am almost afraid to tell them he will miss next Thursday. Tenatively, I am planning on attending RH services at Temple Israel in Omaha (closest Reform congregation). <BR> <BR> Any suggestions on making the holiday special since it will just be my DS a... Sun, 21 Sep 2014 10:27:59 EST Christmas at the Eldridge Street Synagogue <link> </link> <BR> <BR> It's not only about Christmas. The [former] synagogue, one of the old ones of the Lower East Side and now formally Museum at Eldridge Street, has sent out its brochure of Fall 2014 programs -- concerts, Jewish learning, family and school programs, and tours. For those of us in the area or those who expect to visit, this will be a nice assortment of low-cost programs. <BR> <BR> On Thursday, December 25, the events are "Klez for Kids" and tours ... Wed, 17 Sep 2014 16:59:15 EST Elderly people define Yiddish words - video link This is really funny! My fave is the elderly man who describes the word zaftig as "sexy plump" - <BR> <BR> <em>40</em> !!!!!!! <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Sat, 13 Sep 2014 04:38:49 EST Nu and Sylph terrorize the Poconos,... ...heed the clucking of happy chickens. <BR> <BR> That's the headline on the front page of the evening paper. Yes, we got together today, Nu having invited me to ride shotgun on a jaunt into Pennsylvania because she is just that kind of woman. It was a beautiful day with lovely countryside, the heavenly fragrances of farmland and, most of all, excellent company. All that intelligence and wit you've suspected, nay, accused Nu of having isn't an act. <BR> <BR> It was also part of the plan ... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 20:13:32 EST Evil Person: Pray for her or Search Myself? Hi Everyone, <BR> My name is Lana, and I am a 30-something who is working toward my weight-loss goal. My problem is that I recently am in a situation where there is a evil/mean woman who I encounter everyday in a situation where she can't be avoided. This one has issues! she has horrible mood swings, slams doors when shes angry (and trust me, she is angry daily), and constantly takes her problems and anger out on other people (usually me). She treats me horribly, yells at me, and tries to tre... Sat, 23 Aug 2014 16:10:43 EST "Secrets of Success" feature to be eliminated Did you even remember the feature? Neither did I, although I had entered several way back. <BR> <BR> The actual date of deletion hasn't been determined. This is your chance to copy any "secrets" you may have entered that you wish to keep. SP will scrap the feature as it had become heavily repetitious with useful and especially useless things and has been little visited for quite a while. <BR> <BR> Access the full store of Secrets of Success under the Community tab or access only those ... Sat, 23 Aug 2014 15:00:47 EST I'm being paid handsomely to write this... ...Our Phebe is cute as a button. If you think her pics are cute, you should see her face to face. <BR> <BR> No, really, seriously. Phebe, in New York now, and I got together at the Carnegie Deli -- which is monitoring her -- for dinner. I am so excited. We sat over our respective matzo ball soup and blintzes for a few hours and talked about all manner of things. We were fortunate to have gotten way past weight. <BR> <BR> I had such a good time. Too bad she's leaving tomorrow, but NYC... Fri, 22 Aug 2014 00:47:28 EST Jewish Holidays coming up. Hi, everyone. <BR> I'm fairly new here and I'm really happy that there is a Jewish group who would understand my needs. <BR> I know that Rosh Hashono - the Jewish New Year - is in about a month, but I like to plan in advance. <BR> With all the holidays coming up- family get togethers, festive meals, parties - does anyone have any ideas of how I can manage during this time. Thu, 21 Aug 2014 12:21:57 EST Where is everyone??? Is everyone okay? Haven't "seen" much action on the team, and just wanted to check that people are doing okay and most likely just having summer fun! <BR> <BR> Hope you are all well and enjoying the sun!!! Wed, 20 Aug 2014 12:14:39 EST Its (no apostrophe) Weird Al Just fer fun <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 18:33:57 EST "The Passenger," opera centered on the Holocaust The story centers on a former SS guard who, in the 60's (or 50's, perhaps) unexpectedly encounters her past aboard a passenger liner crossing the Atlantic. The link includes another to the program notes and there is much more to be found by googling. There are links too to a promotional video and photos from previous performaces. Weinberg, the composer, hasn't been all that well-known, but his work has been getting attention of late. <BR> <BR> <link><... Sun, 6 Jul 2014 21:29:49 EST July 6 is World Kissing Day!! Some "facts" that came to me online: <BR> <BR> Did you know that... <BR> <BR> • The science of kissing is called philematology <BR> • Passionate kissing burns 6.4 calories a minute <BR> • French kissing involves all 34 muscles in the face. <BR> • Two thirds of lovers lean their head to the right for kissing. Most close their eyes to better savor the moment. <BR> <BR> <BR> So kiss away!!! <BR> <BR> <em>212</em> <em>212</em> <em>212</em> <em>212</em> <em>212</em> <em>212</... Sun, 6 Jul 2014 07:53:47 EST "Take Me To Your Leader" OK, SparkPeople is sending out a message that we need a leader again to post. <BR> <BR> As if we need a leader.....we do enough yelling without one. <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> Someone chime in! Tue, 1 Jul 2014 20:14:54 EST "Dirty" jokes from a nice, Jewish boy, age 12 I watched tonight's edition of "America's Got Talent," not my usual viewing. What a surprise to see red-haired Josh Orlian of White Plains in the contest to perform, for the first time, his stand-up routine, yarmulke on head. Racy stuff for a kid his age, all done with his parents' off-stage glee. He is a bit of ham, you should pardon