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I Give A Spit

JScreenLogo_VertOnce upon an apartment, I sliced my toe open while trying to piece together an Ikea dresser.  The next day, I had swollen lymph nodes and, despite my recent furniture-induced trauma (thanks a lot, Sweden), WebMD had me convinced I had developed Hodgkin’s Disease.  Forget the mangled limb.

We’ve all experienced the pangs of the typical cold or cough and then raced into the depths of the internet to eventually (and falsely) discover we’re suffering from an illness that hasn’t existed since Constantinople was a thing.

We fight the good fight to stay healthy.  We can work out, take our vitamins, and self-diagnose all day long to become pinnacles of well-being, but 1 in 4 Ashkenazi Jews carry at least 1 of 19 different genes for diseases like cystic fibrosis, Tay-Sachs disease, Gaucher disease, and Bloom syndrome.  Although being a carrier for one of these diseases means you don’t actually have the disease and its symptoms, it becomes a concern when the time comes to make some additions to your family (read: bubelehs).

The parents of a child that has one of these diseases are both healthy “carriers” of the same disease gene.  Their children receive a double dose of the gene and may actually have the disease.  Enter JScreen.  Based out of Emory University’s Department of Human Genetics in Atlanta, JScreen was created as a nationwide, community-based public health initiative dedicated to preventing Jewish genetic diseases.

The test analyzes genetic markers for up to 80 different diseases, 19+ of which are predominant in the Jewish community.

It’s actually a really simple process and only takes a few minutes once you receive your kit.  All you do is head to the JScreen website ( to request an at-home saliva test that is sent right to your door.  Then, you spit into the tube, seal it up, and mail off your sample.  After it’s processed by a CLIAA-certified laboratory, you’ll be contacted with your results.  If a person or couple’s risk is elevated, licensed genetic counselors address their results, options, and resources to help ensure a healthy pregnancy and healthy baby.  JScreen is especially accurate as well, detecting nearly two times as many carriers in people of Ashkenazi Jewish descent compared with the general population. Even more, the screening usually doesn’t exceed $99 for people with medical insurance and, in some cases, is even less.

In the age of WebMD, we’re hyper responsible about our health and well-being—especially when we’re trying to get pregnant. So, in the midst of prepping for pregnancy with prenatal yoga, giant vitamins and drinking ground-up lawn, perhaps we should consider taking a quick spit to see if we’ll be passing on more than our beautiful faces to our children. Roughly one percent of couples find out they are both carriers for the same gene and at a “high risk” of having a child affected by a genetic disease. Considering everything else we do to prep for our future families, keep ourselves healthy and ensure the health of our offspring, isn’t this worth giving a spit?


DC Winter Date Ideas That Won’t Break the Bank – GTJ Dating Series with Erika E. (No. 80)

i-give-you-my-heart-winter-wallpaperCatch Erika tonight at Adas Israel! Finding Your Beshert… Online Dating with founder of “A Little Nudge,” Erika Ettin

We’re in the thick of the holiday season.  There are Christmas trees adorning pretty much every office building in town, too many excuses to eat that extra slice of cake at the holiday party (dark chocolate is healthy, right?), and threats of snow that finally came to fruition this past weekend.

But the holiday season also brings with it a strain on our wallets.  We took advantage of the Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals (I was way too excited about the 50% off at Wet Seal that I got!), and now we’ll likely do the same with the day-after-Christmas sales.  How about all the presents we have to get for our co-workers, family, and friends?  And then there are these prix fixe menus at many restaurants on major holidays.  And don’t forget all the gas money you’ll be spending if you’re driving out of town and the exorbitant flight prices at this time of year.

My goal here is certainly not to get you depressed.  It’s instead to share some cost-effective (and often free!) date ideas in the DC area that won’t break the bank this holiday season.

