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  • Listen, kids, and you shall hear—it ain’t gonna be easy

    By Ted Roberts

    September 27, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Listen my children, and you shall hear
    The bar mitzvah course that we shall steer.
    The purpose of this speech is to prepare you for your bar mitzvah. And to let you know -- as Noah thought when he received the blueprints from the Master Shipbuilder -- this ain't gonna be easy....
  • Brotherly Advice

    By Adam Wills

    July 12, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    In the last year, my younger brother has been asking for and taking my dating advice on an almost daily basis. It's a fact that continues to astound me. This isn't to say I don't have anything worthwhile to say on the topic, despite the fact that I'm married now and raising two kids....
  • Happiness—maybe it’s not ‘out there’

    By Alisa Ruby

    June 14, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    It all started with the phone call from my Jewish mother in the Philadelphia suburbs about five years ago: "My friend's son is moving to L.A. I think he has an on-again-off-again girlfriend. But, he's cute and nice. Anyway, he's going to call you for coffee." Innocent enough, or so I...
  • Briefs: Peres elected President of Israel; Oprah criticized for pro-Israel stance

    June 14, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Peres Elected President of Israel

    Shimon Peres became Israel's ninth president. In parliamentary voting Wednesday, the longtime leader defeated rival Knesset members Reuven Rivlin and Colette Avital. Rivlin and Avital dropped out after the first round, having received 37 and 21...
  • Note to new grads: it’s just the beginning!

    By Danielle Berrin

    June 7, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    College graduation: the distinctive rite of passage that marks a child as an adult. Adorned in ceremonious celebration and family gathering, it is an event that simultaneously acknowledges our accomplishments and introduces us to the possibilities -- and realities -- of our futures,...
  • Battle of the sexes along the Y-Divide

    By Soriya Daniels

    May 17, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    "Ladies and gentlemen, Rabbi Aryeh Pamensky holds the secret to your incredible, unbelievable and unparalleled happiness," announces the emcee in a dimly lit nightspot where hundreds of Jews are gathered, each hoping to attain what half of Americans find unattainable: a happy...
  • Create an emergency kit for The Big Day—just in case

    By Shoshana Lewin-Fischer

    April 19, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Ask almost any bride what she needs for her big day and she'll run down the list: Flowers? Check. Dress? Check. Cake? Check. Groom? Check.

    Ask a bridesmaid what the bride needs for the big day and you might get a different list: Bandages? Check. Tweezer? Check. Antacids? Check....

  • B’nai Mitzvah: Ten ways to slash the cost of a big party

    By Gail Anthony Greenberg

    November 16, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Do you have to spend a king's ransom to have a fabulous bar or bat mitzvah for your child? Absolutely not, but remember that not all money-saving tips are created equal. This one -- which I've read in several places -- wins my top prize as the silliest: Have your party on a Monday...

  • Let's confront, I mean, let's <I>talk</I>

    By Amy Klein

    October 12, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Men will do anything -- and I mean anything, from changing their phones, emails and even primary residences, to joining the army during wartime -- rather than confront a woman. By "confront," I mean, "talk directly to." They just don't like it.  
  • R.E. Hard Crash? Soft Landing? Bursting Balloon? Leaking Balloon?

    By Marc Ballon

    August 31, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Mark Cohen thinks those doomsday scenarios about an impending Southland housing crash miss the mark. And the founder and president of Beverly Hills-based Cohen Financial Group has learned a thing or two about real estate over the last 20 years.

    With an MBA from USC and a law...

  • Advice and Reality Face a Moment of Truth in Israel

    By Susan Freudenheim

    July 13, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    "Just don't take the bus."

    As I left on a trip to Israel a couple months ago, this was the advice I got from everyone. Even then, a time of relative peace, the ersatz front-page pictures of terror-torn Israeli commuter buses surrounded by wounded people being moved to ambulances...

  • Schools Give Prum-Hess High Marks

    By Julie G Fax

    June 8, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Last year, two Los Angeles schools applied for and won MATCH grants, which are awarded each year by a consortium of Jewish education foundations that reward day schools for cultivating new donors. The grants brought in more than $100,000.

    This spring, 13 day schools were awarded the...

  • Runaway Bride Redux

    By Shoshana Lewin-Fischer

    April 20, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    It's your wedding day. The rabbi pronounces you married. Your new husband steps on the glass -- and it flies across the room, hits a wall and doesn't even crack.

    Sound like a nightmare?

    It happened to author Eileen Rendahl -- and to Chloe Sachs, the heroine of Rendahl's latest...

  • Dating by Committee

    By Carin Davis

    April 13, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    My guy Scott and I talked every night -- until last night. He flew to San Francisco to hear a friend's band play and I never heard from him. I left a message, he left me hanging. I know. He calls me, he calls me not, is nothing new. But it's new to me. I'm too cute to be blown off....

  • Could You Help Me Find My Uncle?

    By Robert Stevens

    March 2, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Dear President Ahmadinejad:

    Allow me to introduce myself to you. My name is Robert Stevens, and I am a 27-year-old child of Holocaust survivors. The purpose of my letter is not to criticize you for being anti-Semitic or for wanting to wipe Israel off the face of the earth or for...

