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 Turn up those little corners This is really nice. Too bad it's only a minute's worth of nice. <BR> Suitable for grandchildren. In fact, perfect for grandchildren <BR> <BR> <link><BR>fXohxc?rel=0&amp;%3bshowinfo=0 </link> Sat, 30 Apr 2016 23:22:40 EST The Science Behind Passover So you think you can avoid bread for a week? Entirely? Really? <BR> <BR> The Washington Post seems to think otherwise. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>peaking-of-science/wp/2016/04/15/the-s<BR>cience-behind-passovers-broad-bread-ba<BR>n/?postshare=3231460990908472&amp;tid=ss_tw </link> Mon, 18 Apr 2016 10:54:52 EST Getting a YouTube link to work By coincidence, SP members outside the team discovered the solution to making a link to YouTube work. Coincidence because it came up in the matzo-house topic. <BR> <BR> Delete the "s" from "https" and, supposedly, the link will work. However, I usually delete that whole thing and yet couldn't get a YouTube link with only the "www." The "www" isn't needed either, so, save time and simply copy the url after "www." into the "Add a Link" option. Sun, 17 Apr 2016 16:55:56 EST The Matzah House - a new take on Passover Apparently building a matzah house is a new thing. (Just in case you didn't have enough to do before the seder.) <BR> <BR> <link><BR>tzoh-house-is-the-new-gingerbread-hous<BR>e#.iw8RrZQRx </link> <BR> <BR> There are all kinds of videos and directions online, but basically it's built around a box with slices of matzah, and stuck together with Nutella spread. Then decorated with nuts, or dried fruits, and such. <BR> <BR> I'm rather intrigued by the c... Sat, 16 Apr 2016 15:15:40 EST The Librarian (Jeopardy) Who saw Jeopardy tonight? The Knitting Librarian - a force to be reckoned with. Watch. Thu, 14 Apr 2016 20:04:35 EST 8 Knights of Passover A British Jew is waiting in line to be knighted by the Queen. He is to kneel in front of her and recite a sentence in Latin when she taps him on the shoulders with her sword. <BR> <BR> However, when his turn comes, he panics in the excitement of the moment and forgets the Latin. Then, thinking fast, he recites the only other sentence he knows in a foreign language: <BR> <BR> "Ma nishtana halayla hazeh, mikol halaylot." <BR> <BR> Puzzled, Her Majesty turns to her advisor and whispers, "Wh... Mon, 11 Apr 2016 15:21:47 EST Passover Memes on the Net For your viewing pleasure, here are two to set the tone and get you going. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> The former 7-year-old-boy in you will understand and appreciate. Here is another one: <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This is a slightly exaggerated take on what was our Seder style for many years. Our problem really was ... Thu, 7 Apr 2016 07:20:52 EST The Maccabeats Bring You Passover Enjoy! <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Sat, 2 Apr 2016 18:25:40 EST Pre-Passover Cleaning - I Will Survive, Oy! This video has nothing on Gloria Gaynor, but it is hysterical: <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Sat, 2 Apr 2016 17:56:09 EST In Time For Passover - A Jewish Rock Opera Passover Rhapsody: <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Sat, 2 Apr 2016 17:52:03 EST Passover Recipes FYI, for those who observe and might look for new things to try. <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Thu, 31 Mar 2016 11:22:44 EST The Maccabeats Bring You Purim! Chag Prim sameach, y'all and enjoy: <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Mon, 21 Mar 2016 20:49:00 EST A Haredi (Ultra Orthodox) Wedding In Israel We knew all this, right? What struck me is the secular world's fascination with this event: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>side-look-at-an-ultra-orthodox-wedding<BR>-in-israel/21329077/?cps=gravity_4755_<BR>-4937420395973281345 </link> Mon, 21 Mar 2016 19:51:53 EST Computer tech/safety question Is there a good reason to leave bad things in "quarantine?" I don't know enough to know why anyone would want to do so. <BR> <BR> Specifically, I ran Malwarebytes Anti-Malware and it found and quarantined 40 items from a bad program (Conduit) that's been in my computer for some time. Rather than leave them there, I deleted them from my computer with a "Ptooey, good riddance" snarl. Should I have left everything in quarantine? Sun, 20 Mar 2016 10:08:07 EST Jeopardy's Philip Tiu! Did you see that? First having confidence to wager $19,000 on a double jeopardy, then looking lost, but pulling the answer out with seconds to spare. The category was cities. The question asked for the name of a major, southwestern Canadian city, 15 miles from the U.S. border, with an important harbor -- Vancouver. You can go to minute 5:55. <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> His score after Final Jeopardy makes watching worthwhile. It happens ra... Wed, 16 Mar 2016 10:21:45 EST Spelling Bee from New York Public Library How's your spelling prowess? The quiz from NYPL will test your ease with some common words. Results are given for each word immediately or you can enter your email address at the end to have results sent. Here are two versions of the link in case the first doesn't work. <BR> <BR> <link> 20 16 </link> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>2016?utm_source=eNewsletter&amp;utm_me<BR>dium=email&amp;utm_content=Engmt201603<BR>SpellingBee... Wed, 9 Mar 2016 14:53:07 EST Trumped Maybe even Trump supporters see the humor in this. Must see, unless you really were going to spend the 5 minutes more constructively on something that cannot wait. Speakers Up! <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Wed, 2 Mar 2016 09:04:57 EST Team Bonus Points - Red Banner How many points did you find on today's red banner? Click a pennant on your Start page. Post for the team! You earn Points and you reward your favorite Team(s) with Points to help us rise on the leaderboards! Sun, 28 Feb 2016 11:20:15 EST Cameron Diaz' Jewish Wedding (No One Is Jewish) Now here is one for the books: Cameron Diaz, the actress, married Benji Madden, the guitarist for the group Good Charlotte, in a Jewish ceremony last year, where neither the bride nor the groom was Jewish (say what?). It's not about conversion, it's about adopting another religion's customs for the sake of what exactly? The wedding had a traditional chuppah, breaking of the glass, all the way to including the "yichud" (private room where the bride and groom retire after the ceremony and be... Wed, 24 Feb 2016 14:11:38 EST How Honest Are Israelis? An interesting social experiment: <BR> <BR> <link><BR> </link> Fri, 19 Feb 2016 18:36:52 EST Why do people put on a differing amount of weight? A study in Israel reports some interesting results. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>93414 </link> <BR> <BR> This may explain my oddball status food-wise, but I don't think I'll be mailing any "packages" to the Weizmann Institute of Science. Fri, 29 Jan 2016 07:56:24 EST Jeopardy! online test I remember that Mark signed up. Anyone else? I took it on Tuesday and know that I missed more than I like to say. It would be so nice if they were to send results, but they don't. At least this time I registered 'for real, not just for fun. Something tells me that I missed that click-upon the other times I took the test, in which case, even had I done well enough, I had no chance of advancing to the next stage. Thu, 28 Jan 2016 16:36:59 EST Got this invite to join another team? Hmm Someone whose screen name, 4He Is the Answer, is completely unknown to me, sent an invitation to join a team called "Seeking the Right Path to Succeed." I browsed the team a bit and have a feeling that the invitation may have been sent to all SparkJews members. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>l_message.asp </link> <BR> <BR> Please let me know if you received it. Wed, 27 Jan 2016 22:34:21 EST Two New Features in SparkPeople Spark introduced two new features today with the following notice: <BR> <BR> "1. On the Nutrition Tracker, you can now make a 'Quick Entry.' This basically lets you add a calorie/carb/fat/protein value to a meal, without searching for a food, nor adding a manual food." <BR> <BR> The "Add Quick Entry" click-upon appears below the green "Search" button to the right of the "What did you eat?" bar. <BR> <BR> "2. We used to let people share 1 piece of content for 3 points a day. We now let you... Wed, 20 Jan 2016 18:08:03 EST In Honor Of MLK Day:The Maccabeats and Naturally 7 Two a capella groups, one Jewish, one black, perform a James Taylor cover, "Shed A Little Light": <BR> <BR> <link><BR>D_os </link> Mon, 18 Jan 2016 21:13:08 EST Adele, the Everywoman For those like me who usually miss the viral stuff, her selfie. It helps. <BR> <BR> . <BR> <link><BR>wAAeKBs.jpg:large </link> Thu, 7 Jan 2016 16:02:32 EST Thanking someone several years later In 2007 I saw a doctor once for a specific purpose. After an extensive discussion and exam, he recommended some action. I took his advice and over the next two or three years, made great strides because of his ideas. It occurred to me then that people in his and similar positions, such as teachers, who have limited contact with those who may pass through what seems to be a revolving door never know what effect they may have had. Because of volunteer work I'd done, I'd wonder how some peop... Wed, 6 Jan 2016 16:05:56 EST This is a mistake - just ignore. Our hotel's wifi is being weird. Please do NOT post here. Wed, 30 Dec 2015 20:46:03 EST A double-edged cliche came true the happy way I don't mind when a cliche bears truth and when its truth bears out. What I mind is the dumbness of the cliche: "What goes around comes around." That aside, it proved itself this morning and made a happy