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Trimming the fat in your food budget

See the practical tips at http://www.mint.com/blog/saving/saving-on-food-12292010/
I'll forgive them the number in the title. Have I mentioned here that I am quite sick of the gimmick of using numbers in titles of blog posts?  Well, for the record, I am.  Anyway, I regularly use 8 out of these 11.  I am not interested in a pressure cooker at this time and am not very good at rescuing failed recipes.  I would like to point out that, even though this is intended for nonkosher consumer, cutting meat out is considered a way to save on the food budget.  Considering that kosher meat can cost 100% than its nonkosher counterpart, it pays to think along the lines of a parve or dairy main dish. Speaking of which, if you haven't tried it yet, I highly recommend the vegetable soup recipe I posted here.  It makes use of what you have around and is very economical as well as easy. I don't like recipes that call for expensive ingredients or complicated preparations.


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They may not be the best things in life, but they are free

See http://www.doughroller.net/smart-spending/free-internet-finds/
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Ouch!

"The Midrash tells us that Pharoah had three advisers, Bilam, Yisro, and Iyov, from whom he sought counsel regarding his “Jewish problem.” Bilam advised Pharoah to kill the Jews. Yisro wanted no part of the plan and so he ran away. Iyov was silent. 

Bilam was later punished mida k’neged midah by being killed by Bnei Yisrael. Yisro, who lost his wealth, his fame, his power as advisor to Pharoah, gained everything back midah k’neged midah by becoming the father-in-law of Moshe. But what of Iyov? Iyov figured that objecting at this moment would be a futile gesture; better to hold his tongue and live to fight another day, to intercede when he voice would be heard so he could perhaps mitigate the evil decree. Why was he punished with such severe suffering?
See Divrei Chaim: a time to cry out:

Travelling light

"Hashem promised Bnei Yisrael that they would leave Egypt with 'klei kesef k'lei zahav u'semalos. ' The Ba'al haTurim writes that "smalos" in the plural means exactly two garments -- one to carry dough in, the other the literal shirt on their backs. These clothes did not wear out and lasted miraculously for the 40 year journey through the desert ("simlascha lo balsa mei'alecha...") My wife pointed out that this suggests that they did not change clothes for Shabbos, something we consider very much part of our kiyum of kavod Shabbos. Divrei Chaim: with only the shirt on one's back:

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Cold showers for the rich

“The rich person is the one who can be comfortable or happy in any kind of situation.” That is the key point. Of course Pirkei Avos had that down several centuries back .See http://earlyretirementextreme.com/cold-showers-one-year-later.html


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Soup for when you’re snowed in - New York Jewish Bridal | Examiner.com

Soup for when you’re snowed in - New York Jewish Bridal | Examiner.com

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Facts and Stereotypes: Money Books for Women

"The stats show that women aren’t as flighty with their spending habits as commonly believed. At least, they’re no more so than men. So what accounts for the female-focused personal finance advice?" See Women and Money: Slaying Stereotypes and Facing Reality

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After the New York blizzard of 2010 - New York Jewish Bridal | Examiner.com

After the New York blizzard of 2010 - New York Jewish Bridal | Examiner.com

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In the bag

Yesterday I picked up a couple of things in my local grocery store.  When I emptied the bag, I saw something I had not picked out -- a snack sized bag of crackers.  I checked the receipt and saw that it also was not charged. Thinking it must have been left in my bag by mistake, I brought it back to the store.  The store clerk was a bit bemused at this because the bags were intended to be put in as free samples.  She said I was the eighth person shopper to bring it back.  The good news is that the shoppers in my neighborhood are quite scrupulous about returning products that they believe were added on in error.  The bad news is that the store did not take that into account.  Had they done so, the baggers or cashiers should have been instructed to say that they were giving out these free samples.



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So what do the analytics mean?

My post on social media got far more views than the standard posts on Jewish stuff, marriage, etc, though that is not reflected in the comments, which stand at zero.  What shall we infer?  You get more hits with trendy topics like social media? You get more hits by not discussing religious topics?  And the usual, most blog readers are lurkers.

