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Jewish Journal

Wendy Jaffe

  • B’nai Mitzvah: It’s OK! Go ahead and cry

    November 16, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    I don't remember much about my own bat mitzvah many years ago, but I do remember this: My father cried as he turned to speak to me after the conclusion of the Torah reading.

    I can't remember a single word that he said, not a one, but I do remember his wet eyes and the sound his...

  • When a couple divorces, the custody battle goes beyond dishes and children

    October 5, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Jews are not immune to America's divorce endemic. With one in two marriages ending long before the expiration date contemplated by the ketubah, rabbis frequently find themselves in the difficult position of having to officiate at bar/bat mitzvahs and weddings with families who...
  • My Jewish Intermarriage

    February 9, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    What did you and your spouse discuss after it was clear that you would have a chuppah and ketubah in your future? Probably something that turned out not to matter like, "How many kids do you want?" or "What is your dream vacation?" or "If we have twins, do you think we should dress...

  • 525,600 Minutes

    September 22, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    I was sitting in the AMC theater in Woodland Hills, a captive of a dull series of pre-movie advertisements, when I started to think about my next column. I considered writing about fasting (argue that a tall Starbucks latte might be an acceptable fasting exception, compared to a...

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  • A Mother’s Wish for Her Daughter’s Day

    August 11, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Aaaah, to be a Jewish parent 1,000 years ago. Sure you had to worry about anti-Semites trying to exterminate your people, dying from the flu and wild animals eating your children for lunch, but what a breeze to plan your child's bar mitzvah. No invitations to send, no DJs to hire, no...

  • Santa Monica Tragedy Mirrors Israel Terror

    July 24, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Last week at the Santa Monica Farmers' Market, I got a taste of what it is like to be an Israeli. Going about the ordinary tasks of life one moment, standing next to a corpse the next.

    My day started out ordinarily enough. In pursuit of the perfect tile for my new barbecue center, I...