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  • Sharing is Caring

    By Dr. Limor Blockman

    April 17, 2013 | 11:35 am

    Dr.Limor’s Cradle of Love
    
"Desire fulfilled is a tree of life” (Proverbs13; 12)

    Couples maintaining a long term relationship, be it marriage or any other format of 'couplehood', quite often lose site of the mere notion of its properties; the importance of the TWO that produce a...

  • Bali Bargains? (video)

    By Lisa Ellen Niver

    July 24, 2012 | 4:18 am

    Bali Bargains?

    While in the town of Kuta in Bali, we stayed for two nights at Bakung Sari Hotel, booked online at Asiarooms.com. On our last trip in 2008, we did not carry much electronics with us—only a digital camera, new Kindle (they came out in 2008) and an iTouch. We had no...

  • Ten Tweets to Avoid That Will Ruin Relationships

    By Tamara Shayne Kagel

    April 27, 2012 | 8:59 am

    I just read this New York Times article about people causing strife in relationships because of their twitter or status updates about situations that should probably be private.  All I can think is how stupid are these people?  Yes, we’ve all had the urge, but keep yourself in...

  • Ten Ways to Distinguish Yourself From a Hooker

    By Tamara Shayne Kagel

    February 22, 2012 | 9:11 pm

    A few weeks back, my boyfriend offered to pay my health insurance premiums.  I am unusually poor right now, which I’ve discovered doesn’t well suit me, so I have slowly been dwindling down what little savings I have to almost nothing.  Essentially, if I don’t sell a screenplay...

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  • And We’re Back…

    By Tamara Shayne Kagel

    January 24, 2012 | 1:13 am

    So for all you loyal readers who read my woeful post on Friday night, I feel I owe you a follow-up to what was really the first noteworthy hiccup in my relationship.  It wasn’t really a fight, in that we weren’t arguing about something.  But we both had done things to hurt one...

  • Is He My Soul Mate or Just a Good Mate?

    By Tamara Shayne Kagel

    September 15, 2011 | 12:40 am

    I used to believe in soul mates as much as I believe in the New Yorker – which is to say a lot.  Not just when I was little but I remember talking to my mom about it not long after I graduated from college and defending the idea that it was fated in the stars that there is only one...

  • Steve P.

    May 24, 2011 | 5:32 pm

    Steve is extremely complimentary to women. They find him charming, even if the rest of us want to puke listening to accolades so saccharine. He’s an old-school charmer in the way that American men aren’t anymore. He’s like that Italian guy you meet in Rome who offers to take...

  • Jami R.

    May 17, 2011 | 5:35 pm

    Although I’ve met Jami, 39, a few times over the years, it’s generally been when I’ve been auditioning, as an actor, for her, a casting director. And you can’t really get to know someone when you’re nervously reading for a part you want to book. So I was excited to turn the...

  • The Currency of Flirting

    By Tamara Shayne Kagel

    March 3, 2011 | 10:29 am

    Awards Season is over! Thank God! While I wasn’t at the Academy Awards Sunday night, I along with the rest of the city’s scenesters have been all over the city in the last few weeks for awards parties, luncheons, and celebrations. As fun as it all is, it’s also a lot of work...

  • The swing of things

    By Mrs. Shoshana F

    June 6, 2008 | 1:29 pm

    When “Desperate Housewives” aired its season finale last month, I thought my “guilty pleasure” television-watching days would have to be put on hiatus. I am a fan of “Big Brother,” which comes back on the air later this summer for three days a week, but there is only so...

  • Let’s stay together

    By Mrs. Shoshana F

    March 6, 2008 | 11:07 am

    Why can’t people seem to stay together? We invest time in their relationships. Applaud their triumphs as couples and mourn when things don’t go well. So why is it that everyone is breaking up?

    I blame the networks.

    While my adorable hubby was out of town at a...

  • The Connector

    By Amy Klein

    November 8, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    I love my neighbor. Not, as it says in the Torah, "Love thy neighbor as thyself." But literally, I love him. It's not only because he helps me with manly activities, like moving furniture, killing cockroaches and opening jars (how do single women do these things alone?) but because...
  • 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...

  • Majority Rules

    By Amy Klein

    January 25, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    Let me state for the record: I am a trendsetter.

    This just in, according to no less an authority than The New York Times. Based on their most recent census analysis, more American women are living without a husband than with one.

    Yes, that's right: 51 percent of women in 2005 said...

  • Rabbinical marriage counseling works—up to a point

    By Marc Ballon

    October 5, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Rabbi Karen Fox remembers the moment when she decided she needed to pursue a master's degree in counseling psychology.
     