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Marriage quiz

Here's a quiz for you to test your own understanding of shalom bayis -- marital harmony:  Answer True or False to the following: 1. Compatibility is key. 2. Anger must be suppressed in order to maintain a harmonious marriage. 3. There is something positive about conflict.. 4. In a good marriage one does not voice complaints. 5. Marital tension overwhelms men more than women. 6. Your inner scripts are predetermined. 7. Husbands should leave all housework to their wives. 8. There is a magic ratio of positive to negative by which to measure the health of a marriage.

Find the answer in the last of the 4 part post beginning with http://www.examiner.com/jewish-bridal-in-new-york/marriage-success-between-two-earthlings-part-1  That part also contains the link which effectively conveys why I'm a fan of John Gottman and not of John Gray.
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Social Media Lessons from a Viral Video

Though it is far behind the gummy bear video, "Charlie Bit My Finger"it is coming close the half billion mark and has also earned a spot of honor on Wikipeda.  According to that entry, it “remains the most viewed amateur video and third most viewed video on YouTube.” For those who want to know how much a successful viral video can be worth, web experts estimate earnings of £100,000 for Charlie’s family. The income is derived from ads tacked on to the video.

The Charlie video was originally posted back in May of 2007, and its popularity seems to have built up over time.  The boys are quite a bit older now, and their parents have posted some other videos of Charlie and the hapless Harry, the older brother who remains nameless in the original video.  The video is shorter than a minute, though in some of its manifestations, you have to sit through a commercial for Disney World before you can see the feature video.    You can also see numerous takes on it, some of which are proba…

Marble bundt cake - New York Jewish Bridal | Examiner.com

Marble bundt cake - New York Jewish Bridal | Examiner.com

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The fast of the 10th of Teves is not pushed off.

This is very close to what Rav Golvicht spoke about this past Monday night.  I see my husband blogged about it 3 years ago.  See Divrei Chaim: 10 Teves and fasting on Shabbos:, which is linked to in this year's post at http://divreichaim.blogspot.com/2010/12/10-teves-fasting-for-future.html"
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You know you're an intellectual when

you analyze points from a movie you take your kids to. Of course, in this case, the authorial intentions were deep, but this particular point was put in by the film. See Divrei Chaim: great line in The Voyage of the Dawn Treader: "I haven't read the Chronicles of Narnia series since being a kid, but my wife did a reread of the series awhile back and I trust her memory ..."

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The last day of Chanukah is called Zos Chanukah

See a family take on it at http://divreichaim.blogspot.com/2010/12/zos-chanukah.html

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A Basic Primer on Household Finance

When his first daughter got married, Yehoshua Zauderer thought of all that she would need to know about navigating life in her own home and wrote up what he learned from his own experience in a book,  The Chosson and Kallah's First Guide to Money. It is available as a paperback at Amazon for $14.39.The book is clearly intended for the more right leaning Orthodox crowd who tend to marry on the young side with no experience of living on their own before setting up house after marriage.  Read what I have to say about plus some of my own tips for a household budget at http://www.examiner.com/jewish-bridal-in-new-york/the-basics-for-those-setting-out-on-their-own-for-the-first-time



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Medical Insurance - New York Jewish Bridal | Examiner.com

Medical Insurance - New York Jewish Bridal | Examiner.com

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His and hers

This is not along the lines of "Can this marriage be saved?" but something much lighter.
From Rivki at http://lifeinthemarriedlane.com/2010/12/08/your-husband-is-not-broken-hes-just-a-guy/

This notion that everything should be done my way (which is obviously the best way, of course) sometimes clouds my ability to appreciate my husband’s help around the house.  I love that he helps.  It’s fantastic, especially considering his crazy busy schedule.  But when he helps it’s just so . . . male.  And it’s all too easy for me to pick at the differences from how I would have done it (because, again, my way is clearly superior).See the rest of the post over there.  My comment was: Some of the difference really have nothing to do with gender but just with different approaches or expectations due to what one was exposed to while growing up. My husband has always insisted on doing the dishes — not just to spare me the task but because he prefers the results he gets. He has a greater compul…

Divrei Chaim: Pharoah's dream and the message of Chanukah

Divrei Chaim: Pharoah's dream and the message of Chanukah: "R’ Tzadok haKohen points out that the yeshu’a of Chanukah is very different from that of Purim. Haman plotted the destruction of Klal Yisrae..."