difference in my mood. If the following seems a bit "written" for a forum, it is. It's in progress for another location, but I thought of SpJ as I was writing. <BR> ----------------------------------- <BR> <BR> "Today is December 30, 2015. Knowing that I would be buying more than I could ca... Wed, 30 Dec 2015 15:35:20 EST Research a charity prior to donating?? I want to make a donation to a lung cancer organization and did a little googling. <BR> <BR> Lung Cancer Research Foundation, an unfamiliar name, isn't listed in Charity Navigator. Anyone know this group? <BR> <BR> Cancer Care got a low rating from Charity Navigator <BR> <BR> Lung Cancer Alliance, also unfamiliar to me, has a high rating from Charity Navigator. Does anyone know this organization? I've tried a few times to get to its website, but get a Firefox notice, "Unable to connect,... Sun, 27 Dec 2015 18:36:07 EST Judiasm - A Conscious Choice Made (&/or Unmade?) Picking up with something interesting and for me anyway, a little extraordinary... <BR> <BR> Most of us were born and/or raised Jewish, and a few of us converted consciously or willingly to become Jewish (welcome btw!). One or two of us seem to know family members of friends who have consciously and/or willingly elected to leave the faith. When I read this, I found it quite surprising and certainly something to which I could not relate. <BR> <BR> We are not like-minded with one another,... Sun, 27 Dec 2015 12:00:04 EST Marcel Marceau (Mangel) Saw this on Facebook today, had to share: <BR> <BR> From "The Accidental Talmudist" <BR> December 24 at 11:13am · <BR> <BR> Marcel Marceau’s extraordinary talent for pantomime entertained audiences around the world for over sixty years. It also saved hundreds of Jewish children during the Holocaust. <BR> <BR> Born to a Jewish family in Strasbourg, France in 1923, young Marcel Mangel discovered Charlie Chaplin at age five and became an avid fan. He entertained his friends with Chaplin imita... Sun, 27 Dec 2015 10:21:47 EST Making left turns while driving is dangerous? "Morning Edition" had a feature today on the fairly high rate or at least likelihood of accidents when vehicles turn left on city streets. They described a driver running down a pedestrian, not having seen her; both had obeyed the relevant laws. It also described the way truckers driving on streets choose routes that eliminate left turns, even saying that doing so saves time. <BR> <BR> I didn't quite get it although I think I was paying enough attention. Will someone who is familiar with ... Thu, 24 Dec 2015 14:46:56 EST High Holiday School Closures (or Not) The latest, locally here, on this oft-divisive and controversial topic. It's an easy call in NYC and the other big metros with substantial MOT populations. Its tougher out here in the hinterlands. What's the right answer? <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ndar-conundrum/news/ </link> Wed, 23 Dec 2015 18:49:12 EST Oy to the World Enjoy. Merry Festivus, MOTs. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>om-im-not-going-to-the-matzahball#.ya3<BR>yoGmPz2 </link> Tue, 22 Dec 2015 07:51:49 EST Coming Aboard Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> I'm Kate, I'm 65 and live in western Maryland. I've been on Spark for five years and have maintained a 25 pound weight loss, still have about 10-15 to go. I have some good long-term SparkFriends but have never gotten involved with teams. Decided to join an "over 60 with 10-15 pounds to lose" team this morning and the first message was this: <BR> <BR> "The Son of Man has come to seek &amp; to save that which was lost" <BR> <BR> So here I am, enough said. I changed my... Wed, 16 Dec 2015 11:40:47 EST Favorite souvenir EVER DH bought me a new wedding band here in Cuzco - best souvenir ever, really! <BR> <BR> The background - when we got married, DH gave me his uncle's wedding band. (This uncle and aunt never had kids, and they spoiled DH, who was the baby of all the cousins.) DH wore his father's wedding band, that's what we used for his ring at the wedding. <BR> <BR> Well, when diving in Indonesia, somehow DH lost his wedding ring. We were both upset, it was sentimental, but, well, things happen. So a few... Sun, 13 Dec 2015 23:16:15 EST Flash Mob - Hora Jerusalem And on a lighter note: <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Sun, 13 Dec 2015 07:23:29 EST The Origins Of Current-Day "Palestine" As mentioned in the other thread, it was time to devote an independent thread to this very important topic. Herewith is the link posted by CAMERA: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>&amp;x_outlet=16&amp;x_article=3147 </link> <BR> <BR> CAMERA is a Jewish organization, dedicated to disseminating the truth about a lot of misconceptions about the Middle East, especially as it is dispelled in the US. Sat, 12 Dec 2015 11:34:08 EST Are you tired of Trump? I don't know if people have seen this - it's a letter and registry of American Jews who believe Trump needs to apologize and shut up about "registering Muslims" and banning any Muslim immigrants for who knows how long. <BR> <BR> Might not help, but I think it's absolutely worth signing. I don't think any minority group can afford to sit by and be silent in the face of the current hatred and bigotry in the USA. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>istry/ </link> Wed, 9 Dec 2015 11:32:33 EST Donald Trump puts his foot in the latke batter <link><BR>e_mistake_donald_trump_just_delivered_<BR>an_anti_semitic_speech_to_the_republic<BR>an_jewish_coalition/ </link> <BR> <BR> First link from Salon includes the full speech to the Republic Jewish Coalition, bragging and all. The highlight is his reference to being a good negotiator as are the members of the audience. <BR> <BR> For good measure, NPR and the Times: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>mp-to-jewish-republica... Thu, 3 Dec 2015 21:40:25 EST Jewish American soldier honored Wow, did you hear about this? <BR> <BR> <link><BR>us-gi-who-told-the-nazis-we-are-all-jews/ </link> <BR> <BR> During WWII, American POWs were to be separated, with Jewish soldiers going to who knows where. This high ranking American officer told the Nazis "we're all Jews here" and refused to back down! <BR> <BR> WOW! Wed, 2 Dec 2015 22:55:10 EST Syrian refugees compared w/yesterday's Jewish Refu "Comparing Today's Syrians With Yesterday's Jewish Refugees" is the full title of the segment on today's Brian Lehrer Show (public radio). The dark history of the U.S. position in the 30's is the period discussed, with particular attention German Jewish refugees. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>show-2015-11-23/ </link> Mon, 23 Nov 2015 10:29:35 EST Paris, last Friday <link> </link> Fri, 20 Nov 2015 19:59:44 EST Groucho, Robinson and Reynolds got Uptown Funk You may have seen this, but it's worth a second viewing. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ce-oldies-classic-vintage-nostalgia-v2/ </link> Fri, 20 Nov 2015 19:56:50 EST Lubavichers on Vacation (seriously!) So, we're in the Galapagos Islands, Ecuador. We go to a restaurant for dinner. There's a group of maybe 8 or 10 men sitting around a table, all with kippot. After they finish eating, my husband heads to the restroom and says hi to the group, says something to one guy who has a NY Yankees kippah. <BR> <BR> Turns out the group is a bunch of Lubavich men on vacation - which is why they weren't wearing the black hats and suits and all. Left their wives and small children at home and were vac... Thu, 19 Nov 2015 23:12:14 EST "Amy Poehler's Smart Girls" The recap of an interview between Poehler and Seth Meyers came in today's email from, a career-oriented website. It introduced me to her own (with partners) site, designed for girls as an alternative to all the dumb things on the internet. The recap is fun and is so good. (The link in the levo item doesn't work, hence, the second one below.) <BR> <BR> <link> e- amy-poehler </link> <BR> <BR> <link> <... Wed, 18 Nov 2015 18:01:36 EST He's One of Us - But So What? Bernie probably is not electable, but not b/c of his Jewishness. It is heartening, though, that one of us has gotten this far though. Interesting article on this in today's Post: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>cts-of-faith/wp/2015/10/13/bernie-sand<BR>ers-who-could-get-farther-than-any-jew<BR>ish-candidate-for-president-has-just-o<BR>pened-up-about-his-jewishness/ </link> Sun, 15 Nov 2015 15:09:18 EST The Tasty Bait of Curiosity - Is it Traef? Yesterday I was in a meeting with a prospective new client. He is a prominent land use attorney and his client - a Baptist Church - needs our professional expertise. He is explaining the background of this client and project and their need - "they are traditional Southern Baptists...." <BR> <BR> He proceeds to explain how their religion has provided them the "vision" for the success of their project, although it will require considerable funding through donations, he casually interjects so... Fri, 13 Nov 2015 07:54:38 EST Jeopardy Tournament I was going to take the other topic back to its starting place, but it's way off in another arena. <BR> <BR> The first two games of the championship are most humiliating Jeopardy in history, I'm sure. I won't even tell you how many I got out of 30 each round. Tonight was worse than last night. My one highlight yesterday was "Guthrie," as I'd never heard of such a city in Oklahoma. <BR> <BR> Today's Final Jeopardy, beside the fact that none of the players nor I got it, was phrased inaccur... Wed, 11 Nov 2015 19:38:00 EST Jewish anxiety? Would a minor change in the shirt's emblem reveal a cultural characteristic? Jewish guilt is old, old news. Is anxiety another that I've never heard of? <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Sun, 8 Nov 2015 15:51:52 EST Jeopardy, Joan Didion and Mexico Was it my imagination or did the show yesterday or the day before include these two questions (not verbatm): <BR> <BR> 1) Who is author of "The Year of Magical Thinking," about the death of her husband, John Gregory Dunne? (Answer: Joan Didion, which I knew), and <BR> <BR> 2) In which country is the state of Quintana Roo? (Answer: Mexico, also knew) <BR> <BR> If so, it's interesting because the show rarely runs two separate but related questions in a single game. Didion and Gregory had... Fri, 6 Nov 2015 18:34:25 EST Relics from the Past - Animate & Inanimate My Mom moved in with us three weeks ago. It's been weirder than weird - the never-ending three bears circumstance. Someone is in our house and messing with our well-ordered routine, 24x7. <BR> <BR> She things she is on a cruise. Outstanding food three times a day, and scintillating entertainment every evening. She loves it with us. We are less sure. <BR> <BR> She traveled very heavily. She never disposed of anything. Now we have - well - all this stuff. As she very slowly goes thr... Fri, 6 Nov 2015 14:44:26 EST "Survey Says!"