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 Is This Funny Or Not A non-MOT business acquaintance sent me this. I know him well and he means no harm. He thought it was funny. He thought I would think its funny too. And on a certain level, it is. Then again... <BR> <BR> *** <BR> <BR> "A Jewish man was sitting in Starbucks reading an Arab newspaper. A friend of his, who happened to be in the same store, noticed this strange phenomenon. <BR> <BR> Very upset, he approached him and said: 'Moshe, have you lost your mind? Why <BR> are you reading an Ar... Mon, 26 Jan 2015 05:51:37 EST The crock pot had Jewish roots? Did not know this "Nachumsohn, who went by the surname "Naxon," invented the slow cooker to be able to cook cholent, a traditional stew eaten by Jews in eastern Europe on the Sabbath. Since they were forbidden from cooking, the Jews would bring pots of stew to a nearby bakery the day before. They would cook slowly in the residual heat from the ovens, his daughter Lenore told NPR last year. <BR> <BR> "The advent of the slow cooker -- it saved the Jewish housewife," said Laura Frankel, the executive chef in Wol... Sat, 24 Jan 2015 07:42:14 EST Leave It To The Israelis This is phenomenal. I'll let their video speak for itself: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>VSpo?rel=0 </link> Fri, 23 Jan 2015 11:15:28 EST "Grine Felder," the Catskills and Yiddish Theater A while ago I bookmarked the following link while I was doing some research on things which I do not now recall. It's a brief reminiscence and history. The author's name isn't attached, but should be findable with a little research. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>e/Grine_Felder.htm </link> Sat, 17 Jan 2015 11:40:39 EST "JeSuisJuif" Hashtag Trending Now On Twitter "Je Suis Juif" ["I Am A Jew"] is trending now on Twitter in response to the hostage crisis in a kosher supermarket in Marais, the Jewish Quarter of Paris. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>-suis-juif-paris-jews_n_6444848.html </link> <BR> <BR> What's old is, sadly, new again. Fri, 9 Jan 2015 14:48:12 EST No More Ferstunkanah Synagogue Dues Intriguing Article in Today's Washington Post (all the news fit to print, for us Dixie MOTs): <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ews-rebelling-against-paying-dues/2013<BR>/01/18/0d28da6e-61a5-11e2-b05a-605528f<BR>6b712_story.html?tid=pm_national_pop </link> Mon, 5 Jan 2015 19:32:08 EST help just got my award from 2014 broad street run last week. anyone know how I can post a picture of it? Sun, 28 Dec 2014 08:34:24 EST Just For Fun Puppies tucking infants into bed. Even I, a non-dog owner, found this precious: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>babies-bed?icid=maing-grid7%7Cresponsi<BR>ve-tablet%7Cdl10%7Csec1_lnk3%26pLid%3D585009 </link> Sat, 27 Dec 2014 12:40:10 EST Name change In honor of our visit to Phu Quoc Island, Sylph suggested I change my name slightly. She suggested Phube, but henceforth (until New Year's Eve, also called Old Year's Day) I will be known as Phu Bu. And Sylph will be known as Syl Phu. <BR> <BR> Please add your Phu Quoc names below! Fri, 26 Dec 2014 00:20:44 EST Washington Post: The War on Jewish Christmas <link><BR>g/wp/2014/12/24/the-war-on-jewish-chri<BR>stmas-must-be-stopped/ </link> Thu, 25 Dec 2014 10:44:42 EST Another Sing Along A Christmas Carol we MOTs can love too (Speakers up!): <BR> <BR><BR>Oo <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Wed, 24 Dec 2014 09:10:57 EST I feel broken and out of control I am so uncomfortable. Mother of two - married to a Rabbi -- Modern Orthodox. <BR> <BR> I hate exercise and I am getting bigger by the moment. Hope re-joining sparkppl will help me get moving Tue, 23 Dec 2014 14:56:10 EST The Cuba Decision and Historical Parallels Were you for the decision to normalize relations with Cuba? Against it? <BR> <BR> I think that it will be easier for a Cuban to immigrate. Generally I'm for policies that make immigration easier. It would have been good for immigration from Europe to have been easier in the 1930s than it was Therefore, I'm in favor. (And yes, telephone pollsters with Hispanic accents generally want to reach through the phone and kiss me on my answers to immigration questions). <BR> <BR> How about you... Sat, 20 Dec 2014 18:29:34 EST For our Monty Python fans Not because I'm a