  • Wandering Jew - Music to My Ears

    By Hank Rosenfeld

    February 16, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    "In syngagyng a sangasongue ... " -- James Joyce, "Finnegans Wake."

    Singing in synagogue is something I wish I were better at doing or at least less embarrassed about doing full-throated. At the Synagogue for the Performing Arts, the congregation doesn't have that problem. They have...

  • Boutique Teaches Brides Love Lessons

    By Carin Davis

    February 9, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Where there's a bride to be, there's a bachelorette party. And for many Los Angeles women, that party means just one thing: The Love Boutique. For 25 years, the shop has entertained and educated parties of women about sexuality and sensuality. The Love Boutique parties are like...

  • A Line Drive Down Jewish History

    By Sandee Brawarsky

    January 5, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    "Judaism's Encounter With American Sports," by Jeffrey Gurock (Indiana University Press, $29.95).

    In an oft-repeated anecdote dating back to the early 1910s, Rabbi Solomon Schechter, head of the Jewish Theological Seminary, told Louis Finkelstein, then a young rabbinical student,...

  • The Hebrascope: Signs of the Jewdiac

    January 5, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Aries (March 21-April 20)

    Notable Jewish Aries: Howard Cosell

    It's OK to be...

  • Written in the Jewish Stars

    December 29, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    We're not saying we believe any of this, mind you, but, yes, Jews, too, like to peek at horoscopes. But up until now, something's been missing -- that Jewish touch. Sure, you could count on Bubbe and Zayde to dispense career advice and to forecast general doom, but that hardly...

  • Still Smarting

    By Amy Klein

    November 3, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    By Sunday evening, single women across America were trying to slit their wrists by inflicting a hundred little paper cuts from the Sunday New York Times Magazine, featuring an article by Maureen Dowd, "What's a Modern Girl to Do?"

    Feminism is over, Dowd writes, men only want to date...

  • Watch Out Ladies, Dad’s Dating Again

    By Howard Leff

    November 3, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    Guess who has a new girlfriend? Well, besides me. And thanks in advance for your warm wishes. It's the old man, actually. That's right. Look out golden girls. Dad's dating again.

    Well, he was -- until he met "the one." Can you believe that? Six months and he's off the market already....

  • Clearing the Air About Allergies

    By Beth Levine

    August 18, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Scary statistic to contemplate: About 10 to 15 percent of kids suffer from allergies, and the rate has been rising steadily for the past 20 years. Though no one knows why allergies are skyrocketing, we do know what causes them. Allergies are an immunological "overreaction" to a...

  • Uncircumcised Blessings

    By Rabbi Elazar Muskin

    July 14, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    While on a summer vacation on the East Coast, my family and I visited some spectacular sights in northwestern North Carolina, especially near Ashville, N.C. On our way to Ashville, we stopped and asked directions from a fine gentleman who turned out to be a Methodist minister.

  • L.A. Hosts Debate on Israel Economy

    By Tom Tugend

    June 16, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    "It's the economy, stupid," was President Clinton's campaign mantra, and the same lesson was hammered home June 5-7 to 25 Israeli diplomats at a three-day conference at the Beverly Hilton.

    "Growing Israel's economy must be the priority of every Israeli representative abroad, and let...

  • Mama Said…

    By Lori Gottlieb

    June 9, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Taking relationship advice from your Jewish mother is like heeding a shiksa friend's advice about curly hair gel. It's not their area.

    Besides, your mom has an agenda: to get you married. Sure, she wants you to be happy. But in her mind, the two may or may not coincide. Consider the...

  • Winning the Great Sponge Cake Battle

    By Judy Bart Kancigor

    April 21, 2005 | 8:00 pm


    It’s that time again. With Pesach here, it’s time for my annual wrestling match with my nemesis, the dreaded sponge cake.

    Aunt Estelle was famous for her mile-high sponge cakes. Years ago she sent me her recipe, outlining every step in exquisite detail. Yet every time I try it,...
  • Make Your Seder an Affair to Remember

    By Felisa Billet

    April 21, 2005 | 8:00 pm


    Many Passover hostesses feel enslaved by the amount of effort that goes into making an elegant seder table. On the holiday of freedom, the only thing to which you should be enslaved is your creativity. By using your imagination and listening to the tried-and-true advice of the...
  • The List

    By Teresa Strasser

    March 17, 2005 | 7:00 pm


    The List has taken over. If you are male, you may not be aware of this, but if you are female, you probably already have one.

    You show me a single woman looking for love, and I'll show you a girl with a detailed and specific written list of qualities she's looking for in a mate.

  • Torah Advice for Happily Ever After

    By Gaby Wenig

    February 10, 2005 | 7:00 pm


    As most engaged couples know, the stress of preparing a wedding and pleasing two sets of in-laws is enough to take that blissful sheen off even the most romantic of occasions.

    But in all the talk of dresses, centerpieces, cakes, halls and bands, what is often forgotten is that...

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