... Family Feud, anyone? <BR> <BR> Just oodles of interesting, topical and mildly controversial stuff here. <BR> <BR> (And no; I was not surveyed) <BR> <BR> <link><BR>/pew-survey-57-of-u-s-jews-eat-pork-an<BR>d-torah-study-more-popular </link> Wed, 4 Nov 2015 20:30:28 EST More Interesting & Topical Stuff Found Online The latest on intermarriage and acceptance by our faith of the intermarried. And interesting read, to say the least. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ter-to-judaism-from-an-interfaith-fami<BR>ly-77903604514a#.j6qkjm8fy </link> Wed, 21 Oct 2015 17:56:55 EST Digital Future of Organized Judiasism Here is a fresh take on an oft-visited topic for y'all in the Sisterhood. What is the future of the organized practice of our religion, given all of its challenges from assimilation on down. I found this Forbes article nothing short of a fascinating take on the topic: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>015/10/13/this-synagogue-is-breaking-a<BR>way-from-a-2000-year-old-model-and-sol<BR>ving-judaisms-biggest-problem/ </link> <BR> <BR> To me this approach only works ... Fri, 16 Oct 2015 09:37:02 EST Matt Jackson - Jeopardy Redux 10/12/15 He did it again and this was the second time I've noticed him have a slow start. If he had other slow starts, but I missed them. <BR> <BR> I'm irritated with myself over Final Jeopardy. The correct response, Bayeux Tapestry, just eluded the tip of my tongue. Bayreuth was all that came to mind and, when it did, I knew I was wrong. It was the curse of Wagner. <BR> <BR> Who else is going to win a European cruise? Mon, 12 Oct 2015 20:00:29 EST Penalize the "Jeopardy!" host Matt Jackson, age 23, the current champion, just won his eighth (seventh?) for a total $230,000+. I've seen most of his games and will say that he's a pleasure to watch. He was careless with one of tonight's categories, "I.T," the letters standing for the initials of well-known individuals. The quotation marks signify that a correct answer must be the full name. <BR> <BR> Ivan Turgenev was one of the answers, but Matt gave only the last name, for which Alex gave him credit. During a brea... Tue, 6 Oct 2015 19:47:10 EST 18 Year Old Haredi Girl Takes Israel By Storm Developed a talent for chic fashion design, she gets to have her cake and sew it too? <BR> <BR> <link>,7340,L-4<BR>706052,00.html </link> Sat, 3 Oct 2015 19:26:16 EST Who Are The Orthodox? Tangential to the thread that Mark began, I got involved in a discussion just now about the rising Orthodox population, and what it means. Some interesting data extrapolated from the Pew study, which conducted a larger analysis of present-day Jews in America: <BR> <BR><BR>ws <BR> <BR> Reading the original white paper, which is rather lengthy, I am still trying to wrap my brain around the four percent of "Orthodox" [ it had to take the quote marks, b... Fri, 2 Oct 2015 14:32:03 EST The Steamy Kibbutz When this sign appeared on a previously unoccupied building few people noticed. The sign is lit at night, but otherwise the building is dark because of shades on the windows. You can’t see inside. Last night there were cars in the parking lot and I wondered what was going on in there. So I googled it. <BR> <BR> An interesting concept and a curious choice of name in an area with a very small Jewish population. Tue, 29 Sep 2015 06:32:56 EST Future of Organized Judiasism in the Hinterlands? Today for YK, Susan and I perhaps glimpsed the future of the organized practice of Judaism (other than orthodox). While I absolutely could write all day on this topic, basically it boils down to this: <BR> <BR> Problems: <BR> <BR> 1. Too many synagogues, with operating expenses too high for their dwindling number of families willing to pay four figures year after year. <BR> 2. Thirteen years old and out (see #1). <BR> 3. Intermarriage and assimilation, lessening the priority people pl... Wed, 23 Sep 2015 20:49:02 EST Negativism in the National Press The latest in case you missed it, from Ann Coulter is in the supplied hyperlink. <BR> <BR> Warning: if you are easily upset by the use of "colorful metaphors" when describing us collectively as a people, don't click. Move along. There is nothing for your genteel sensibilities here. <BR> <BR> The rest of you steely-eyed folk, well, there is something new from Ms. Coulter to make your blood boil. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>n-coulter-sparks-outrage-anti-... Thu, 17 Sep 2015 16:50:30 EST Auschwitz Installs Showers To "Comfort" Visitors That was the gist of the article headline, to provide relief from the brutal August heat in Poland. They are actually "misters", but did it ever occur to the "powers that be" to keep elderly visitors hydrated? Cold water bottles or water fountains might have been a better choice. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ors-horrified-by-showers-at-auschwitz-<BR>concentration-camp/21229972/?icid=main<BR>g-grid7%7Cmain5%7Cdl17%7Csec1_lnk3%26p<BR>Lid%3D-168480126 </link> Tue, 1 Sep 2015 11:03:52 EST Seeking some background about "Mountain Jews" My son’s new tenants are members of this group. The husband speaks only a few words of English. The wife and children are enroute from Moscow. DS & I were interested to learn more about their heritage and customs since we had never met anyone with this background or even heard the term before. Is there a sizable community here in the US? Googling gives some conflicting or ambiguous information. So I thought I would ask here. <BR> <BR> In spite of the language barrier things have star... Mon, 31 Aug 2015 18:02:55 EST Movies, Movies, And More Movies! FriedaZipora suggested we start a movie thread as well, so here goes: <BR> <BR> I saw "Phoenix" the other night, a movie I had not heard of, as my friend wanted to see it, so off we went. Yes, it did get very high marks, but I have learned over the years that I will not read reviews as they tend to be killjoys revealing all kinds of plot twists (I mean, what's the point then to go and see it?), especially if it's a movie that has piqued the curiosity of the reviewers and the public that eve... Wed, 26 Aug 2015 00:03:17 EST "Go Set a Watchman" Book Discussion This thread is limited to discussion of the book. We have plenty of other threads for everything else and new ones are always an option. It'll hurt and we'll squirm, but we can do it. Sun, 23 Aug 2015 23:17:38 EST Chocolate: Is It Truly THAT Decadent? Phebe said it and I wholeheartedly agree: A world without chocolate is a world devoid of a rich landscape. <BR> <BR> Coincidentally, I found this in my email box just now: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>r-diseases/12-bits-chocolate-and-healt<BR>h?GUID=E5DD1609-36A5-4800-957D-5FC9A8E<BR>3B97D&XGUID=&rememberme=1&ts=15082015 </link> <BR> <BR> Now seriously, how can something THAT good be all bad? Sat, 15 Aug 2015 12:31:53 EST Cyberbook Club As Phebe suggested, I am starting a new thread here. <BR> <BR> I respectfully submit "Go Set A Watchman" by Harper Lee. I think in view of the controversy, there's a lot to discuss there. <BR> <BR> All suggestions, of course, are welcome. Wed, 12 Aug 2015 13:35:26 EST I am happy to report that Richard (my DH, for those who have not been introduced) made it through his first cataract surgery just fine. <BR> <BR> He actually says he can see better with that eye - the surgery was this morning, he's wearing a perforated metal eye guard, and he claims he can see better than with the other eye. Possibly true. <BR> <BR> So his hours of worrying are over, he's a happy camper, and he just woke from a 4 hour nap. Yeah, he's fine. Mon, 10 Aug 2015 18:58:23 EST What Are You Reading Or Listening To This Summer? Revisiting my childhood, I just took out "Go Set A Watchman" by Harper Lee. Really wanted to see what all the hoopla was about. Because of time constraints and a lot of driving, I have resigned myself to the talking book mode of reading. Hopefully, that will change in the near future. <BR> <BR> After "Watchman", I'm going to have to reread "To Kill A Mockingbird". I wonder if 50 years after the first read, I'll see it differently. I would imagine so. <BR> <BR> I pray that the avariciou... Sat, 8 Aug 2015 17:27:19 EST Hurdles, bumps, plateaus, diet fatigue Can we talk about how to get through the rough spots? The hurdles, bumps, gains, plateaus, <BR> diet fatigue we've experienced. <BR> <BR> I just had a month long plateau that seemed like forever. <BR> <BR> About plateaus, Boss61 (Mark) gave me some very good advice and it really worked. He said, 1. Decrease sodium 2. Increase water 3. Eat your calories early, not late. 4. Track