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 Do you have a funny Pesach story? I have to add a funny story DH shared with me after talking to his brother and wishing everyone a happy Pesach - one year, their father put the afikomen in his jacket pocket, meaning to hide it later during the busy part of the seder (as in when everyone was eating and wouldn't notice where he hid it). Yes, you can see the upshot of this - he totally forgot to hide the afikomen. So when it came time for the kids to hunt for it, well, it was nowhere to be found. They looked and searched and... Thu, 17 Apr 2014 23:04:42 EST Never Again? Scary news out of Ukraine. Jews required to register with the government as such, or face loss of citizenship, deportation, or worse. Yes, in 2014. Has the world learned nothing? <BR> <BR> It will be most interesting to see the reactions of western governments to this. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>14/04/17/jews-ordered-to-register-in-e<BR>ast-ukraine/7816951/ </link> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 14:08:09 EST Matzo Fearful? I was tooling around with the regular tracker just now to plug in all consumption whether I like it or not, and was attempting to put in "matzah farfel" and this came up as an alternative, SP being ever so helpful when it becomes befuddled by an entry. Seriously? And then when I caved and thought, "OK, let's see if clicking on 'Matzo Fearful' lands me where I need to go. Guess what? When I did what I was told, I got an error message stating that "no foods can be found." My question then ... Tue, 15 Apr 2014 01:12:16 EST Alice Herz Sommer - One Remarkable Centenarian OK, I took this out of the Doris Day thread as it merited its own: <BR> <BR> The Lady In Number 6: Music Saved My Life <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> The link is to Vimeo and the rental is $4.99 (DVD purchase $9.99) and well worth it. Netflix, too, has recently acquired it. Incredibly, remarkable woman who played piano from memory until the end, with such nimble fingers. Would not surprise me in the least if it kept arthritis in abeyance. Her spirit, her... Fri, 11 Apr 2014 13:35:36 EST Passover, For Our Coworkers Not of Our Tribe Dear Sisterhood Plus One: <BR> <BR> Every year at this time it seems that we find ourselves explaining the traditions of this most visible of Jewish food-related holidays to those of other faiths with whom we work and otherwise associate. This is always the case, as we have chosen, perhaps regretfully, to live way outside the local eruv. Miles and miles outside. Our gallows humor is that the seat of the practice of Judaism in our far-flung rural Maryland county is our Shabbat dinner table... Thu, 10 Apr 2014 21:11:03 EST Have you downloaded the Spark apps? Oh my. I discovered I can download them to my computer, in iTunes! I don't know how to make them work, but I downloaded all the free ones! <BR> <BR> And then, you get to click to get free points! 250 points for each app you download! <BR> <BR> And OH MY I have some 1300+ points for the day!!!! <BR> <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> I don't know if they'll work on a computer, but they're in there. (Do they only work on phones and tablets? Not Mac laptops?) <BR> <BR> I try so hard to stay au c... Thu, 10 Apr 2014 01:05:39 EST Doris Day's 90th Tell me I'm not the only chick here who was weaned on Doris Day and wanted to be like her, Audrey Hepburn, Leslie Caron and Debbie Reynolds when we grew up. If necessary, lie to me. <BR> <BR> It seems that she's appeared in public for the first time in 20 years for a birthday celebration. I'm posting this because I couldn't believe how beautiful she looks. The link includes a video of celebs sending birthday greetings -- including Betty White, Mitzi Gaynor(!), Tony Bennett and Tippi Hedre... Wed, 9 Apr 2014 23:42:42 EST Passover and allergies - Charoset please help I have dreaded Passover since the birth of my second son (now 13) as he has multiple anaphylactic allergies. We actually stopped koshering our kitchen for Passover as he couldn't eat kosher for Passover food as it was full of his triggers. He has outgrown some of his allergies but seems to have grown into a severe nut allergy. I have asked my family to ensure that the food being prepared for Seders is nut free. <BR> <BR> My sister and I were wondering if anyone has a good nut free Char... Mon, 7 Apr 2014 10:23:18 EST Getting Into Passover Mode To those of you who are much in need of a break from all the crazy cleaning and cooking, here's a two-minute breather that should prove rewarding (if not, please do not kill the messenger): <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Sun, 6 Apr 2014 08:12:44 EST Happy Passover. <BR> With Passover coming up, here are some points you might want to consider <BR> <BR> A group of leading medical researchers have published data indicating <BR> that Seder participants should NOT partake of both chopped liver and <BR> charoses, it seems that this combination can lead to Charoses of the Liver. <BR> <BR> At our seder, we had whole wheat and bran matzoh, fortified with <BR> Metamucil. The brand name, of course, "Let My People Go." <BR> <BR> Old Jewish men in Miami ge... Sat, 5 Apr 2014 10:01:55 EST Alex Trebek's suit and child labor comment The incident on Jeopardy the other night has to be right up there with the all-time TV squirms. <BR> <BR> [[(This was the wrong link. The correct one is in a box above. Or below, if you do it oldest first.)]] <BR> <BR> There's every chance that the contestant was correct and his timing was as impeccable as the tailoring. Did he think out his comment in advance with the hope for an opportunity to detonate it or was it spontaneous? I'm avoiding looking at the labels in my clothes. <BR> <B... Fri, 4 Apr 2014 19:54:49 EST Marxfest I'm excited and you're all invited to celebrate genius through silliness and scholarship. Ha! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>3/elephants-and-pajamas-its-the-marxfe<BR>st-of-course/?_php=true&_type=blogs&re<BR>f=television&_r=0 </link> Thu, 3 Apr 2014 17:38:45 EST Birthday Ideas Please One of our team leaders, who shall remain nameless, is looking down the barrel of a gun at a very big birthday. With complete confidence she will not see this, soliciting ideas for what to get the woman who has positively everything she could hope and dream for, but the right husband. She is stuck with this schlemiel. Suggest away, By Spark mail if you prefer. Wed, 2 Apr 2014 13:44:10 EST "Award winning" Messianic Jewish TV program I turned the TV on for a little while this afternoon and, having retuned the other day, am receiving a load of UHF channels. There for all the world to see was a half-hour, weekly, paid program [on something called WMBC DT] called "Jewish Jewels," one of a series by a Florida outfit with the website <link> </link> , for those who care to take a look. The owners are a couple, Neil and Jamie Lash, heretofore unknown to me. <BR> <BR> Today's episode, from 2011, apparently wa... Sun, 30 Mar 2014 17:22:57 EST Master of Your Spark Domain Game Remember the Seinfeld Game? Remember how quickly Jerry, Kramer and Elaine all were out? Let's see if you can do better. Here is how it works. <BR> <BR> Beginning midnight April 1, track. Track everything. Nutrition, water, exercise, the whole shebang. Don't track something, you are out. Fess up. Miss your 8 cups of water, out. Blow your calories, you are out. Fess up on this thread. Exercise without tracking, out. To make it fun, don't exercise at least one hour a week, out. <BR> ... Sat, 29 Mar 2014 10:42:51 EST Junior's Cheesecake Would you look at that! I just happened -- it was one of the myriad offerings on food that appear when logging out of SP -- upon this item about Junior's cheesecake. No link to a tasting. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ings-you-didn-t-know-about-junior-s-ch<BR>eesecake-thrillist-new-york </link> Fri, 28 Mar 2014 21:25:16 EST Driving a Slender Wedge Between Church and State Good morning Sisterhood-Plus-One. I have news to report. <BR> <BR> First, despite my slovenly ways, I am down ten pounds since the new year. Accidentally I assure you, but loss is loss. <BR> <BR> Second, the college search continues. Secure in the knowledge that one can find any data at all on the internet if one Googles it sufficiently accurately, we now are in possession of scads of data regarding male-female ratios and Jewish student population percentages at hundreds of colleges an... Thu, 27 Mar 2014 08:27:36 EST An Actual, Serious Question for the Team Hello. You may remember me. I used to lurk here, sometimes. <BR> <BR> I have a question, really aimed at the subset of you who (1) seek to lose weight and not just maintain; and (2) work out in the early AM before work. <BR> <BR> Here it is: do you eat first? If so, what do you eat and what do you not eat? Oh, and while we are at it, how do you know what you are doing is optimal? <BR> <BR> Many thanks! Tue, 25 Mar 2014 20:37:37 EST On Tipping: One Of The Nastier Social Norms This was touched on in several places already on the SparkPeople boards, but this article cogently says better than I ever could have stated about what exactly is wrong with the practice of tipping and how what you, the customer, might perceive as a "lesson learned" for the waitstaff is, in fact, so off base. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>hy-tipping-should-be-illegal-15603180?<BR>click=smart&kw=ist&src=smart&mag=ESQ&l<BR>ink=<BR>f... Mon, 24 Mar 2014 21:15:58 EST Major setback I am a regular bicycle commuter, and have used bicycling as my primary source of transportation since 5 or 6 years old. On Monday the 11th I got "doored" by a parked driver. This flipped me and bike over a few times. Fortunately I didn't get hit by any on coming traffic. But I would up with a broken femur which required surgical repair. For an active gal like me this stinks. (I had just finished karate class and was heading for work) I would love to hear from all my teams, and any one who has... Tue, 18 Mar 2014 08:45:42 EST question on cooking I bought a corn beef brisket for dinner tomorrow. It is 3.89 pounds. How long do I cook it? The package says 3 hours but that doesn't seem to be long enough. Is it.? Sun, 16 Mar 2014 19:19:22 EST The Power Of A Child This story really moved me. When Dylan Siegel was six years old, he took it upon himself to save his best friend's life. They have been tight since pre-school days. He set out to work on a book of his creation, and then pushed his parents relentlessly to market it. To date, he has raised a whopping $750,000.00. All proceeds go to the University of Florida College of Medicine's lab that works on solving the mystery of glycogen storage diseases, a devastating series of illnesses for which ... Fri, 14 Mar 2014 01:37:38 EST Arthur Chu, Jeopardy Champ Or Villain? Being busy, I missed his unseating last night, but suspected it when I saw the camera focus on the [true] winner. <BR> <BR> Many here follow the game, and I wondered, if a person abides by the rules, and wins a lot of money, can he be cited for "unsportsmanlike" behavior, because he hopscotched all over the board using game strategy to decimate his opponents. It left his opponents unnerved and obfuscated, which is the point in the end, isn't it? <BR> <BR> OK, not a Jewish topic, but an int... Thu, 13 Mar 2014 12:41:17 EST NYC-area WLS Clothing Exchange, 4/5/14 Some of you know that I've been organizing clothing exchanges for the New York City weight-loss surgery community for some time. I'm happy to again invite SparkJews teammates to take part whether or not they've had surgery. <BR> <BR> I'm especially excited because the April 5 exchange will start the fifth year of this free program, making it the longest-running show of its kind by about 4.5 years. The exchanges originated in the lapband support group meetings of NYU Langone Medical Center an... Wed, 12 Mar 2014 20:04:41 EST Serves Me Right? Social plans found me at (horrors of Sparkland) a Mexican restaurant last night. Serves me right to go out for something as blatantly unhealthful as Mexican? Not to mention the cheese with the meats, but I digress... <BR> <BR> Ever the frustrated non-blogger, this restaurant came to be on the receiving end of my wrathful ire for that fixable and otherwise inexcusable misdeed: a poor customer experience. <BR> <BR> See I don't blog here anymore, but Yelp and such restaurant review sites ... Sun, 9 Mar 2014 14:11:54 EST Well done, much fun, under 2 minutes <link><BR>nguages-sound-foriegners-smoukahontas_<BR>n_4912793.html?utm_hp_ref=mostpopular </link> Sat, 8 Mar 2014 19:38:38 EST A Tartan. Exciting and fun, yes! Just received the brochure of events to be held this spring, yes, spring, at the Eldridge Street Synagogue, which now really is the Museum at Eldridge Street. The first program will be held on Sunday, March 2, a part of the Lost & Found Music series. The program title is "Plaid, Baroque and Klezmer." The blurb: <BR> <BR> "In celebration of the recent award of an official Tartan to the Jews of Scotland, we present a concert of baroque gypsy music that traces the musical influences of the E... Wed, 26 Feb 2014 17:47:19 EST Essen! (Eat!) A taste of yore that appears to be dwindling. Bring your appetite and enjoy! <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> Link repaired. It works now, I checked it. Sun, 23 Feb 2014 16:41:20 EST Gratitude and making a good life I hope you know Ben Stein. If not, a little googling will be more interesting and fun than the bit of information I might provide. He's worth looking into for his intellect, unstuffiness, wit and gift for making and relishing a good life. <BR> <BR> Several years ago he wrote a column every few weeks for the Times Sunday business section. One stayed at the back of my mind and came to the fore a few days ago in relation to the volunteer work I do. Here it is, followed by his own website wh... Fri, 21 Feb 2014 11:06:30 EST Michelle Obama, just because I've watched The Tonight Show a few times this week to see what Jimmy Fallon does with it, now that he's replaced Jay Leno. This is not to say, however, that I was a Leno watcher or that I watched Fallon's just-previous show, which was on after Tonight. <BR> <BR> Mrs. Obama was a guest last night and -- Wow! So different from other FLOTUS's. Galaxies different. What struck me is that a previous first lady who was fond of wearing red was such a stiff by comparison. Well, she was a simper... Fri, 21 Feb 2014 08:43:24 EST Hi everyone! Hi all! I'm Jennifer, and I'm a current graduate student in New York (last semester, yay!). In the fall I will be heading to Israel to teach English as a Masa Israel Teaching Fellow, and I couldn't be more excited. Last semester, however, was incredibly stressful for a multitude of reasons, and I really let myself go. I stress-ate, stopped going to the gym, and gained a ton of weight in a short period of time. Before I get to Israel, I want to fit back into my bathing suits and feel comfortab... Mon, 17 Feb 2014 12:55:02 EST So we walk into a Lebanese restaurant in Bangkok.. and DH has a shawarma (lamb) sandwich, on pita. I have chicken on pita. (We're kind of full of rice right now.) <BR> <BR> And at the next table are two young men, loudly chatting in Hebrew. From Israel. Took me a while to realize they were Israeli, since we've watched a variety of news from Qatar, Dubai, Egypt, the Sahara, and on the Al Jazeera network - and my ears have gotten used to Arabic. <BR> <BR> DH, who spent 3 years in Israel, had quite the conversation with them - in Hebrew. ... Mon, 17 Feb 2014 02:48:28 EST Sid Caesar, Pioneer Ave atque vale Caesar. <BR> <BR> My family watched Sid Caesar, but, because I was a wee thing at the time, much went by me and I recall nothing to speak of. For those who recall him and his work and are curious, here is his obituary. There are two links at the bottom, one an appraisal of his work and its effect on the culture, the other an essay by Billy Crystal on Caesar's influence on him. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>vision/sid-caesar-comic-who-blazed-tv-<B... Sat, 15 Feb 2014 09:33:36 EST My Surprise Visit from an Orthodox Rabbi Friday last week, I was in my office, minding my own business, fretting (as is not uncommon) as to just where our 4th quarter 2013 crazy busy level of business had vanished after the new year, when my Office Manager poked her head into my room and said: "Um, there is a Rabbi here to see you." <BR> <BR> Me, "Huh?" Her response, "There is this guy in a black coat and top hat, with a long scraggly dark beard. He looks like old-time Rabbis do on TV, but he's young. He asked for you." <BR> <... Sat, 8 Feb 2014 09:14:13 EST Torah-Observant Gentiles? My friend's husband sent the following article to me this morning. Both of us were raised in an Orthodox Jewish environment, and this article just blew my mind. These Gentiles are not "Jews For Jesus", nor do they consider themselves Jews. But in just about 100% of their practices they are Orthodox Jews (with notable exceptions, of course): They wear tallaisim; tallit katan, with the fringes on the outside as Orthodox Jews wear; kipot; peyot; and practice blowing the shofar. They have su... Thu, 6 Feb 2014 06:54:05 EST For entertainment purposes only: FOOD! Since we're scattered around the country and the world, I thought people may get a kick out of this link to the All-[around]-American, Primarily Non-Kosher Heart Attack. A few of us figure into Katz's. Too bad I never liked pastrami; I'm a brisket or corned beef girl. Some of us figure into other listings. One of us, roaming Asia, probably has a distant memory of some of these things; she may even know the Seattle representative. All these "iconic," local dishes have three things in comm... Sun, 26 Jan 2014 14:47:49 EST The Womb, The Shtetl, JAPs & Super Bowl Sunday Yea, guess who would post that topic line? <BR> <BR> The womb. Life was much simpler in the womb.That harrowing sucking sound that symbolizes the absence of adequate billable work for one's staff was muffed and muted, for one thing. No one, whilst still in Mommy's womb, necessarily faces... <BR> <BR> Choices as to where one lives. One of you Sisterhood members moved from your fair city to generally ours, even dared to meet yours truly in the flesh some half year ago or whatever, got all qu... Sat, 25 Jan 2014 07:42:00 EST Will This Get Me Banned from SP (or from the Team) I loved this. Many of you who seem to hail from the NY Metro Area will like it too. <BR> <BR> It requires less than three minutes of your valuable time. Speakers up! <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Wed, 15 Jan 2014 08:35:37 EST Opinion on terminating an SPFriend? False alarm, non-topic. Never mind. I originally asked for opinions on how to do it -- I was considering three methods. Then I realized that I was making too much of not much, chose the method that felt right and enacted it. <BR> <BR> Mon, 13 Jan 2014 22:51:27 EST Question for users of the free Skype I downloaded Skype's free version a year or two ago and used it only twice back then. Beside the icon on the desktop screen, I've had an icon at the bottom of the screen in line with the Start button. <BR> <BR> I've just now become concerned that, although I don't use Skype, the bottom-row icon is always highlighted in a rectangle, same as the bottom-row Firefox icon gets highlighted, but only when I click to open the browser. When I put the arrow on the Skype icon, a miniature window fo... Fri, 10 Jan 2014 23:25:23 EST Weekend Fun from Alex Trebek The online Jeopardy pre-qualification quiz occurred this week. I took it and scored 25, with 35 needed to advance to an in-person quiz and screen test. We were NOT provided categories, had only 15 seconds to answer each question, with no going back or double-checking allowed. Try it and see how you did. Have fun (and report below with honesty): <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Fri, 10 Jan 2014 20:07:33 EST By any other name Find yourself and report. Have fun. - Isaac (apparently) <BR> <BR> <link><BR>opular-jewish-surnames-2014-1 </link> Thu, 9 Jan 2014 05:00:00 EST One Week After New Year's - How Are You Doing? Did you resolve to grow taller (I did?). Did you resolve to become more pious? To have better relations with persons important in your life? Perhaps you resolved to be less self-absorbed (yep here). I resolved not to worry the Sisterhood, and so far am failing miserably I am told. <BR> <BR> Maybe, because you are on Spark, you resolved to lose a little bit of your wonderfulness, pounds-wise? A word on how that wonderfulness came about. Not overnight, and often by accident. EddyMeese s... Wed, 8 Jan 2014 09:02:51 EST B'rayshit - A Postmodern Reinterp retation Sincere apologies in advance to the observant members. DO NOT READ THIS THREAD; YOU WILL NOT BE HAPPY. (The rest of you, scroll down...) <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> One day in the Garden of Eden, Eve calls out to God, "Lord, I have <BR> a problem!" <BR> <BR> "What's the problem, Eve?" <BR> <BR> "Lord, I know you created me and provided... Sun, 5 Jan 2014 16:34:45 EST Times OpEd: "German, Jewish and Neither" A personal essay in today's paper: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>unday/german-jewish-and-neither.html?p<BR>agewanted=1&ref=todayspaper </link> Sun, 5 Jan 2014 15:24:00 EST A Team Sing-Along Lament of a Recurrent Gout Sufferer, With Apologies to Simon and Garfunkel <BR> <BR> (All together now, in E-Flat-Minor): <BR> <BR> Hello gout flare, my old friend <BR> You've come to torment me again <BR> Because high purines softly creeping <BR> Crystals formed while I was sleeping <BR> And these crystals that are planted in my toe <BR> Cause me woe <BR> Not limping in silence <BR> <BR> From restless sleep gout woke me up <BR> Wondering on just what I did sup <BR> 'Neath the halo of a ni... Sat, 4 Jan 2014 08:39:30 EST Tzedakkah Thread 2014 - Please join 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... Fri, 3 Jan 2014 05:02:43 EST In The [True] Spirit Of Christmas What one neighborhood did in the face of antisemitism is extraordinary: <BR> <BR> From the Boston Herald: <BR> <BR> "Wednesday, December 25, 2013 <BR> <BR> Boston Herald <BR> <BR> By: Joe Fitzgerald <BR> <BR> <BR> Scholars still dispute who actually said it, though St. Francis of Assisi usually gets the credit. <BR> <BR> But it’s the wisdom, not the authorship, that often brings the quote to mind, especially as it applied to a small suburban neighborhood one Christmas not that long ag... Wed, 25 Dec 2013 16:25:02 EST 10 Stupid Questions Jews Get Asked on Christmas 1. “But, like, you still celebrate Christmas right?” <BR> <BR> 2. “But wasn’t Jesus Jewish?” <BR> <BR> 3. “Are you gonna celebrate it anyway, because it’s a national holiday?” <BR> <BR> 4. “You don’t even have a tree?” “Did you ever have a tree?” <BR> <BR> 5. “So, you never believed in Santa?” Did you tell other kids he wasn’t real when you were younger?” <BR> <BR> 6. “Do you still want to do Secret Santa? Oh, I’m sorry. I mean, ‘Holiday Gift Exchange’?” <BR> <BR> 7. “You don’t even get... Wed, 25 Dec 2013 08:32:51 EST Seasonal Poetry Twas the night before Christmas <BR> And down here in Boca, <BR> I was sitting at Starbucks, <BR> Drinking my mocha <BR> I know we're all Jewish, <BR> But was wondering still, <BR> If Santa would come here <BR> And give us a thrill. <BR> On my way home, <BR> No Christmas lights did I see, <BR> On the houses, the windows, <BR> Not even the trees. <BR> What a strange feeling. <BR> Not a decoration in sight. <BR> Was it really December <BR> Or a warm summer's night? <BR> <BR> I drove past TooJa... Mon, 23 Dec 2013 11:18:57 EST My 2014 NY Resolutions vis-a-vis Spark Jews A few of mine for starters: <BR> <BR> 1. No lobbing of metaphorical grenades among the aisles of the Sisterhood. No controversies. <BR> <BR> 2. No teasing you all (see #1). <BR> <BR> 3. Encouraging Susan to be here in person on occasion, rather than being the cyber-imposter. <BR> <BR> 4. No blogs (or at least, as it stands, pretty few). <BR> <BR> 5. No chiming in on threads where I have nothing constructive to contribute. <BR> <BR> 6. (I don't do piety but) less irreverence. Sun, 22 Dec 2013 07:22:15 EST Checking on charities before donating I believe that <link> </link> is the recognized, respected source of information on 501(c)3's? Can anyone confirm that? <BR> <BR> Laurie Sun, 15 Dec 2013 18:25:35 EST Snow Comes To Jerusalem - A Rare Event Amazing pictures of Jerusalem, snow-covered: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>storm-hits-the-middle-east/?icid=maing<BR>-grid7%7Cmain5%7Cdl1%7Csec1_lnk3%26pLi<BR>d%3D419818 </link> Sun, 15 Dec 2013 12:38:16 EST Elizabeth Taylor: The Star Who Chose A Jewish Life Since this was mentioned a few times already on the other thread, derailing it from its intended purpose, I thought to start this one here. Taylor chose Judaism, purely for herself, and she was a staunch supporter of Jewish causes. Maybe I'm wrong, but I've never seen nor read the same about Barbara Walters, hence the "nominal" comment. <BR> <BR> Here's a link to Taylor's conversion to Judaism: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ring-elizabeth-taylor-the-star-who-ch... Sat, 14 Dec 2013 23:35:09 EST Tears for the Goyim - Guaranteed And maybe for some of us too. <BR> <BR> I promise you this is worth the time. No dry eyes here. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>hristmas-stunt-passengers/ </link> Sat, 14 Dec 2013 13:27:54 EST And Now For The Corollary: Jewish Women Over 40 This is Phebe's fault. She got me to thinking about the "older" sexiest Jewish women's list. <BR> <BR> So, do you agree? Who would you add? <BR> <BR> <link><BR>cial-ranking-of-the-45-hottest-jewish-<BR>women-in-holly </link> <BR> <BR> Edit: My bad. The link led me astray. Not all are over 40. I apologize. Fri, 13 Dec 2013 04:07:55 EST Thirty Sexiest Jewish Women Under 40 Did you ever notice there is no such thing as a fat Israeli woman? And lately there seems to be a preponderance of models coming out of Israel and making a big splash on the international modeling circuit and beauty contests. <BR> <BR> Must be the military service they are required to perform that keeps them in shape. <BR> <BR> Just for fun, check this out [maybe after this, we'll have a greater male presence on these boards]: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>hott... Thu, 12 Dec 2013 22:04:21 EST How to cook brisket? I want to made brisket for the first time and need help. It seems to be one of those things that people are vain about and have secrets for keeping the meat moist and tender. Suggestions, please. <BR> <BR> The idea came when I was googling for the Mitzvah Tank portion of the "Bah Humbug" thread. I saw a recipe as a sidebar at, but found it horrifying. It called for placing the raw meat on top of a layer of sliced onions and sprinkling with salt, pepper and onion powder.... Wed, 11 Dec 2013 23:44:19 EST Bah and Humbug Both are Alive and Well Can the onslaught end already, please? <BR> <BR> This morning I awoke to find this in the form of a chain Spark goodie: <BR> <BR> "I haven't been very good at keeping up with you lately, but wanted to send this little guy along to spread the Christmas cheer! You've Been Jingled! The Christmas Elves are traveling around Bringing good tidings to Spark Pages they've found... You must send him onward without much ado... give two "Elf" goodies to some Spark friends, Deliver them as quickly as y... Sun, 8 Dec 2013 08:33:58 EST President Nelson Mandela I don't even know what to do now. Thu, 5 Dec 2013 17:39:46 EST How to Spark on Christmas Not many places are open. However, if you cupboard is bare, this might just hit the spot. <BR> <BR> Speakers up! (Cure for excessive calorie intake, I assure you) <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Tue, 3 Dec 2013 21:39:42 EST YIVO Institute for Jewish Research <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> YIVO came to mind while I was thinking of sources for information on "Um und Drum." If you don't know the organization, it's a treat. The website is vast in the way the SP site is vast. <BR> <BR> Founded in Vilna, Poland (now Vilnius, Lithuania), in the '20's, it was moved to New York in 1940 for obvious reasons. <BR> <BR> The website is worth browsing at leisure. Tue, 3 Dec 2013 16:49:33 EST One More For Chanukah From, of all places, the incomparable, Carole King: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>feature=kp </link> Mon, 2 Dec 2013 23:34:24 EST "oom and droom" - translation needed As you fine ladies of the Sisterhood well know (and yes, you now too, SportsphotoG!), I grew up in an internationally flavored home because my Dad and his whole family hailed from pre-Nazi Germany. A curious blend of English, German and Yiddish was spoken by my father, cousins, uncle and grandmother, and often conversations would ebb and weave from one language to another and back again, without so much as taking a breath. <BR> <BR> I bring this up now, because the term "oom and droom" (w... Fri, 29 Nov 2013 09:11:25 EST Chanukah around the world From a travel website - Chanukah celebrations in key places around the world. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>s/editorial/happy-hanukkah-celebration<BR>s-around-the-world.html?id=594&source=<BR>91&value=2013-11-28+00%3A00%3A00&u=FAE<BR>96E3D03&nl_cs=16656625%3A%3A7597638%3A<BR>%3A16875939%3A%3A </link> Thu, 28 Nov 2013 09:36:00 EST Exhibition review: Iraqi Jewish heritage Just came across this review of the current exhibition at the National Archives in Washington. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>gn/iraqi-jewish-documents-at-the-natio<BR>nal-archives.html?src=recg </link> Fri, 22 Nov 2013 15:37:38 EST Thanksgivi g-Hannukah Menu? I'm curious enough about this to open a new topic so that replies don't get shuffled into the "Thanksgivukkah" thread. <BR> <BR> To those of you who are hosting large gatherings, what's on the menu? Does your plan span both holidays? Latkes are way beyond side-dish status, so what solutions have you devised? <BR> <BR> Laurie <BR> <em>4</em> Thu, 21 Nov 2013 14:40:23 EST What's Your Number? Hey Sisterhood (and Sports Photo!) - a break from Thanksgiving/Chanukah prep to consider a quick food quiz? How many have actually passed your lips? And to make if fun, it doesn't count if you had only a single forced taste and spit it out as unpalatable. At least one fork or spoonful had to pass through your complete digestive system in the correct direction. <BR> <BR> My number is a seemingly half-goyish 51. And I've got "Tribe" down both sides, and married a fellow Matzo-crumb vacuu... Wed, 20 Nov 2013 18:56:26 EST Thanksgivukkah? Really? Just to expand on this theme, to keep us doubly grateful, here, separated for ease of finding it, is the latest celebration from The Maccabeats, in time for Thanksgivukkah: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>-by-the-maccabeats/ </link> Wed, 13 Nov 2013 12:42:55 EST Take Me To Your Leader It seems the "powers that be" at SparkPeople are mindful of us being without an active leader. So, who are we electing to be our next fearless leader? Thoughts? <BR> <BR> I also notice that in the interest of universalism, SP is promoting Chanukah recipes. I applaud their equanimity. <BR> <BR> On to Thanksgivukkah! [Heaven help me! I hate that creation.] <BR> <BR> To push / promote the holiday along, here's the latest creation from The Maccabeats: <BR> <BR> <link>thanksgivukkahbost... Wed, 13 Nov 2013 12:33:12 EST 75 Years Ago Tonight - Nov 8. 1938 Kristallnacht <BR> <BR> <link><BR>5-years-ago?cmpid=Social_Facebook_Hith<BR>_11082013_1 </link> <BR> <BR> Does it still touch you all as it does me? Fri, 8 Nov 2013 21:16:48 EST What to do on the way to surgery This speaks for itself. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>east-cancer-flash-mob-deborah-cohan_n_<BR>4227915.html?utm_hp_ref=mostpopular </link> <BR> <BR> Laurie Thu, 7 Nov 2013 16:38:24 EST From a friend in Jerusalem No matter how religious or observant a Jew you might be, this is just SO wrong! Disrupting prayer because someone doesn't meet your standards??? Blocking access to the Kotel?? How can they justify this???? <BR> <BR> <link><BR>t-the-western-wall/ </link> Wed, 6 Nov 2013 01:07:24 EST From a friend in Jerusalem No matter how religious or observant a Jew you might be, this is just SO wrong! Disrupting prayer because someone doesn't meet your standards??? Blocking access to the Kotel?? How can they justify this???? <BR> <BR> <link><BR>t-the-western-wall/ </link> Tue, 5 Nov 2013 16:23:59 EST Are You A Jewish American Or An American Jew? Riffing [or perhaps ripping off] on Mark's thread of the ADL study, it got me to thinking about what "some" think about Jews who seemingly put Israel over the interests of the United States. Part of that, I feel, is tied in to our own perceptions of whether or not we consider ourselves Jewish Americans or American Jews. <BR> <BR> What's your take and why? Sat, 2 Nov 2013 09:21:44 EST Oy Vey People Um, just read it. Thoughts anyone? <BR> <BR> <link><BR>adl-survey-attitudes-towards-jews-in-u<BR>s-2013.pdf </link> <BR> <BR> Mine instinctively: how are releases like this in any way helpful or beneficial? Just the questions themselves are most pejorative. Thu, 31 Oct 2013 14:35:09 EST Not required reading: Restaurant review You may be amused by this review of a restaurant in Williamsburg, the landing place of some grandparents and great-grandparents. If you don't immediately think "Brooklyn," yours landed elsewhere. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>views/hungry-city-shalom-japan-in-will<BR>iamsburg-brooklyn.html?ref=todayspaper&_r=0 </link> <BR> <BR> Laurie Wed, 23 Oct 2013 09:04:26 EST Needing help to stay motivated I have been exercising steadily since July. I know I am definitely getting fitter and I am able to physically accomplish more. But I am tired and I feel like I am losing my motivation to keep going. How do I stay motivated? (I took two nights off from working out now and I am not feeling like I want to get back to it). <em>24</em> Wed, 23 Oct 2013 08:32:45 EST Couric: Former plus-sized women's revenge I just noticed that today's Katie Couric show will feature women who'd been humiliated in any number of ways and what they did about it. If you're interested but are away from a TV, you'll probably be able to see the whole segment online tonight. For now, <BR> <BR> <link><BR>us-siz e-women-seek-revenge/ </link> <BR> <BR> What thinkest? <BR> <BR> Laurie Mon, 21 Oct 2013 12:05:58 EST New Start Page One of the members from another group I belong sent this to us. I don't know if everyone here is aware of the change. <BR> Here's the URL:<BR>ost=introducing_a_brand_new_sparkpeopl<BR>e_experience <BR> <BR> Have a GREAT Sunday. Sun, 20 Oct 2013 14:36:06 EST So just how big is our "tent" ? Greetings to the Sparky Sisterhood (plus two now including myself, it seems) from the extremely water-logged Mid-Atlantic. My early morning customized news feed courtesy of Google, threaded the needle between our storm, the horrible one hitting India this weekend, the glacial pace of political and economic negotiations in DC and baseball (lots of baseball) to also bring me this one about our shared heritage and faith. (Be proud of me - Judaism is one of my selected news filters). <BR> <BR... Sat, 12 Oct 2013 06:39:08 EST Jewish ethics re being a consumer I was googling to find a precise definition of "schnorrer," which led me to a blog at Huffington Post regarding ethical responsibilities of consumers. It's worth a read, as is Dennis Prager's video, which set the blogger to writing, worth a click. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>n-jewish-ethics-dont-be-a-schnorrer_b_<BR>1568287.html </link> <BR> <BR> Laurie Fri, 4 Oct 2013 10:36:51 EST Hobby store refuses to stock Jewish holiday items? Has anyone heard of this happening? Apparently this store refuses to stock items for Chanukah or Passover because the owner is ultra-Christian. <BR> <BR> Wow. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>bby-lobby-jewish-boycott-steve-green_n<BR>_4032295.html </link> Fri, 4 Oct 2013 02:01:06 EST Recent poll on American Jewish identity This article is from today's New York Times. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>hows-major-shift-in-identity-of-us-jew<BR>s.html?ref=todayspaper&_r=0 </link> Tue, 1 Oct 2013 10:21:32 EST Diabetes Diagnose 5 hours ago ….. PLEASE HELP <BR> I got the call from the nurse at the doctor’s office. She said they were going to call in some medication for me because my AC1 was too high (8.4) . I asked what that was. She said it’s the diabetes test. I was confused and asked if I had it? She said yes. She said you are going to have to start checking your blood, and take this medication. <BR> <BR> That’s all I know. <BR> <BR> She also said my Vitamin D is way too low, and my liver is having issues as well. I wonder if they... Tue, 24 Sep 2013 22:00:59 EST Soup Recipes wanted With the onset of cooler fall weather, I decided it was time for soup this weekend. I made a lovely tomato based vegi soup. Here is the recipe. <BR> <BR> 1 28oz can of crushed tomatoes <BR> 2 cups of broth (i used chicken but vegetable broth works) <BR> 1 cup water <BR> 2 cups pasta sauce <BR> 1 sweet onion <BR> 1 cup chopped celery <BR> any other vegetables you want to add. (I added corn and peas because I had them in my freezer). <BR> <BR> <BR> Sauté onion and celery for about five min... Mon, 23 Sep 2013 10:51:18 EST The Hidden Synagogue - Another Take Trying to find more information about the exquisite work of "The Hidden Synagogue", I came across this: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>54863 </link> <BR> <BR> I must warn you, that it is not related to the other thread at all, but it struck me as amazing, but in a totally different sense. The resilience of the Jewish people, defying their captors in such unusual ways does give a reader pause. Mon, 23 Sep 2013 00:55:09 EST The Hidden Synagogue Because SP is really not designed for "cut and paste", I'm afraid I'm going to link more than intended. But I thought many of you (perhaps especially PHEBESS) will appreciate the cleverness of this very old artistic piece. This teapot is named "The Hidden Synagogue" and as you peruse the link you will better understand why. It belonged to Marranos [the hidden Jews of Spain], and within the teapot is everything one needs as a Jew. Brilliant and fascinating at the same time. You'll see why... Thu, 19 Sep 2013 01:29:02 EST Sukkos Style! - A Maccabeats "Work In Progress" Unfinished, yes. But verrry catchy. To date, as far as I can tell, it's still unfinished. Many have pled that the boys need to finish it. What do you think? <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> In the meantime, to tide you over, here are The Fountainheads' "Livin' In A Booth". Enjoy! <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> Enjoy Succos living! The rent is real cheap. <em>40</em> Wed, 18 Sep 2013 21:16:22 EST Response to Irreverant Teen: Why Fast on YK? Call me irreverent, but yesterday I had cause to contemplate the point of fasting (and yes, at various junctures the siddur itself looked pretty yummy). All my life I've heard the expression "Have a meaningful fast." By the afternoon, the fact of the fast is so all-consuming that it is a monumental distraction from the prayers, liturgy, symbolism, tradition, etc. The prohibition on water just seems blatantly unhealthy and I wonder if its law so much as tradition. <BR> <BR> So our 15 year... Sun, 15 Sep 2013 06:09:21 EST Kol Nidre For me Kol Nidre is the most meaningful service of all. It gets me "in the zone" and I feel like I am making a real connection. <BR> <BR> With that said, as always I went to temple last night. There was a crying baby, about 4 months old. She cried quite a bit. She really did a number during the actual singing of Kol Nidre. I was very upset. I felt unsettled and angry. I did not want to hear a crying baby. I noticed many people turning to see where this baby was. I felt it was very d... Sat, 14 Sep 2013 20:42:53 EST How Do You Break the YK Fast For those of you who fast (or otherwise moderate your eating as medically necessary) on YK, what else do you do (or not do) and how do you break it? <BR> <BR> Some do not shower, shave, wear leather shoes, use perfume or cologne, etc. Some stay in shul all day, some go for a couple of hours and others not at all. Oh, and do you wait until 3 stars before ending your fast, and beginning to build the sukkoh? This varies, somewhat predictably with degree of traditional observance. <BR> <BR> ... Fri, 13 Sep 2013 11:15:48 EST Fasting on Yom Kippur Just curious with people here how they handle fasting on Yom Kippur. I am diabetic, and as such, I do not fast. To be respectful of my household members who do fast, I do not eat anything that needs to be cooked. How do you fit fasting into your eating plan? <BR> Wed, 11 Sep 2013 22:09:34 EST B'nai Mitzvah as a beginning The Sept. 4 Times featured an article on a recent movement to refocus people's thinking of b'nai mitzvah as the start of a spiritual/communal life rather than the end of a few years of Hebrew School. You may find it interesting. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>tzvahs-get-new-look-to-build-faith.htm<BR>l?pagewanted=1 </link> <BR> <BR> Today's paper carried letters to the editor in response to the article: <BR> <BR> <link><BR... Mon, 9 Sep 2013 14:45:14 EST Rosh Hashanah And The Ten Days Of Awe OK, we've passed the opening days of the new year, and hopefully y'all have survived it pretty much intact, calorie-wise, and gathered with family and friends and perhaps even felt a spiritual renewal of sorts. New year, whether the Hebrew one or the secular one, gives us a chance for a "do over", I believe. We get to have a clean slate and start again. And maybe this time, we might even get it right! <BR> <BR> The Ten Days of Awe, between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, allow ourselves to... Sun, 8 Sep 2013 19:55:01 EST A life well-lived for too short a time A letter to the editor of this month's AARP Bulletin seems appropriate to the High Holy Days and all others. I read it earlier today and can't stop thinking about it. <BR> <BR> "Your Power of 50 feature ['Words that Shaped Us'] made me think of a quote I like to share with my nieces and nephews upon graduation from high school: 'I wish you the joy of a purposeful life. I wish you new worlds and the vision to see them. I wish you the decency and the nobility of which you are capable.' It'... Fri, 6 Sep 2013 15:24:54 EST Guilty Pleasures, a game of confession I watch two soap operas often enough. They are "The Young and the Restless" and "The Bold and the Beautiful," both rife with story lines imbecilic and repetitive enough to be insulting. The quality of the acting generally is commensurate with the story lines. I can't help it, but at least I don't stay home or pass up doing good things for them. <BR> <BR> You? Don't be shy. Don't leave me alone here. <BR> <BR> signed, <BR> Anon. Thu, 5 Sep 2013 19:38:22 EST Rosh Hashana I just want to wish everyone a HEALTHY new year full of blessings. Enjoy the friends and family, as well as the food! Wed, 4 Sep 2013 02:08:31 EST Don't want to be a friend Someone added me as a friend. I have no idea where she found me. I am not going to reciprocate but I was wondering is there any way I can delete myself as a friend.. Tue, 3 Sep 2013 21:43:47 EST Rosh Hashanah! You just know I was going to give you another medley to celebrate the next holiday in our cycle. So here it is! Enjoy! And a happy and healthy New Year to all. May all that you dream, come true this year for you and for yours. <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Mon, 2 Sep 2013 18:09:14 EST Hey Sparky Shul Sisterhood Collective shout out to all of you fine ladies on my latest blog, called "Doings, Undoings...". Happy Labor Day weekend - and oh - apples-and-honey buying. Fri, 30 Aug 2013 08:34:35 EST NYC-area Clothing Exchange, 9/28/13 I'm organizing another free clothing exchange for weight-loss surgery patients. We're in the third year of these events. <BR> <BR> SparkJews teammates in this part of the world, you're invited to take part. Of course you're exempt from surgery. If you'd like the exchange information, contact me at <link> </link> (my private email) and mention our team name. <BR> <BR> Laurie Tue, 27 Aug 2013 16:42:35 EST Glutin free Does any one know the hallacha regarding glutin free bread? Is there any that qualifies for hamotzi? Or is it mezonos or shehacol only? Also any favorites ? I'm fine with what 's out there for bagels and sandwiches. But I haven't gotten anything satisfactory for kiddish. I only need for myself. Pesach will be a challenge since I can't tolerate oats! Thanks. Nina Sun, 25 Aug 2013 07:51:34 EST Funny typo My husband is a BIG guy - he has trouble typing on his computer because his fingers are big, and he often hits two keys instead of just the one he wanted. <BR> <BR> So he goes to send an email to a cousin whose son is being Bar Mitzvahed soon. To tell her we're in the South Pacific, and won't be able to attend the Bar Mitzvah. <BR> <BR> Only he types Barf Mitzvah. Doesn't notice. Sends the email. <BR> <BR> OMG - BARF Mitzvah!!!! <BR> <BR> It's a good thing his cousins all know he's a b... Thu, 22 Aug 2013 17:14:31 EST The Time Machine Because I watch too much science fiction & possess a family history that is the stuff of History Channel movies (as many of you now know - and if you don't check out my posting here from around Passover time 2012 - about my Dad's escape from the Holocaust... ), last night I dreamed about research device enabling a person to go back in time to see familial history. <BR> <BR> People use the time machine as a mini-vacation, going back in time for their own entertainment, mainly. Much like going... Wed, 21 Aug 2013 07:00:28 EST A Lesson from Cookie Monster The one, the only... <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> I'm head over heels. <BR> <BR> Laurie Tue, 13 Aug 2013 23:56:29 EST A Beet--and-Apple salad If you're a fan of beets, this is my guessed-at version of the salad I used to buy from a long-gone Scandinavian (Nyborg Nelson) deli. It's a great side dish for kosher as well as non-kosher tables and makes a fine dessert. <BR> <BR> 1 bunch beets <BR> 1 Granny Smith or other tart variety <BR> Sour cream or plain yogurt <BR> Extra-fine sugar or Splenda <BR> 1 Lemon <BR> <BR> 1) Roast or steam the unpeeled beets as usual until they can be pierced easily. When cool enough to handle, peel and ... Sun, 4 Aug 2013 12:27:31 EST What lurks behind "Old Jews Telling Jokes" Surely I'm not the only AARP member in the team. They getcha when you're a young thing of 50. Today's AARP email included a piece about the play, "Old Jews Telling Jokes," complete with a couple of videos. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>lling-jokes-whats-not-to-like/?intcmp=<BR>AE-BLIL-BL </link> <BR> <BR> Does anyone else think it odd that Mort Sahl was named in the item? He was topical, a.k.a. political (forgive me for saying it), not at all fitting the mol... Thu, 1 Aug 2013 17:38:36 EST Kristin Chenoweth - Anthony Weiner As we of SparkJews never touch on anything remotely political, the tangentially political deserves a few minutes. The CBS News item popped into view and how could I not watch sweet, engaging, talented little Kristin Chenoweth have her way with Anthony Weiner? <BR> <BR> <link><BR>8/kristin-chenoweth-sings-anthony-wein<BR>er-popular-parody/ </link> <BR> <BR> If you're of a mind to blanch at remote politics, here's something for everyone. Kristin Che... Wed, 31 Jul 2013 18:32:53 EST Easy Dinner Recipe for teenager needed Hi All <BR> <BR> My DS(16) is returning to on hill training after two years of surgeries and rehab. He leaves on Thursday for his first trip in two years. He has to bring two dinner recipes. I think he will be cooking for 8 boys. He has never even boiled a pot of water! Although he can toast a bagel. <BR> <BR> Looking for easy and healthy recipes. <BR> <BR> Thanks Mon, 29 Jul 2013 08:31:22 EST Challah I am in California right now. We reside in south Florida. We are here for my nephews wedding on Sunday. Since this team is Jewish, I wanted to tell you about the Challah at dinner last night. It was pretzel. It was a darker crust. <BR> I have not had any bread for over 3 1/2 years. I feel that my weight loss would be messed up if I indulge in it and with a lapband they really don't recommend it. <BR> <BR> So I am telling you my Sparkpeople family that I was true to myself and didn... Sat, 20 Jul 2013 10:01:13 EST Something to think about! Some people say that Arabs are "native Palestinians", while Jews are <BR> "invaders" and "settlers". But I read the biographies of Israeli and <BR> Palestinian political leaders, and I was confused. <BR> <BR> Who of Israeli or Palestinian leaders were born in Palestine ? <BR> <BR> ISRAELI LEADERS: <BR> <BR> BENJAMIN NETANYAHU, Born 21 October 1949 in Tel Aviv. <BR> <BR> EHUD BARAK, Born 12 February 1942 in Mishmar HaSharon, British Mandate <BR> of Palestine <BR> <BR> ARIEL SHARON , Born... Sat, 20 Jul 2013 08:26:14 EST "The Goldbergs," but not the original The other night I saw a promo for a new ABC comedy series to begin in the fall. The only familiar cast member is George Segal, now matured but certainly recognizable -- a cutie at any age. <BR> <BR> The new series is set in the 1980's and is not related to the radio (began ca. 1929) and 1950's TV show. The video clips at the ABC website aren't operational now, but Tablet has an article. Too bad the clip which the article discusses is unavailable here, too. The truth of the series remains... Thu, 11 Jul 2013 12:15:10 EST Air Quality How is the air quality where you are? I live in a big city and the air quality is really bad. The smog makes it look like it is foggy out. So I am not jogging outside. I am trying to do dvd's inside my house instead. Thu, 4 Jul 2013 11:42:50 EST International insults (thank NPR for this) I didn't hear "Wait, wait, don't tell me" this weekend, but Jackie Joyner-Kersee was the featured guest. Leave it to the internet to scream that her quiz category would be insults from around the world, taken from a [recent?] book. Some colorful, funny, curious examples: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>-world-in-a-dozen-insults-idioms/ </link> <BR> <BR> Laurie Sat, 29 Jun 2013 17:13:00 EST Someone's blog - For your entertainment This was posted in another of my teams. I hope it's a true story, but its richness is probably wasted in a mere joke. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5405368 </link> Sat, 29 Jun 2013 11:09:22 EST Warning: Controversial topic - SCOTUS on gay union ...and it's a shame that this is considered controversial, but there you have it. This is the only one of my teams where anything timely beyond natural disasters is mentioned and I feel proper and comfortable posting. <BR> <BR> I have yet to read up in depth, but, as stated in today's status, I commend SCOTUS, but sense an immediate flurry of counter-activity in Congress and some state legislatures. The reason I'm bringing this up at all is the statement issued by the OU, along the line ... Thu, 27 Jun 2013 15:14:03 EST Would You Like to Play A Game? Greetings all. I thought some of you might enjoy a simple little Sparky endurance game: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5394892 </link> <BR> <BR> Have fun and good luck. And remember, its for a good cause. The winner gets a modest discount on the Spark Jews Spark Team membership renewal fee. Wed, 19 Jun 2013 08:39:26 EST Would you like to help me win? Hi Everyone, <BR> I know I shouldn't do this, but.............. <BR> <BR> We are having a photo contest where I go to school. There are 11 campuses, plus our online students. Those that wanted to, could submit a picture depicting what Charter Success was to them. <BR> <BR> I submitted my picture in my Cap and Gown, with my Honors Cords, Gold Stole for President's Award, and my President's Award Certificate and Medal. <BR> <BR> If you have a Facebook presence, would you vote for me? Firs... Fri, 14 Jun 2013 04:01:32 EST If They Can Do It, Why Can't We? I had added this link on another thread here on SparkJews originally, but had a feeling it got "lost in the sauce" of the original conversation. Anyway, it got me to thinking [I try not to do that too much, or then my head would hurt <em>198</em> ] : The generation before mine was a generation of walkers. They didn't hop into a car for a quart of milk [granted, if you live where my sister does, you have no choice but to hop, as the local supermarket is a good three miles away]. My au... Fri, 14 Jun 2013 00:05:44 EST Jews On Mars? OK, the other thread is getting more and more off base, so someone hadda move it and start a new one. May as well be me. <BR> <BR> Jews are found in the most remote places on earth. Why not on other planets? <BR> <BR> <link><BR>rover-to-explore-massive-martian-synag<BR>og,32714/ </link> Sat, 8 Jun 2013 11:59:15 EST Calling all GeoGuessrs! Okay, I figured out a cool new feature (which Boss may have explained but I didn't quite understand): <BR> <BR> You know how sometimes you want to get closer to something to read a sign or whatever, but it goes blurry? <BR> <BR> You can change your view - go to the white open arrows on the picture (kind of toward the bottom of the photo) - practice clicking to the left, right, in front, in back - you can move your viewpoint of the photo! Also changes the time of day (or weather) so that yo... Thu, 6 Jun 2013 10:25:51 EST Can you spell "knaidel?" A boy from Queens (yeah!) won this year's national spelling bee by spelling "knaidel." The inclusion of a Yiddish word doesn't call for a hora, but I think it bears consideration based on transliteration. <BR> <BR> As far as I knew, having done no research until two minutes ago, there was no formal system of transliteration from Yiddish to English. YIVO, however, has a table for the task and, I suspect, it's honored by linguists, translators and others with a keen need and interest. The L... Fri, 31 May 2013 00:04:33 EST Synagogue Politics - The Battle Lines Are Drawn Twenty years ago we moved to the outer suburbs of Baltimore, a full 45 to 50 minutes from the epicenter of Mid-Atlantic jewry. We did do on purpose, so our then-future kids would not grow up exposed to the materialism that regrettably also is a hallmark of our ethnicity. We also did it so that out here in the wilderness, our real estate dollar would go further. Being a pioneer has been a mixed bag; sometimes we (Susan especially) feels lonely and culturally isolated. <BR> <BR> Once we arr... Tue, 28 May 2013 19:28:56 EST Study: Medical students' subconscious obesity bias NPR this morning had a feature on a study at Wake Forest University Medical School which showed that about one-third of medical students have an unconscious bias against obese patients. I didn't hear the entire piece, so I googled the subject and found a blog by Joe Palca, the NPR reporter (there were many more, related options) with a link to a Harvard website of tests on implicit associations to many things, including weight. I took the one on weight (thin/fat) and wasn't surprised by the i... Tue, 28 May 2013 12:24:16 EST Courtesy to an Extremely Overt Christian Sparky? Good day all. <BR> <BR> My Sparky extroversion (misplaced, I assure you - I am the original introvert) occasionally attracts "friend" connections out here, out of the cold blue. Today I was added as a friend by an individual who wears her Christian religiosity (probably of an evangelical nature) on her Sparky sleeve. No fewer than 41 representations of Jesus or the like in her photos. <BR> <BR> I have more than my hands full with over 300 Sparkies with whom I may share at least a superf... Sun, 19 May 2013 15:17:37 EST Egg Rolls & Egg Creams Festival (NYC) Not that I've ever attended, but each year I receive a postcard about this festival organized by Museum at Eldridge Street, a.k.a., Eldridge Street Synagogue. I think it must be fun for an Sunday afternoon outing on the Lower East Side: <BR> <BR> "Experience New York City's best bock party, a cross-cultural celebration of the Jewish and Chinese communities of our neighborhood! <BR> <BR> "Klezmer and cantorial music; Chinese opera and acrobatics; Yiddish and Chinese language lessons; mah j... Fri, 10 May 2013 23:47:37 EST Finally - Gender Equality Laws in Israel It's about time! Any nation that calls itself a democracy needs to maintain gender equality and not marginalize citizens based on being male or female! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>dleeast/israel-moves-to-end-gender-seg<BR>regation-in-public-spaces.html?_r=2& </link> Thu, 9 May 2013 22:32:44 EST Fit Jews Just completed a 40 mile bike tour ( and sometimes a walk with bike) AKA the 5 Boro Bike Tour. For those outside The metro NY area the whole city is kept off the major roads and bridges for most of the day while 50 thousand people rides their bikes through at least some part of each of the five New York City boros. There have been more observant Jews each year. Good to see. The highlight of the day for me was a gosipal choir in Harlem. They were singing America the Beautiful. Many of us were ... Sun, 5 May 2013 17:21:53 EST Mixed religion gatherings with mixed up kids We are a mixed-religion family (like many modern families). When my kids were little, they thought nothing of it. We went to Buddhist ceremonies, churches, shuls... it was all good. <BR> <BR> My daughter (aged 4) INSISTED she was going to give grace one night at a mixed family gathering. I should have said no. We are weren't practicing much at the time, but those few times we said Grace, of course it was in Hebrew. But she said she could do it in English. She said: <BR> <BR> "Father, we fo... Thu, 2 May 2013 11:32:29 EST In case we forget we are mortal, there are laws. In Oregon, I can never get too full of myself. <BR> The law will remind me I am mortal. <BR> For instance, <BR> It is illegal to predict the future. <BR> It is also illegal to modify the weather, unless I have a license that specifically allows me to do so. <BR> I can't watch movies, attend horse shows or eat ice cream on Sundays, either. <BR> Harumph. <BR> What about your state? Sat, 27 Apr 2013 01:26:23 EST Carol Burnett, 80 years today <link><BR>n/info-04-2013/carol-burnett-funniest-<BR>moments-photos.html?cmp=NLC-RSS-DAILY-<BR>BULLETIN-042613-E2#slide1 </link> <BR> <BR> The other day Nu and I exchanged a few notes about Carol Burnett. Today's AARP email includes the above slides of Ms. Burnett through her career as well as some video links. I'm posting for all in case others among us are particular admirers. <BR> <BR> Laurie Fri, 26 Apr 2013 15:55:25 EST Jewish super hero In another post, I imagined one of the SparkJews members as a superhero. It turns out that wasn't such a far-fetched idea. (And not just because she is a wonder-ful woman.) It turns out that many of the major comics were drawn by Jews. Read the following in Huff Post for details: <BR> <BR><BR>ate/superheroes-get-religion-or-the-ot<BR>her-way-around_b_3009310.html?utm_hp_r<BR>ef=judaism Tue, 23 Apr 2013 02:31:25 EST Exercise as refuge I woke to non-stop coverage of events in Boston on the local public radio station. I listened while puttering around the apartment and on line and while making breakfast. So much of the coverage is repetitive. When it's not repetitive, much is non-news, such as an interview with the uncle of the brothers suspected of planting the bombs near the finish line of the Boston Marathon. Of the remainder, much is speculation. <BR> <BR> What caught my attention was hearing about the streets of Boston... Fri, 19 Apr 2013 15:58:42 EST Glimmer of Glory Days in Baltimore I was thinking of Boss when I read this. Don't know if anybody saw this in Sunday's NY Times Travel section: <BR> <BR> Wed, 10 Apr 2013 14:38:01 EST The Maccabeats - Better Late Than Never In their ongoing attempt to come up with more and more songs for the holidays with rich new beats, I discovered this one, a tad late, I'm afraid, but perhaps the lingering taste of Passover will afford me this opportunity to share this link with you: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>accabeats-use-the-music-of-les-miserab<BR>les-to-tell-the-story-of-passover/ </link> Wed, 10 Apr 2013 05:56:31 EST Sensa and other Has any one used Sensa or other safe products as an assist to decreasing calories and increasing exercise? I have been stalled out for over a year. I bicycle even during the NY winter, do karate, play ice hockey and do all kinds of other activities. My calorie intake has been 1200 to 1500 a day. Trying to stay closer to 1200. Oh I'm almost 60. Mon, 8 Apr 2013 23:25:10 EST Heading off to Darwin We're taking the train to Darwin, leave at noon today, arrive Tuesday evening. <BR> <BR> See you all then! <BR> <BR> And yes, I'm trying to get a few more points since I won't be online for a day or two (gasp!) <BR> <BR> <em>213</em> Sat, 6 Apr 2013 19:36:36 EST "Internediate" Days of Passover What to eat? What can we eat, that is at least pseudo Sparky and not either chometz or kitinyot? Such questions... <BR> <BR> Finally finished with seder leftovers (We've been feeding our employees brisket all week), last night we had (drumroll, please) salmon! And fresh steamed cauliflower. And fresh fruit. Wow, how wonderful it was to eat like a civilized (and Passover-compliant) Sparky! <BR> <BR> The excellence of the departure from the egg-heavy, matzo-heavy, starch-heavy (coogle a... Fri, 29 Mar 2013 09:41:13 EST So what is your favorite Jewish Holiday and why? Passover makes me think of this question. Susan, Thing 1 and Thing 2 all loathe Passover. They are carb junkies and hate matzo. For them, the dietary restrictions are an ordeal that detracts from the meaning and symbolism so profoundly that its an overall check-minus. <BR> <BR> Of course, Passover is my favorite. I love matzo, the soup, foods with horseradish (a childhood friend was Phil Tulkoff - yes - THAT Tulkoff), charoset, etc. This year we thought 40 years of wandering may have cro... Tue, 26 Mar 2013 10:49:33 EST Israeli Robots Make A Seder For the science-y and non-science-y amongst us, this is positively breathtaking [and leave it to the Israelis]: <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> Enjoy! <BR> <BR> Nu Mon, 25 Mar 2013 01:36:37 EST What If Moses Had Facebook? If you folks have not seen this yet, you might enjoy this very much: <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> [It's even more fun set to Spanish.] <BR> <BR> Chag Sameach and a Zissen Pesach, Yidden! <BR> <BR> Nu Mon, 25 Mar 2013 01:30:02 EST Owning a Canadian! Below is a brilliant and humorous response to the notion that the Bible is the ultimate justification for any conflicting viewpoint in this day and age. <BR> <BR> <BR> On her radio show, Dr Laura Schlesinger said that, as an observant Orthodox <BR> Jew, homosexuality is an abomination according to Leviticus 18:22, <BR> and cannot be condoned under any circumstance. <BR> <BR> The following response is an open letter to Dr. Laura, written by a U.S. <BR> man, and posted on the Internet. It's... Sun, 24 Mar 2013 09:53:31 EST Is Passover Stressing You Out.....Yet? =Aack= Close to seven hours to plan and execute 78 meals for Passover week.And even catered [ALL of the days...Momma didn't raise no fool], to fax it all over just now to three different establishments, was a herculean task. <BR> <BR> Is it too late to join another religion, just temporarily, till after Passover? <BR> <BR> Now to have breakfast! Yay!!!! Mon, 18 Mar 2013 16:42:11 EST Passover Well, Pesach is right around the corner again. What is everyone doing for their Seders? For me it will be a different kind of Passover. <BR> <BR> Next weekend my cousin's daughter is having her Bat Mitzvah on Sat morning in Toronto, ON. I will be driving down from Montreal with my boyfriend and my parents. Because we will all be there this weekend and will be coming home on Monday my cousins are having a mock Seder on Sunday at their home for all the family members. Because of that and ... Sun, 17 Mar 2013 15:10:34 EST Pesach dishes in Jewish India Joan Nathan visited India to find the Jewish tradition of the very small population. A nice article from the Times, tempting recipes (though not suited to all Passover observances) and the "Passover" link in the second paragraph leads to great fun, including the real Boss. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>seder-spiced-with-flavors-from-india.h<BR>tml?src=me&ref=general </link> <BR> <BR> Laurie Thu, 14 Mar 2013 22:42:50 EST The Papacy (What if?...) All of this attention on the resignation of the old Pope and election of a new one has caused me to speculate... what if Judaism also had a person in such an intermediary role? Now before the Orthodox banish me for heresy for even thinking it, consider: <BR> <BR> 1. We'd have come, over time, to elect a woman. Women occupy the rabbinate in the conservative and reform movements, and constitute 100% of our Sparky leaders. <BR> <BR> 2. He/she would not be celibate. Being fruitful and mult... Wed, 13 Mar 2013 15:20:52 EST Baking question I'm not a baker and don't know the science of baking. <BR> <BR> It's common to use applesauce to replace oil in muffins and maybe other things. Would other cooked, pureed fruit work well? I'm thinking of baby-food pears, apricots, etc. I'd hate to go ahead without asking and risk all the ingredients having to go into the trash. <BR> <BR> Should the measure of fruit preparation be equal to the amount of oil being replaced? <BR> <BR> Thank you, experts. <BR> Sun, 10 Mar 2013 09:42:12 EST The Pope and the Rabbi- Did you know? <BR> Every time a new Pope is elected, there are many rituals in accordance with tradition, but, there is one tradition that very few people know about. <BR> <BR> Shortly after a new Pope is enthroned, the Chief Rabbi of Rome seeks an audience. He is shown into the Pope's presence, whereupon he presents the Pope with a silver tray bearing a velvet cushion. On top of the cushion is an ancient, shriveled envelope. The Pope symbolically stretches out his arm in a gesture of rejection. The Chie... Sun, 10 Mar 2013 08:29:49 EST Shabbat calories? Hi everyone! <BR> <BR> As an observant Jew, I really value keeping Shabbat and making my Shabbat meals nicer than usual. I get a lot of joy out of cooking lovely meals with lots of variety. <BR> <BR> Problem is, so much eating = so many calories. When I'm at home, I make all of our meals vegetable based and we usually have lean chicken anyway -- but then there's always dessert (fruit-based, but not always!) and challah/chummus/etc. Sometimes we go away and the issue compounds itself, as m... Fri, 8 Mar 2013 07:17:08 EST I Love Jewish Rock Radio! Hi, I am Val. I work in a community Jewish Day School. I love it not just because teaching is what I was meant to do but because I am blessed to live according to the Jewish calendar. I am off for all the holidays which unables my family to mark great significant moments in their lifes. Years ago I met Rick Recht a Jewish rock singer who tours the country and add his music to Shabbat services in many community. There is now a free web page where I can listen to him and dozens of other Je... Sun, 3 Mar 2013 07:39:04 EST Oscars Anyone watch the Oscars. If so, what did you think of that skit and about the Jews in the movie industry? Tue, 26 Feb 2013 08:26:33 EST new member Hello. I'm Larisa. (The Solly in my user name is for my dog, who is the "son" of my husband David!) I live in Oregon, about an hour from Eugene, and commute in twice a week for college. We sometimes go to a shul in Eugene, too, but we're pretty bad about that since my husband started working again, too. Three jobs and college between the two of us... and an hour commute. We are wiped out by Friday. <BR> <BR> When we moved to our area (closer to Roseburg) two years ago, we heard there... Sun, 24 Feb 2013 03:24:10 EST Happy Purim, Everybody! The Maccabeats (you remember them from the Chanukah song that went viral on YouTube, right?), have added to their holiday songfests with a Purim contribution. <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> Enjoy and Chag Sameach, Yidden! <BR> <BR> Nu Sun, 24 Feb 2013 00:43:48 EST Purim Well Purim is right around the corner this coming Sunday, February 24th. It is early this year. I will be going to a party at the YMHA this Sunday with a group called Bnai Or. There will be plenty of food, the reading of the Magilla, groggers and noise makers and dancing. Should be fun. Anyone else doing anything? Wed, 20 Feb 2013 14:10:09 EST The NYC-area Clothing Exchange Returns It's my pleasure to invite SparkJews members to the next clothing exchange on March 9, 2013. While the program is organized for the weight-loss surgery community, teammates will be welcomed as well. <BR> <BR> I'm especially proud that the program is in its third year. It's fun, it's free. If you're in the vicinity and would like to take part, contact me at <link> </link> (only I have access) and I'll send you the information. Please mention the team when you writ... Mon, 11 Feb 2013 10:42:52 EST Politics in Jerusalem? Hello, I read a disturbing article this morning - <BR> <BR> <link><BR>srael-seems-to-have-sold-jerusalem-to-<BR>the-vatican/ </link> <BR> <BR> Didn't know if we have a designated area to share feelings on this. It makes me feel uneasy ... As if I can hear Yoda saying "There is a great disturbance in the force!" <BR> <BR> Julia <BR> <BR> Tue, 5 Feb 2013 10:32:01 EST Tu B'Shevat Seder I am having dinner with my parents this Friday evening and am looking for some resources for a short Tu B'Shevat seder we can do before dinner. I know this involves eating 4 fruits, drinking 4 cups of wine, or eating chocolate -- or all three. Any suggestions? TIA! Wed, 23 Jan 2013 17:12:37 EST Tzedakkah Thread - 2013 A new year, a new thread (because it gets way too long in a year!): <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <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 donate cash to specific places, like earthqua... Fri, 4 Jan 2013 05:49:13 EST What to say to Merry Christmas I had to go to Costco yesterday, and on my way out the young man that checked my receipt gave me a very bored "Merry Christmas", to which I replied "Happy Chanukah." The reply I got back was "Chag Sameach", with the emphasis being CHag SaMEach. I did a double take, because the customer population is Latino, and then replied "toda raba". We just laughed and winked at each other, because the people nest to us were looking at us kinda funny. How lovely to hear a greeting in our own "language... Sat, 22 Dec 2012 16:06:54 EST Final Jeopardy! Answer: Chinese Food and the Movies. <BR> <BR> What is the question? <BR> <BR> Go! Sat, 22 Dec 2012 10:54:08 EST Substitute for ham hocks? I cook kosher-style (no pork or shellfish) and I see a lot of recipes (for bean and pea soups, often) that call for ham hocks. Does anyone have a good substitute? I'm not even sure what a ham hock is, so it's hard for me to say, but maybe someone here can help. Tue, 18 Dec 2012 00:26:07 EST The Votes Are In; The Tribe Has Voted There was only one vote for ousting me from this team. My own. So for now, I will stay. Thank you everyone who took the time and for appreciation my position and sense of responsibility for our recent troubles. <BR> <BR> As most of you probably know or recall from earlier posts, my Dad and his immediate family were Holocaust survivors. (If anyone missed this, give me a shout-out). This makes me a first-generation American. The family stories of those times and experiences I learned as... Mon, 17 Dec 2012 05:24:59 EST Moved to "Disturbing Spark Mail Tonight" thread This has been moved to the "Disturbing Spark Mail Tonight" thread. Fri, 14 Dec 2012 15:00:47 EST Vote Me Off the Island? I Would My controversial and outspoken ways have gotten me in trouble. I'm to blame for the disturbing emails and their aftermath, clearly enough. <BR> <BR> Shall I roll up the red carpet of extroversion, and post no more statuses, blogs and thread responses? Want me out of here? Leave SP altogether (i.e., change IDs?). Go. Fri, 14 Dec 2012 11:00:43 EST Disturbing Spark Mail Tonight Tonight I received a very lengthy e-mail from someone here on SP who I do not know, who has been following several of our holiday threads. Like other Christians before her, she came to SparkJews out of curiosity and to learn more about our customs, especially since learning that a close family member has Jewish roots. <BR> <BR> She noted that she was deeply saddened by two threads in particular, and felt very hurt that we found her religion to be "repulsive". She wrote that reading all the... Fri, 14 Dec 2012 00:14:27 EST Grilled Cheesus New York Magazine carried an ad for this product, affording me an antidote to the thread title, "Thanking Jesus." So much could be said, but the item truly speaks for itself. <BR> <BR> Laurie <em>334</em> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> Wed, 12 Dec 2012 17:36:10 EST And Now For Something Different Here's something to take your mind off the seasonal madness [yeah, yeah, "bah, humbug" and all that], which this season creates for not just one religion, but for several. OK, enough pontificating. If you missed this posting of mine from previous years, here it is again for you to enjoy. <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> Happy and joyous Chanukah to all! <BR> <BR> Nu Fri, 7 Dec 2012 20:02:08 EST 2013 Jewish Holidays Calendar It's official. The calendar is out. It hates us. Passionately. <BR> <BR> Consider that R.H. falls at an all-time early (in my limited 51 year recollection) of September 5th. That's three days after an obscenely early Labor Day of 9/2. I hate R.H. so early, when its still hot out and feels like summer. <BR> <BR> Can't we have a leap month already please? Wed, 28 Nov 2012 16:38:16 EST J.C. Penney alert I'm prompted to post by our recent (current?) thread, "Is it Dec. 26." A member wrote there about quitting a chain restaurant because of its support of anti-gay efforts. <BR> <BR> Today I received a sales email from Penney touting a vacation giveaway program by which they support Salvation Army. Googling showed me that Penney has supported other Christmas-identified Salvation Army charitable projects for any number of years. Salvation Army in its website posts formal positions against hom... Tue, 27 Nov 2012 14:54:36 EST Thanking Jesus Yesterday, I went to lunch with the Sr. Walkers. The lunch was organized by the man who organized this group. <BR> <BR> Before we started eating he stood up and said something about being thankful. Of course, he was thankful to Jesus. I can't even remember what he was being thankful for. The Jesus stopped me cold. <BR> <BR> Do you think it is appropriate for me to say something to him? <BR> <BR> Tomorrow I am going to my very good friend's house for a pre-thanksgiving dinner. A good p... Sat, 17 Nov 2012 07:05:28 EST Is it Dec. 26 yet 2 of the radio stations I listen to have already changed over to their Christmas only music. It is not even Thanksgiving yet (though almost). <BR> <BR> I just keep thinking what a looong season this is going to be and how I intensely dislike it. <BR> <BR> Must give credit to Mark about the 26th. He said that's the day he likes. Ditto. <BR> <BR> Sat, 17 Nov 2012 06:53:19 EST Clothing Exchange in NYC I'm in the third year of organizing clothing exchanges for weight-loss surgery people. It's my pleasure to invite members of SparkJews, surgery or no. <BR> <BR> The next exchange is Saturday, December 1, 2012, in midtown Manhattan. Team members, men and women, who live in the NYC area are welcomed to take part in the free event. If you'd like details, let me know at <link> </link> (my private address for the exchange). Be sure to mention SparkJews. <BR> <BR> L... Sun, 11 Nov 2012 20:34:53 EST DIFFERENCE BETWEEN CHRISTMAS AND CHANUKAH <BR> Now, if anyone asks you what the difference is between Christmas and Chanukah you will know what and how to answer! <BR> <BR> 1 Christmas is one day, same day every year, December 25. Jews also love December 25th. It's another paid day off work. We go to movies and out for Chinese food and Israeli dancing. Chanukah is 8 days. It starts the evening of the 24th of Kislev, whenever that falls. No one is ever sure. Jews never know until a non-Jewish friend asks when Chanukah starts, forc... Sat, 3 Nov 2012 08:23:30 EST A Jew Grows in Brooklyn I just read this heartwarming book written by Jake Ehrenreich, subtitled The Curious Reflections of a First-Generation American. <BR> <BR> I know the author by sight, however, I did know his father. They were members of my previous temple. <BR> <BR> It is also a play that I have seen. <BR> <BR> The book was loaned to me by my close, very Irish Catholic, friend. She couldn't stop talking about how she enjoyed it. <BR> <BR> This book sure helped me pass the evenings without power. Set... Sat, 3 Nov 2012 06:36:44 EST Touching Base Hi Everyone, <BR> Thought I'd take a few minutes out of my hectic life to catch everyone up on what's happening. <BR> <BR> I've finished both of my externships, sat nationals for Medical Assistant and passed, will be sitting for nationals for Phlebotomy on Nov. 2 in the A.M., walk the line Friday evening, why do they have to have graduation <em>58</em> on Shabbat? <em>198</em> (I have to go, I'm the valedictorian), write a term paper, take a mid-term, and practice my Aliyah for the ... Tue, 30 Oct 2012 03:31:06 EST Genesis Challenge Thanks Boss for this great idea for a "create a new me" challenge. <BR> <BR> Post your points here daily or weekly. Weekly winner gets a spark goodie from everyone else. <BR> <BR> I'm just not sure if the extra points for blog comments are fair in this case. Boss's blog is very, very popular (for good reason- I highly recommend it for anyone who is in need of a sparky laugh and motivation). <BR> <BR> G - Get Moving. Do 30 minutes (or more) of cardio and track it on Spark. (10 pts, plu... Wed, 3 Oct 2012 11:13:55 EST ideas needed to get the General Team Disccusion moving again and focused on losing weight. I am looking for input and ideas on how to attract people and have us discuss how we can successfully help each other lose. How can we attract new members? How can we become more active? Challenges? Wed, 3 Oct 2012 05:54:39 EST Introducing myself- greetings from Tel Aviv Hi guys, hope u had an easy fast and if not that u did some sould searching and reach conclusions about your past, present and future. <BR> I am almost 30 (next month...), highschool teacher from Tel Aviv. Have a shana tova, and learn how to forgive yourself (that was my lesson this fast). xoxo Wed, 26 Sep 2012 16:56:39 EST Yom Kippur My daughter was saying that she was thinking of coming (with my 2 grandchildren) on Tuesday night and of course would be sleeping over and she does live 1 1/2 hours away. I was not very receptive as it would be too much of a hassle. Kol Nidre service is very important to me I just want to eat dinner (my son will be here), get the kitchen cleaned up and get out. I really didn't want the commotion of having a 5 and 8 year old here. <BR> <BR> Also I would have to cook more, as I don't have... Sun, 23 Sep 2012 06:34:21 EST applesauce I'm looking for a recipe. I used to make it all the time, of course, didn't write it down, and now don't remember the proportions or anything else for that matter Sun, 9 Sep 2012 21:34:08 EST The Holidays Hi, everyone. The subject of eating over the holidays was brought up in Spark Israel, and I'd like to share what I wrote on that message board. <BR> <BR> Make lots of different salads. The more exotic the better. There is no need to make your salads oil/mayo-heavy either. <BR> <BR> We can cook healthy and delicious and extra-special for the holidays. You don't need a lot of heavy sauces to bring out the wonderful flavor of meat and chicken. <BR> <BR> I also think that portion control is i... Sun, 9 Sep 2012 08:24:25 EST Mishpaha Ha Tikvah--Elul challenge Just to let everyone know, Mishpaha Ha Tikvah is a group at Spark People for Orthodox Jewish individuals who would like to balance a halachic lifestyle with healthiness. <BR> <BR> The new challenge for the month of Elul wasjust posted. Anyone who would like to join us is certainly welcome to stop by and offer their support. Be well everyone and Shavuah Tov! Sun, 26 Aug 2012 08:36:47 EST Clothing Exchange for the NYC area I'm organizing another free clothing exchange for the NYU Medical Center weight-loss surgery program and invite SparkJews. My teammates are welcomed to take part whether they've had surgery or not. The event, on Saturday, September 8, is in-person with no arrangements for shipping. <BR> <BR> If you'd like to join us, please contact me at <link> </link> for details. It's my personal account for the exchange. <BR> <BR> Laurie Fri, 17 Aug 2012 06:21:44 EST Joining a Temple I think I may have brought this up before. How expensive it is to belong to a temple. <BR> <BR> My daughter just joined one in her area. The dues are around $1,500, then there is the building fund and tuitition for religious school about $500. Also they have to buy supermarket cards as the temple gets 5% of what you buy. If you don't buy what is assigned you have to pay more in your dues. <BR> <BR> I know a temple has a lot of expenses - but they don't make it easy. <BR> <BR> Wondering... Thu, 16 Aug 2012 17:46:05 EST Just Desserts Does anyone but me find perverse glee in outspoken anti-Semites getting their comeuppance? If so, you will quietly smile inwardly over this