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  • Dear Deborah

    By Deborah Berger

    April 5, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Shul-Shocked

    Dear Deborah,
    My 36-year-old, single daughter is a brilliant attorney, a mensch and wonderful mother to our precious grandson. She visits her grandmother in the nursing home and attends synagogue most Saturday mornings. My husband and I should be delighted,...

  • Dear Deborah

    By Deborah Berger

    April 20, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    Sharon Ann Dror, born deaf, didn't enjoy seders with her hearing family while growing up in a traditional Jewish home in Santa Monica. She could read lips, but she couldn't see peoples' faces as they read from behind their Haggadot. &'009;

    "I felt frustrated and bored," recalls the...

  • Dear Deborah

    By Deborah Berger

    March 23, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    Sharon Ann Dror, born deaf, didn't enjoy seders with her hearing family while growing up in a traditional Jewish home in Santa Monica. She could read lips, but she couldn't see peoples' faces as they read from behind their Haggadot. &'009;

    "I felt frustrated and bored," recalls the...

  • Dear Deborah

    By Deborah Berger

    June 18, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    Your resounding replies to Headin' for the Exit("Renounces Jewish Women," April 17) and all the subsequent salvoscontinue to bounce off the walls of my P.O. Box. Although we are allundoubtedly weary from the sexism, anti-Semitism and plainpigheadedness the man-vs.-woman tug-of-war...

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  • Dear Deborah

    By Deborah Berger

    June 4, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    "Love's Captive," collage by Jess(Collins). From "Pacific Dreams," 1995.

    Relationship Gridlock

    Dear Deborah,

    I'm a divorced 39-year-old businesswoman with twoyoung daughters. "Paul" and I have been dating for two years andliving together for a year and a half. I am very attracted to...

  • Dear Deborah

    By Deborah Berger

    May 7, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    Detail from the cover of "Boy MeetsGirl," a romance comic book, 1947

    Suffocating Sweetheart

    Dear Deborah,

    I am engaged to a wonderful man whose "littleproblem" has become very, very big during the course of our two-yearcourtship and has grown acute during our engagement. He was always...

  • Dear Deborah

    By Deborah Berger

    February 5, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    Cooking Up Regrets

    Dear Deborah,

    My sweet, 87-year-old mother has become anincreasingly horrible cook. The food she prepares often is made fromstale ingredients, and because of her poor eyesight and memory, shemisses ingredients in recipes. For example, she forgot to add sugarto a...

  • Dear Deborah

    By Deborah Berger

    December 11, 1997 | 7:00 pm

    Dear Deborah,

    I am trapped in an emotionally and financiallyabusive marriage. My mother died when I was 4 years old, and myfather married a woman with a daughter around my age. My stepmothertreated her daughter like a princess, buying her the best clothes andgiving her the best...

  • Dear Deborah

    By Deborah Berger

    November 13, 1997 | 7:00 pm

    Ruth Bernhard's "Dead Sparrow, "1946. Photo from Pacific Dreamscatalogue

    Warring Parents

    Dear Deborah,

    I am 16 years old. My parents haven't spoken toeach other in over a year, although they do not talk about divorce.The problem is that they make me and my little sister pass...

  • Dear Deborah

    By Deborah Berger

    October 2, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Detail from "Family," 1917, woodcut by Emile Nolde. From"German Expressionist Woodcuts," 1994.

    A Mother's Cruelty

    Dear Deborah,

    As Yom Kippur approaches, I am thinking about my mother in thenursing home and feeling guilt, dread and anger. At this point, herdementia is advancing, and...

  • Dear Deborah

    By Deborah Berger

    August 21, 1997 | 8:00 pm


    Roller-Coaster Life

    Dear Deborah,

    I have had a strange, traumatic, roller-coaster life, but I havefinally settled down with a truly wonderful man. The problem I haveis that I cannot understand why I feel so empty and have no sexualdesire whatsoever for my prince.

    When I was small, my...

  • Dear Deborah

    By Deborah Berger

    July 24, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Family events do not necessarily create closeness. Painting "Tompkins Square Park" by Morris Shulman, from "The Jews in America," 1994

    One Big, Happy...

    Dear Deborah,

    I have always had the fantasy of having a big family. I complained bitterly to my parents about being a single child,...

  • Dear Deborah

    By Deborah Berger

    July 10, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Illustration from "Painting with Passion," 1994. Photo-illustration by Carvin Knowles

    Losing My Religion

    Dear Deborah,

    My husband and I have decided to get a divorce, and we have amicably worked everything out -- finances, custody, etc. What has become acrimonious and ugly are our...

  • Dear Deborah

    By Deborah Berger

    May 29, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Dear Deborah,

    My husband and I were very depressed this past Mother's Day. Both of our mothers passed away years ago, my husband's by suicide. Also, both of us came from parents who divorced when we were young, and neither of us had very good relationships with our mothers.

    We do not...

  • Dear Deborah

    By Deborah Berger

    May 1, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Dear Deborah,

    I'm in love with a woman who broke up with me a year ago and has moved on to a new relationship that looks serious. Two years ago, I won her back from the same man. We've been together on and off for three years, and when she's not with me, she's with him.

    She said the...