diligently and be wary of old habits creeping in. <BR> <BR> I got an interesting response came from NUMD9... Sat, 8 Aug 2015 01:11:48 EST A Fresh Face Mazel Tov! Our 7th grandchild, a boy, arrived on July 28, 8 lb. 1 oz. and he was named Bennett. His mother has strictly forbidden the use of any nickname such as Ben or Benny. He was circumcised yesterday in the pediatrician's office. A Bris would have been nice, a Hebrew name would have been nice, a middle name in memory of a great -grandfather would have been nice, but we have to take what we can get and be happy. At least there wasn't a Baptism either. Oh, did I mention that the mat... Thu, 6 Aug 2015 01:41:05 EST David Bowie is visiting us (metapho rically) Remember the song Ch-ch-ch-ch-ch-Changes! <BR> <BR> Contractor starts work here in a week; converting our main bathroom to handicap accessibility, low threshold shower stall and the works. Bought one of those units you can sit in, access rails and whatnot. <BR> <BR> By October my mother will be living with us. This is what happens when you are 86 and outlive your money. (And think of all of the seniors who flat-out do not have this as an option). <BR> <BR> She is reasonably healthy ... Sun, 2 Aug 2015 06:04:51 EST A Great Miracle Happened Here The things we take for granted with respect to our health... today's example is vision. <BR> <BR> So my Mom goes and finally has long-awaited and long-postponed cataract surgery. <BR> <BR> Mind you her vision has always been awful; she has worn glasses since the age of two. <BR> <BR> It turns out the cataract surgery also corrected lifelong deformities of her corneal lenses - she now can see without glasses - distance and reading both - for the first time in 84 years. <BR> <BR> She i... Tue, 28 Jul 2015 07:51:31 EST Leica and the Jews. <BR> Have you seen this before? <BR> <BR> <BR> The Leica is the pioneer 35mm camera. It is a German product - precise,minimalist, and utterly efficient. <BR> <BR> <BR> Behind its worldwide acceptance as a creative tool was a family-owned, socially oriented firm that, during the Nazi era,m acted with uncommon grace, generosity and modesty. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> E. Leitz Inc., designer and manufacturer of Germany's most famous photographic product, saved its Jews. <BR> <BR> <BR> And Ern... Sun, 26 Jul 2015 08:48:25 EST Muslim Wins Israel's Version Of "Master Chef" Sylph had started a thread about the worst cooks in America. I recently got a link to the winner of Israel's version of "Master Chef". What is interesting is she is a "proud Muslim, Israeli, and Zionist". <BR> <BR> I think you will find the following link to her performance on the show interesting: <BR> <BR> <BR> <link> atch-sarah-zoabi-mother-of-muhammad-on -master-chef-i-am-a-proud-zionist/ </link> Sun, 26 Jul 2015 06:25:43 EST Long summer weekends Long summer Saturday today. How was yours? <BR> <BR> In the morning, I went to a water aerobics class with my youngest son (34). I feel good about that because I have to push myself to exercise. It's not my strong suit. Then we picked up my husband and went to see the movie Southpaw with Jake Gylenhall which was excellent. After the movie, we went to Chipotle (not my favorite) to split a vegetarian burrito. I was dismayed when I saw that a half is 578 calories on the tracker. That's ... Sun, 26 Jul 2015 00:42:45 EST Food Network "Worst Cooks in America" Full disclosure: I don't watch the show and it's likely that I will never see it. Further and as usual, I've barely skimmed the linked article, so missed the big punchline and some of the sub-punchlines. I'm not even sure what I was googling that brought the article to my attention. <BR> <BR> Brief intro: Joshie Berger is or was a contestant on the "Worst Cooks..." show. He is a former Chasidic member of the Borough Park, Brooklyn, community. I gather that he held up cholent -- which s... Thu, 2 Jul 2015 12:24:07 EST Dieting and Shabbat How do you handle dieting on Shabbat? I've been reducing weight for years (120 pounds down), and consistently have had Shabbat as a day off. I don't log, and eat better and more than normal. I try to just relax and be in the spirit of the day. My caloric intake and eating practices have been naturally reducing on Shabbat as I adjust to eating less. <BR> <BR> Now I'm much closer to my goal and need to restrict calories even more, and this approach seems to be sabatoging my weight loss. ... Wed, 10 Jun 2015 14:20:18 EST The Pace of Shabbat Services (For the 20% of you who do not cringe when I launch a thread) <BR> <BR> Do you attend Shabbat services on Saturday mornings? Are they too long, too short, or just right? Do you attend the whole thing, or arrive fashionably late (and maybe even leave early)? Have you been at another shul, not your own, and found the service different enough in style, cadence or pace to be off-putting? <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Tod... Sat, 30 May 2015 19:49:11 EST Would/Could Israel Survive Without American Jewry? Earlier today, I started to rebuttal Mark's belief that "Jewish Americans" only support Israel if "guilted" by their rabbi, etc. etc. Perhaps "Jewish Americans", but I don't think "American Jews" do. <BR> <BR> I was at work, and couldn't get into a heated debate at that time. Taking off the table if one cannot afford to donate to worthy Israel causes for the moment, I promised to get back to this topic. Since I don't feel it's a topic as a "kibbitzer", I thought it worthy enough to start ... Wed, 20 May 2015 19:36:28 EST The price of a Picasso Last night Christie's New York sold "Women of Algiers" for $179 million, the highest price ever or a painting at auction. To say $179 million is an exaggeration, as the sale price is only $160 million; the other $19 mil represents commission. An anonymous bidder, no surprise, but there are speculations in the art world. <BR> <BR> The numbers heard at art auctions border on comical. More than the numbers, I'm always boggled by the auctioneers. Never a smile or any reaction registers on th... Tue, 12 May 2015 20:16:56 EST Jerusalem Flash Mob Sings Hatikva On Light Rail Real sweet: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>os/10152847808133717/?pnref=story </link> <BR> <BR> Notice all the different kinds of Jews on the train appreciating TOGETHER this moment. <BR> <BR> Sometimes it's nice to be Joos. Sat, 9 May 2015 21:58:19 EST If you missed it, a super blog (a short one!) <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5896722&u<BR>tm_source=sparkpeople&utm_medium=email<BR>&utm_campaign=sp-community-highlight </link> <BR> <BR> The woman who wrote this, "Mrs. Groucho," is so elated about her first experience at the gym that she is a bright light. Haven't we all experienced this, even in some arena separate from gymtimidation? <BR> <BR> I feel like dancing with her. Thu, 7 May 2015 15:22:39 EST On The Lighter Side Forget for a moment the location (Chernobyl), but take a look at this fox gathering up the offered food and making itself a sandwich. I love how it decided it didn't need all those carbs, and left off a slice of bread! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>-of-fox-making-sandwich-near-chernobyl<BR>-goes-viral/21177931/?cps=gravity_2722<BR>_7710645465857868855 </link> Wed, 29 Apr 2015 12:53:47 EST When The First Amendment is an Intolerable Act <link><BR>mix/wp/2015/04/22/killing-jews-is-wors<BR>hip-posters-will-soon-appear-on-nyc-su<BR>bways-and-buses/?tid=pm_national_pop_b </link> Tue, 28 Apr 2015 05:36:22 EST The Holocaust And One Arab Law Student's View I stumbled on the following quite by accident. I thought that perhaps you would find it of interest: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>Palestinians-learn-about-the-Holocaust<BR>-399168 </link> Mon, 27 Apr 2015 20:47:09 EST Nepal help Several of the organizations providing relief in Nepal following the earthquake were listed by "The Takeaway," the public radio program. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>you-can-help/ </link> <BR> Mon, 27 Apr 2015 16:02:39 EST Misc Kibbitz Thread Good morning Sandy and the Sisterhood (yes, sounds like a pop group, no?). Better than to have wayward threads transgress on topic-specific posts, perhaps this is a better place and way wherein we may merely catch up with one another. <BR> <BR> Laurie, Queen of the Universe, if you agree, you may bestow it with Stickiness. I could pretend to be Susan again for the purpose, but that is so yesteryear. <BR> <BR> So to kick things off, Thing One approached us about permission to travel to Pro... Thu, 23 Apr 2015 08:24:55 EST The Rising Wave Of Antisemitism Across Europe History, sadly, has a tendency to repeat itself: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>waves-Israeli-flags-in-Amsterdam-as-pa<BR>rt-of-solidarity-campaign-398787 </link> <BR> <BR> Knowing what we now know, just a generation removed, would you leave Europe? Tue, 21 Apr 2015 16:15:03 EST The "Accountant Of Auschwitz" Probably one of the last Nazi trials that we will ever see, almost 70 years after the end of WWII, is currently unfolding in Germany. Oskar Groening readily admits that he was "morally complicit" in the Nazi machinery. The question remains if he was "legally complicit" and for that, choice or not in the present legal process, he will "allow" the German court to decide his fate. He is to be tried as "an accessory to murder." <BR> <BR> He was at the train station, on the arrival of the Hung... Tue, 21 Apr 2015 15:55:57 EST Fun music video, "Ya'alili" The visual says it's fun even if I understand only a few words of the lyrics. If you start, stay to the last bits to complete the circle. Let's shop at the store. I'm already accustomed to doing some contained dance moves down the aisles at Trader Joe. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>MUyrw7s </link> Sun, 19 Apr 2015 23:31:14 EST Goebbels Estate v. Random House On the heels of Yom Hashoah, news of the Goebbels estate's suit against Random House breaks. If you haven't already read or heard about it, do a search. I heard a headline in the wee hours from BBC News. You can search endless options for coverage. For starters, here's The Guardian. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>8/random-house-told-it-should-pay-to-q<BR>uote-joseph-goebbels-in-biography </link> <BR> <BR> This is going to be an ugly, painful, infuriating, p... Sat, 18 Apr 2015 08:55:11 EST Holocaust Remembrance Day This powerful video taken in Israel speaks for itself: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>-yom-hashoah-holocaust </link> <BR> <BR> Sadly, had there not been a Holocaust, the State of Israel would not have been created as a haven for all Jews. Thu, 16 Apr 2015 20:12:44 EST Need a water-drinking "buddy?" It's been a long time since I've drunk eight glasses daily. It's been a long time since I've drunk more than the sips needed to get vitamins and a couple of prescriptions down. <BR> <BR> I signed up the other day for SP's new 30-day challenge to develop a new habit and made eight glasses of water my chief goal for now. Today's challenge installment is to find a buddy with the same goal to check in for mutual, weekly accountability? <BR> <BR> Got the same need and want a support system? ... Mon, 13 Apr 2015 20:27:37 EST Jeopardy on-line test Was it Mark who wrote that he's registered for the test? Anyone else? Please fill me in, someone. <BR> <BR> I just signed up, but clicked back to look at something a second time and was prevented from moving ahead again. My registration was confirmed, I'm wondering if I missed anything else that would be useful to know in advance? I did watch the three videos of tips. <BR> <BR> <BR> Mon, 13 Apr 2015 20:20:53 EST A good game for a Sunday drive Just for fun and only 40 seconds. <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> Sun, 12 Apr 2015 12:49:57 EST Leavening the Leftovers So Pesach is in the rear-view mirror. Let My People Go. Hopefully, you people of the Sisterhood have Gone. <BR> <BR> Which brings me to this: do/will your Passover leftovers also go (in the garbage) or having prepared and paid for them, will you work your way through them as any other fridge, freezer or pantry item? Sun, 12 Apr 2015 12:20:23 EST Be on TV You can waive a magic wand and enter the storyline / set of any television show as a character, and live there / be there for a month. Then its over and you come back to reality. <BR> <BR> Which show, and why? My preliminary answer is Hawaii Five-O, for reasons that will make the Sisterhood hit me over the head. <BR> <BR> How about you? Go! Mon, 6 Apr 2015 20:53:45 EST Does anyone else look like this at Pesach? <img src=""> Sun, 5 Apr 2015 07:17:15 EST Six 13's "Uptown Passover" Amazing the diversity. This ain't the Passover of my childhood: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>7FkLH4 </link> Sun, 5 Apr 2015 01:19:37 EST The Maccabeats Tackle Passover I think I like the Chanukah one better..... <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Sun, 5 Apr 2015 01:15:47 EST The Future of Passover Happy Eruv Passover to the Sisterhood (plus one). <BR> <BR> I love Passover; it easily is my favorite of the holidays. Thing One recently quipped that in one more generation, Passover no longer will be celebrated outside the Orthodox community because it is so inconvenient and (unless traditional foods are steadfastly avoided) unhealthy. Susan and I were saddened by the practicality of her viewpoint, particularly given that we have always done the Seder big (Thanksgiving with Haggadahs and ... Fri, 3 Apr 2015 08:26:42 EST Robots Rule Passover! LOVE "The Four Kashers" as told by Israeli robots (Are robots Jewish, if they can recite the Ma Nishtana?): <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ation-of-f.html </link> Tue, 31 Mar 2015 23:01:54 EST The Passover Story - If Told by Us Geeky Boys There certainly are worse ways to spend two minutes of your life. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>oZrEvI </link> Sun, 29 Mar 2015 19:46:13 EST What If Men Were In Charge Of Passover Cleaning? In keeping with the spirit of the upcoming holiday, and getting somewhat away from all the fare that we know and love (NOT), already being discussed in parallel threads, I stumbled on this tonight and thought to post it here for yet another perspective on a very labor-intensive holiday, for many of us: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>7339/if-men-cleaned-for-passover/? </link> <BR> <BR> How well I remember it, exactly as described here. A full month from Purim to... Thu, 26 Mar 2015 21:53:56 EST Seder Planning 2015 Passover is far and away my favorite of the holidays. Hence my re-found frequent-flyerness here. How do you do yours? Share what works and what works less well on this thread. <BR> <BR> 2015 Seder planning - Are you hosting or just attending? Big gathering or small? Are you cooking, leading, or just helping / participating / and (not too much of the un-Sparky stuff) eating? First night, second night, or both? <BR> <BR> If you are hosting, what are you preparing, what are your specia... Thu, 26 Mar 2015 17:00:15 EST 25 Ways to Ruin Perfectly Good Matzo The pictures speak for themselves. How many have you tried? How many would you? <BR> <BR> <link><BR>r-of-passover-here-are-the-25-most-del<BR>icious-things-you-can-do-with-matzo-photos/ </link> Wed, 25 Mar 2015 16:34:23 EST Jon Stewart has at the junk/fake-food industry If you are delicate of ear, be forewarned that Jon Stewart is indelicate of mouth in service of making the point. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>big-food/ </link> <BR> <BR> More than language, beware of Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. The name is new to me, but it has compromised what seems to have been a respectable reputation. The question is whether it will clean itself up and take care of where it puts its approval symbols. <BR> <BR> <link>www.wsj.... Tue, 24 Mar 2015 18:42:31 EST Just i time for Pesach!!!! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Of course, this can't be eaten at the end of the meal if you keep kosher. But I'm thinking on top of apple pie with a matzah meal crust? Maybe a walnut crust. Or a matzah cone? <BR> <BR> The possibilities!!!!!! Sun, 22 Mar 2015 23:43:35 EST Hi - new to the group HI <BR> <BR> I'm living outside JLM, with 4 DD's and DH <BR> <BR> Working my way out of a sugar addiction <BR> <BR> :) <BR> Sun, 22 Mar 2015 04:44:56 EST The elections in Israel - Dan Raviv's commentary Not sure if people saw this on CBS news - Dan Raviv spent a number of years as a news correspondent in Israel, now works for CBS, and he sent us this short interview he gave. Sums up the elections in Israel, the politics, and how the entire process works there. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>on-day/ </link> <BR> <BR> (He's the friend we met up with in Hong Kong.) Thu, 19 Mar 2015 08:00:38 EST Centenarian Goes Skydiving For SECOND Time Not to be undone (she did it for the first time to celebrate her 92nd birthday), a South African woman went skydiving once again to celebrate her one hundredth birthday. What to me is absolutely astonishing is the awe that she expressed seeing the earth in that way. Someone who has celebrated more than 100 years, and who can express such awe, after having experienced so much and more in a greater than average lifetime, is truly inspirational. <BR> <BR> <link> Wed, 18 Mar 2015 23:39:57 EST Scanning The Physical World, Israeli Style I can't even begin to describe what this $250 device does. You have to see the demo to believe it. As an aside, Phebe, I think this will solve the problem of what your food items contain calorie-wise. Watch the video. It will explain all. <BR> <BR> I have to go now and pick my jaw up off the floor. <BR> <BR> <link><BR> </link> Mon, 16 Mar 2015 20:47:32 EST Jeopardy Lately, Jeopardy has had a few unusual shows: Yesterday's, at least for me, was striking, when there was only one person left to play the final. I never, ever saw that. When I saw one woman over $6K "in [Jeopardy] debt" with about two or three big money clues left, I knew she was doomed. <BR> <BR> I was struck by last Thursday's player who was obviously an Orthodox Jew. She came to play in a rather large hat. And during the question period, Alex made the comment that "of course" she was... Fri, 13 Mar 2015 10:34:26 EST Happy Purim! The Maccabeats for Purim: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>9LjvT14 </link> <BR> <BR> Well, someone had to fill the void in here! It's been awfully quiet lately. <em>198</em> Thu, 5 Mar 2015 14:00:23 EST Free NYC-area Clothing Exchange, 3/21 Most of you may recall that I've been organizing free, semi-annual clothing exchanges for the local bariatric surgery community for some time. The next, March 21 in midtown Manhattan, marks the fifth anniversary of these events. As this is my baby, I'm happy to invite again SparkJews teammates who live in the vicinity to take part, no surgery or plans for surgery required. <BR> <BR> If you'd like to attend, email me at my private box for the exchange -- <link> </link... Wed, 25 Feb 2015 16:46:42 EST FedEx Guy Makes Shidduch In Brooklyn I thought something upbeat and cheery was needed right about now, to melt your hearts if not the snow resulting from three back-to-back storms (and counting): <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ps-deliveryman-turned-matchmaker-conne<BR>cts-jewish-couple-crown-heights-articl<BR>e-1.1783321 </link> Thu, 5 Feb 2015 12:29:50 EST "Emotional eating" tracker