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Can you top this?

Job description with most jargon I've seen to date:

HBO TaxonomistHBO - New York Manhattan (Greater New York City Area) Job DescriptionMaintain and expand a corporate data model/taxonomy with goal of companywide semantic interoperability in the context of the move to file-based workflows. Create documentation for managing and maintaining taxonomies and associated thesauri. Participate in the deployment of enterprise-level content management tools and strategies. Skills•Advanced degree in Library Science, Museum Studies, Linguistics, or equivalent knowledge management experience
•Experience in the development of taxonomies, formal ontologies (OWL), thesauri and other types of controlled vocabularies
•Familiarity with media asset management and taxonomy tools and technologies
•Familiarity with relevant media and broadcast metadata and file formats and standards (e.g. PBCore, EBU Core, MPEG21)

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Silver Menorahs

After reading Orthonomics: Auctions and Gemachs (Free Loan Societies) I was prompted to write the post I had been thinking about since Sunday, see it at http://www.examiner.com/jewish-bridal-in-new-york/reflections-on-polishing-a-menorah
Also see http://kallahmagazine.blogspot.com/2009/11/hillels-approach-for-chanukah-and-for.html

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You may look at buying shoes in a new light.

Divrei Chaim: The Midrash interprets the pasuk in the hafatarah,...: "The Midrash interprets the pasuk in the hafatarah, “Al michram b’kesef tzadik, v’evyon b’avur na’alayim,” as referring to the sale of Yosef ..."

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Do learning men make the best husbands?

This post was inspired by the two extremes: the people who think that asking whether a young man learns is irrelevant for someone considering him for a shidduch and those who think that it is important -- but for the wrong reason.  The first is fairly obvious.  That view is a rationalist one that would see learning as something that goes on outside the relationship and so not pertinent to it. The opposing view maintains that it is pertinent, but uses an argument that is subjective. I quote from a comment on a blog:


"You really don’t believe that if the husband learns, he will have a positive affect [sic] on his family? You don’t think that he might just end up being a better husband or father?"


You know, he might, but also might not.  Learning Torah on a regular basis does make one a better Jew, but it doesn't always follow that they will also then be the kind of husband one dreams about.  There are some men who learn who do end up divorced or who have very little time for…

Thanksgiving dinner more than once a year on the Jewish calendar - New York Jewish Bridal | Examiner.com

Thanksgiving dinner more than once a year on the Jewish calendar - New York Jewish Bridal | Examiner.com

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A whole new life - New York Jewish Bridal | Examiner.com

A whole new life - New York Jewish Bridal | Examiner.com

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You would think a lawyer would be more careful of his wording

especially when addressing a woman judge.  See the way he described anticipating the birth of a grandson versus that of a granddaughter .. and the judge's idea for the latter:http://blogs.wsj.com/law/2010/11/19/if-its-a-girl-judge-kimba-wood-will-celebrate/?blog_id=14&post_id=35957

Credit to my husband for finding this and sharing it with me.

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Alaska

I'm wondering who there is reading my blog.  According the stats, I get, my audience extents to that far off state. If you are reading this post in Alaska, I would appreciate knowing who you are.  Are you related somehow?