For the Dorothy Hamill or Brian Boitano types:
Take your date ice skating.  There are more ice skating rinks in the area than you would have guessed, including the ones at the Sculpture Garden, the Georgetown Waterfront, Pentagon City, Navy Yard, and Shaw, which I believe is opening later this month.  More information can be found here:

For the Padma Lakshmi or Tom Sietsema types:
One food-centric idea that one of my clients recently did with her new boyfriend (yay) was to go to the supermarket with only $20 in an attempt to make the best gourmet meal on a budget.  (They did a surprisingly good job!)  You could also enjoy a winter drink to keep you warm, like the salted caramel hot chocolate at Co Co. Sala in Chinatown.  Even better, if you’re a bourbon drinker like I am, they have a drink called the Wild Winter that has bourbon and spiked apple cider in it.  Yum.  (Maybe it’s a little more expensive, but I think it’s worth it.)  Poste also has a special winter cocktail menu that you can ask for at the bar.  Or, if you’re feeling like Derek Brown, one of DC’s best mixologists, then you can attempt to make some of these winter cocktail recipes together.  Even if they don’t come out as planned, at least you’ll have fun making them… or you’ll be too drunk to notice.

For the Angelina Jolie or George Clooney types:
No, I’m not telling you to write and direct your own screenplay!  I’m talking about volunteering together.  Many organizations have volunteer activities in the winter to help people in need, such as throwing holiday parties, wrapping gifts, or packing meals.  The DC JCC is a great place to start.  You can show each other your caring side.

For the Bill Nye or Bob Ross types:
We are so lucky to live in a place where so many museums are free.  Explore the planets at the Air & Space Museum, walk through the live butterfly room at the Museum of Natural History, or check out some work by the photographer Charles Marville at the National Gallery of Art.  (The National Gallery has a surprisingly nice food court, too.)  To make it even more exciting, you could design your own scavenger hunt before heading to the museum and then do it together.  I even found an app that thinks of the challenges for you!

For the Steve Urkel or Ben Stein types:
Go to Board Room or Thomas Foolery and get to know each other over a game of Don’t Break the Ice (remember that one?) or Battleship.  Go to Continental in Rosslyn and play a game of pool or their giant version of Connect Four.  Challenge each other to a game of ping pong at Comet in Van Ness.  Attend a trivia night to show off your Jeopardy-esque prowess.

For the Shaun White or Indiana Jones types:
While I’m not necessarily one to spend too much time out in the cold, I know there there are people who are, so I want to make sure we cover all of our bases.  You could take a walk along the Mall to see the monuments all lit up, go hiking in Great Falls, walk to a dog park and pet some of the pups, or take a ride out to Gravelly Point Park, bring a blanket and a picnic lunch, and watch the planes take off and land.  While you don’t necessarily have to spend any time outside for this one, take a drive (or a walk) through different neighborhoods to find the best, worst, and gaudiest Christmas lights/decorations.  Don’t forget to take pictures!

Just because you can’t bask in the sun at a Nats game or sit on the roof of El Centro, it doesn’t mean you can’t go out and have fun with your date… winter style.  Plus, who doesn’t like a pair of tall boots, right?  Enjoy… and button up.

erika ettin-49334smallErika Ettin is the Founder of A Little Nudge, where she helps people stand out from the online dating crowd and have a rewarding experience. An archive of all of Erika’s columns is also available.  Want to connect with Erika?  Join her newsletter for updates and tips.





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Asking the Right Questions

Question_mark_(black_on_white)When I tell people I run a project called Gather the Jews, they usually have very strong feelings about the name.  About half of the people love it, and when they see me at Jewish events exclaim, “Rachel, you’ve ‘gathered’ the Jews!”  The second reaction is not so fun.  After telling her the name of the project, a friend’s mom said, “You know, we were gathered once before, and it didn’t end so well for us.”

So why did GTJ choose such a controversial name?  Founded just before Purim in 2010, our name comes from the Megillat Esther. In Chapter 4, Verse 16, Esther tells Mordechai: “Go, gather together all the Jews who are in Shushan, and fast for me.”  When Esther uttered these words, the Jewish nation was in trouble, under siege from its enemies who wished to annihilate our people.  The Jews of Shushan gathered, and Esther convinced the king to save us.

According to the recent Pew study, the Jewish people are still in danger.  There are still those in the world who wish us harm, but the Pew study speaks of a different kind of danger: the danger of assimilation.  But is this true?  Or did Pew ask the wrong questions?

As the director of Gather the Jews, an organization that seeks to bridge the gap between Jews in their 20s & 30s and the DC Jewish community, I ask a lot of questions.  What makes young Jews want to connect to the community?  How do they explore their Jewish identity?  What about Judaism inspires them?