    In the late 1980s, Fox, a rabbi at Wilshire Boulevard Temple, decided to create a support group for several couples who had privately sought her out to discuss...
  • Book review: The Divorce Lawyers’ Guide

    October 5, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Divorce attorneys. Are there two dirtier words in the English language? Thoughts of them conjure up images of circling human sharks, cold-blooded assassins and profiteers feasting on the misery of others. Turning to them for suggestions on how to stay married would seem about as...
  • Marriage Conversion Rate Proves Low

    By Rachel Silverman

    June 1, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Low conversion rates among intermarried Jewish families continue to plague those working to reverse the demographic downtrends in American Jewry.

    Fewer than one-fifth of non-Jews who marry Jews convert to Judaism, according to a new study distributed by the American Jewish Committee....

  • Conservatives Focus on Intermarrieds

    By Sue Fishkoff

    June 1, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Stephen Lachter didn't know what to expect when a friend dragged him to a men's club meeting at his Conservative synagogue five years ago.

    "My father was in a men's club, and to me, it was guys sitting around playing pinochle and volunteer ushering," he admitted.

    Instead, Lachter was...

  • Singles - Imperfect One and Only

    By Annie Korzen

    February 9, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Sometimes, just for fun, I look at the singles ads. I play a game of wondering which one I would respond to. The answer is a resounding zero. That's because they all sound too perfect, which makes me think they're lying.

    When a man describes himself as "Looking for someone who can...

  • He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Dated

    By Amy Klein

    November 24, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    You know how Harry Potter has a scar emblazoned on his forehead from He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named? Dan has a big T for Trouble on his, marking him as He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Dated.

    Let me start in the middle: I go to this party at an awful place in Santa Monica, in some dark and crowded and...

  • How to Keep Your Love Alive

    By Ellie Kahn

    November 3, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    I'm smiling a lot these days because I've recently fallen in love. Starting over at 56 years young, it's unlikely that I'll experience a golden anniversary, but I'd really, truly like to enjoy and adore one special person for the rest of my hopefully long, healthy life.

    With the...

  • Wedding Bell Oops!

    By Carin Davis

    October 27, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Last time I saw Barry, he was dressed as an egg at a Purim party, so I was excited to run into him last month at a birthday party.

    This time, for better or worse, he was wearing pants.

    "Barry, what's up? I haven't seen you in forever. How's life? How's work? Ohmygosh, how was your...

  • Thy Name Is Too Wrong

    By Teresa Strasser

    June 30, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Love is a beautiful thing. That is, unless it happens to a couple of excessively famous people whose affair we can no longer stand.

    Even if they get married, a decent hyphenated name (as in Jackie Joyner-Kersee) will not do. That's where the "hyphe-mate" comes in, a shorthand way of...

  • Dead Right

    By Rabbi Steven Z. Leder

    February 24, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    I met Bob and Susie at the end of a float plane trip deep in the Alaskan wilderness. Most of the year they live on a 40-foot boat surrounded by nothing but forest and water. There are no roads and it's 100 miles by plane to the nearest neighbors. Occasionally, fisherman will fly in...

  • Why the Web Wins

    By Mark Miller

    February 17, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    I know you're not gonna believe this, but before Internet dating sites, couples actually used to meet "offline" -- out in public -- often by chance: at parties, dances, supermarkets, museums, bookstores. No, really! But like the Tyrannosaurus rex, the Edsel automobile and Steven...

  • Interfaith Couples ‘Prepare’ for Bliss

    By Michael Jackman

    February 10, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    The rose-colored glasses often worn by couples headed for the bimah can easily hide some relationship blemishes. So when the glasses come off after the honeymoon, the new vision of the future can be a bit shocking. Before you take that long trip down the aisle, you might want to...

  • To Tree or Not to Tree

    By Seth Menachem

    December 16, 2004 | 7:00 pm

     

    For the first time in my adult life I'm dating a Jewish girl.

    Her father's Catholic -- an Italian -- but according to my

    rabbi, "She's all good."

    (Maybe he didn't use those exact words, but something to that effect.)

    Carrie and I bicker but never have any real fights; that is...

  • Getting Married? Get ‘Creative’

    By Sonja Hyams

    December 9, 2004 | 7:00 pm

     

    "The Creative Jewish Wedding Book, a Hands-On Guide to New & Old Traditions, Ceremonies & Celebrations" by Gabrielle Kaplan-Mayer (Jewish Lights Publishing, $19.99).

    Synagogue or sailboat? Bride and groom or same sex? Orthodox or interfaith?

    Whatever your leanings, if you want a...

  • No Rush

    By Seth Menachem

    October 21, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Lately it seems as if everyone I know is interested in me getting married. In fact, the person pressuring me the least is my girlfriend,

    Carrie. She's still working on her independence, having recently moved out of her parents' house for the first time.

    Like many women, Carrie...

  • Teshuvah for Two

    By Carin Davis

    September 23, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    There's nothing more romantic than a cantor's serenade, a symphony of grumbling stomachs, and an oversized sheet of dry honey cake.

    Which is why I might invite new guy Austin to spend Yom Kippur with me.

    Austin and I met last month on a great blind date. He's cute, he's kind, he had...

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