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  • Knowing Oneself: The Art of Translation

    By Beit T'shuvah

    April 29, 2013 | 2:09 pm

    By Matt Shapiro

    “Communication is always an act of translation.” The words ring in my head, lingering. It’s Friday at Beit T’shuvah, and I'm sitting in on a seminar with the Center for Collective Wisdom, discussing organizational spirituality and how to access the deeper wisdom...

  • Frenemies?

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    March 22, 2012 | 1:40 pm

    First, I would like to point out that what I’m about to write is something I never thought I would even think: a new Facebook campaign changed my perspective on mankind.

    Well, maybe not on mankind, but my perspective on several matters of my life has changed entirely, thanks to a...

  • It’s Ok To Ignore His Words

    By Tamara Shayne Kagel

    September 22, 2011 | 4:58 pm

    In the dating world, girls spend a lot of time trying to interpret men.  And way too much of that time in my opinion is spent going over what he said.  Does he not want me to come him with to the company party?  Does that mean his mom just thinks I’m a friend?  Does he think...

  • I WANT 2 TXT U UP

    By  Orit Arfa

    March 20, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    Recently, I met a guy at a friend's party. He had blond, spiky hair and an intellectual's goatee. He was a European student in Israel for the year working on his master's degree researching Palestinian security. While I realized I couldn't count on him for a serious romantic...
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  • The Pearl Fellow

    By Rob Eshman

    November 1, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Ramy was my first Syrian.

    We didn't meet cute, as people do in the movies. We met awkward.

    Ramy Mansour came to The Journal offices last week as a Daniel Pearl Fellow. As part of its effort to increase understanding between Islam and the West, the Foundation, named after the slain...

  • Next time, I’ll try the pre-nup

    By Heather Moss

    October 25, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Separated is a vague and unpleasant term.

    It's the state of being in flux -- the gray area between no longer married but not yet divorced. A divorce decree gives you back your life as a single person, but being separated keeps you in love limbo.

    Many guys I've gone out with since I...

  • What do men want?

    By Roberto Loiederman

    August 2, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    In April 1994, at a Hillel lecture in Westwood, the topic was: "The Relationship Between Jewish Men & Jewish Women: Love or War?" On the "war" side of that discussion was Dr. Herb Goldberg, a practicing psychologist, professor and writer.

    Goldberg told the 500 or so people in that...

  • Women: Put down your swords!

    By  Orit Arfa

    August 2, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    "I let men be men, and I give up the right to castrate men forever."

    Do I really have to say this? I wondered to myself as I tried my best to participate without skepticism in a relationships seminar I'd signed up for not long ago. Do I really "castrate" men? Do I expect them to...

  • I heart Hollywood endings

    By Esther W. Hersh

    June 21, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    I met "Mr. Nice Guy" more than three years ago, and I cherish our special connection -- he's affectionate, understanding, a good listener, open-minded, practical ...

    I could go on and on. I felt fortunate that we found each other, and he indicated the same. We both want the best...

  • A physician examines his profession’s blind spots

    By Zackary Sholem Berger

    May 17, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Jerome Groopman is a physician and clinical scientist at Harvard University, a specialist in AIDS and cancer. He's also a writer for The New Yorker, with a successful and thought-provoking series of books on such topics as the intersection of spirituality and medicine and the...
  • Let’s get personal

    By Amy Klein

    April 26, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    People say they don't really know me.

    That's what the last guy I dated said.

    It seems that in the process of revealing myself on the page to total strangers, I've lost the ability to communicate myself in person to those who want to get to know me. Read all about it, is maybe...
  • Closing the curtain

    By  Orit Arfa

    April 12, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    In March, I had the privilege of co-starring in the Jerusalem premiere of Neil LaBute's play "Some Girl(s)" at the Center Stage Theater at Merkaz Hamagshimim Hadassah. The play follows Guy, an about-to-be-married 33-year-old American writer, as he tracks down his ex-flames to "right...
  • A match made in D.C.?

    February 8, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    One of the primary reasons many groups give for the limited availability of premarital counseling programming is the lack of available funding.

    However, millions of dollars are spent every year in divorce proceedings, legal fees and mediation and, with that in mind, the federal...

  • Online social scene clicks with younger set

    By Sharon Duke Estroff

    January 18, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    OK, admit it. You've breathed a guilty sigh of relief that your kids are still too young to have been bitten by the MySpace bug. You've relished the reprieve (if only temporary) from the mounting worries of parents of virtual-social-networking-obsessed middle and high schoolers.

    But...