The answers to these questions are different for every single Jew, and that is where the Pew study erred. The questions the Pew study asked focused on Jews connecting to Judaism through religious observance, which is only one way that Jews define themselves.  When I ask Jews in their 20s & 30s how they relate to Judaism, I hear about a diverse and multifaceted Judaism.  I hear about tikkun olam projects.  I hear about Shabbat dinners with friends.  I hear about trips to Israel. I hear about Jewish happy hours.  I hear about a thriving DC Jewish community.

And that is the lens that Gather the Jews chooses to view Judaism through.  We have become the number one resource for young Jews in DC and a clearinghouse for Jewish young professional events with the goal that individuals will connect to Judaism on their own terms.

Judaism values questions.  Now we need to be asking the right questions.

Rachel Giattino is the Director of Gather the Jews.  This article originally appeared in the Washington Jewish Week.


In Defense of Thanksgivukkah


By this point everyone knows that Thanksgivukkah is occurring this Thursday.  By some accounts, this is the greatest culinary event in history; by other accounts, it’s a horrible occurrence that needs to be ignored.  Almost every possible article has been written about it, even The 8 rules of Thanksgivingukkah Sex (just click on it now, we know you’re going to. We can wait ..questionable content for work).  While there are some valid reasons to want to separate the two holidays, many of the arguments, such as those presented by Allison Benedikt, are overblown.

First, let’s get the obvious out of the way. When dealing with any event that is several centuries or even millennia old, certain liberties are going to be taken with the story. Much like a plot twist in Homeland or 24, facts can get in the way of a good story.  Historical purists would probably take umbrage with the way both stories are told in elementary schools. However, the underlying principles of the holidays are both commendable. Personally, Thanksgiving is about gratitude and being thankful for what we have. Hanukkah is about overcoming adversity against challenging odds, it’s not about presents.

But Allison Benedikt’s complaints go far beyond historical critique, and her article needs a response because there are not enough face palms in the world to express my disdain for it. Why Slate chose to publish this is beyond me, because she is someone who appears to have a very limited understanding of Judaism as a whole and whose love of Judaism is itself questionable as shown in her own writings. Let’s proceed:

I don’t want my kids to think Thanksgiving is a “present holiday.”

This shows a complete lack of understanding about Hanukkah. If you think Hanukkah is a presents holiday, you are doing it wrong. This woman has completely secularized and commercialized Hanukah so, to her, it has little value beyond a night to give kids gifts and maybe eat fried foods. She has already lost the true meaning of Hanukkah, the continued struggle of the Jewish people against unmistakable odds and violent attacks that was overcome by our community’s famous strong will. It’s true that with the recent exception of Black Friday hysteria, Thanksgiving has largely escaped the commercialism that plagues so many other holidays.  She should try to keep Hanukkah free of commercialism as well.  Also, her failure to teach her kids about the story behind Hanukkah, rather than just presents, demonstrates her own misunderstanding of Hanukkah and deficiency as a parent.

Combining the Holiday foods is an awful idea.

First, if you don’t think sweet potato latkes sound amazing or think pastrami with Brussel Sprouts (since bacon is out of the question) is awesome, I can’t help you. More amazing Jewish fusion food for me! Due to Hanukkah’s connection with oil, basically anything imaginable on the Thanksgiving menu can now be justifiably deep fried like a state fair. Fried foods are better than their regular counterparts; this is an inarguable fact of life. Anyone who disagrees should probably just pack up and move to North Korea. . Our food is one of the things that bind us as not just a religion, but as a culture, and we should embrace the culinary hybrid of Thanksgiving and Hanukkah.

Jews should not feel ashamed to be different.

I spoke with two individuals whose parents were intermarried and they mentioned they liked Thanksgiving because it didn’t highlight the differences in the two sides of their family.   Those of us from dual Jewish parent homes can still relate to the awkwardness of the holiday season. As Jews we often can feel like outsiders and Thanksgiving is a bonding time where regardless of our religious differences we are like everyone else in the Country. These differences are most obvious during the Christmas season.  There are holiday parties which are, to be honest, Christmas parties at work and with our friends. Our desire to socialize and celebrate with friends and coworkers can often be in conflict with our religious roots.  As the incomparable Kyle Broflovski says, “It’s hard to be a Jew on Christmas”, but on Thanksgiving it doesn’t matter.

