Shopping Local for Small Business Saturday

is that crazy day of the year when bargain hunters camp outside a store in hopes of getting their hands on a killer deal, such as that laptop or Blu-ray player that has been advertised as half off. For those that are not keen on the idea of setting up a tent and roasting marshmallows outside a Wal-Mart or Target store, there is always , in which most online stores offer their merchandise at discounted prices.

While Black Friday and Cyber Monday are widely ingrained into modern culture, there is another shopping day that is still mostly unknown. The day is known as Small Business Saturday and is a day created to promote local businesses.

Large retail chains like Wal-Mart are the real beneficiaries of Black Friday and Cyber Monday. They have the finances, national reputation and an online presence to promote discount sales. Traditional mom-and-pop shops and individually owned stores simply do not have the resources to compete.

This is where enters the picture. It is a fairly new concept that was created in 2010 by American Express and encourages shoppers to shop at small retail stores the Saturday following Black Friday. It is a way to keep small businesses a part of the community as these stores don’t have a means of competing with large franchises.

For this year’s Small Business Saturday, American Express is giving away 40,000 gift cards each worth 25 dollars via Facebook. The promotion is to help spread awareness that small businesses matter and are an integral part of the economy.

Black Friday and Cyber Monday follows right after Thanksgiving, so shoppers should not forget that the time of the year is about giving. Shopping at small businesses is a way to give by keeping local shop owners a part of the community.

TJC’s The Salon Ep. 21 Clip: On Sex Education in Orthodox Communities

tjctv.com On this episode of TJC’s The Salon, host Jane Eisner and co-host Rachel Sklar are joined by The Sisterhood contributor Sarah Seltzer, sex educator Dr. Jennie Rosenfeld (“Et Le’ehov: The Newlywed’s Guide to Physical Intimacy”), and author and media consultant Amy Webb (“Data, A Love Story,” Webbmedia Group). In this clip Rosenfeld explains why sex education is often controversial in religious communities.

TJC’s The Salon Ep. 21 Clip: Lessons from the Aftermath of Hurricane Sandy

tjctv.com On this episode of TJC’s The Salon, host Jane Eisner and co-host Rachel Sklar are joined by The Sisterhood contributor Sarah Seltzer, sex educator Dr. Jennie Rosenfeld (“Et Le’ehov: The Newlywed’s Guide to Physical Intimacy”), and author and media consultant Amy Webb (“Data, A Love Story,” Webbmedia Group). In this clip, they discuss the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.

TJC’s The Salon Ep. 21 Clip: On “The Jewish Vote” in the 2012 Presidential Election

tjctv.com On this episode of TJC’s The Salon, host Jane Eisner and co-host Rachel Sklar are joined by The Sisterhood contributor Sarah Seltzer, sex educator Dr. Jennie Rosenfeld (“Et Le’ehov: The Newlywed’s Guide to Physical Intimacy”), and author and media consultant Amy Webb (“Data, A Love Story,” Webbmedia Group). In this clip they discuss how and why Jews voted in the presidential election.

Efforts Continue for an Israel-Hamas Cease-Fire Agreement

and appear to be one step closer to a cease-fire agreement though the fighting continues to rage on from both sides. Israeli tanks and gunboats fired into while as many as 200 rockets were launched at Israel.

In the meantime, officials from both sides work to propose a deal to put the fighting to a halt. The Secretary of State along with the Chief and Egypt’s president has also got involved.

Prime Minister has publicly announced that the country hopes for a diplomatic solution to resolve the conflict though it will continue to take whatever steps are necessary to defend itself.

Clinton has expressed her desire for an outcome that involves comprehensive peace talks and expressed her sorrows for the casualties on both sides but also stated that the U.S. remains committed to Israel’s security.

According to a spokesperson, Clinton met with the Prime Minister to discuss efforts on de-escalating the situation. The Secretary of State also has plans to make stops in Cairo and Ramallah to meet with Egyptian officials.

The fighting began on Nov 14th when Israel launched a retaliatory attack in response to months of rocket launches directed at its border. The attack began with an airstrike that killed a Hamas military chief. This was followed by a series of additional strikes that targeted militants and weapons storage sites.

So far, 130 Palestinians have reportedly been killed by the strikes with dozens of civilians injured. The rockets launched by Hamas have so far killed five Israelis, which included a soldier and civilian.

U.N. Chief Ban Ki-Moon criticized the rocket attacks by the Palestinians but also urged Israel to restrain itself from exercising too much military force.

Israel is demanding that Hamas puts an end to the rocket fires from Gaza and to put an end to weapons smuggling that is taking place through underground tunnels between Egypt and Gaza. It is also calling for Hamas to pledge that it will not use Egypt’s Sinai region as a staging point for launching attacks at Israel.

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tjctv.com On this episode of TJC’s The Salon, host Jane Eisner and co-host Rachel Sklar are joined by The Sisterhood contributor Sarah Seltzer, sex educator Dr. Jennie Rosenfeld (“Et Le’ehov: The Newlywed’s Guide to Physical Intimacy”), and author and media consultant Amy Webb (“Data, A Love Story,” Webbmedia Group). In this clip, Webb discussed her upcoming book, about how she gamed J-Date to meet her husband.

We Love Death as Much as the Jews Like Life – Hamas

Again we are going for another round with . This time its “”. It all started with the firing rockets for the last few weeks. waited for the right time and started the operation with the killing of Ahmed Ja’abari, ’s most senior military commander.

Since then 3 Israelis were killed when the top floor of a building in Qiryat Malachi was blown away. On the palestinian side, 39 Palestinians are dead. Hamas fired over 650 rockets into Israel, hitting cities in the south like Ashkelon, Sderot, Beear Sheva, Ashdod, Rishon LeZion, and the 40 KM strip around the southern border with Gaza. What is different this time is the rockets fired at Tel Aviv. There were two sirens so far followed by rockets that landed in open spaces (no damage).

The government received approval for a military reserve recruitment of 75,000 soldiers. The picture you see was published in facebook – it shows a 9 month pregnant woman saying goodbye to her husband who was just called up in this latest recruitment.

I said it before and I’ll say it again. This will never end. We will always have to keep them at bay. Every so often we will need to initiate a retaliation, or some sort of deterring move to stop them from thinking we are getting too soft. They don’t want us here. They will never make peace with us. They want us dead.

Someone told me about this video clip, and its worth a look. It explains the Middle East crisis in a very plain nutshell.