particular fan, though MP is hot stuff, but because I know a member of the chorus am I going to tonight's performance of "Not the Messiah (He's a Naughty Boy)," Eric Idle's work based on The Life of Brian." I thought you'd have fun with the trailer: <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> Last night's performance was the NY premier of the work. The trailer is a few years old and a different chorus, probably in London. The same principal... Tue, 16 Dec 2014 16:36:16 EST A much better sing-along (no cringing) <link><BR>-hanukkah/#:eyJzIjoiZiIsImkiOiJfb3I3ej<BR>htaWwxNGx4MWpheCJ9 </link> Mon, 15 Dec 2014 12:46:46 EST Healthy Whole Wheat Challah Recipe In case you missed it in Spark Mail for whatever reason (and have 24 people for whom to cook/bake): <BR> <BR> Challah is certainly not the lightest of bread, but this portion-controlled version can fit with your diet. I make this at least once a month, and I've never managed to mess up this recipe! <BR> Minutes to Prepare: 30 <BR> Minutes to Cook: 300 <BR> Number of Servings: 24 <BR> <BR> Ingredients <BR> <BR> 2 tsp instant yeast <BR> 1/4 cup all-purpose flour <BR> 1/4 cup warm... Mon, 15 Dec 2014 08:12:03 EST Sing Along, or Cringe Along Here you go, hoodies: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>H3UnKhk#t=91 </link> Thu, 11 Dec 2014 19:54:57 EST Various & Sundry Minor Upcoming Holidays In the Spirit of Sisterhood Preferences, interesting bog in The New York Times in dealing with the season as a parent: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>07/how-to-be-a-jew-at-christmas/?_r=1 </link> <BR> <BR> It was rebellious, if a-religious me, who took a firm stand against my Dad's family's practice of celebrating Christmas (tree and all) in their normal, German way. Believe it or not. Quite the story for some day when I have the energy and/or there is any inte... Wed, 10 Dec 2014 20:16:23 EST A knitting question. Can someone help? Never mind. I figured it out. <BR> <BR> Thank you. Fri, 5 Dec 2014 21:03:39 EST This one is a MUST SEE and MUST HEAR. Seriously. Trust me, this is weirdly wonderful and incongruous and just, well, universal! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>&pid=301229411&redirected=1&page=0&bac<BR>kurl=/users/3422645/post301229411/ </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> Soloist is Han Kim, 15 years old and from Seoul, South Korea. Not sure why the writing is Russian. And you'll recognize the music if you're Ashkenazi, and probably even if you're not. <BR> <BR> Wow. Delightful in a weird and wonderful way! Fri, 5 Dec 2014 10:33:24 EST Is Break Dancing Orthodox? I'll let the video speak for itself: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>dd0U </link> <BR> <BR> And, yes, he does spin on his keppie. 'Nuff said. <BR> <BR> Also, Phebe, then you should have been at my niece's wedding a week ago. <em>354</em> Wed, 3 Dec 2014 11:39:27 EST Just In Time For Chanukah I have been taking a bit of gentle teasing about starting the Passover holiday season so early. Perhaps this Aish video for Chanukah will rectify that. How many songs from the '60's and '70's can you identify? <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ka-mix-ever/ </link> <BR> <BR> Enjoy! Tue, 2 Dec 2014 23:52:34 EST Amazon shoppers can initiate charitable donations You already may know about this opportunity. It was news to me. <BR> <BR> Mark mentioned in another topic that Amazon will donate a percentage of an order price for qualifying items to any number of non-profit organizations. The program is AmazonSmile. Nothing changes for the shopper -- same prices, same usual policies apply, etc. To get things rolling, orders must be placed at <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> I haven't read the details in full, but the pr... Tue, 2 Dec 2014 17:20:09 EST SparkGuy's email re SparkPeople .com/Amazon I promised myself when I signed on as team leader that I'd do nothing leader-ish. Please don't think I'm breaking my word, as I am merely entering useful info that any worker bee could access and pass along. <BR> <BR> If you got SparkGuy's email today, you may have read that SP members who order from Amazon by accessing it from <link> </link> will enable SP to receive a commission from Amazon. I asked about privacy, et al. Chris's answers were as I expected, bu... Sun, 30 Nov 2014 17:02:15 EST Photographing Lubavitch Brooklyn <BR> An engaging article and what must be an engaging photography exhibition at Brooklyn Public Library, if you're in this part of the world. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>brooklyns-lubavitch-community-a-cultur<BR><BR>ml?_r=1# </link> Sat, 29 Nov 2014 11:26:33 EST For The Gourmet Chefs Out There I am trying to create an authentic Mexican chicken for Passover. I am thinking along the lines of a chipotle chicken but I'm not necessarily married to only that concept (and it seems especially difficult for Passover). I want something ethnic, something very flavorful, healthful (of course!), that can be frozen, and holds its consistency, visual appeal, and flavor on reconstituting. <BR> <BR> If Mexican is way too hard, I would consider Indian and Asian, too. It's a tall order, I know, bu... Wed, 26 Nov 2014 09:53:02 EST Cooking question: Pumpkin "pudding" <BR> My hosts for Thanksgiving have several dietary restrictions not of a kosher nature. One of them doesn't eat dairy. I'm thinking of making what I call pumpkin pudding because it's baked in dish, not a pie crust. <BR> <BR> My usual mixture is pumpkin puree, evaporated skim milk, sugar/splenda combo, cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla, dark raisins and some crushed, sweet & spicy pecans. I think I mix an egg in, too, so that it "sets." <BR> <BR> This time I'd substitute a can of light coconut ... Mon, 24 Nov 2014 20:42:07 EST Immigration Reform Not so much to touch off a firestorm here (you all know when I do that; this is not one of those times) as much to assuage my curiosity among you fine ladies-plus-one, on a simple scale of 0 to 10, where do you stand on immigration policy reform? <BR> <BR> 0 = Open Borders. Dream Act. Achievable pathway to citizenship for most everyone. <BR> ... <BR> 5 = It's complicated. Limited allowance only for the clearly persecuted, and then with some strings attached. <BR> ... <BR> 10 - Raise ... Sat, 22 Nov 2014 07:29:23 EST I did not know this... Grandson of slaves, a boy was born in a poor neighbourhood of New Orleans, known as the "Back of Town". <BR> <BR> His father abandoned the family when the child was an infant. His mother became a prostitute and the boy and his sister had to live with their grandmother. <BR> <BR> Early in life, he proved to be gifted for music, and with three other kids, he sang in the streets of New Orleans and his first gains were the coins that were thrown to them. <BR> <BR> A Jewish family, Karnof... Tue, 18 Nov 2014 07:52:54 EST Jeopardy Championship Anyone watching? It always amazes me when the contestants are too young to know answers that I'd expect anyone over the age of 10 to know. Today it was the name of a movie star for whom a life jacket was named: Mae West. That was before my time, but I know a Mae West from Mae West. And her favorite perfume was called "Ashes of Men," for those of us who saw the PBS three-parter, "The Great Radio Comedians," way back. <BR> <BR> Anyway, Julia Collins made in to the finals. <BR> Mon, 17 Nov 2014 19:46:46 EST Appropriate Use of "Oy Vey" in a Business Setting After all these years, I have the perfect one. Story time. Here goes. <BR> <BR> We hire 20-something aspiring environmental scientists right out of school. The interview process is challenging; we try and assess so very much in that two hour window (3 or 4, fifteen or 20 minute interviews, culminating with one with me). Technical qualifications, interest, aptitude, personality match, an intangible characteristic we came to call "flight risk" which is how likely they may quit after we ma... Tue, 11 Nov 2014 15:23:43 EST The safety video El Al SHOULD show!! You need to watch the video!!! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>light-safety-video-el-al-should-show?u<BR>tm_source=Facebook&utm_medium=Post&utm<BR>_content=The%20In-Flight%20Safety%20Vi<BR>deo%20El%20Al%20Should%20Show&utm_campaign=Oct2014 </link> <BR> <BR> Wouldn't you love it???? Sat, 1 Nov 2014 07:50:35 EST New nutrition labeling <link><BR>vised-nutrition-labels-still-wont-tell<BR>-whole-story/ </link> <BR> <BR> The glorious Jane Brody comments on labeling changes and has had the divine Marion Nestle and the divine Center for Science in the Public Interest weigh in. It's not the prettiest picture...once again. <BR> Mon, 27 Oct 2014 10:05:44 EST For better memory, eat chocolate! Really, recent research indicates eating chocolate can improve memory as we age! (As if we needed a reason to eat chocolate!) <BR> <BR> <link><BR>-to-remember-chocolate-is-shown-to-aid<BR>-memory.html </link> Mon, 27 Oct 2014 09:45:44 EST Food, Jewish...what else? This time, Southern. Hello? Hello? Anyone home? <BR> <BR> Yesterday when my laptop went kerplooey (kerplooier, to be accurate), the team came to mind. How to stir the pot? Then, good fortune, Yahoo, which I love to hate, provided a feature right up our alley. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ewish-southern-food-100685110216.html </link> <BR> <BR> Collard kugel instead of spinach? <BR> <BR> Wed, 22 Oct 2014 20:11:20 EST "Schnuzer?" An acquaintance not of this team used the word "schnuzer" with this explanation: <BR> <BR> ":......think of your old uncle, the one the adults seem not overly fond of,...perhaps he's a little too slick....he always has a "plan", an "opportunity" that seems a bit "iffy"..........................i am pretty sure it is an out-dated Yiddish term......" <BR> <BR> I've never heard such a word and google doesn't help. The woman says she isn't missing the mark for "schnorrer" and seems to know tha... Tue, 7 Oct 2014 09:03:17 EST Yom Kippur Playlist A holiday song list and video clips assembled by J.J. Goldberg <BR> <BR> ... follow the order of the day, starting with Kol Nidre, going to the evening and morning services, the cantor’s Hineni (Here I Stand) prayer and so on. Our guests include Bob Dylan, Moishe Oysher, R.E.M., Chava Alberstein, Al Jolson (in the original Jazz Singer), Barbra Streisand, Arik Einstein, Cantor Yossele Rosenblatt, Amy Winehouse, Earl Scruggs and the Foggy Mountain Boys, Mordechai Ben-David, Paul Robeson, Dolor... Fri, 3 Oct 2014 11:42:10 EST Moisha So, there's the story of the orthodox Jew, Moisha, who quietly slipped into a Chinese restaurant for some roast pork chow mein. <BR> <BR> Unbeknownst to Moisha, his rabbi, walking back from synagogue, walked by the very second Moisha took a seat in the restaurant and the rabbi saw him through the restaurant's window. <BR> <BR> The rabbi watched him, order, eat, and finish his unkosher meal. <BR> <BR> On leaving the restaurant, the rabbi said to him, "Moisha, how could you do such a thing?"... Fri, 3 Oct 2014 09:20:10 EST Solutions? Separate planes? Private charters? <link><BR>thodox-jewish-flight-delay_n_5902078.h<BR>tml?cps=gravity </link> <BR> <BR> These can't be the first such incidents. Wed, 1 Oct 2014 07:42:49 EST Millennials keeping kosher Today's Morning Edition had a feature on Millennials choosing to observe kosher laws, a great many who'd grown up otherways. I didn't hear the entire segment, but it seems that the age group outnumbers their parents' generation. The increase in kosher households has also had an effect on cuisine, no surprise.. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>mbrace-old-world-eating/ </link> <BR> Tue, 30 Sep 2014 07:48:22 EST Our Food Traditions (Goy Perspective) Pre-Spark, mind you. Here you go. Speakers up. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ewish-food-taste-test#338z8at </link> Thu, 25 Sep 2014 19:42:08 EST Holiday plans? I am in an awkward situation this year. My home congregation is in Lincoln NE, and I am presently living in Glenwood IA. My 13 yr old DS's school is very anal about attendance, and since he has already missed several days due to being ill, I am almost afraid to tell them he will miss next Thursday. Tenatively, I am planning on attending RH services at Temple Israel in Omaha (closest Reform congregation). <BR> <BR> Any suggestions on making the holiday special since it will just be my DS a... Sun, 21 Sep 2014 10:27:59 EST Christmas at the Eldridge Street Synagogue <link> </link> <BR> <BR> It's not only about Christmas. The [former] synagogue, one of the old ones of the Lower East Side and now formally Museum at Eldridge Street, has sent out its brochure of Fall 2014 programs -- concerts, Jewish learning, family and school programs, and tours. For those of us in the area or those who expect to visit, this will be a nice assortment of low-cost programs. <BR> <BR> On Thursday, December 25, the events are "Klez for Kids" and tours ... Wed, 17 Sep 2014 16:59:15 EST Elderly people define Yiddish words - video link This is really funny! My fave is the