Hanukkah’s rise and specifically its association with gifts is at least partially related to our exclusion from Christmas activities. In the realm of religiously important holidays, it’s not particularly high.   We spend our holy days not eating, while others get a Federal holiday to celebrate their biggest religious occasion.   However in our desire to fit in, we shouldn’t ever be afraid to embrace who we are and the addition of latkes to the thanksgiving table shouldn’t alarm anyone. We can still appreciate Thanksgiving as a secular American holiday even if we happen to give it a Jewish twist this year.

This is the only chance in our lifetime where the first day of Hanukkah will occur on Thanksgiving. Something fun and unique is happening in the Jewish world, and we should embrace it.

Happy Thanksgivukkah,

Jon Halperin

The opinions reflected in this article are that of the author and do not represent the views of Gather the Jews or its staff.



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Have a cool idea? #MakeItHappen

makeHave an idea you want to put into action?  Here’s your chance!  Emanuel J. Friedman Philanthropies and The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington Partner with the Schusterman Philanthropic Network to provide micro-grants within Greater Washington Jewish Community.  Check out the press release below to find out how you can get funding for your cool Jewish idea.


Washington, DC – Emanuel J. Friedman Philanthropies and The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington announced that they will join as community partners in the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Philanthropic Network’s (Schusterman) #MakeItHappen Micro-Grants Initiative – Schusterman’s global call-to-action for Jewish individuals to submit inspiring ideas for creating Jewish experiences in their communities. Schusterman will select up to 50 ideas from around the world for micro-grants of up to $1,000 each, with five ideas receiving up to $5,000. Submissions will be accepted through January 15, 2014. The initiative is designed to activate ideas from individuals, not solicit requests from organizations for operating or programmatic budgets.

As Greater Washington’s community partners, Emanuel J. Friedman Philanthropies and The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington will grant up to twelve additional #MakeItHappen grants between $1,000 and $2,500 to individuals from the Greater Washington area. Preference will be given to ideas that have the potential to expand and have long-term sustainability and impact on the Greater Washington or global Jewish community.

“These micro-grants provide support for emerging leaders and serve as a catalyst for innovation within our local Jewish community,” said Simone Friedman Rones, President of Emanuel J. Friedman Philanthropies.

Steven A. Rakitt, CEO of The Federation, added, “This is an innovative approach to engaging individuals and opening the door for future involvement in our community. We are very excited and thankful to partner with  EJF Philanthropies and the Schusterman Philanthropic  Network on this great effort.”

This campaign is a means of promoting and supporting a new generation of Jewish leadership, especially those who may not have otherwise been involved with the local philanthropic community.  Selected projects will identify creative means of engaging, serving, and leading local Jewish communities – from hackathons to meetups, Shabbat dinners to service projects.

More on Schusterman’s process and guidelines:

  • Submit it!  For a limited time, individuals 18 years of age and older can upload their inspiring ideas for a project, event or program that will make a difference in their communities and engage their peers in a meaningful Jewish experience.  Terms and restrictions apply.
  • Share it!  Eligible ideas will be posted on the #MakeItHappen website where they can be shared with friends, fans and followers on Facebook, Twitter and anywhere else people like to convene and converse.  Visitors to the site can search ideas by topic and location, “Like” their favorites and even contact the creators directly to assist them in making those ideas happen.
  • #MakeItHappen!  Schusterman will announce several recipients per week through January 15, 2014. Schusterman will also share additional opportunities for all people who submit ideas to help #MakeItHappen in their communities.

A few key details to keep in mind:

  • A central part of the experience must have a specific nexus with Jewish life, whether it is cultural, educational, spiritual or social.
  • Organizations cannot submit projects nor receive a micro-grant. They have to be submitted by an individual who is personally going to take the lead on making it happen.
  • Micro-grants are not intended to be small “operating grants” for existing projects.  They are intended to support “experience grants” that enable specific programs/events that would not have occurred otherwise.