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Easier than pie - New York Jewish Bridal | Examiner.com

Easier than pie - New York Jewish Bridal | Examiner.com

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Public Service Announcement and an Option for Motzei Shabbos

Great Miracles Happen HereIf you have ever seen a dreidel from Israel, you know that it has a letter pey in place of the letter shin that the ones we have here feature.  That is because while we refer to the great miracle that happened there, in Israel, they can say it happened here.  A miraculous victory – against the odds - was followed by the wondrous discovery of pure oil that miraculously burned for 8 whole days.  That happened over 2,000 years ago, but miracles still happen every Chanukah.  Sick children and their families gain hope that they may beat the odds in their battle against cancer.  Pure joy, which seemed to have disappeared forever, is miraculously rediscovered.  And the light of kindness dispels the gloom of sadness for a truly happy Chanukah. 
How does such a miracle happen?  It happens through the dedicated efforts of the Ossie Schonfeld Chanukah Toy Fund in partnership with Chayainu and Lev Leytzan, a volunteer medical clowning group.   Before the holiday, children…

We have a winner!

Evenlyn Behar of Chicago won a copy of the Kosher by Design Teens and 20-somethings cookbook reviewed in http://kallahmagazine.blogspot.com/2010/10/review-of-cookbook-you-could-win.html  The post also includes a discount code for ordering the cookbook online.


Congratulations to Evelyn! And thank  you to all who participated and offered feedback on Kallah Magazine.  




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Divrei Chaim: Ya'akov Avinu -- tehillim zugger?

Divrei Chaim: Ya'akov Avinu -- tehillim zugger?: "The Midrash tells us that before Ya’akov came to Lavan’s home he was learning yoman va’layla, he was completely immersed in Torah and did no..."

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Review of Jamie Geller's Quick & Kosher: Meals in Minutes

I can see why Jamie Geller is popular with audiences.  She intersperses her recipes with tidbits of advice and personal experience relayed as if she is talking to friends.  In her new cookbook, Quick & Kosher, she includes a useful guide to the various types of oils used in cooking, as well as some stories related to setting up a kitchen as a “comfort zone.” In a section entitled “Your Tool Box,” she presents her 11 favorite kitchen tools that she would not want to do without even on a desert island (equipped with electricity).  Which kitchen tools one would include on that list really depends on her/his own preference and cooking style (See http://kallahmagazine.blogspot.com/2010/11/perspectives-on-kitchen-equipment.html)  My kitchen functions without many of them.  However, I like to bake, so I would be sure to include a stand mixer on my must-have list.    
In what appears to be unedited transcripts of interviews, Jamie Geller presents the people behind the products and stores s…

Off tomorrow? - New York Jewish Bridal | Examiner.com

Off tomorrow? - New York Jewish Bridal | Examiner.com

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Not quite the text I had in mind

I believe in learning from texts, seeing texts inside, and close reading for understanding the nuances of meaning.  That is why people should actually read the chumash  and navi rather than just listening to lectures about them, inspiring as the lectures may be.  But there are texts that we study and texts that I wouldn't consider as the subjects of a classroom discussion.

Yesterday my daughter asked how the extra lo ta'asesderabanan can be added when the Torah prohibits additions, as well as subtractions.  This was a discussion the teacher brought up to offer the answer that the siyagim are there to protect us.  To illustrate the point, she distributed a photocopy of a piece by Sara Yocheved Rigler that appeared in Binah Magazine. In a nutshell, the author relates her amazement at the closed roads, fences, hotline, and guard all put in to protect a Monk seal that had just had a pup.  Then she comes to the realization that the extra fences put in by the rabbis functions in the…

Computer generated shadchan

The computer generated voices don't say shidduch and other Jewish terms quite right and the outfits are not quite representational, but you may still get a kick out of it.
See http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y1sZu1u3BMI
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Yaakov and Esav" setting expectations

Another component of the child's development that many point to as key is resilience -- the power to bounce back after a set back, not to give up in the face of adversity. When Esav sells the bechora for the soup, he declares, "Here I am going to die, so why do I need the bechora?"  That is the opposite of resilience.


