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Key Questions for Content Marketing

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I draw on my experience as Executive Editor of Kallah Magazine in my guest post for Level343.com.  I explain what to expect from content marketing and the questions to go through to be sure it is as effective as possible.

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Women's olam habah

Divrei Chaim: women's share in the reward for talmud torah: 1) In the daf hayomi for this past shabbos (Brachos 17) the gemara writes that women are promised more reward than men in olam ha'bah for th...[see the rest by following the link]

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Trashing the dress: a bad idea all around

See http://www.examiner.com/article/trashing-the-dress-tragedy

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Shidduch dating tips

This is not my list. This is what Saw You at Sinai posted for girls. It's posted at http://news.yahoo.com/jewish-dating-sawyouatsinai-provides-female-dating-tips-create-160235424.html I checked but couldn't find a parallel list for boys.

If I were giving the advice, I''d keep it much simpler: Be a mensch. As Hillel told the prospective convert who wanted to know all of Torah on one foot -- what is hateful to you, don't do to another.(see http://kallahmagazine.blogspot.com/2012/02/all-you-need-is.html) The rest is all commentary. The same holds true in this case. For example, isn't it obvious, if a guy gives you options, that he wants you to respond with what you would prefer?
Anyway here's the list of tips.

Preparing for the Date:
    If the male has called twice with no response and left a voicemail, then at that point the female should be courteous, and either return the call, or text the male to let them know when they will be available to speak.    If th…

the laws of shadchanus

NOTE: I am merely transcribing and commenting. I am not offering any halachic opinion here. I would appreciate hearing from those of you who have actual experience either as the payer or payee in the situation of shidduchim. I'm particularly interested to know if the shadcahn was still paid in full if the shidduch was broken off -- particularly if the full fee depends on both parties when one of them is the one who decided to cut it off.


Saw You at Sinai offers some guideline with footnotes that reference halachic sources on http://www.sawyouatsinai.com/laws-of-matchmaking.aspx

On the top of the page is:  LAWS OF MATCHMAKING
Q. A common question that is asked to the SYAS office- What is the going rate that one should pay to a matchmaker if they successfully match you with your spouse (regardless if this is a friend, relative or volunteer matchmaker)? The current rate is approximately $2,000 per couple. The actual amount though should be discussed between the singles and their Rabbi.

A good choice for a NY day trip

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You can also plan on it for Chol Hamoed Sukkoth (it would not have yet opened for the season for Pesach) I just wouldn't advise taking children along. There are some age restrictions, a lack of stroller access, and most would find the tours too long.
http://www.examiner.com/review/visiting-kykuit

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Bechira and anochi

from http://divreichaim.blogspot.com/2012/08/hakol-bydei-shamayim-chutz-myirah-free.html
I can't resist posting an amazing vort of the Oheiv Yisrael, R' Avraham Yehoshua Heschel, on Parshas Toldos.  Rikva felt kicking in her womb when she passed houses of avodah zarah worship; she felt kicking in her womb when she passed the beis medrash. She says, "Lamah zeh anochi?" and goes to seek the advice of a Navi.  What troubled Rikva so much? The Oheiv Yisrael writes that Rikva thought she had one child in her womb.  Every person, even a child, has to make certain choices.  One person may choose to follow his heart to a house of avodah zarah; another person may choose to follow his heart into the beis medrash -- but we each must choose.  Bechira chofshis is not just about how we behave -- it's about how we define ourselves, our sense of identity, our sense of self.  Bechira is not about what you do -- it's about who you are.  When Rivka felt what she thought was the …

Not all who do evil are plotting to take over the world

This morning, I was thinking about what I found so upsetting about people who neglect their responsibilities, ignore their deadlines, and fail to pay attention to the duties of their position. Then I remembered some key books that hit on the crux of the issue.

Dickens creates an unforgettable portrait of that type of evil in Bleak House.Harold Skimpole plays the role of the helpless infant who must depend on others because he just can't be responsible. Jarndyce acts generously with him because he sees him as helpless. But Dickens points out that the pose of helplessness itself is manipulative, and Skimpole is quite capable when it comes to scheming.
continue reading at http://uncommoncontent.blogspot.com/2012/08/its-easy-to-be-evil.html

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Tu B'av is this Friday: here's some background info

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For more in depth analysis of the text describing what the young women did and said, see the links at http://kallahmagazine.blogspot.com/2009/08/thoughts-on-tu-bav.html



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