  • Progressive values propel Daniel Sokatch’s rising star

    By Marc Ballon

    January 18, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    When Daniel Sokatch enrolled in rabbinical school in Israel in 1994, he had visions of becoming a religious leader dedicated to social justice, much in the vein of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. But Sokatch, now 38, quickly realized that the rabbinical program at Hebrew Union...
  • Jews join the quest for space commerce

    By Adam Wills

    November 2, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    In the 1968 film "2001: A Space Odyssey," a commercial Pan Am Space Clipper flight carries civilians to the wheel-shaped Space Station V, which features a Hilton Hotel and a Howard Johnson's. Naturally, the calls to Earth via videophone are handled by AT&T's forerunner Bell, and the...
  • Letters to Mom

    By Rabbi Haim Ovadia

    November 2, 2006 | 7:00 pm



    Dear Mother,

    Here we are again on the plains of Bethel. We're in the 10th month of our 10th year in Canaan. Sorry I haven't written. There were so many things happening, but none of them so important to justify my negligence. The famine, Pharaoh, Avimelech, the war -- they all...
  • No Vacation

    By Rob Eshman

    August 3, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    The Israeli woman in the hot tub was feeling terrible.

    She saw me wearing a T-shirt with Hebrew writing, and I heard her speaking to her daughter in Hebrew, so naturally, amid the hundreds of sunbathers crowding the pool area of the Squaw Valley Resort, we found each other.

    "It...

  • Focus on the Love

    By Rabbi Perry Netter

    March 30, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    When I was in seventh grade, my English teacher made me diagram sentences, not unlike most seventh-graders in America's public schools. Truth be told, I would have rather pulled knitting needles through my cheeks than learn the rudiments of English grammar, but Mrs. McGee insisted...

  • The Circuit

    By Norma Zager

    March 2, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Good as Guild

    Lunch and laughter was on the menu when The Beverly Hills Theatre Guild honored two pioneer workers for their service to the Guild and the community. Civic leaders Sooky Goldman, founding president, and Janet Salter, president for the past 10 years, were recipients of...

  • Nonverbal Baby Talk a Sign of the Times

    By Sharon Schatz Rosenthal

    February 23, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    While other infants and young toddlers let out a howl when they are hungry, 14-month-old Emmet Weisz simply brings his hands together at the heel and rotates the right hand over the left, making the hand-sign for his favorite food: cheese.

    "He has a great love for dairy," laughed...

  • Unmarried Counseling

    By Teresa Strasser

    December 1, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    My neurosis is like a Ferrari. I can go from 0 to 60 in under four seconds.

    One second, I'm nervous I may have said the wrong thing in a meeting; the next I'm convinced that the best way to deal with how horribly I've botched the situation is to toss myself off the Staten Island...

  • Balancing Tikkun Olam and Self-Interest

    By Andrew Silow-Carroll

    October 6, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    I'm reluctant to draw lessons from the hurricane, even if the High Holidays are a time of stock taking, and even if Jewish tradition suggests that calamities are "heavenly alarms" meant to arouse repentance. If God is speaking to us through Katrina, he might want to brush up on His...

  • 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...

  • The Digital Lives of Kids: What Parents Need to Know

    By Wendy Mogel

    June 2, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Chapter 1: A Real, Live IM Chat

    Have you noticed more and more lately that your child is engrossed in a constant, beeping dialogue with her computer? Does she brag about a buddy list with hundreds of names, most of which you've never heard before? Does she protectively minimize or...

  • Principal for a Day, Lesson for a Lifetime

    By Sarah Price Brown

    March 24, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    This Wednesday dawns as another tough, typical grind for the principal of the Sherman Oaks Center for Enriched Studies (SOCES). There's the 7:15 a.m. arrival and the 10 p.m. departure. Then there's the picket line set up by half the teaching staff. And later, the little problem of...

  • The Court of Cupid

    By Lori Gottlieb

    February 10, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    It seems a bit disingenuous for women to get all bent out of shape over Harvard President Larry Summers' recent suggestion that innate gender differences may account for variances in math and science skills. After all, most women maintain that innate gender differences exist when...

  • The ‘L’ Word

    By Teresa Strasser

    January 20, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    How do you spell crippling inability to connect?

    L-U-V.

    That's how I spelled it. After months of trying to

    make myself say the "L word," I finally managed only three of the letters. And I wish I could say it was on a handwritten note or even e-mail, but no. It was the lowest...

  • Stay Tuned

    By Rob Eshman

    December 30, 2004 | 7:00 pm

     

    Last October, a man called with a complaint. Before I could ask what was the matter, he launched into a tirade about a biased and

    inaccurate article. He said he couldn't believe a serious newspaper would print such lies. He was so angry, he was this close to canceling his...

  • Iceberg Sinks ‘Race’ Menches

    By Shoshana Lewin-Fischer

    November 18, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Eleven teams. Thirty days. One-million dollars. Zero bagels. That is what 32-year-olds Avi Scheier and Joe Rashbaum tried to face as one of the teams on the sixth season of the around-the-world reality show "The Amazing Race."

    "Race" teams are given clues telling them where to go and...

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