elderly man who describes the word zaftig as "sexy plump" - <BR> <BR> <em>40</em> !!!!!!! <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Sat, 13 Sep 2014 04:38:49 EST Nu and Sylph terrorize the Poconos,... ...heed the clucking of happy chickens. <BR> <BR> That's the headline on the front page of the evening paper. Yes, we got together today, Nu having invited me to ride shotgun on a jaunt into Pennsylvania because she is just that kind of woman. It was a beautiful day with lovely countryside, the heavenly fragrances of farmland and, most of all, excellent company. All that intelligence and wit you've suspected, nay, accused Nu of having isn't an act. <BR> <BR> It was also part of the plan ... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 20:13:32 EST Evil Person: Pray for her or Search Myself? Hi Everyone, <BR> My name is Lana, and I am a 30-something who is working toward my weight-loss goal. My problem is that I recently am in a situation where there is a evil/mean woman who I encounter everyday in a situation where she can't be avoided. This one has issues! she has horrible mood swings, slams doors when shes angry (and trust me, she is angry daily), and constantly takes her problems and anger out on other people (usually me). She treats me horribly, yells at me, and tries to tre... Sat, 23 Aug 2014 16:10:43 EST "Secrets of Success" feature to be eliminated Did you even remember the feature? Neither did I, although I had entered several way back. <BR> <BR> The actual date of deletion hasn't been determined. This is your chance to copy any "secrets" you may have entered that you wish to keep. SP will scrap the feature as it had become heavily repetitious with useful and especially useless things and has been little visited for quite a while. <BR> <BR> Access the full store of Secrets of Success under the Community tab or access only those ... Sat, 23 Aug 2014 15:00:47 EST I'm being paid handsomely to write this... ...Our Phebe is cute as a button. If you think her pics are cute, you should see her face to face. <BR> <BR> No, really, seriously. Phebe, in New York now, and I got together at the Carnegie Deli -- which is monitoring her -- for dinner. I am so excited. We sat over our respective matzo ball soup and blintzes for a few hours and talked about all manner of things. We were fortunate to have gotten way past weight. <BR> <BR> I had such a good time. Too bad she's leaving tomorrow, but NYC... Fri, 22 Aug 2014 00:47:28 EST Jewish Holidays coming up. Hi, everyone. <BR> I'm fairly new here and I'm really happy that there is a Jewish group who would understand my needs. <BR> I know that Rosh Hashono - the Jewish New Year - is in about a month, but I like to plan in advance. <BR> With all the holidays coming up- family get togethers, festive meals, parties - does anyone have any ideas of how I can manage during this time. Thu, 21 Aug 2014 12:21:57 EST Where is everyone??? Is everyone okay? Haven't "seen" much action on the team, and just wanted to check that people are doing okay and most likely just having summer fun! <BR> <BR> Hope you are all well and enjoying the sun!!! Wed, 20 Aug 2014 12:14:39 EST Its (no apostrophe) Weird Al Just fer fun <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 18:33:57 EST "The Passenger," opera centered on the Holocaust The story centers on a former SS guard who, in the 60's (or 50's, perhaps) unexpectedly encounters her past aboard a passenger liner crossing the Atlantic. The link includes another to the program notes and there is much more to be found by googling. There are links too to a promotional video and photos from previous performaces. Weinberg, the composer, hasn't been all that well-known, but his work has been getting attention of late. <BR> <BR> <link><... Sun, 6 Jul 2014 21:29:49 EST July 6 is World Kissing Day!! Some "facts" that came to me online: <BR> <BR> Did you know that... <BR> <BR> • The science of kissing is called philematology <BR> • Passionate kissing burns 6.4 calories a minute <BR> • French kissing involves all 34 muscles in the face. <BR> • Two thirds of lovers lean their head to the right for kissing. Most close their eyes to better savor the moment. <BR> <BR> <BR> So kiss away!!! <BR> <BR> <em>212</em> <em>212</em> <em>212</em> <em>212</em> <em>212</em> <em>212</... Sun, 6 Jul 2014 07:53:47 EST "Take Me To Your Leader" OK, SparkPeople