story: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>scovers-jewish-roots-155354165.html </link> Wed, 15 Aug 2012 08:21:54 EST hello from Florida! Hi, everyone, <BR> <BR> I'm Abby and I've been on SparkPeople for a while, but I just found SparkJews! I'm married with two kids and I love to read and write, write write! (I have a romance novel coming out next year! Yay!) <BR> <BR> I'm in North Central Florida now, but I was born in Boston. Moved to Florida when I was 11. I miss the snow!!! And the change of seasons!! <BR> <BR> Happy sparking! Tue, 14 Aug 2012 09:43:05 EST Jewish Friends I was talking to a gym friend today while we were on the treadmills. In course, of conversation I said I'm a city girl at heart. She said she was too. We realized we are both from Brooklyn. She proceeded to say she had some very nice Jewish friends there. <BR> <BR> This really got to me, as it does most time people tell me this. I wonder how she would have reacted if I said I had Catholic friends. <BR> <BR> Why do people find it necessary to impart this information? Mon, 13 Aug 2012 11:06:10 EST Hello from Israel! Hi all! <BR> My name is bikingtolean, I actually bought an exercise bike 2 years ago and it is collecting dust...I have always been overweight and even when I wasn't I thought I was because everyone around me is model size o_O <BR> <BR> I am a Jew which means I believe in the Torah that was given to the Jewish people at mount sinai, I believe it is binding and true! I am a mother which makes me a jewish mother, aaaagh! the stereotypes! <BR> I DO NOT make gefilte fish, matzo ball soup not bo... Wed, 25 Jul 2012 13:38:08 EST I did it!!! Just passed my basic and advanced phlebotomy classes and in a couple of months I'll be doing my externship. <BR> <BR> I'm still waiting to take NCCT's (Nationals). Keep good thoughts coming my way. <BR> <BR> And as to my major (phlebotomy is my minor), medical assisting, I finish on August 1st. After NOT going to school for 48 years, I AM ON DEAN'S LIST. <BR> <em>244</em> Fri, 29 Jun 2012 02:46:59 EST Tools of the Trade cookware I just bought three of the Belgique frying pans (8, 10 & 12"). This is my first time with this manufacturer and I'd be interested to hear from those of you who use these pans what you think of them. <BR> <BR> If you are a fan of Belgique, has what seems to be great prices on the pans and some other items in the clearance/home/kitchen section. Either Macy's or the manufacturer is closing them out. The two larger pans came as a set for about $32 while the small pan was about $14. <BR... Thu, 28 Jun 2012 23:28:25 EST Here I Am...Finally! Tzura is my Hebrew name. Actually it is Tzura Motley. Don't know where that "Motley" comes from, but Tzura was the name of my mom's best girlfriend who died at 13 years old. Anyway, I have been struggling with weight since puberty (as many have). I believe in Einstein's theory of relativity (matter cannot be created or destroyed) because everytime someone loses a pound or two I will pick those pounds up and put them on my hips!!! I always get to a certain point in weight loss (currently ... Sat, 16 Jun 2012 05:28:01 EST Covering your hair while active I'm not sure if any of the ladies on this forum have taken to wearing a Tichel after marriage. However, I am hoping someone out there can tell me how to manage this while working out. When I swim, I wear a swimcap (I am still getting the hang of this one too). How do you cover your hair while biking, at the beach, at the gym etc? Any advice would be greatly appreciated! Sun, 10 Jun 2012 14:14:18 EST Muhammad Ali’s Grandson’s Bar Mitzvah Muhammad Ali’s Grandson’s Bar Mitzvah <BR> By Renee Ghert-Zand <BR> <BR> We’ve called former world heavyweight boxing champ Muhammad Ali “The Greatest,” “The People’s Champion” and “The Louisville Lip.” Now we might want to also call him “Zaidy” — and a very proud one at that. <BR> <BR> The boxing news site “The Sweet Science” reports that the Muslim Ali’s grandson recently became a bar mitzvah. The 13-year-old boy, Jacob Wertheimer, is the son of Ali’s daughter Khaliah Ali-Wertheimer and ... Thu, 7 Jun 2012 22:38:28 EST Book: "50 Jewish Artists You Should Know" I was just browsing the Met Museum's online shop (what else to do on a Saturday?) and came across the book. I'm unfamiliar with it, but thought I'd mention it for anyone who might be interested. It's produced to sell for a modest price and, out of curiosity, I googled the title and found many sites offering it at better prices than does the Met. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>learance/50-jewish-artists-you-should-<BR>know/invt/80013868/ </link> <BR> <BR> Laurie Sat, 2 Jun 2012 19:19:51 EST Shavuot With Shavuot just around the corner, I want to wish everyone a happy and meaningful holiday. <BR> <BR> I know many of us will be tempted with cheesecake and other high-fat, high-calorie goodies, but if you make your own desserts you can use low-fat ingredients to limit the damage. For example, I made very sinful cinnamon rolls, but used 3% cream cheese instead of 30% for the glaze. <BR> <BR> This won't be the same as "the good stuff," but I just posted a recipe on Spark People for deliciou... Tue, 22 May 2012 11:53:04 EST The Goldbergs. Abe and Esther Goldberg are flying to Australia for a two week vacation to celebrate their 40th anniversary. <BR> <BR> Suddenly, over the public address system, the captain announces, "Ladies and Gentlemen, I am <BR> afraid I have some very bad news. Our engines have ceased functioning and we are going to attempt an emergency landing. <BR> Luckily, I see an uncharted island below us and we should be able to land on the beach. However, the odds are that we may never be rescued and we will ... Tue, 22 May 2012 10:43:46 EST RULES OF JUDAISM NOT HANDED DOWN BY MOSES If you can't say something nice, say it in Yiddish. <BR> <BR> If it tastes good, it's probably not kosher. <BR> <BR> No one looks good in a yarmulke. <BR> <BR> Some Gentiles leave and never say good-bye; Jews say good-bye and never leave. <BR> <BR> 20% off is a bargain; 50% off is a mitzvah. <BR> <BR> Israel is the land of milk and honey; Florida is the land of milk of magnesia. <BR> <BR> The High Holidays have absolutely nothing to do with marijuana. <BR> <BR> And what's so wrong with... Mon, 21 May 2012 04:19:17 EST "You are What You Eat" - this week;'s parsha A local rabbi, and one Susan and have gotten to know well, recently has begin publishing a weekly blog and podcast about the parsha of the week. This week's is about food. Where, more appropriate, to share, than here? <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> What do you all think? Sun, 13 May 2012 20:28:40 EST The Matzo Biz I'm usually behind in reading the NY Times Magazine. The link is to the April 15th article on matzo as business, something I'd guess not many people think about. <BR> <BR> . <link><BR>the-amazing-matzo-stimulus.html?_r=1&p<BR>agewanted=all </link> <BR> <BR> Come to think of it, wasn't there another brand, Horowitz & Margareten? I haven't seen the name in eons. <BR> <BR> Laurie Mon, 30 Apr 2012 19:43:31 EST Invitation to a Clothing Exchange If you can get to midtown Manhattan (opposite Penn Station) and it won't conflict with your observance, you're invited to take part in a free clothing exchange on Saturday, May 5. Now two years old, the periodic event, under the aegis of the weight-loss surgery department of NYU Langone Medical Center, is something I initiated for men and women WLS patients, one of which I am. As it's my baby, I enjoy including on-line friends who share the ultimate goal, surgery or no. <BR> <BR> As you may... Tue, 24 Apr 2012 21:06:38 EST Whole Wheat Challah? I love challah. Challah does not love me. Entering the nutritional data for challah, here in the tracker, has been nothing short of sobering. Challah sort of seems like empty calories. <BR> <BR> Empty calories never stopped me - eating challah to excess is a well-ingrained habitual weakness for me. Leftovers from shabbat sit wrapped on the counter, and call my name each morning. If challah were better for me, my Sparky progress would improve. <BR> <BR> This got me to thinking. If cha... Thu, 19 Apr 2012 08:54:51 EST Wish me luck!! Tonight is my interview! I am trying to get into a program here that takes moms on a "birthright" trip to Israel. Ever since my daughter came home from birthright I have wanted to go and now the opportunity is upon me!! I'm so excited! <BR> <BR> I filled out all the forms, talked on the phone to lots of people and this is the last leg before they let me know. I don't know how many they take but I can't tell you how excited I am! <BR> <BR> How could they not like me? :) Wish me luck! Wed, 18 Apr 2012 06:56:41 EST Epitaph on the "Business" of Passover For those of you who missed this fascinating NYT article on the business of manufacturing Matzo, enjoy! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>the-amazing-matzo-stimulus.html?_r=2&s<BR>rc=rechp </link> Mon, 16 Apr 2012 08:14:05 EST My exercise top I've been finally getting down to embroidering on a few t-shirts so I can do some exercising in. Thought I'd share these even though it's my blog for the day. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=4836198 </link> Sun, 15 Apr 2012 15:10:24 EST Team leader message to group. A Fine Line. Comments on this thread. <BR> <BR> I made my position very clear. You can talk about any Jewish topic at any level. You can ask any questions you like that appertain to Jewish subjects and observance. I will never comment about if you keep Shabbas or kosher or if you are a convert. That is non of my business. All I ask is that nothing whatsoever to do with Christianity is mentioned. Yes, it may well be an interesting topic to the non observant among the group, or the just curio... Sat, 14 Apr 2012 17:34:30 EST Breaking Passover - What's Your Tradition? So we have two more days until Passover 2012 is in the history books. How do you break it? Does being a member of the Sparky Caravan (see my Feb 5th blog) change anything? (Ex: maybe not pizza for its caloric, fat, cholesterol, carb wallop?). Specifically, do you: <BR> <BR> 1. Buy any bread before Sundown Saturday? <BR> 2. Go out to eat? Where and for what? <BR> 3. Have a special at-home food? Bagels?... <BR> 4. Throw out your Passover food, whether or not finished? (ex: Matzo) ... Thu, 12 Apr 2012 16:02:15 EST If You're Not Yet "Passover-ed" Out This is an interesting shadow dance performance performed in Cancun, Mexico, last year. Quite unique. Enjoy. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>feature=youtube_gdata_player </link> Tue, 10 Apr 2012 21:15:02 EST A Fine Line This is Part Two of my thread about non-Jewish visitors (see below for those interested in our earlier discussion). It's not about the person who caused me to write those original words, but about another. I get, from time to time, postings on my page, that are neutral, from an individual, who most likely (I believe in giving the benefit of the doubt always in all kinds of situations) means no harm. Now here's the rub: Last weekend was also Easter, so I 'learned' how to make special Easte... Tue, 10 Apr 2012 19:47:40 EST Salads! Roasted Vegetables! Fish! Hey guys! <BR> <BR> While it is Chol HaMoed, I would like to remind you that - though we observe Passover - we can still eat healthy! <BR> <BR> Stay away from the only for Passover snack foods that fill aisles! Immediately head toward the fresh produce! <BR> <BR> Select crispy fresh juicy green, yellow, orange, and red peppers! Roma Tomatoes or the tomatoes you love! Fresh cucumbers! Crispy Butter Leaf Lettuce! Sweet Onions! <BR> <BR> Cut them up into a salad, dip them into tuna fi... Mon, 9 Apr 2012 09:05:17 EST T'was the night after Seder Twas the night after Seder, and all through the house <BR> Nothing would fit me, not even a blouse. <BR> The fish and the kugel, (oh my, what a taste) <BR> After both of the seders, went straight to my waist. <BR> When I got on the scale, I couldn't believe it! <BR> The treadmill and bicycle wouldn't relieve it. <BR> I remembered the marvelous meals I prepared; <BR> The light airy matzah balls everyone shared. <BR> The brisket, the turkey, the tzimmes so sweet; <BR> Oy, let me recline and ge... Sun, 8 Apr 2012 21:14:49 EST Healthy Eating During Passover ..ideas? Hi Everyone! <BR> <BR> Wishing you all a happy and healthy pessach. <BR> <BR> Any ideas on how to keep the diet in check during this time? All the food is so rich and full of....well calories!!! Thu, 5 Apr 2012 18:47:12 EST Kishke Recipe I want to try and make me own kishke for Passover. Does anyone have any recipes that have used with success? I have found a few online that don't sound too good so if anyone has had experience making their own and can share that would be great! <BR> <BR> Thanks, <BR> Julee Thu, 5 Apr 2012 15:43:18 EST Passover: articles, poems, jokes, recipes, & more The Jewish Magazine is an on-line magazine and it usually has interesting articles. The special Passover edition just arrived in my e-mailbox. I thought I'd share the link for your reading entertainment. <BR> <link> </link> Wed, 4 Apr 2012 14:49:14 EST I may be going to Easter mass... yikes! My boyfriend of 8.5 years is Catholic (though non-practicing and non-religious at all) and I'll be going with him to visit his brother for Easter weekend. His parents are making the trip, too, which makes me wonder if we'll be going to Easter mass. (I asked the boyfriend, and he doesn't know if we will or won't -- it's really up to his mother, of course!) <BR> <BR> I've only ever been to one Christian wedding, and that's the extent of my participation in any form of mass or service in a Chri... Tue, 3 Apr 2012 21:56:44 EST Passover snack ideas for kids HI <BR> <BR> I have to provide a snack for my 5 year old's girl scout troop during Passover. we live in a small Wisconsin town and she is the only Jewish girl in her troop but I want to make it Passover compliant. It is an evening meeting and typically they get cookies or something close. THere are about 20 girls in the troop. <BR> <BR> Thanks, <BR> Julee Tue, 3 Apr 2012 21:14:14 EST For All The Hard-Working Passover Bees.... .....a sweet Passover to you all. <BR> <BR> You've been working hard for weeks now, I am sure. Just a few more days and you can settle back and enjoy the fruits of your labors. <BR> <BR> Zissen Pesach, <BR> <BR> Nu Mon, 2 Apr 2012 06:26:26 EST Cleaning for Pesach Hi! I know that we only have a few days left before Pesach, yet I'm wondering: <BR> <BR> Does anyone have some good cleaning tips and tricks? <BR> <BR> I especially would like to get my oven racks shiny, again. Any ideas? Sun, 1 Apr 2012 23:06:56 EST Easter bunny is on the horizon Just got my first Easter greeting from a teammate (obviously not from this team) -- the basket of Easter eggs goodie. I have no doubt that her intention was enthusiastic SP friendship, which she often exhibits. I think I gave a gentle, appropriate reply: <BR> <BR> "Thanks for the basket of eggs almost-too-pretty-to-eat. Lest the remaining, uncooked ones feel unappreciated, they'll go into matzo brei. <BR> <em>493</em> nothing looks like matzo, so let this pass for the chocolate-covered v... Fri, 30 Mar 2012 16:18:15 EST "Beat to Quarters!"; Next It's "Clear for Action!" So we are the "home team" for 2nd Seder. Serving (at present count) 22, including the four of us. Who else is already getting consumed by host and hostess duty, here still a full week beforehand? From our Facebook statuses earlier today: <BR> <BR> My wife - "It took 20 years of marriage to get there, but (in prepping for Sedar this year) I officially opened my sixth box of good china, for a total of 24 place settings. If we get any larger-- and that would be fine: we're a more the merrier k... Fri, 30 Mar 2012 11:00:47 EST Tracking food over pesach if you're shomer Hi all! Pesach is just over a week away and I am very nervous about how I am going to track my food. At home, I do not keep shomer and so it is easy to go online and input food or look up calories when I am eating something. My husband and I are going to be staying with my parents for the first two days of Pesach however, and they do keep shomer, so I will not be able to get onto Sparkpeople. Ack! I haven't got a smartphone, so I can't do it that way. I was wondering how those of you who do k... Wed, 28 Mar 2012 17:26:59 EST Miami