Divrei Chaim: setting expectations: "There is one thought on this past week’s parsha from Rav Hirsch that I think everybody, even those of us who don’t know anything else Rav Hi..."

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Where can you go for free this Sunday or next?

Try this place on Long Island http://www.examiner.com/jewish-bridal-in-new-york/happy-trails-on-long-island-no-charge-review
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Divrei Chaim: when to say no

Divrei Chaim: when to say no: "Daughter #2 asked me what I thought was a very good question this Shabbos. When Eisav came in from the field starving from hunger, why did ..."

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Saving money on food even if you're kosher

See  http://www.bargaineering.com/articles/ways-save-money-food.html I admit that I don't have enough of a green thumb to grow my own food, but the other suggestions are feasible for anyone.  Adapt to kosher by substituting a kosher brand of sauce for the pizza and eliminating the pork suggested for the vegetarian dishes.  You can keep them dishes completely vegetarian or add some kosher meat or poultry.  Or make them dairy with some cheese.  
I would add on planning seasonally -- in other words, plan to use fresh strawberries in June, apples in October, and oranges in winter, etc. That way you get the best value for produce.  Another thing to avoid is making recipes with expensive ingredients.  Really, you can get just as delicious results without exotic, specialty items purchased just for a particular recipe.

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Easy and delicious oatmeal chocolate chip bars - New York Jewish Bridal | Examiner.com

Easy and delicious oatmeal chocolate chip bars - New York Jewish Bridal | Examiner.com

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You could still enter to win the latest from Kosher by Design

See my review, link for a form to enter to win, and links to three other reviews (one of which contains a full recipe from the book) at http://kallahmagazine.blogspot.com/2010/10/review-of-cookbook-you-could-win.html

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Love and judgment (part 1 of 2) - New York Jewish Bridal | Examiner.com

Love and judgment (part 1 of 2) - New York Jewish Bridal | Examiner.com

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Perspectives on Kitchen Equipment.

I received a new cookbook to review that I started looking over.  The author includes the 11 items she considers essential specialty items. While she urges all readers to obtain all of them, I manage fine with just one.  I'll share her list with my comments here:
Food processor - that's the one I agree on.
Grill pans - I don't own these and can't think that they would justify the space they take up for the couple of times I may ever in my life make use of them.  However, I do have a George Foreman indoor grill that I use for burgers, hot dogs, and grilled vegetables.
Mandoline - I don't own one.  If it can't be sliced in the food processor, a knife will do.
Microplane - any grating I do is usually done in the food processor.  For very small things like lemon zest, I use a knife.
Ovenproof skillet -- the idea behind this is that you can transfer what you've carmelized in it directly into the oven.  I think many skillets would be ovenproof, and if your isn…

Don’t throw the bride out with the brother - New York Jewish Bridal | Examiner.com

Don’t throw the bride out with the brother - New York Jewish Bridal | Examiner.com

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TV on the road

No, it's not about portable televisions. Today, we took a trip out to a place on the North shore I hope to tell you about with pictures when I have time to get into more detail. But on the way back, we stopped for gas at a Gulf station where there was a TV at the pump. I've never seen it before.  So I Googled it and found http://www.gstv.com/.   The selling point for the gas stations is "enhance your customers' fueling experience with GSTV, resulting in increased traffic and higher C-store sales."  But of course, the money is in advertising, and GSTV claims that it "reaches the consumer 'off the couch' and ready to take action. Advertisers can target receptive audiences, influence and motivate purchasing decisions." I don't know, just because you are on the road doesn't mean you're going to set right out to buy what you've seen advertised.  Actually, what seemed to be on was a cooking show, so in the couple of minutes w…

A different kind of balanced budget

See the problem of dwindling finances as a result of multiple weddings and what to do about it at  http://www.examiner.com/jewish-bridal-in-new-york/is-paying-half-fair

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Bridal makeup tips

http://www.examiner.com/jewish-bridal-in-new-york/fall-bride-makeup-tipsVisit my site www.kallahmagazine.com -- not just for kallahs. You can also see posts at http://www.examiner.com/x-18522-NY-Jewish-Bridal-Examiner