is sending out a message that we need a leader again to post. <BR> <BR> As if we need a leader.....we do enough yelling without one. <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> Someone chime in! Tue, 1 Jul 2014 20:14:54 EST "Dirty" jokes from a nice, Jewish boy, age 12 I watched tonight's edition of "America's Got Talent," not my usual viewing. What a surprise to see red-haired Josh Orlian of White Plains in the contest to perform, for the first time, his stand-up routine, yarmulke on head. Racy stuff for a kid his age, all done with his parents' off-stage glee. He is a bit of ham, you should pardon the expression; when I searched for the video on YouTube, I discovered that he'd put up some videos of himself during piano lessons. I also discovered that ... Tue, 17 Jun 2014 23:39:57 EST "Think Big, Start Small, Scale Fast" I am so incredibly pressed for time, but this was far too important not to create this hurried post. Please bear with me. What led me to Saki Dodelson was a search for Jewish women entrepreneurs and I found this video (note, if you watch it, the end is cut off, but not important). What struck me is this woman is "haredi" [read: ultra-Orthodox, for lack of a better English term] and a very successful entrepreneur (her company is worth a hundred million or so). She breezily notes that her ... Tue, 17 Jun 2014 10:04:49 EST THE JEWISH SHIDUCH (ARRANGED MARRIAGE) <BR> <BR> A good Hassidic family is most concerned that their 30-year-old son is unmarried. <BR> <BR> So, they call a marriage broker and ask him to find their son a good wife. <BR> <BR> The broker comes over to their house and spends a long time asking <BR> questions of the son and his parents as to what they want in a wife/daughter-in-law. <BR> <BR> They give him a long shopping list of requirements. <BR> <BR> The marriage broker takes a long time looking, and finally asks to visit th... Mon, 16 Jun 2014 09:55:19 EST Tales from Shabbat Dinner w/ the Lubavitch Rabbi Hey Sisterhood. Look who is back like a bad penny. With a tale to tell, no less. <BR> <BR> 6:45 PM EDT, Susan818127 and I have been so summoned for a command performance, complete with wine, challah, benching and whatnot. <BR> <BR> Details to follow, unless this thread lacks response. Then we both will know, won't we? <BR> <BR> Fri, 13 Jun 2014 13:55:04 EST "Why You're Not Losing Belly Fat" Because the "Not" part is a common lament, this article in today's email from "Health" magazine may be informative. <BR> <BR> <link>,,208<BR>07507,00.html?xid=healthyliving06112014 </link> Thu, 12 Jun 2014 06:53:33 EST A "secret" Jewish Temple in Vienna? Our apartment was in an historic old building in the city center. I was surprised to see police at the entrance all the time. Finally as we were leaving, I asked one of them why we deserved all this security. He said that the first floor is a 'Jewish Temple" Now we're in London & I've checked the Internet and cannot find any reference to a temple at our Vienna address. There were no identifying symbols or signs either. Wed, 11 Jun 2014 16:47:50 EST SJ June 2014 Challenge - No White Carbs Hey Sisterhood Plus One. Sorry I have been AWOL- duty (work) has been calling. <BR> <BR> This morning I posted a new challenge in my "Unrelenting Accountability" group. Since we are mishpachah I thought you might like to play too. Here goes. <BR> <BR> According to this article, which seems legit... <BR> <BR> <link> <link><BR>ecret-not-just-diet-and-exercise/ </link> </link> <BR> <BR> white carbohydrates are the ultra-nasty enemies of good Spar... Sun, 8 Jun 2014 07:22:55 EST And, now, a history of the knish If you weren't listening to Weekend Edition this a.m., you may care to know among other things that Eleanor Roosevelt figures in the history. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>/315257677/the-humble-knish-chock-full<BR>-of-carbs-and-history </link> <BR> <BR> Note that the link within for the broadcast segment will be available around noon EDT. I didn't spot it at my local station's website. <BR> <BR> Take note of the link to Mexican Passover. Sun, 1 Jun 2014 09:03:11 EST "Jeopardy" WOMAN Champion Takes Second Spot Alex Trebek must be flummoxed. A "mere" woman tonight has won her 20th consecutive appearance on Jeopardy and taken over the Number Two spot overall for successful, regular games played in a row. Trebek early on (in his patronizing, condescending way) noted that she could not "possibly" approach Ken Jennings streak of 74 straight regular games won. I am sure he is astonished that she has lasted this long. Julia Collins has been tweeting live during current (taped) game play. Even Jenning... Fri, 30 May 2014 20:20:39 EST Help with Shabbat Hi everyone - I'm looking for good tips for maintaining my weight loss from the week over Shabbat. It is so hard for me! Recipes... meal planning... even how to manage when Shabbat starts so late Friday night this time of year, like snacking on Friday day and eating a small dinner Friday night. Any advice is appreciated! Wed, 28 May 2014 21:06:48 EST Ess, Bubele, Redux I should have waited until after dinner to read this article. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>erything-new-is-old-again.html?hp&_r=0 </link> <BR> <BR> It has a New York skew, of course, coming from a local paper, but other burgs are mentioned. <BR> Tue, 27 May 2014 19:50:48 EST "And Now For Something Completely Different" US marine is ordered to report to USMC superiors in Hialeah, Florida, even though they are "aware" that he is currently in jail in a federal prison in Tecate, Mexico. But not to worry: He won't be penalized if he does not appear. <BR> <BR> I have no words..... <BR> <BR> <link><BR>-held-in-mexico-receives-order-to-repo<BR>rt-to-usmc-superiors/?icid=maing-grid7<BR>%7Cmaing11%7Cdl1%7Csec1_lnk3%26pLid%3D479199 </link> Wed, 21 May 2014 17:56:09 EST It Is NOT Anti-Semitic. It's Just A Coincidence. I guess if the Supreme Court could blindly tell us that public prayer is not that, but merely "tradition", then anything is possible: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>cklemore-jewish-controversy_n_5350869.<BR>html </link> Mon, 19 May 2014 20:56:14 EST "Brother Nathanael?" I came across this beauty by chance on YouTube. Whether I'm posting the link [and its access to other videos by the chap] despite risk of opening a can of vipers or for the purpose of opening a can of vipers, here is Crackpot o' Lies Central: <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Mon, 19 May 2014 09:41:29 EST More In The Name Of Religion Twenty-six year old pregnant Sudanese woman sentenced to death for apostasy: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ernational-outrage-grows-for-sudanese-<BR>woman-sentenced-to-death-for-apostasy/<BR>?icid=maing-grid7%7Cmain5%7Cdl1%7Csec1<BR>_lnk3%26pLid%3D477355 </link> <BR> <BR> But not to worry. The court did show some measure of kindness by allowing her 18-month old son to be with her in prison. Child needs its mother after all. And she will be allowed to breastf... Fri, 16 May 2014 14:25:45 EST Do I look like a Republic n-Jewish coalescer? I ran here as quickly as my tiny feet would carry me, not even having checked on an appropriate noun. <BR> <BR> The phone rang a few minutes ago. The tell-tale sign that it was a junk call was the pause after I said "Hello?" and before the caller spoke. My habit is to hang up rather than hang on because I believe that, if you wish to speak with me, you should not call and put me on hold. <BR> <BR> This time I waited. The man said, "Ms. XYZ?" I said "Mmmm??" That is indeed what I said. ... Thu, 15 May 2014 20:11:38 EST Quality fun An SP friend sent me this most enjoyable link. The other options, screen-right, are also high-quality treats. There is even one for map lovers; I especially appreciated #8. The other #8, as noted by the editors, is also good, some of us will know. Take them at your leisure: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>art/ </link> Fri, 9 May 2014 23:27:40 EST 'Holocaust Debate' Assignment?? "California school district condemned over 'Holocaust debate' assignment." <BR> <BR> <link><BR>05/06/us-usa-california-holocaust-idUS<BR>BREA450BD20140506 </link> <BR> <BR> At least the district was “condemned” - for now at least. I do not approve of death threats, but we must remain vigilant. On SP we often point out how small changes can produce big results. Of course, we mean steps in the right direction producing positive results. However, smal... Wed, 7 May 2014 08:07:26 EST Censoring Jesus? I think I'm joining Mark in the "curmudgeon category". I just read an article that the Supreme Court in its infinite myopia upheld Christian prayers before local council meetings. To