Jewish Journal

Linda Feldman

  • Three Stories

    February 26, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    My son, Jason,called the other day and jokingly said that I didn't keep myword.

    "About what?" I asked. "I have never broken apromise to you."

    "When I was 7," he said, "you gave a radio headsetto someone, and when I asked you to buy me a set, you told me, 'Yes-- but not until you are...

  • ‘Till Death Do Us Part’—Enough Already

    February 12, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    Many of us who said, "Till death do us part,"never went the distance. Gary and Barbara did. They were a great lovestory. The fact that her parents didn't approve of their marriage,because he was a saxophone player, made it all the morepowerful.

    From the moment Barbara was diagnosed...

  • Playing by the Rules

    January 29, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    When I was a kid, we played in the streets --Ring-a-leevio, Uncle Sam May I Cross Your River? Red Light-GreenLight, Hide-and-Go-Seek. And marbles. Before a game, we made up ourown rules. Once everyone agreed to play by the same rules, thecompetition was fierce. If the rules were...
  • Honoring Thy Mother

    January 15, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    I called my mother to wish her a happynew year. She answered the phone like this: "Commo say yammo." "Mom,why are you speaking in bad Spanish?" I asked. "I've been gettinghang-up calls, so I'm sabotaging my voice," she answered. I broke uplaughing.

    My mother bought my book retail,...

  • Unpacking Our Baggage

    December 4, 1997 | 7:00 pm

    My brother called the other day and asked whetherI had noticed how many people are putting things behind them andmoving on.

    "Does that mean they have no baggage?" Iasked.

    "Well," he said, "either people have no baggage oran invisible semitrailer is following them around."

    Princess Diana...

  • My Israeli Moment

    November 20, 1997 | 7:00 pm

    I sat between two Harvard graduates on my trip to Israel aboard El Al flight No. 008. I was one of seven Jewish publication journalists brought to Israel by Histadrut's Israel Humanitarian Foundation (more about this trip in a later article). When I was warned by Israeli friends that...
  • A Career Mother

    November 6, 1997 | 7:00 pm

    I keep a folder of newspaper items that fall intotwo categories -- the informative and the outrageous. The informativeI make copies of and send to people whom I love; they might benefitfrom such information as the latest colon cancer test or the herbginkgo, which clears the static in...

  • Building Your

    October 23, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    My years inSanta Cruz are measured by the Jewish calendar. Through a coincidenceof dates, I arrived in 1995 the night before erev Rosh Hashanah. Butit was no accident that I joined Temple Beth El by fax from LosAngeles. Murray Baumgarten -- a man whom I had never met but whosename...

  • Knowledge for the Good Life

    October 9, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    One of mycousins called the other day to tell me that she wasn't interested ina cousins reunion. "Well, that's unanimous -- if I count silence as ano," I said. Even though our parents had a family circle that metmonthly, it looked as if their kinder rejected the idea to meet...

  • Trial by Humor

    September 11, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    A few Sundays ago, while a tropicalFlorida rainstorm raged outside, my second cousin Laura,granddaughter of my aunt Ruthie, married Geraldo Morales, in aceremony led by a pastor who quoted Jeremiah and mentioned Jesus onlyonce (we were all counting). The groom's family was dressed in...

  • The World is More Than a Wedding

    August 28, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    "The Invention of Life," by René Magritte, 1926.

    When my kids were still preschoolers,young enough to be influenced by my every word, I used to have thisspiel about marrying out of Judaism. It went something like this:"It's an insult to the 6 million who died only because they...

  • Taking Over the Waiting Room

    August 14, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    My mother called to give me an update on my aunt Ruthie'scondition. She had a cancer-spotted kidney removed a few days ago,and the family Jew-Ex was hot with medical reports. My mother, whosecurse it was to be the firstborn, was cursed a second time by havinga daughter who she used...
  • The Good Son

    July 31, 1997 | 7:59 pm

    My birthday used to be celebrated as if it were a national holiday. From the backyard pin-the-tail-on-the-donkey days to the touch football games on the beach at Easthampton, July 16 was a date inscribed in infamy.

    My children forgot my birthday at their own peril. So they never did....

  • From Sexuality to Sensuality

    July 17, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    There we were, my family, 11 anarchists cruising down to Ensenada for four days on the Viking Serenade, celebrating my mother's 85th birthday. I roomed with the birthday girl in one of those cabins where you have to yell, "Watch out!" when you exit the lavatory.

    When we returned, I...

  • What Scarlett O’Hara Can Teach Us

    June 5, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    When I was 16, I used to cut school, take the E-train to Union Square and stand around listening to the Communist speakers rant about injustice. You could say I was passion-challenged, living in Queens and attending Jamaica High School.

    I was the kid who had a crush on television...

  • Our Trials of Faith

    May 22, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Recently, I watched a documentary about Adolf Eichmann, whose trial I had originally watched on television years ago. The only vivid memory I had from the courtroom drama was that of the protective glass booth the Israelis built for him.

    Now, I watched with eyes that were 30 years...

  • Never Forgetting Sarah

    May 8, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    I was thinking about my friend Lillian Ross last week as I was driving over the Golden Gate Bridge on my way north to an enzyme bath and massage in an outdoor Japanese tea house in Occidental. (I was celebrating freedom after submitting my manuscript for a book on families and family...