the expression; when I searched for the video on YouTube, I discovered that he'd put up some videos of himself during piano lessons. I also discovered that ... Tue, 17 Jun 2014 23:39:57 EST "Think Big, Start Small, Scale Fast" I am so incredibly pressed for time, but this was far too important not to create this hurried post. Please bear with me. What led me to Saki Dodelson was a search for Jewish women entrepreneurs and I found this video (note, if you watch it, the end is cut off, but not important). What struck me is this woman is "haredi" [read: ultra-Orthodox, for lack of a better English term] and a very successful entrepreneur (her company is worth a hundred million or so). She breezily notes that her ... Tue, 17 Jun 2014 10:04:49 EST THE JEWISH SHIDUCH (ARRANGED MARRIAGE) <BR> <BR> A good Hassidic family is most concerned that their 30-year-old son is unmarried. <BR> <BR> So, they call a marriage broker and ask him to find their son a good wife. <BR> <BR> The broker comes over to their house and spends a long time asking <BR> questions of the son and his parents as to what they want in a wife/daughter-in-law. <BR> <BR> They give him a long shopping list of requirements. <BR> <BR> The marriage broker takes a long time looking, and finally asks to visit th... Mon, 16 Jun 2014 09:55:19 EST Tales from Shabbat Dinner w/ the Lubavitch Rabbi Hey Sisterhood. Look who is back like a bad penny. With a tale to tell, no less. <BR> <BR> 6:45 PM EDT, Susan818127 and I have been so summoned for a command performance, complete with wine, challah, benching and whatnot. <BR> <BR> Details to follow, unless this thread lacks response. Then we both will know, won't we? <BR> <BR> Fri, 13 Jun 2014 13:55:04 EST "Why You're Not Losing Belly Fat" Because the "Not" part is a common lament, this article in today's email from "Health" magazine may be informative. <BR> <BR> <link>,,208<BR>07507,00.html?xid=healthyliving06112014 </link> Thu, 12 Jun 2014 06:53:33 EST A "secret" Jewish Temple in Vienna? Our apartment was in an historic old building in the city center. I was surprised to see police at the entrance all the time. Finally as we were leaving, I asked one of them why we deserved all this security. He said that the first floor is a 'Jewish Temple" Now we're in London & I've checked the Internet and cannot find any reference to a temple at our Vienna address. There were no identifying symbols or signs either. Wed, 11 Jun 2014 16:47:50 EST SJ June 2014 Challenge - No White Carbs Hey Sisterhood Plus One. Sorry I have been AWOL- duty (work) has been calling. <BR> <BR> This morning I posted a new challenge in my "Unrelenting Accountability" group. Since we are mishpachah I thought you might like to play too. Here goes. <BR> <BR> According to this article, which seems legit... <BR> <BR> <link> <link><BR>ecret-not-just-diet-and-exercise/ </link> </link> <BR> <BR> white carbohydrates are the ultra-nasty enemies of good Spar... Sun, 8 Jun 2014 07:22:55 EST And, now, a history of the knish If you weren't listening to Weekend Edition this a.m., you may care to know among other things that Eleanor Roosevelt figures in the history. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>/315257677/the-humble-knish-chock-full<BR>-of-carbs-and-history </link> <BR> <BR> Note that the link within for the broadcast segment will be available around noon EDT. I didn't spot it at my local station's website. <BR> <BR> Take note of the link to Mexican Passover. Sun, 1 Jun 2014 09:03:11 EST "Jeopardy" WOMAN Champion Takes Second Spot Alex Trebek must be flummoxed. A "mere" woman tonight has won her 20th consecutive appearance on Jeopardy and taken over the Number Two spot overall for successful, regular games played in a row. Trebek early on (in his patronizing, condescending way) noted that she could not "possibly" approach Ken Jennings streak of 74 straight regular games won. I am sure he is astonished that she has lasted this long. Julia Collins has been tweeting live during current (taped) game play. Even Jenning... Fri, 30 May 2014 20:20:39 EST Help with Shabbat Hi everyone - I'm looking for good tips for maintaining my weight loss from the week over Shabbat. It is so hard for me! Recipes... meal planning... even how to manage when Shabbat starts so late Friday night this time of year, like snacking on Friday day and eating a small dinner Friday night. Any advice is appreciated! Wed, 28 May 2014 21:06:48 EST Ess, Bubele, Redux I should have waited until after dinner to read this article. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>erything-new-is-old-again.html?hp&_r=0 </link> <BR> <BR> It has a New York skew, of course, coming from a local paper, but other burgs are mentioned. <BR> Tue, 27 May 2014 19:50:48 EST "And Now For Something Completely Different" US marine is ordered to report to USMC superiors in Hialeah, Florida, even though they are "aware" that he is currently in jail in a federal prison in Tecate, Mexico. But not to worry: He won't be penalized if he does not appear. <BR> <BR> I have no words..... <BR> <BR> <link><BR>-held-in-mexico-receives-order-to-repo<BR>rt-to-usmc-superiors/?icid=maing-grid7<BR>%7Cmaing11%7Cdl1%7Csec1_lnk3%26pLid%3D479199 </link> Wed, 21 May 2014 17:56:09 EST It Is NOT Anti-Semitic. It's Just A Coincidence. I guess if the Supreme Court could blindly tell us that public prayer is not that, but merely "tradition", then anything is possible: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>cklemore-jewish-controversy_n_5350869.<BR>html </link> Mon, 19 May 2014 20:56:14 EST "Brother Nathanael?" I came across this beauty by chance on YouTube. Whether I'm posting the link [and its access to other videos by the chap] despite risk of opening a can of vipers or for the purpose of opening a can of vipers, here is Crackpot o' Lies Central: <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Mon, 19 May 2014 09:41:29 EST