More info:

For any questions on Greater Washington grants, contact Sarah Arenstein, Federation’s Young Leadership Director, at or 301.230.7277.

Emanuel J. Friedman Philanthropies:
Emanuel J. Friedman Philanthropies ( has  five grantmaking priorities: saving the cheetah from extinction, improving pediatric asthma care, stopping Alzheimer’s Disease, ensuring the continuity of the Jewish community in the Washington, D.C. region, and improving education outcomes for District of Columbia public school students. 

The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington: 
The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington’s  ( mission is to care for those in need, deepen engagement in Jewish life and strengthen connections among Jews locally, in Israel and in 60 countries around the world. Because of the caring and generosity of our individual donors and corporate sponsors, we are able to help Jews of all ages and walks of life and support interests from education and the arts to social services and cultural programs.

The Charles and Lynn Schusterman Philanthropic Network:

The Charles and Lynn Schusterman Philanthropic Network (SPN) is a global enterprise that supports and creates innovative initiatives for the purpose of igniting the passion and unleashing the power in young people to create positive change for themselves, the Jewish community and the broader world. SPN includes the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation, Schusterman Foundation-Israel, ROI Community and REALITY.



Let’s Make a Thanksgivukkah Miracle – GTJ Dating Series with Erika E. (No. 79)

UntitledWhat happens when you mix turkey with latkes, bellies full of grandma’s kugel (or is that only a Thanksgiving tradition at my house?) with eight crazy nights, and the Pilgrims with the Maccabees?  Why, Thanksgivukkah, of course!  As I learned from the tiebreaker question at Sixth & I’s trivia night last week, this union of the two holidays, where the first day of Hanukkah and Thanksgiving coincide, won’t happen again until the year 79811!!  (However, if you count an overlap as the first night of Hanukkah with Thanksgiving, then it will actually happen in the years 2070 and 2165.  I definitely hope I get to celebrate with both pumpkin pie and jelly-filled doughnuts when I’m 89 years old… assuming I still have some teeth left.)

In the spirit of both holidays, I’d like to share eight reasons we should be thankful this year, as it relates to dating:

1. Online dating exists.

Do you think the Pilgrims in 1621 had a way to meet people across the field, let alone across the world?  Their best place to flirt was likely over the ear of corn they were growing, not on their couch in their jammies using some new-fangled technology we like to call the Interwebs.

2. We have options.

We live in a time when, for most of us, the choice of the person we date and/or marry is ours and ours alone.  Of course, parents have some influence in this decision, as do friends, but you ultimately get to choose the person who makes you the happiest.  Arranged marriages were the norm worldwide until the 18th century.  I’m just glad we live in this day and age.

3. Interracial and interfaith couples are becoming more widely accepted.

A study published earlier this month by Kevin Lewis, a UC San Diego sociologist, suggests that racial barriers to romance are not as insurmountable as we might suppose.  He did his research by analyzing the patterns of 126,134 OKCupid users in a two-and-a-half month period.  He found that, while people often still mainly reach out to others of their own racial background, they are, however, more likely to return a cross-race email than previous research would have led to us to expect.  And, once they have replied to a suitor from a different race, people are then themselves more likely to cross racial lines and initiate interracial contact in the future.  Baby steps…

4. There is more gender equality, especially with online dating.

While I am still a proponent of chivalry when it comes to opening doors and paying on a first date, I also strongly encourage women to reach out first online with an email if someone strikes their fancy.  And, if someone is trying to have an e-lationship, then I also recommend that women suggest meeting in person.  This is the better option to dropping communication completely simply because no one knows the appropriate time to ask for that cocktail or coffee.

Now, we gaze at the Shamash!

5. Dating apps exist.

This is similar to #1 above, but this time, all you have to do is click, send a few texts, and then meet.  Easy as pumpkin pie!

6. There are events galore for meeting people.

Between the aforementioned trivia night, Shabbat services, community service events, and, of course, the infamous GTJ happy hours, there are so many places to meet people for networking, making friends, and dating.

7. DC is a young city.

In 2010, which was the most recent comprehensive age demographic data I could find for DC, the population of people aged 25-34 was 17.1%.  While this number may not sound high on its own, it’s the highest percentage of all age demographics.  For the entire US that year, people aged 25-34 represented 13.4% of the entire population.  Obviously not everyone in this group is single, but at least the odds of meeting someone in that age range are slightly higher… unless Hugh Hefner is your type.