Beach Holocaust Museum (posted for Nomis1) On behalf of Nomis1, below please find a link to a Youtube video on the Miami Beach Holocaust Museum <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Sun, 25 Mar 2012 15:54:25 EST In Honor Of Passover - What If Moses Had Facebook? Some of you folks may know me as a "serial poster", especially in time for the holidays. I did it last year for Chanukah [The Maccabeats' song giving new joy and spin (no pun intended, really) on a timely tale], this year for Purim (thanks to Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute Of Religion), and now =drum roll= for Passover (courtesy of <BR> <BR> I think you might enjoy this link. Those of you who understand Hebrew, or Spanish, can enjoy setting it to those languages as well... Wed, 21 Mar 2012 22:46:40 EST Horrible news! A Rabbi and 3 schoolchildren have been murdered today in France. I think 2 of the children belonged to the Rabbi. This is shocking and tragic news. I will update if I hear anything more. <BR> <BR> Myrna. Mon, 19 Mar 2012 13:18:55 EST Non-Jewish Visitors I have noticed lately that several people have either added me as an SP buddy, or have commented on my page, that made me wonder how the heck they got connected with me in the first place. Sometimes it's not as simple as following the "SP Friend Feed crumb trail", as I say. As I investigated further, and went to their pages, I have noticed that in at least two instances, they are very religious Christians. Thus far, there has not been any overt proselytizing left on my page, but it just oc... Sun, 18 Mar 2012 10:15:00 EST An Orange on Your Seder Plate? What's on your seder plate? Anything a-traditional? For the past few years, on ours there has been an orange. Reason being that it symbolizes the legitimacy of women in the rabbinate (as a symbolic retort to "A woman no more belongs on the bimah, then does an orange on a seder plate.") <BR> <BR> More broadly, some think that the orange symbolizes tolerance and inclusiveness in general, and the rights of those Jewish people traditionally disenfranchised both religiously and societally. F... Thu, 15 Mar 2012 04:56:02 EST Question about Cholent I'm working with a nutritionist, and we got to talking about cholent. Does anyone have any nutrition facts, or should I submit my recipe, and see what they do to it to *healthify* it? <BR> <em>481</em> Mon, 12 Mar 2012 23:42:58 EST A new Haggadah (J.S. Foer, Englander et al.) This article is from today's New York Times: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>-thoughtful-new-translation-of-the-hag<BR>gadah.html?_r=1&src=me&ref=style </link> <BR> <BR> Laurie Sun, 11 Mar 2012 21:44:25 EST Story of My Family's Exodus from the Holocaust Apologies in advance for posting on Shabbat - a few of you have requested that I post the factual story of the "Exodus" from Nazi Germany (DURING the Holocaust) as experienced by my Dad and his side of my family. <BR> <BR> This was an oral history told to us as I was growing up, emblazoned on my brain (and embellished like most all oral histories) until yours truly took the trouble in recent years both to research the facts and document my findings. The facts were harrowing enough and nee... Sat, 10 Mar 2012 06:11:56 EST Sharing a moment Yesterday, as I was checking out at the supermarket, the cashier noticed my purchase of matzo. She said heavily accented, "Oh, you be Jew?". I smiled and nodded, busy packing my groceries. She said, "Oh, how I love the Jew. When I came to America the family that took me in were Jew. I was there for 2 years and was treated as if I were their family. I love the holidays so much and the food!!! The food, the matzo ball soup, the special bread dipped in honey so wonderful. There was dancing... Fri, 9 Mar 2012 08:27:54 EST "The Book Of Purim" The Maccabeats gave us a new banner song for Chanukah, now the Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute Of Religion presents "The Book Of Purim". Enjoy and Chag Sameach! <BR> <BR> <link><BR> </link> Thu, 8 Mar 2012 11:17:20 EST Stuck in a rut. Any suggestions? So, I was losing weight and doing pretty well and then things kind of collapsed on me. <BR> My Mum died unexpectedly and I kinda stopped working out while I went back to Scotland for the funeral. (And ate a lot of greasy, fried food while there.) <BR> <BR> I came back here and got the flu, lost my job and generally gained back 10 lbs. <BR> I managed to lose that and started a new job which I love. <BR> HOWEVER, even though I am cycling 10 miles to work every day and then 10 miles back as wel... Wed, 7 Mar 2012 17:44:44 EST Fasting - What are your plan? Shalom - tonight/tomorrow is Tanis (fast of) Esther - <BR> What will you be doing? Will you eat/drink extra today? <BR> Will you "catch up" after the sun goes down tomorrow and Purim starts? <BR> Will you work out? <BR> <BR> If you fast completely - how do you maintain your SparkPeople streaks? <BR> <BR> A Freilich, Merry Purim Tue, 6 Mar 2012 12:52:50 EST Baby Blanket I realize this post has nothing to do about food/exercise - but I knew this specific team would appreciate what I've done. <BR> <BR> My daughter has a half-sister (my 1st husband is from Israel and he had 2 more daughters with his 2nd wife) that now lives in Israel with her hubby and 3 mo old son. They are coming back to the states next week to introduce her son to her family and my daughter is flying to Atlanta so she can also visit. <BR> <BR> She picked out the material and I created th... Tue, 6 Mar 2012 10:56:55 EST Looking to say healthy and sane Hi, I joined SP on Thursday and am really liking all this site has to offer. I am a 43 y.o. Mom of 1. I would be happy with a 30 lb loss. <BR> <BR> My big incentive is that my daughter is having her Bat Mitzvah in June and I want to feel comfortable in the pictures. <BR> <BR> I hope I can keep motivated and sane through all of the planning and continue the motivation after the occasion as well. Mon, 20 Feb 2012 19:59:35 EST The trap of "heritage food" Well I was cruising along just fine, closing in on my second full month on Spark and down about 24 lbs. <BR> <BR> Then this week, pull-apart challah AND fresh bagels entered my gastric sphere of influence. Whitefish salad too, no less (doubtlessly just loaded with mayo). <BR> <BR> Fundamentally and for me anyway, this is the essential problem with the ethnic yummies on which we all were raised. <BR> <BR> I know better. I really do. But before I knew it, done was done, and now I am dow... Sun, 19 Feb 2012 06:03:01 EST Mishpaha Ha Tikvah Just to let everyone know, Mishpaha Ha Tikvah, a Spark group for Jewish folks who are interested in balancing an orthodox lifestyle with health and exercise has just announced its Purim 5772 challenge. Please drop by and join in. <em>306</em> Sun, 12 Feb 2012 15:53:40 EST Article: Mindful eating as "Food for Thought" From Wednesday's NY Times food section: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ndful- eating-as-food-for-thought.html?_r=1&s cp=1&sq=food%20for%20thought&st=csewww -eating-as-food-for-thought.html?_r=1& scp=1&sq=food%20for%20thought&st=cse </link> <BR> <BR> I'd been under the impression that our notion of "mindful eating" in relation to weight control was loosely borrowed from Buddhism. The article expanded my limited understanding... Thu, 9 Feb 2012 19:10:21 EST "Jewish" foods challenge Shalom. <BR> I've been disappointed with the lack of nutritional information for traditional Jewish foods in SP. I am pleased though with SP's change to allow us the ability to share foods and add recipes. <BR> <BR> Therefore - to get us started in preparation for Purim and Pesach, I am challenging myself (and those chaverim who join me) to add a recipe or share a traditionally Jewish food favorite thereby making it available when someone searches. That way it can be added to our food trac... Wed, 8 Feb 2012 15:13:01 EST 8 weeks- 8 pounds until Pesach It's just over 8 weeks until Pesach, and I am committing to stick to my plan for these 8 weeks. I hope to be 8 pounds lighter by then. Anyone in with me? Post your plan and your progress here. <BR> Tue, 7 Feb 2012 06:03:50 EST Some Good Jewish Humour THE CITIZENSHIP TEST <BR> Saul Epstein was taking an oral exam in his English as a Second Language class. He was asked to spell "cultivate," and he spelled it correctly. He was then asked to use the word in a sentence, and, with a big smile, responded: "Last vinter on a very cold day, I vas vaiting for a bus, but it vas too cultivate, so I took the subvay home." <BR> <BR> THE SINKING BOAT <BR> Two Jews, Morty and Saul, are out one afternoon on a lake when their boat starts sinking. Saul s... Mon, 30 Jan 2012 00:07:12 EST Talmud, modesty and events in Israel Perhaps the subject is too controversial in general or because of the range of observance in our group to have been discussed here at all. These links to the New York Times are here for the clicking. It's your choice whether to comment or even read the items. <BR> <BR> Op-ed opinion piece, January 20: <BR> <BR> . <link><BR>ltra-orthodox-jews-and-the-modesty-fig<BR>ht.html?_r=1&scp=1&sq=lechery%20modest<BR>y&st=cse </link> <BR> <BR> Reader response... Sat, 28 Jan 2012 21:07:37 EST Mfr's serving size for grains/beans/ pasta/similar If you've been unsure one too many times whether the label refers to dry/raw or cooked per-serving measure, either by USDA regulation or simple American custom, here is the answer: <BR> <BR> (nb: the following is the jurisdiction of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, not the USDA) <BR> <BR> from <link><BR>egulat oryInformation/GuidanceDocuments/FoodL abelingNutrition/FoodLabelingGuide/ucm 064904.htm#prep </link> <BR> <BR> "The serving size, howeve... Sat, 28 Jan 2012 20:45:35 EST Kosher Square Lacy Biscuits made with Orange Those were my favorites (thihck) Matzot as a child during Pessah but it seems like they are not available in the US (based on my search) - Hopefully, I didn't look in the right place... <BR> <BR> Please, let me know if you happen to find those Matzot for sale online. <BR> <BR> This French Website sells them but they don't deliver in the US... <link><BR>/1274-galettes-carrees-a-lorange-450g.<BR>html </link> <BR> <BR> I have two other options if I cann... Fri, 27 Jan 2012 11:28:15 EST My Fan Club! LOL Just *have* to share this. I was complaining to my Sis about not losing enough -- and this was her reply: <BR> ----------------------------------------<BR>--------------------------------------<BR>-------------------- <BR> STOP anguishing about the weight loss and just get into a healthy, happy lifestyle that makes you FEEL GOOD! <BR> <BR> Stress causes weight gain and the hormones that build up stomach fat. Worry about pounds and you'll get them. <BR> <BR> Buy healthy, eat healthy, ... Mon, 23 Jan 2012 08:01:59 EST 8 cups a day Anyone want to join me in a month long water challenge? I used to be so good about this, and for some reason can't get back in to it. 8 cups of water, no artificial additives. Post your progress here. Thu, 12 Jan 2012 16:44:26 EST Sorry. I am a little unwell at the moment and I know I am not keeping up with answering and checking posts. I hope to be able to get back on track as one of the leaders in a few days. I will check in and chat as much as I can. <BR> Kol Tuv, <BR> Myrna. Thu, 12 Jan 2012 04:59:21 EST Spark-Compliant Shabbat Dinner Since my wife and I resolved to implement permanent lifestyle changes and become healthier and thinner (now a distant, full week ago), we have been carefully thinking and planning about how keeping a food diary (here on Spark or even just in general) would be compliant with our very food-centric Jewish culture. <BR> <BR> I am happy to report that last night was our first family Shabbat dinner since joining the web site and adopting the programming herein. We still had all of the tradition... Sat, 7 Jan 2012 07:04:24 EST "Your Problem Isn't Motivation" - blog, HarvBusRvw Nike distilled it to three words, but this certainly is a useful reminder that, among other things, it's the first step that's the hardest. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>roblem-isnt-motivation.html </link> <BR> <BR> Laurie Fri, 6 Jan 2012 18:10:54 EST Tzedakkah Thread - 2012 Seems like a good time to renew the thread! <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <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 donate cash to specific places, like Haitian relief efforts. There ar... Wed, 4 Jan 2012 14:18:09 EST CARS & COMPUTERS For all of us who feel only the deepest love and affection for the way computers have enhanced our lives, read on. <BR> <BR> At a recent computer expo (COMDEX), Bill Gates reportedly compared the computer industry with the auto industry and stated, <BR> 'If Ford had kept up with technology like the computer industry has, we would all be driving $25 cars that got 1,000 miles to the gallon.' <BR> <BR> In response to Bill Gates's comments, Ford issued a press release, stating: <BR> <BR> 'I... Mon, 2 Jan 2012 09:40:39 EST EIGHT DAYS OF CHANUKAH enjoy!!! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>hE6_ayc&feature=player_embedded </link> <BR> <BR> . <BR> . Tue, 27 Dec 2011 10:45:18 EST "menorah design on pottery pitcher" Hello - <BR> we just arrived at my husband's childhood home, where we will spend the week getting the rest of the stuff removed, so we can sell the estate. I "rediscovered" a white ceramic water pitcher (maybe originally intended to be a rooting container, as it is only about 1 cup (8oz) capacity, maybe not quite 2 cups?). I have photos of it here now on my iPhone but don't have a way to email them directly to SparkPeople. <BR> <BR> but the sides have matching design of what appears to be ... Tue, 27 Dec 2011 01:31:49 EST Happy Dec. 26th I don't like to admit it, but I'm 'uncomfortable' this time of year... So glad to see Dec. 26th. <BR> I try to avoid stores and grocery stores, etc. Even my on-line game sites can make me uneasy. :-( I try to remind myself that they don't know any better and most mean well... <BR> . <BR> Usually a simple thank you serves as a response to all the MC's Oh well... it is the 6th day of Chanukah... :-) Be well and safe and warm and happy! Sun, 25 Dec 2011 19:39:20 EST Latke recipe with Indian flair The latke-makers amongst us might like this recipe for variety. I can't say more than, if I were to eat or make latkes, and I wouldn't, I'd find this variation appealing. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>87.asp/zzz </link> Sun, 25 Dec 2011 11:53:05 EST P'Yat The Fifth Night <BR> <BR> As told by Yanki Tauber <BR> . <BR> One of the legendary soldiers in the Lubavitcher Rebbe's army of teachers and activists who kept Judaism alive in Communist Russia in the darkest years of repression was Rabbi Asher Sossonkin, who spent many years in Soviet labor camps for his "counter-revolutionary" activities. <BR> . <BR> In one of these camps he made the acquaintance of a Jew by the name of Nachman Rozman. In his youth, Nachman had abandoned the traditional J... Sat, 24 Dec 2011 08:06:28 EST Ode to the spud - Happy Hanukka!! Here's a SParklingly good article about the wonders of the lowly spud. It's published in the Jerusalem Post, and relevant to all Sparkers: does anyone know how to bring it to the attention of the powers-that-be running this site? <BR> <BR> "Eight surprising health benefits of the spud" <BR> By KATHRYN RUBIN, Jerusalem Post, 12/14/2011 16:42 <BR><BR>AndWine/Article.aspx?id=249395 <BR> <BR> Happy (binge-free) Hanukka and Shabbat Shalom Thu, 22 Dec 2011 23:38:53 EST A fun hanukkah video <link><BR>feature=player_embedded </link> <BR> <BR> Happy Holiday!! This is adorable and fun. Watch to the very end. Hope everyone is enjoying the festival of lights!!! Thu, 22 Dec 2011 10:15:50 EST Happy Chanukah! 