category An SP friend edited her food tracker to include a "meal" she calls "emotional eating." It's a genius idea and, as I'm a proponent, which is not always the same as a faithful practitioner, of honesty in tracking as a learning tool and mindfulness reminder, thought I'd mention it here. Called "emotional eating" or what you will, it can be an aid to the effort. I was in the habit of listing such things under "snacks," but a distinct category will be more useful to me when I resume sanity. Tue, 3 Feb 2015 15:53:37 EST Is This Funny Or Not A non-MOT business acquaintance sent me this. I know him well and he means no harm. He thought it was funny. He thought I would think its funny too. And on a certain level, it is. Then again... <BR> <BR> *** <BR> <BR> "A Jewish man was sitting in Starbucks reading an Arab newspaper. A friend of his, who happened to be in the same store, noticed this strange phenomenon. <BR> <BR> Very upset, he approached him and said: 'Moshe, have you lost your mind? Why <BR> are you reading an Ar... Mon, 26 Jan 2015 05:51:37 EST The crock pot had Jewish roots? Did not know this "Nachumsohn, who went by the surname "Naxon," invented the slow cooker to be able to cook cholent, a traditional stew eaten by Jews in eastern Europe on the Sabbath. Since they were forbidden from cooking, the Jews would bring pots of stew to a nearby bakery the day before. They would cook slowly in the residual heat from the ovens, his daughter Lenore told NPR last year. <BR> <BR> "The advent of the slow cooker -- it saved the Jewish housewife," said Laura Frankel, the executive chef in Wol... Sat, 24 Jan 2015 07:42:14 EST Leave It To The Israelis This is phenomenal. I'll let their video speak for itself: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>VSpo?rel=0 </link> Fri, 23 Jan 2015 11:15:28 EST "Grine Felder," the Catskills and Yiddish Theater A while ago I bookmarked the following link while I was doing some research on things which I do not now recall. It's a brief reminiscence and history. The author's name isn't attached, but should be findable with a little research. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>e/Grine_Felder.htm </link> Sat, 17 Jan 2015 11:40:39 EST "JeSuisJuif" Hashtag Trending Now On Twitter "Je Suis Juif" ["I Am A Jew"] is trending now on Twitter in response to the hostage crisis in a kosher supermarket in Marais, the Jewish Quarter of Paris. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>-suis-juif-paris-jews_n_6444848.html </link> <BR> <BR> What's old is, sadly, new again. Fri, 9 Jan 2015 14:48:12 EST No More Ferstunkanah Synagogue Dues Intriguing Article in Today's Washington Post (all the news fit to print, for us Dixie MOTs): <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ews-rebelling-against-paying-dues/2013<BR>/01/18/0d28da6e-61a5-11e2-b05a-605528f<BR>6b712_story.html?tid=pm_national_pop </link> Mon, 5 Jan 2015 19:32:08 EST Tzedakkah Thread 2015 - Just click to give!!! A new year, a new thread (because it gets way too long in a year!): <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> You donate for free! Really!!! <BR> <BR> Click on that, click the button to donate a cup of food (free for you, paid for by the sponsors). Then, after you get the "thank you" page, click the tabs at the top -, literacy, animal rescue, etc. You can navigate around the sites to see what they donate to where, based on clicks. You can also do... Thu, 1 Jan 2015 05:20:26 EST help just got my award from 2014 broad street run last week. anyone know how I can post a picture of it? Sun, 28 Dec 2014 08:34:24 EST Just For Fun Puppies tucking infants into bed. Even I, a non-dog owner, found this precious: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>babies-bed?icid=maing-grid7%7Cresponsi<BR>ve-tablet%7Cdl10%7Csec1_lnk3%26pLid%3D585009 </link> Sat, 27 Dec 2014 12:40:10 EST Name change In honor of our visit to Phu Quoc Island, Sylph suggested I change my name slightly. She suggested Phube, but henceforth (until New Year's Eve, also called Old Year's Day) I will be known as Phu Bu. And Sylph will be known as Syl Phu. <BR> <BR> Please add your Phu Quoc names below! Fri, 26 Dec 2014 00:20:44 EST Washington Post: The War on Jewish Christmas <link><BR>g/wp/2014/12/24/the-war-on-jewish-chri<BR>stmas-must-be-stopped/ </link> Thu, 25 Dec 2014 10:44:42 EST Another Sing Along A Christmas Carol we MOTs can love too (Speakers up!): <BR> <BR><BR>Oo <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Wed, 24 Dec 2014 09:10:57 EST I feel broken and out of control I am so uncomfortable. Mother of two - married to a Rabbi -- Modern Orthodox. <BR> <BR> I hate exercise and I am getting bigger by the moment. Hope re-joining sparkppl will help me get moving Tue, 23 Dec 2014 14:56:10 EST The Cuba Decision and Historical Parallels Were you for the decision to normalize relations with Cuba? Against it? <BR> <BR> I think that it will be easier for a Cuban to immigrate. Generally I'm for policies that make immigration easier. It would have been good for immigration from Europe to have been easier in the 1930s than it was Therefore, I'm in favor. (And yes, telephone pollsters with Hispanic accents generally want to reach through the phone and kiss me on my answers to immigration questions). <BR> <BR> How about you... Sat, 20 Dec 2014 18:29:34 EST For our Monty Python fans Not because I'm a particular fan, though MP is hot stuff, but because I know a member of the chorus am I going to tonight's performance of "Not the Messiah (He's a Naughty Boy)," Eric Idle's work based on The Life of Brian." I thought you'd have fun with the trailer: <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> Last night's performance was the NY premier of the work. The trailer is a few years old and a different chorus, probably in London. The same principal... Tue, 16 Dec 2014 16:36:16 EST A much better sing-along (no cringing) <link><BR>-hanukkah/#:eyJzIjoiZiIsImkiOiJfb3I3ej<BR>htaWwxNGx4MWpheCJ9 </link> Mon, 15 Dec 2014 12:46:46 EST Healthy Whole Wheat Challah Recipe In case you missed it in Spark Mail for whatever reason (and have 24 people for whom to cook/bake): <BR> <BR> Challah is certainly not the lightest of bread, but this portion-controlled version can fit with your diet. I make this at least once a month, and I've never managed to mess up this recipe! <BR> Minutes to Prepare: 30 <BR> Minutes to Cook: 300 <BR> Number of Servings: 24 <BR> <BR> Ingredients <BR> <BR> 2 tsp instant yeast <BR> 1/4 cup all-purpose flour <BR> 1/4 cup warm... Mon, 15 Dec 2014 08:12:03 EST Sing Along, or Cringe Along Here you go, hoodies: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>H3UnKhk#t=91 </link> Thu, 11 Dec 2014 19:54:57 EST Various & Sundry Minor Upcoming Holidays In the Spirit of Sisterhood Preferences, interesting bog in The New York Times in dealing with the season as a parent: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>07/how-to-be-a-jew-at-christmas/?_r=1 </link> <BR> <BR> It was rebellious, if a-religious me, who took a firm stand against my Dad's family's practice of celebrating Christmas (tree and all) in their normal, German way. Believe it or not. Quite the story for some day when I have the energy and/or there is any inte... Wed, 10 Dec 2014 20:16:23 EST A knitting question. Can someone help? Never mind. I figured it out. <BR> <BR> Thank you. Fri, 5 Dec 2014 21:03:39 EST This one is a MUST SEE and MUST HEAR. Seriously. Trust me, this is weirdly wonderful and incongruous and just, well, universal! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>&pid=301229411&redirected=1&page=0&bac<BR>kurl=/users/3422645/post301229411/ </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> Soloist is Han Kim, 15 years old and from Seoul, South Korea. Not sure why the writing is Russian. And you'll recognize the music if you're Ashkenazi, and probably even if you're not. <BR> <BR> Wow. Delightful in a weird and wonderful way! Fri, 5 Dec 2014 10:33:24 EST Is Break Dancing Orthodox? I'll let the video speak for itself: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>dd0U </link> <BR> <BR> And, yes, he does spin on his keppie. 'Nuff said. <BR> <BR> Also, Phebe, then you should have been at my niece's wedding a week ago. <em>354</em> Wed, 3 Dec 2014 11:39:27 EST Just In Time For Chanukah I have been taking a bit of gentle teasing about starting the Passover holiday season so early. Perhaps this Aish video for Chanukah will rectify that. How many songs from the '60's and '70's can you identify? <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ka-mix-ever/ </link> <BR> <BR> Enjoy! Tue, 2 Dec 2014 23:52:34 EST Amazon shoppers can initiate charitable donations You already may know about this opportunity. It was news to me. <BR> <BR> Mark mentioned in another topic that Amazon will donate a percentage of an order price for qualifying items to any number of non-profit organizations. The program is AmazonSmile. Nothing changes for the shopper -- same prices, same usual policies apply, etc. To get things rolling, orders must be placed at <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> I haven't read the details in full, but the pr... Tue, 2 Dec 2014 17:20:09 EST SparkGuy's email re SparkPeople .com/Amazon I promised myself when I signed on as team leader that I'd do nothing leader-ish. Please don't think I'm breaking my word, as I am merely entering useful info that any worker bee could access and pass along. <BR> <BR> If you got SparkGuy's email today, you may have read that SP members who order from Amazon by accessing it from <link> </link> will enable SP to receive a commission from Amazon. I asked about privacy, et al. Chris's answers were as I expected, bu... Sun, 30 Nov 2014 17:02:15 EST Photographing Lubavitch Brooklyn <BR> An engaging article and what must be an engaging photography exhibition at Brooklyn Public Library, if you're in this part of the world. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>brooklyns-lubavitch-community-a-cultur<BR><BR>ml?_r=1# </link> Sat, 29 Nov 2014 11:26:33 EST For The Gourmet Chefs Out There I am trying to create an authentic Mexican chicken for Passover. I am thinking along the lines of a chipotle chicken but I'm not necessarily married to only that concept (and it seems especially difficult for Passover). I want something ethnic, something very flavorful, healthful (of course!), that can be frozen, and holds its consistency, visual appeal, and flavor on reconstituting. <BR> <BR> If Mexican is way too hard, I would consider Indian and Asian, too. It's a tall order, I know, bu... Wed, 26 Nov 2014 09:53:02 EST Cooking question: Pumpkin "pudding" <BR> My hosts for Thanksgiving have several dietary restrictions not of a kosher nature. One of them doesn't eat dairy. I'm thinking of making what I call pumpkin pudding because it's baked in dish, not a pie crust. <BR> <BR> My usual mixture is pumpkin puree, evaporated skim milk, sugar/splenda combo, cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla, dark raisins and some crushed, sweet & spicy pecans. I think I mix an egg in, too, so that it "sets." <BR> <BR> This time I'd substitute a can of light coconut ... Mon, 24 Nov 2014 20:42:07 EST Immigration Reform Not so much to touch off a firestorm here (you all know when I do that; this is not one of those times) as much to assuage my curiosity among you fine ladies-plus-one, on a simple scale of 0 to 10, where do you stand on immigration policy reform? <BR> <BR> 0 = Open Borders. Dream Act. Achievable pathway to citizenship for most everyone. <BR> ... <BR> 5 = It's complicated. Limited allowance only for the clearly persecuted, and then with some strings attached. <BR> ... <BR> 10 - Raise ... Sat, 22 Nov 2014 07:29:23 EST I did not know this... Grandson of slaves, a boy was born in a poor neighbourhood of New Orleans, known as the "Back of Town". <BR> <BR> His father abandoned the family when the child was an infant. His mother became a prostitute and the boy and his sister had to live with their grandmother. <BR> <BR> Early in life, he proved to be gifted for music, and with three other kids, he sang in the streets of New Orleans and his first gains were the coins that were thrown to them. <BR> <BR> A Jewish family, Karnof... Tue, 18 Nov 2014 07:52:54 EST Jeopardy Championship Anyone watching? It always amazes me when the contestants are too young to know answers that I'd expect anyone over the age of 10 to know. Today it was the name of a movie star for whom a life jacket was named: Mae West. That was before my time, but I know a Mae West from Mae West. And her favorite perfume was called "Ashes of Men," for those of us who saw the PBS three-parter, "The Great Radio Comedians," way back. <BR> <BR> Anyway, Julia Collins made in to the finals. <BR> Mon, 17 Nov 2014 19:46:46 EST Appropriate Use of "Oy Vey" in a Business Setting After all these years, I have the perfect one. Story time. Here goes. <BR> <BR> We hire 20-something aspiring environmental scientists right out of school. The interview process is challenging; we try and assess so very much in that two hour window (3 or 4, fifteen or 20 minute interviews, culminating with one with me). Technical qualifications, interest, aptitude, personality match, an intangible characteristic we came to call "flight risk" which is how likely they may quit after we ma... Tue, 11 Nov 2014 15:23:43 EST The safety video El Al SHOULD show!! You need to watch the video!!! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>light-safety-video-el-al-should-show?u<BR>tm_source=Facebook&utm_medium=Post&utm<BR>_content=The%20In-Flight%20Safety%20Vi<BR>deo%20El%20Al%20Should%20Show&utm_campaign=Oct2014 </link> <BR> <BR> Wouldn't you love it???? Sat, 1 Nov 2014 07:50:35 EST New nutrition labeling <link><BR>vised-nutrition-labels-still-wont-tell<BR>-whole-story/ </link> <BR> <BR> The glorious Jane Brody comments on labeling changes and has had the divine Marion Nestle and the divine Center for Science in the Public Interest weigh in. It's not the prettiest picture...once again. <BR> Mon, 27 Oct 2014 10:05:44 EST For better memory, eat chocolate! Really, recent research indicates eating chocolate can improve memory as we age! (As if we needed a reason to eat chocolate!) <BR> <BR> <link><BR>-to-remember-chocolate-is-shown-to-aid<BR>-memory.html </link> Mon, 27 Oct 2014 09:45:44 EST Food, Jewish...what else? This time, Southern. Hello? Hello? Anyone home? <BR> <BR> Yesterday when my laptop went kerplooey (kerplooier, to be accurate), the team came to mind. How to stir the pot? Then, good fortune, Yahoo, which I love to hate, provided a feature right up our alley. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ewish-southern-food-100685110216.html </link> <BR> <BR> Collard kugel instead of spinach? <BR> <BR> Wed, 22 Oct 2014 20:11:20 EST "Schnuzer?" An acquaintance not of this team used the word "schnuzer" with this explanation: <BR> <BR> ":......think of your old uncle, the one the adults seem not overly fond of,...perhaps he's a little too slick....he always has a "plan", an "opportunity" that seems a bit "iffy"..........................i am pretty sure it is an out-dated Yiddish term......" <BR> <BR> I've never heard such a word and google doesn't help. The woman says she isn't missing the mark for "schnorrer" and seems to know tha... Tue, 7 Oct 2014 09:03:17 EST Yom Kippur Playlist A holiday song list and video clips assembled by J.J. Goldberg <BR> <BR> ... follow the order of the day, starting with Kol Nidre, going to the evening and morning services, the cantor’s Hineni (Here I Stand) prayer and so on. Our guests include Bob Dylan, Moishe Oysher, R.E.M., Chava Alberstein, Al Jolson (in the original Jazz Singer), Barbra Streisand, Arik Einstein, Cantor Yossele Rosenblatt, Amy Winehouse, Earl Scruggs and the Foggy Mountain Boys, Mordechai Ben-David, Paul Robeson, Dolor... Fri, 3 Oct 2014 11:42:10 EST Moisha So, there's the story of the orthodox Jew, Moisha, who quietly slipped into a Chinese restaurant for some roast pork chow mein. <BR> <BR> Unbeknownst to Moisha, his rabbi, walking back from synagogue, walked by the very second Moisha took a seat in the restaurant and the rabbi saw him through the restaurant's window. <BR> <BR> The rabbi watched him, order, eat, and finish his unkosher meal. <BR> <BR> On leaving the restaurant, the rabbi said to him, "Moisha, how could you do such a thing?"... Fri, 3 Oct 2014 09:20:10 EST Solutions? Separate planes? Private charters? <link><BR>thodox-jewish-flight-delay_n_5902078.h<BR>tml?cps=gravity </link> <BR> <BR> These can't be the first such incidents. Wed, 1 Oct 2014 07:42:49 EST Millennials keeping kosher Today's Morning Edition had a feature on Millennials choosing to observe kosher laws, a great many who'd grown up otherways. I didn't hear the entire segment, but it seems that the age group outnumbers their parents' generation. The increase in kosher households has also had an effect on cuisine, no surprise.. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>mbrace-old-world-eating/ </link> <BR> Tue, 30 Sep 2014 07:48:22 EST Our Food Traditions (Goy Perspective) Pre-Spark, mind you. Here you go. Speakers up. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ewish-food-taste-test#338z8at </link> Thu, 25 Sep 2014 19:42:08 EST Holiday plans? I am in an awkward situation this year. My home congregation is in Lincoln NE, and I am presently living in Glenwood IA. My 13 yr old DS's school is very anal about attendance, and since he has already missed several days due to being ill, I am almost afraid to tell them he will miss next Thursday. Tenatively, I am planning on attending RH services at Temple Israel in Omaha (closest Reform congregation). <BR> <BR> Any suggestions on making the holiday special since it will just be my DS a... Sun, 21 Sep 2014 10:27:59 EST Christmas at the Eldridge Street Synagogue <link> </link> <BR> <BR> It's not only about Christmas. The [former] synagogue, one of the old ones of the Lower East Side and now formally Museum at Eldridge Street, has sent out its brochure of Fall 2014 programs -- concerts, Jewish learning, family and school programs, and tours. For those of us in the area or those who expect to visit, this will be a nice assortment of low-cost programs. <BR> <BR> On Thursday, December 25, the events are "Klez for Kids" and tours ... Wed, 17 Sep 2014 16:59:15 EST Elderly people define Yiddish words - video link This is really funny! My fave is the elderly man who describes the word zaftig as "sexy plump" - <BR> <BR> <em>40</em> !!!!!!! <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Sat, 13 Sep 2014 04:38:49 EST Nu and Sylph terrorize the Poconos,... ...heed the clucking of happy chickens. <BR> <BR> That's the headline on the front page of the evening paper. Yes, we got together today, Nu having invited me to ride shotgun on a jaunt into Pennsylvania because she is just that kind of woman. It was a beautiful day with lovely countryside, the heavenly fragrances of farmland and, most of all, excellent company. All that intelligence and wit you've suspected, nay, accused Nu of having isn't an act. <BR> <BR> It was also part of the plan ... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 20:13:32 EST Evil Person: Pray for her or Search Myself? Hi Everyone, <BR> My name is Lana, and I am a 30-something who is working toward my weight-loss goal. My problem is that I recently am in a situation where there is a evil/mean woman who I encounter everyday in a situation where she can't be avoided. This one has issues! she has horrible mood swings, slams doors when shes angry (and trust me, she is angry daily), and constantly takes her problems and anger out on other people (usually me). She treats me horribly, yells at me, and tries to tre... Sat, 23 Aug 2014 16:10:43 EST "Secrets of Success" feature to be eliminated Did you even remember the feature? Neither did I, although I had entered several way back. <BR> <BR> The actual date of deletion hasn't been determined. This is your chance to copy any "secrets" you may have entered that you wish to keep. SP will scrap the feature as it had become heavily repetitious with useful and especially useless things and has been little visited for quite a while. <BR> <BR> Access the full store of Secrets of Success under the Community tab or access only those ... Sat, 23 Aug 2014 15:00:47 EST I'm being paid handsomely to write this... ...Our Phebe is cute as a button. If you think her pics are cute, you should see her face to face. <BR> <BR> No, really, seriously. Phebe, in New York now, and I got together at the Carnegie Deli -- which is monitoring her -- for dinner. I am so excited. We sat over our respective matzo ball soup and blintzes for a few hours and talked about all manner of things. We were fortunate to have gotten way past weight. <BR> <BR> I had such a good time. Too bad she's leaving tomorrow, but NYC... Fri, 22 Aug 2014 00:47:28 EST Jewish Holidays coming up. Hi, everyone. <BR> I'm fairly new here and I'm really happy that there is a Jewish group who would understand my needs. <BR> I know that Rosh Hashono - the Jewish New Year - is in about a month, but I like to plan in advance. <BR> With all the holidays coming up- family get togethers, festive meals, parties - does anyone have any ideas of how I can manage during this time. Thu, 21 Aug 2014 12:21:57 EST Where is everyone??? Is everyone okay? Haven't "seen" much action on the team, and just wanted to check that people are doing okay and most likely just having summer fun! <BR> <BR> Hope you are all well and enjoying the sun!!! Wed, 20 Aug 2014 12:14:39 EST Its (no apostrophe) Weird Al Just fer fun <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 18:33:57 EST "The Passenger," opera centered on the Holocaust The story centers on a former SS guard who, in the 60's (or 50's, perhaps) unexpectedly encounters her past aboard a passenger liner crossing the Atlantic. The link includes another to the program notes and there is much more to be found by googling. There are links too to a promotional video and photos from previous performaces. Weinberg, the composer, hasn't been all that well-known, but his work has been getting attention of late. <BR> <BR> <link><... Sun, 6 Jul 2014 21:29:49 EST July 6 is World Kissing Day!! Some "facts" that came to me online: <BR> <BR> Did you know that... <BR> <BR> • The science of kissing is called philematology <BR> • Passionate kissing burns 6.4 calories a minute <BR> • French kissing involves all 34 muscles in the face. <BR> • Two thirds of lovers lean their head to the right for kissing. Most close their eyes to better savor the moment. <BR> <BR> <BR> So kiss away!!! <BR> <BR> <em>212</em> <em>212</em> <em>212</em> <em>212</em> <em>212</em> <em>212</... Sun, 6 Jul 2014 07:53:47 EST "Take Me To Your Leader" OK, SparkPeople is sending out a message that we need a leader again to post. <BR> <BR> As if we need a leader.....we do enough yelling without one. <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> Someone chime in! Tue, 1 Jul 2014 20:14:54 EST "Dirty" jokes from a nice, Jewish boy, age 12 I watched tonight's edition of "America's Got Talent," not my usual viewing. What a surprise to see red-haired Josh Orlian of White Plains in the contest to perform, for the first time, his stand-up routine, yarmulke on head. Racy stuff for a kid his age, all done with his parents' off-stage glee. He is a bit of ham, you should pardon the expression; when I searched for the video on YouTube, I discovered that he'd put up some videos of himself during piano lessons. I also discovered that ... Tue, 17 Jun 2014 23:39:57 EST "Think Big, Start Small, Scale Fast" I am so incredibly pressed for time, but this was far too important not to create this hurried post. Please bear with me. What led me to Saki Dodelson was a search for Jewish women entrepreneurs and I found this video (note, if you watch it, the end is cut off, but not important). What struck me is this woman is "haredi" [read: ultra-Orthodox, for lack of a better English term] and a very successful entrepreneur (her company is worth a hundred million or so). She breezily notes that her ... Tue, 17 Jun 2014 10:04:49 EST THE JEWISH SHIDUCH (ARRANGED MARRIAGE) <BR> <BR> A good Hassidic family is most concerned that their 30-year-old son is unmarried. <BR> <BR> So, they call a marriage broker and ask him to find their son a good wife. <BR> <BR> The broker comes over to their house and spends a long time asking <BR> questions of the son and his parents as to what they want in a wife/daughter-in-law. <BR> <BR> They give him a long shopping list of requirements. <BR> <BR> The marriage broker takes a long time looking, and finally asks to visit th... Mon, 16 Jun 2014 09:55:19 EST Tales from Shabbat Dinner w/ the Lubavitch Rabbi Hey Sisterhood. Look who is back like a bad penny. With a tale to tell, no less. <BR> <BR> 6:45 PM EDT, Susan818127 and I have been so summoned for a command performance, complete with wine, challah, benching and whatnot. <BR> <BR> Details to follow, unless this thread lacks response. Then we both will know, won't we? <BR> <BR> Fri, 13 Jun 2014 13:55:04 EST "Why You're Not Losing Belly Fat" Because the "Not" part is a common lament, this article in today's email from "Health" magazine may be informative. <BR> <BR> <link>,,208<BR>07507,00.html?xid=healthyliving06112014 </link> Thu, 12 Jun 2014 06:53:33 EST A "secret" Jewish Temple in Vienna? Our apartment was in an historic old building in the city center. I was surprised to see police at the entrance all the time. Finally as we were leaving, I asked one of them why we deserved all this security. He said that the first floor is a 'Jewish Temple" Now we're in London & I've checked the Internet and cannot find any reference to a temple at our Vienna address. There were no identifying symbols or signs either. Wed, 11 Jun 2014 16:47:50 EST SJ June 2014 Challenge - No White Carbs Hey Sisterhood Plus One. Sorry I have been AWOL- duty (work) has been calling. <BR> <BR> This morning I posted a new challenge in my "Unrelenting Accountability" group. Since we are mishpachah I thought you might like to play too. Here goes. <BR> <BR> According to this article, which seems legit... <BR> <BR> <link> <link><BR>ecret-not-just-diet-and-exercise/ </link> </link> <BR> <BR> white carbohydrates are the ultra-nasty enemies of good Spar... Sun, 8 Jun 2014 07:22:55 EST And, now, a history of the knish If you weren't listening to Weekend Edition this a.m., you may care to know among other things that Eleanor Roosevelt figures in the history. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>/315257677/the-humble-knish-chock-full<BR>-of-carbs-and-history </link> <BR> <BR> Note that the link within for the broadcast segment will be available around noon EDT. I didn't spot it at my local station's website. <BR> <BR> Take note of the link to Mexican Passover. Sun, 1 Jun 2014 09:03:11 EST "Jeopardy" WOMAN Champion Takes Second Spot Alex Trebek must be flummoxed. A "mere" woman tonight has won her 20th consecutive appearance on Jeopardy and taken over the Number Two spot overall for successful, regular games played in a row. Trebek early on (in his patronizing, condescending way) noted that she could not "possibly" approach Ken Jennings streak of 74 straight regular games won. I am sure he is astonished that she has lasted this long. Julia Collins has been tweeting live during current (taped) game play. Even Jenning... Fri, 30 May 2014 20:20:39 EST Help with Shabbat Hi everyone - I'm looking for good tips for maintaining my weight loss from the week over Shabbat. It is so hard for me! Recipes... meal planning... even how to manage when Shabbat starts so late Friday night this time of year, like snacking on Friday day and eating a small dinner Friday night. Any advice is appreciated! Wed, 28 May 2014 21:06:48 EST Ess, Bubele, Redux I should have waited until after dinner to read this article. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>erything-new-is-old-again.html?hp&_r=0 </link> <BR> <BR> It has a New York skew, of course, coming from a local paper, but other burgs are mentioned. <BR> Tue, 27 May 2014 19:50:48 EST "And Now For Something Completely Different" US marine is ordered to report to USMC superiors in Hialeah, Florida, even though they are "aware" that he is currently in jail in a federal prison in Tecate, Mexico. But not to worry: He won't be penalized if he does not appear. <BR> <BR> I have no words..... <BR> <BR> <link><BR>-held-in-mexico-receives-order-to-repo<BR>rt-to-usmc-superiors/?icid=maing-grid7<BR>%7Cmaing11%7Cdl1%7Csec1_lnk3%26pLid%3D479199 </link> Wed, 21 May 2014 17:56:09 EST It Is NOT Anti-Semitic. It's Just A Coincidence. I guess if the Supreme Court could blindly tell us that public prayer is not that, but merely "tradition", then anything is possible: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>cklemore-jewish-controversy_n_5350869.<BR>html </link> Mon, 19 May 2014 20:56:14 EST "Brother Nathanael?" I came across this beauty by chance on YouTube. Whether I'm posting the link [and its access to other videos by the chap] despite risk of opening a can of vipers or for the purpose of opening a can of vipers, here is Crackpot o' Lies Central: <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Mon, 19 May 2014 09:41:29 EST 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