8. DC is fun!

My next article will consist of fun and cheap winter date ideas.  Just for a tease, you could show off your triple Salchow at the new Shaw Ice Skating Rink, go to the Museum of American History and impress your date with your knowledge that it was the Battle of Baltimore that inspired Francis Scott Key’s lyrics to our National Anthem, or indulge in a salted caramel hot chocolate at Co Co. Sala.  Calories don’t count if it’s below 40 degrees out.

I hope everyone has a wonderful holiday, and please remember the miracle that is Thanksgivukkah… one drumstick, doughnut, and date at a time.

erika ettin-49334smallErika Ettin is the Founder of A Little Nudge, where she helps people stand out from the online dating crowd and have a rewarding experience. An archive of all of Erika’s columns is also available.  Want to connect with Erika?  Join her newsletter for updates and tips.





Top new Thanksgivukkah Videos!

Videos for the holiday that comes only once every 77,000 years! Also don’t forget GTJ’s Chanukah event guide!

Thanksgivukkah Song by ‘Dish Nation!’

Six13 – The Thanksgivukkah Anthem

The Maccabeats – Burn – Hanukkah

Big Bang Theory’s Mayim Bialik & The Maccabeats Miracle Match
Donate and/or make sure you’re on the bone marrow registry

The Thanksgivukkah Song by Buzzfeed

Chanukah Honey (Santa Baby Parody)

Ari Lesser – Give Thanks – Hanukkah – Thanksgiving

Hanukkah 2013 Song Maoz Tzur by Technion Students- Israel

“Thanksgivukkah Pie”, Holiday Tribute by Benji Lovitt

“Oils” – A Thanksgivukkah Miracle (Royals song parody)

The Chanukah Song – Ella No Sigue Modas, Jewish Version (with English, Spanish, and Hebrew lyrics)

!נס גדול היה פה – “A Great Miracle Happened Here” a cappella medley by Hillel House

I Want A Hippopotamus For Hanukkah – Mr. Palindrome

The Dreidel Song: Hanukkah Rap

The Thanksgivukkah Movie Trailer

Thanksgivukkah – ” Scream and shout ” by Buba Myses

Thanksgivukkah: The Movie

Chanuka Rock! by KOPSHTICK

What does Andrew do for Hanukkah??

I Believe in Miracles by Julie Geller

The Anti-Thanksgivukah Song

The Thanksgiving Turkey Dreidel by Conan O’Brien

Thanksgiving Under Attack: Hanukkah (Stephen Colbert)

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While interning at Mesila you will be responsible for conducting intakes and providing referrals for clients from the migrant worker and asylum seeker communities in south Tel Aviv. You will also be given the opportunity to volunteer at one of the unrecognized pre-schools run through social services within the local community.  You may also have the opportunity to provide direct assistance to families with children with special needs to help them receive social service benefits.  Interns at Mesila must be able to read, write and speak in both Hebrew and English – volunteering positions are also available for those with limited Hebrew ability.

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Vice President Biden Literally Breaks a Tie in Senate

bidenWASHINGTON, DC – (@The Comedy News) – Vice President Joe Biden came to the U.S. Senate floor today to exude his only real Constitutional duty– to break ties in the Senate. However, he chose to interpret his Constitutional duty as he had to literally take a necktie and break it into pieces.

When the Vice President arrived on the floor and silently grinned his trademark smile, he pulled out a brand new red and blue-striped necktie and proceeded to break it into pieces with his bare hands.

“Once that tie came out of his pocket, we knew exactly what ol’ Joe was gonna do”, a Senate Page reported. “We hear stories about how much of a goof he was when he was a Senator. And now, out of forty-seven Vice Presidents in U.S. history, Joe is the first that I know of to come to the floor and rip a tie to pieces—and then defend his behavior as his ‘Constitutional duty’.

Article I, Section 3, Clause 4 of the United States Constitution states that “the Vice President of the United States shall be President of the Senate, but shall have no Vote, unless they be equally divided”. There is no mention of neckties.

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