'TWAS THE NIGHT BEFORE CHANUKAH... <BR> OY! WHAT A SHOCK! <BR> SOMEBODY OUTSIDE <BR> WAS PICKING OUR LOCK! <BR> <BR> AND THERE AT THE DOOR <BR> STOOD A 'ZAYDA' IN BLUE- <BR> AND HE WORE ON HIS KOPP <BR> A BLUE YARMULKA, TOO! <BR> <BR> HIS PUNIM WAS SHAIN- <BR> EVERYBODY WOULD LOVE IT! <BR> 'ROUND HIS NECK HUNG A CHAIN <BR> WITH A GOLD MOGEN DOVID! <BR> <BR> HE WORE SILKEN TSITZES <BR> BENEATH HIS WOOL VEST, <BR> AND A SMALL FLAG OF ISRAEL <BR> WAS DRAPED ON HIS CHEST! <BR> <BR> HE SAID: "... Wed, 21 Dec 2011 22:29:03 EST Proper lighting of Hannukah candles? The only way I've ever known is right-to-left. However, a non-Jewish friend called to ask, as she's spending the holidays with at her brother & sister-in-law's. The latter, though also not Jewish, decided it would be a good thing to light candles for the festival. She was out and left written instructions, complete with the prayer in English, for my friend. The instructions weren't completely clear, so she called me to ask. <BR> <BR> I just found what seems the same thing at -... Wed, 21 Dec 2011 20:51:04 EST Chanucah 2011. Very happy Chanucah to everyone in the team. I hope you all get a chance to celebrate this wonderful festival. After the holidays I think it is time to start another weight loss challenge. Suggestions appreciated in the New Year. No point in doing it now. Why spoil this nice time of year. To my mind it would bring on a major guilt trip and that is the last thing one needs when so much food is going to be around. Just be a little careful and try to indulge in moderation. One latka one doughn... Tue, 20 Dec 2011 07:51:51 EST Campbell's Hanukkah Hanukkah <link><BR>x?CID=EM-PX-MM-322 </link> <BR> <BR> got to tweak, of course! Mon, 19 Dec 2011 14:26:11 EST Another Chanuka song - Chazerai "As Time Goes By" You must remember this, <BR> A bris is still a bris, <BR> A chai is just a chai. <BR> Pastrami still belongs on rye, <BR> As time goes by. <BR> <BR> With holidays in view, <BR> A Jew is still a Jew, <BR> On that you can rely. <BR> No matter if we eat tofu, <BR> As hours slip by. <BR> <BR> Old shtetl customs, never out of date. <BR> All those potatoes mother has to grate. <BR> Honey, tsimus, latkes, chopped liver on our plate <BR> The best that gelt can buy. <BR> <BR> Some would send us ... Mon, 19 Dec 2011 04:43:40 EST The Rocky Hora Chanukah Song One of the most irreverent Chanukah spoof songs I've ever seen, and hysterical if you like the Rocky Horror Picture Show! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ah-song/ </link> Sat, 17 Dec 2011 11:08:25 EST CHUCKLES THE SINKING BOAT <BR> <BR> Two Jews, Morty and Saul, are out one afternoon on a lake when their boat starts sinking. Saul says to Morty, "So listen, Morty, you know I don't swim so well." Morty remembers how to carry another swimmer from his lifeguard class when he was just a kid, so he begins tugging Saul toward shore. After ten minutes, he begins to tire. Finally about 100 feet from shore, Morty asks Saul, "So Saul, do you suppose you could float alone?" Saul replies, "Morty, this is a he... Fri, 16 Dec 2011 13:38:13 EST Did you see our Chanukah music blog?????? <link><BR>ish_music_to_inspire_your_hanukkah_wor<BR>kouts </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> YAY to Coach Tanya who put it together!!!! YAY to everyone who contributed ideas!! And YAY for Chanukah!!!! <BR> <BR> And may I suggest we send Coach Tanya a couple of sparkgoodies as a way of saying a big thank you??? <BR> <BR> <em>500</em> <em>499</em> <em>500</em> <em>499</em> <em>500</em> <em>499</em> <em>500</em> <em>499</em> <em>500</em> Tue, 13 Dec 2011 09:49:51 EST birth right...almost here!!! Hi Everyone! My daughter leaves for birth right next Sunday! I don't know who is more excited, her or me!! I know some of you have children who have done this so I would like a little advice. Is there anything in particular she should bring? Any "must haves"? <BR> <BR> She is going to be there during Hanukkah!! I bet that will be spectacular! I am giving her some money to buy herself something special as a gift from me. I am sure it will mean more to her than my getting her a gift ... Sun, 11 Dec 2011 09:20:53 EST COOL HANUKKAH VIDEO! :-) <link><BR>Rock_of_Ages.html </link> <BR> <BR> I love the Maccabeats! <em>26</em> Wed, 7 Dec 2011 11:52:09 EST 12/3/11 Anyone "chosen people" still around ? Sat, 3 Dec 2011 02:40:46 EST "I'd rather be named in your Will.... ....than in your prayers, thank you." <BR> <BR> Can I say that and toss in a cutesy emoticon the next time a team-mate (my other teams, of course) writes that he/she will include me in prayers? You can guess, I'm sure, that the prayers are sent up to an individual who lived 2,000 years ago and whom I've come to think of as the all-time, ultimate con artist. I like to think he'd set the record straight if he knew what he'd wrought. <BR> <BR> Me, irreverent? Thanks for noticing. <BR> <BR>... Wed, 30 Nov 2011 18:00:57 EST Jewish Jokes. THE CITIZENSHIP TEST <BR> Saul Epstein was taking an oral exam in his English as a Second Language class. He was asked to spell "cultivate," and he spelled it correctly. He was then asked to use the word in a sentence, and, with a big smile, responded: "Last vinter on a very cold day, I vas vaiting for a bus, but it vas too cultivate, so I took the subvay home." <BR> <BR> THE SINKING BOAT <BR> Two Jews, Morty and Saul, are out one afternoon on a lake when their boat starts sinking. Saul sa... Mon, 21 Nov 2011 19:34:28 EST Hello, I'm new Just found there are two Jewish Team pages and I've joined both. I'm observant (Chassidic) and have 10lbs. to lose. Have struggled with the same 10 lbs. for years (I'm short) and have some health issues: BP, cholesterol, arthritis. I'm 56, married with 3 children (13, 17, 33). Our family is hoping to make aliyah in the next few years, Gd willing. Blessings to all. Sun, 20 Nov 2011 03:04:26 EST Hello, I'm new Just found there are two Jewish Team pages and I've joined both. I'm observant (Chassidic) and have 10lbs. to lose. Have struggled with the same 10 lbs. for years (I'm short) and have some health issues: BP, cholesterol, arthritis. I'm 56, married with 3 children (13, 17, 33). Our family is hoping to make aliyah in the next few years, Gd willing. Blessings to all. Sun, 20 Nov 2011 03:04:15 EST Thanksgiving? Try shabbos every week! I am observant, I love shabbos, I love connecting with HaShem ( aka the Lord...the Jewish one) I love having my family and friends join us for Friday night meal every week over delicious chicken soup, challa and the whole works. But I feel it is like dealing with Thanksgiving every week. Anyone else relates? <BR> I need a game plan, even when I eat salads only when we are invited out ( often ) the salads are loaded with stuff, bread crumbs, dressing and all...Anyways happy thanksgiving to al... Sat, 19 Nov 2011 23:37:13 EST Hannukah so just a question -- do others out there celebrate Hannukah? Or do others think it is a children's Holdaiy? Mon, 14 Nov 2011 18:23:04 EST Mishpaha Ha Tikvah-- Hello everyone! I just wanted to let folks know that Mishpaha Ha Tikvah just announced its Hanukah challenge. Please feel free to drop by and participate. We are looking for Healthy Hanukah recipes! <BR> <BR> Mishpaha Ha Tikvah is a sparkpeople group for Traditional Jews interested in living both a Halachic and Healthy lifestyle. If you are not a member and would like to offer support, thoughts and ideas, please consider dropping by for a visit or joining. <BR> <BR> Shavuah Tov ever... Sun, 6 Nov 2011 18:27:31 EST Have had a song stuck in my head all morning... I am preparing Hanukkah celebrations and I have been working on making a CD of traditional songs for my children. <BR> <BR> Cannot get that song out of my head now though... LOL <BR> <link><BR>feature=related </link> <BR> <BR> &#9835; Una kandelika... Dos kandelikas... Ocho kandelas para mi &#9834; <BR> Very festive, it makes me feel like dancing!!! <em>218</em> Thu, 3 Nov 2011 13:27:12 EST The Fly :-) "A Fly in a Coffee Cup" <BR> <BR> What happens when a fly falls into a coffee cup? <BR> <BR> The Italian - throws the cup and walks away in a fit <BR> of rage. <BR> <BR> The Frenchman - takes out the fly, and drinks the coffee. <BR> <BR> The Chinese - eats the fly and throws away the coffee. <BR> <BR> The Russian - drinks the coffee with the fly, since it was <BR> extra with no charge. <BR> <BR> The Israeli - sells the coffee to the Frenchman, the fly to <BR> the Chinese, buys himself a... Thu, 3 Nov 2011 08:23:27 EST A special essay on living It's not about Judaism, but it is about decency, openness and connecting -- the best of what any of us can be. Deeply affected by this essay, I clipped it from a New York Times Magazine last March. It remained just as affecting when it resurfaced a couple of months ago and remains the same today. I hope you agree. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>06live s-t.html?_r=1&scp=1&sq=the%20tire%20ir on%20and%20the%20tamale&st=cse </link> <BR> <BR> Laurie Tue, 25 Oct 2011 12:03:21 EST THE OLD JEWISH MAN <BR> A female CNN journalist heard about a very old Jewish man who had been going to the Wailing Wall in Jerusalem to pray, twice a day, every day, for a long, long time. <BR> <BR> To check it out, she went to the Wall, and there he was, walking slowly up to the holy site. <BR> <BR> She watched him pray, and after about 45 minutes, when he turned to leave, using a cane and moving very slowly, she approached him for an interview. <BR> <BR> "Pardon me Sir, I'm Rebecca Smith from CNN. What... Sat, 22 Oct 2011 00:44:02 EST Is anyone else weirded out by this Spark blog? <link><BR>istian_workout_music_100_uplifting_songs </link> <BR> <BR> This is by a Spark COACH, mind you. <BR> <BR> Christian Music for workouts <BR> <BR> I'll admit, it makes me want to start a campaign requesting JEWISH music for workouts. <BR> <BR> Just makes me feel creepy. Like I'm not welcome, or something. <BR> <BR> Thu, 20 Oct 2011 11:20:21 EST Have A Little Faith ABC just announced the premier date for the made-for-TV movie based on Mitch Albom's book "Have a Little Faith." The press release says that it will be broadcast on Sunday, November 27th starting at 9 pm. <BR> <BR> I had the honor of knowing Rabbi Lewis, who is one of the main characters in the book, during the last few years of his life. It's going to be very strange seeing a movie about someone I actually knew, but if it's half as good as the book it will be worth seeing. <BR> <BR> Ar... Tue, 18 Oct 2011 21:58:11 EST Leica and the Jews <BR> <BR> The Leica is the pioneer 35mm camera. It is a German product - precise, minimalist, and utterly efficient. <BR> <BR> Behind its worldwide acceptance as a creative tool was a family-owned, socially oriented firm that, during the Nazi era, acted with uncommon grace, generosity and modesty. E. Leitz Inc., designer and manufacturer of Germany’s most famous photographic product, saved its Jews. <BR> <BR> And Ernst Leitz II, the steely-eyed Protestant patriarch who headed the closely ... Tue, 18 Oct 2011 20:21:03 EST Sukkot challenge - fresh produce! How about a fruit and vegs challenge for Sukkot? First, copy the bottom tracking part of this post. Then, each day, go into your previous post (use the "edit" button) and add a list of the fruits and vegs you've eaten for the day - fresh, raw, cooked, frozen, okay, I'll even accept canned. (Banana bread, apple muffin, wine, etc. does NOT count, LOL!) <BR> <BR> At the bottom of your list, put the total number. At the end of Sukkot, our winner will get a SparkGoodie from me! <BR> <BR> <B... Thu, 13 Oct 2011 08:53:04 EST Seudah Mafseket What do you like to serve pre-Yom Kipur fast? I'm looking for inspiration! Tue, 4 Oct 2011 14:14:22 EST looking for FRIENDS!!! hey all, <BR> <BR> I am looking for jewish young adults from the ages of 20-26 from anywhere in the world to be intouch with. if you are awsome, nice and kind... and looking for a friend to talk to for anything (food, friends and life), I am here.... <BR> <BR> cant wait to meet you, Mon, 3 Oct 2011 06:06:20 EST Meditations for the New Year Hiya! <BR> <BR> I've just summarized my last (first) 100 days, with an eye to the future. Mostly about binge-free aspirations, but relevant to the meditative spirit of Rosh Hashana. For anyone interested, please see my blog. <BR> <BR> Well over the Fast and Gmar hatima tova, <BR> Batya Sat, 1 Oct 2011 17:18:05 EST Honey cake? I'm looking for a tried and true honey cake recipe that falls around 160ish calories. I looked on sparkrecipes with no luck. Can anyone direct me to a great recipe? <BR> <BR> Thank you! <BR> <BR> Gnocchi Thu, 29 Sep 2011 16:14:30 EST Shanna Tova to all.....enjoy this! I thought you all might like another fun link! <BR> <BR> <BR> <link>Rosh Hashanah Rock Anthem 2011 REMIX </link> Wed, 28 Sep 2011 07:28:05 EST Shana Tova. I want to wish everyone on Spark Jews, and their families, a very happy and healthy New Year and well over the fast. <BR> If as Team leader I have offended anyone in the year just finishing, or caused upset, I ask forgiveness.. <BR> I will be back posting on Sunday. <BR> <BR> Kol Tuv, <BR> <BR> Myrna. <em>247</em> <em>304</em> Tue, 27 Sep 2011 19:48:49 EST Did your Apple in the honey... Really funny... <BR> <link><BR>feature=player_embedded </link> Mon, 26 Sep 2011 21:22:46 EST An Adorable Video <BR> I thought you all might like this!!! <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>feature=mfu_in_order&list=UL </link> Sun, 25 Sep 2011 18:23:37 EST Blues Shofar Pretty cool way to blow the Shofar! <em>36</em> <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Fri, 23 Sep 2011 10:50:44 EST &#9830; SHARE YOUR RITUALS &#9830; I came across that website called <link> </link> and I thought it would be a good idea to share here our Holy Days but also daily rituals. <BR> <BR> "Some people wake up every morning with a cup of coffee and The New York Times. Some people put their children to bed each night with a story, a song and a special good night kiss. Some families watch football after every Thanksgiving meal. Some friends gather weekly to play poker or talk about books. All of these are ritua... Fri, 23 Sep 2011 10:38:26 EST Participation in non-Sabbath race events?? Hi - <BR> I'm a bit bummed with a problem and not sure exactly how to handle it... <BR> <BR> There's this big race event in my community October 9th - Sunday. Well, Sabbath is also YK, so it's a double Sabbath... but that's the only day the race registration packages are available - at a mall - during some Health Awareness type of event (you know, where all the various health care vendors have their booths up and down the length of the hall, it's all big crowds and chaos etc. - not the type... Thu, 22 Sep 2011 14:46:06 EST New member to this team and Spark people NH Hi <BR> <BR> I am new to and I am a bit overwhelmed! What are the best aspects to make use of? I am 50 lbs overweight and do not exercise very much. I eat fairly well and just transitioned to being an ovo-lacto vegetarian. My goal is to become Vegan. <BR> <BR> My big problem is motivation. I just can't motivate myself to exercise and I know I need to. Any suggestions? <BR> <BR> I am married to a wonderful man and we have identical twins who are in college. We also have two ... Thu, 22 Sep 2011 14:09:54 EST Rosh Hashana Recipes I was looking for inspiration and found this great website I am sure many of you might already know but for those who don't, here it is... <BR> <link><BR>com_repsearch&search_string=&area=1&ce<BR>tegories_string=-96&categories%5B%5D=9<BR>6&in_members_string=&ex_members_string<BR>=&in_ing=&ex_ing=&sort=1&milk=on&parve<BR>=on&meat=on&time=9999&level=3&Itemid=2<BR>&utm_source=CookKosher+users+18+Sep+20<BR>11&utm_campaign=fb9be6dec0-Rosh_Hashan<BR>ah9_18_2011&... Sun, 18 Sep 2011 21:00:49 EST Birthright Has anyone here sent their child on Birthright? My daughter just signed up as did my niece. I hope they get to go!! Sun, 18 Sep 2011 12:51:27 EST Say Shana Tova Ministry of public diplomacy and Diaspora is pleased to present "Shana Tova" - a project aimed at Strengthening the ties between Israel and the Diaspora, by creating personal relationships worldwide. The project seeks to unifying and common focusing on Rosh Hashana - the time when Jews mark all over the world the beginning of the new Jewish year. <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> <em>408</em> <em>411</em> <em>633</em> <em>26</em> <em>459</em... Fri, 16 Sep 2011 09:22:31 EST FEELING FA-BU-LOUS TODAY!!! The infamous scale were not very kind with me this week so, 12 days into 30-Day SH/RIPPED (rotation of 30-Day Shred and Ripping in 30) I couldn't help to take a photo to see if visual results were showing yet... <BR> <BR> I posted here <BR> <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=4486144 </link> <BR> <BR> I don't look yet the way I use to three years back, but I am impressed to see muscles when I am still 30+ lbs away from my weight goal... <em>40</em>... Thu, 15 Sep 2011 13:37:43 EST