force the clergy to scrub the prayers, so the article states, would "turn officials into censors". The fact that non-Christians may be present seems to have escaped the thinking of this esteemed panel. They really don't get it. <BR> <BR> Here's the link: <BR> <BR> <link> Tue, 6 May 2014 21:54:06 EST May 2014 Challenge Okay, you asked for a challenge, you've got it! <BR> <BR> Please copy the following, and add this to your reply. Each day, you'll edit your post by inputting your numbers for the day. At the end of each week, I'll add a surprise challenge to this thread, and you'll join in (or not). The more you do, the more you'll earn points. End of the month, some lucky winner will get an extra Sparkie surprise. Okay? <BR> <BR> So, for each day, you get 10 points for calories being in range; you get... Tue, 29 Apr 2014 22:42:50 EST Update Challenges? Just curious if the Challenges could be updated? I think if they got re-named to a current time period, or just refreshed perhaps they would be more active? I am not a team leader for any Team, so I don't know how much of a pain this is, but it is just an idea to help us all be more accountable. <BR> <BR> Jen Mon, 28 Apr 2014 07:43:37 EST Selfless kindness <BR> <BR> <link><BR>s+Surrey+passengers/9772638/story </link> Sun, 27 Apr 2014 23:06:14 EST Related to matzah fearful My lunch was chicken murtabak. Nice Indian dish of spiced shredded chicken, with vegs, pan fried into a big burger-type thing and then cooked into tissue roti which is like a very thin pita. <BR> <BR> Delicious lunch. <BR> <BR> So being the good little Sparky, I type in chicken murtabak in my nutrition tracker. <BR> <BR> It asked me if I meant "chicken murderer." Really. I nearly died laughing. <BR> <BR> I typed in "murtabak" since my "chicken murtabak" options, entered by other Sparki... Tue, 22 Apr 2014 06:59:44 EST If you post things on Craigslist, please help I've listed the same item for sale on CL several times and, each time, promptly received the agreement required in order for the post to appear. In each instance, I relied on the two-way relay system, not wanting to give a phone number or my email address in the ad. Today I posted a free item for offer. All of my posts have in fact been published in the lists. Never once did I receive relayed emails from interested parties. I really do believe there would have been interest. Therefore, today,... Mon, 21 Apr 2014 23:03:42 EST Have you seen the most recent Ms Israel? The new, gorgeous, ethnic face of Israel. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>israel/?utm_source=Web&utm_medium=Miss<BR>_Israel_Tab&utm_campaign=Taboola&utm_c<BR>ontent=12_18&utm_term=Pic_18 </link> Mon, 21 Apr 2014 06:44:44 EST Who's an old lady? What a relief. I do none of these things. BuzzFeed has allayed one of my greatest fears. You? <BR> <BR> <link><BR>-ladies-thatd-creepy-184103042 </link> Sun, 20 Apr 2014 23:35:41 EST Leica and the Jews - A Must Read So in addition to the pointless and inane on Facebook, occasionally I find the mesmerizing. Like this morning, when the tall girl who sat in front of me in 10th grade Chemistry (blocking my view of a far more gorgeous classmate), and since has become a Facebook friend and has a daughter who is friends with Thing One, posted the following. I copy it here, unaltered. It warrants your rapt attention. <BR> <BR> ***** <BR> <BR> The Leica is the pioneer 35mm camera. It is a German product - ... Sun, 20 Apr 2014 10:03:29 EST What do you eat? Okay, by this time in the week of Passover, I am starting to run out of ideas for what to eat, as well as tire of my old standbys - chicken salad, eggs, matzo sandwiches, dare I even say macaroons. What types of foods do you enjoy during Passover whether it is a specifically Passover treat or a regular meal that meets Passover requirements? Sun, 20 Apr 2014 08:24:32 EST Are You a Picky Eater? I am. I admit it. Susan is disgusted with being married to a culinary three year old. I have long contended that food dislikes are textural; she feels that is ridiculous and juvenile, if not infantile. <BR> <BR> Now comes this message of total vindication: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>cience-behind-picky-eaters-82416493974<BR>.html </link> <BR> <BR> So, how about it? Do you buy it? Sat, 19 Apr 2014 17:42:42 EST 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