Jewish Journal

Elyce Wakerman

  • Mother of the Bat

    August 12, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    A friend of mine called in a lather the other day, all het up about her daughter's upcoming bat mitzvah.

    "I can't believe it," she said, her voice a good octave higher than usual, "there's so much to think about. You have to find a place, decide on a menu, pick out flowers and...

  • Healthy Diet Can Be a Heart Hazard

    May 6, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Johnny Carson used to have a joke about it. A friend of his had sworn off coffee, cigarettes, alcohol, red meat and sex. The guy was doing just fine, Carson quipped, until he committed suicide.

    Well, I haven't reached the brink of despair just yet. But I am having a hard time trying...

  • The Unexpected

    September 26, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    It was Sept. 11, 2002, and there was no reason on earth to feel anything but somber. That pervasive sense of doubt and vulnerability that had been thrust upon us a year ago would probably have been reawakened anyway, but certainly, with all the media replays, ceremonies and...

  • Delivery Pains

    September 12, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Coming back home, I took a deep breath and let it out slowly. "It is done," I sighed.

    My husband and I had just returned to Los Angeles after packing and shipping her things, flying and installing her.

    We'd hugged her goodbye and cried. There were three of us at home now instead of...