Rainy day perfect for reading the fall issue

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A post of poetry at Our Shiputzim: A Work In Progress: There's a Skink in the Sink

Our Shiputzim: A Work In Progress: There's a Skink in the Sink

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What an allowance allows

See http://www.mightybargainhunter.com/2010/10/26/getting-to-no-with-a-childs-buying-habits/

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Divrei Chaim: two journeys

Divrei Chaim: two journeys: "Too much work, not enough time for this. Enough said – so I’m behind. Commenting on the spelling of “ohalo” with an added hey, as if it sh..."

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Kallah Magazine: the blog by the editor of the magazine intended for intelligent readers: Higher education: don't go into it for the money

Kallah Magazine: the blog by the editor of the magazine intended for intelligent readers: Higher education: don't go into it for the money: "From instapundit.com who got it from postsecret. See Visit my site www.kallahmagazine.com -- not just for kallahs. You can also see posts ..."

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Higher education: don't go into it for the money

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Review of the cookbook you could win

I have to admit, I have been 20-something for some time, so I do not make up the target audience for Kosher by Design: Teens and 20-Somethings. As a parent, though, I do have access to some teens.  So I had a couple of my daughters look it over.  Kosher by Design: Teens and 20-Something  is a beautifully presented book. Glossy, full color  photos -- one full page for each of the 100 recipes plus additional one for the party/entertaining ideas section at the end -- showcase the recipes and ideas to great effect and make a very attractive book.

The illustrations, certainly, do inspire this groups to call out, "Let's make this!"  Some of the recipes are very easy to prepare from basic ingredients, like Salami and Egg Scramble, White Graham Clusters, and the aptly named Easy Fudge.  My daughter tackled the Chocolate Chocolate Chip Sticks, which delivered a rich, chocolate flavor, and the Peanut Butter and Banana French Toast.  The latter recipe she adapted for one serving…

Marriage and Facebook: an unhappy mix? - New York Jewish Bridal | Examiner.com

Marriage and Facebook: an unhappy mix? - New York Jewish Bridal | Examiner.com

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Disasters averted

This is the story of my morning -- actually less than 2 hours of it.
One of my daughters missed the bus to school.  Naturally, she expected I would driver her.  We went into the car, started the engine and heard "clack, clack, clack."  In other words, it didn't start. So I put in a call to Chaverim.  As a dispatcher, I was able to log directly into the system and enter the information rather than dictating it to someone else on phone duty at the time. Someone got to our house within 5 minutes. (Warning:  speaking as a dispatcher, I can tell you it is unrealistic to expect such rapid results at all times; it all depends on the position and availability of the people.).  So we got the car started, and my daughter made it to school on time.  Not wanting to take a chance on my car dying on me when I wasn't at home, I drove directly from the school to my mechanic, John's Auto Repair in Woodmere.  He had his guy test things out.  While I was concerned that it was somet…

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Watch for my review of the latest addition to the Kosher by Design series on October 22nd. One of my readers can win a free copy of this hard cover book with over a hundred full color pictures that look attractive enough for a coffee table book  You can download an index or recipes at http://bit.ly/KBDrecipeindex

There are two ways to win --via comment or survey. Facebook member can add themselves to the people listed at http://www.facebook.com/KallahMagazine?ref=nf and leave a helpful comment on the wall.  If you are not on FB, you can email me directly at editor@kallahmagazine.com with "Cookbook Contest" in the subject line.  In order to be eligible, the the email should include some feedback on Kallah Magazine, specifically in response to the latest issue, at http://issuu.com/ariellabrown/docs/fall10.  Please let me know which of the advertisers or listed gmachs you contacted. You can offers suggestions on features and topics or advice you would share with a kallah, chass…

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Rant on attitude toward girls, prayer, and eating

My family is rather at odds with our daughters' school on this.  Like many RW schools, the schedule does not accommodate breakfast in school, though the girls are expected to daven together.  They are directed to daven brachos before eating at home.  That is, obviously, not a lechatchila and seems to assume that women's chiyuv is thus limited.  So why bother davening everything else?  Also as they do get to eat earlier, they do tend to do other things, as well, before davening, delaying way past ideal time and sometimes barely even making chatzos.  Can you ever imagine that being the schedule set for a boy's school?  Of course, not!  But the RW general trend is to be yotze kol hadeos or at least rov.  So why pick up the more mekil views with respect to the chiyuv of tefila and lo tochlu al hadam?

Mean parents that we are, we have our daughters daven the key parts of Shacaharis at home, so they could eat breakfast at home (or on the way) and then coast through the rest with…

A mine close to home - New York Jewish Bridal | Examiner.com

A mine close to home - New York Jewish Bridal | Examiner.com

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Mount Vernon in New York - New York Jewish Bridal | Examiner.com

Mount Vernon in New York - New York Jewish Bridal | Examiner.com

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Wedding expenses question

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There are a number of posts in my blog that deal with related question under the tags of wedding and money.

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Where roses are green and peppers are hot - New York Jewish Bridal | Examiner.com

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Where roses are green and peppers are hot - New York Jewish Bridal | Examiner.com
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New York free events this weekend (part 1) - New York Jewish Bridal | Examiner.com

New York free events this weekend (part 1) - New York Jewish Bridal | Examiner.com

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8 Fun Alternatives for Family Pizza Night - My Money (usnews.com)

8 Fun Alternatives for Family Pizza Night - My Money (usnews.com)

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Orthonomics: Other Ways to Say "I Can't Afford It"

Orthonomics: Other Ways to Say "I Can't Afford It"

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The significance of the arava

Divrei Chaim: aravah: no scent, no taste, but so very significan...: "According to Midrash, the four minim used on Sukkos symbolize four different types of Jews. The delicious tasting and fragrant esrog repres..."

also see of related interest: http://www.examiner.com/jewish-bridal-in-new-york/the-white-dress-and-yom-kippur-part-2, though you may want to start with http://www.examiner.com/jewish-bridal-in-new-york/the-white-dress-and-yom-kippur-part-1
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Divrei Chaim: Sarah and Sukkos

Divrei Chaim: Sarah and Sukkos: "Many associate Sukkos with Ya’akov Avinu, as the first mention of sukkos in the Torah is Ya’akov’s construction of sukkos for his flocks aft..."

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Divrei Chaim: Sarah's laughter and tshuvah

Divrei Chaim: Sarah's laughter and tshuvah: "We are all familiar with the story in Parshas vaYeira of Sarah’s laughter in response to the promise given to her by an angel visiting her h..."


I wrote up a piece on Teshuva Miavaha for the fall issue of Kallah Magazine at http://issuu.com/ariellabrown/docs/fall10
It can also be read in 2 parts at NY Jewish Bridal Examiner, beginning with http://www.examiner.com/jewish-bridal-in-new-york/transfigured-by-love-rosh-hashana-lessons-for-life-part-1

Torah and Critical Thinking: Important for All

In response to some of the comments that appeared on the post,
Orthonomics: Critical Thinking: Important for All
I would like to clarify an issue -- actually 2 issues -- with what Hakethav Vehakbala said about women's obligation to attend Hakel (Vayelech 31: 12)  You are probably familiar with the gloss on the verse given by Rashi (which is from the drasha of R' Elazar ben Azrya quoted in Chagiga 3a) that the men come to learn, while the women come to hear, and the children come to provide merit for those who bring them.  On this last point,  Hakethav Vehakbala makes a beautiful observation.  He says that the children in question would be the very young ones, for it they are already at the age of learning, they would obligated to be brought in order to learn.  So these would be the babes in arms -- to young to learn and also too young to be left home without their parents.  He explains, the mothers would anyway take these babies along, who may have not yet even been weaned.  Ev…