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

    By Wendy Jaffe

    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...
  • 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...
  • Composer Draws Show Inspiration From Failure

    July 13, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Jason Robert Brown began his musical, The Last Five Years, about a doomed relationship, while in the midst of his own messy divorce seven years ago. Back then, Brown, like the show's fictional husband, was a "young, ambitious Jewish kid from New York" with a non-Jewish actress wife,...

  • Iranians Adopt Agreement to Avoid Future Agunot

    By Karmel Melamed

    July 13, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Rachel R. endured three years of humiliation while seeking a civil divorce from her physically abusive husband in Iran during the late 1980s. Since he had fled their native country, the Islamic regime required her to place ads in newspapers in order to locate him. When the courts...

  • Modern Orthodoxy’s Marriage Crisis

    By Alana Newhouse

    June 8, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Hard-to-marry-off children have been worrying parents since Genesis, when Leah, her eyes tender from the sadness of being unwanted, took part in a hoax to trick Jacob -- her younger, prettier sister's suitor -- into marrying her. There's no indication of how old Leah was at...

  • Rabbi’s Focus on Family a Little Fuzzy

    By Irine Schweitzer

    April 13, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    The first episode of Rabbi Shmuley Boteach's "Shalom in the House," which aired April 10 on the TLC network, was a fast-paced account of five days the rabbi spent with a family in Philadelphia. Beatrice Romero, a single mother raising three teenage daughters and a 7-year-old son,...

  • The Waiting Game

    By JoAnneh Nagler

    February 23, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    If dating was a simple game, we'd all travel effortless paths to love, and we'd enjoy the dating process so thoroughly as to rush toward it with glee it when it's time. But years of falling into the mosh pit with no one to catch us leaves us jumpy and tentative at best, and although...

  • Discovering Keys to Lasting Matrimony

    By Sheryl P. Kurland

    May 5, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    "Everlasting Matrimony: Pearls of Wisdom From Couples Married 50 Years or More," by Sheryl P. Kurland (American Literary Press, $39.95).

    In the late 1940s, Ron Farrar's and Joan Pachtman's passion to help those in need charted the course for personal passion and lifelong matrimony....

  • The Agunah: A Modern-Day Nightmare

    By Alexandra Leichter

    March 17, 2005 | 7:00 pm


    A couple of years ago I received two back-to-back phone calls in my office: The first, from a 21-year-old ultra-Orthodox woman who had escaped her physically abusive 6-month long marriage, only to find herself trapped two years later because her husband refuses to give her a Jewish...

  • A Holiday Redemption

    By David Finnigan

    December 23, 2004 | 7:00 pm


    When my wife left me last year, I was not prepared for how lonely Christmas could be, nor did I realize how Jewish it would become.

    Last Dec. 24, I was alone in the Sherman Oaks townhouse we once shared. I did not buy a Christmas tree; there was no joy in my home that such a tree...

  • Play It Again, Sam

    By Sam Shmikler

    November 18, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    We are in kickoff month for the '05 divorced model year.

    Yes, all those splits during this year are now on the

    market, in search of (pause for the sigh) soul mates.

    This is the perfect time to look into the latest and greatest, and many new faces will appear on the Internet. Don't...

  • And They Lived Happily Ever Apart

    By Mark Miller

    November 4, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Years ago, when I met someone who had life-partner potential, someone who could be my first real adult relationship, I held on

    tighter than Donald Trump to a bad hair style.

    "I love you," I said.

    "I want to be with you all the time," I said.

    "Let's get married," I said.

    I said a...

  • The Mickey Rule

    By Sam Shmikler

    September 2, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    My brother Mickey works with teens and adults as a mental health counselor. Mickey began his counseling career while he was a teenager. Like many talented people who begin their careers with a significant bang, he gave me advice on teenage dating that was so profound, so...

  • Through the Minefield

    By Elizabeth Much

    January 15, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    In the risky game of dating, perhaps the scariest of all scenarios is the separated suitor. With the divorce rate here in California at a whopping 60 percent, the reality is that most of us will encounter these fragile creatures. Do we run for the hills when they pursue us or should...

  • When Marriage Sinks Into Madness

    By Gene Lichtenstein

    August 21, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Over the past 40 years, Ted Solotaroff has developed a reputation as a distinguished literary critic and editor. Then, in 1998, at 70, he suddenly appeared, full-blown, on the literary stage as a writer, winning the PEN/Martha Albrand Award for First Nonfiction for the first volume...

  • He’s No Robert Redford

    By Adam Wills

    May 15, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    An Irish multimillionaire pining for a London teacher offered her husband $1 million to divorce her in a real-life "Indecent Proposal" that has scandalized London's Orthodox Jewish community, according to a May 4 report in London's Sunday Times.

    Brian Maccaba made the offer to Alan...

  • Somebody Stop Me

    By Mark Miller

    February 6, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    I've been spending so much time and energy dating that it sometimes feels like an addiction. Or at least another career. If only it paid. And didn't involve so much time at Starbucks. And didn't require at the end of each meeting having to come up with a polite way to say, "It's...

  • Dealing With Divorce

    By Wendy J. Madnick

    February 6, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    The Jewish community has always pushed marriage. So when it comes to divorce, it is understandable that resources in the Jewish world are limited. It's not the sort of thing the community wants to encourage.

    Still, there is a need. The most recent U.S. Census Bureau statistics...

  • The Rabbi, Divorced

    By Howard Kaplan

    October 10, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Four years ago, Perry Netter feared his divorce from his wife, Esther, would end his career as a rabbi. Sitting in his office at Conservative Temple Beth Am in Los Angeles, he said he knew that people want their rabbi married. Congregants like to gaze upon the rabbi's family as the...

  • The Spirituality of Separation

    By Howard Kaplan

    October 10, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    "Divorce Is a Mitzvah: A practical guide to finding wholeness and holiness when your marriage dies" by Rabbi Perry Netter (Jewish Lights Publishing, $16.95).

    Perry Netter's wonderful title comes from the preeminent biblical commentator, Rashi, who in the 11th century said of the...

  • Your Letters

    August 1, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Support From Evangelicals

    Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein is right on ("Jews Should Welcome Evangelical Support," July 26.) We should be thanking the evangelical Christian community for their great support of Israel. Jews don't have tons of friends around the world. We should be thankful...

  • The Reason Why

    By Vic Cohen

    July 18, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    So, my divorce is now official. My marriage of three years, eight months is over.

    And people love to ask me why we ended it. A cousin, a close friend, my dentist -- they just can't help themselves -- something inside them needs to know. They will pull me aside and whisper, "Vic,...

  • Why I’m Still Single

    By Tom Bunzel

    May 16, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    A friend of mine and I were sitting at Canter's having lunch when we were discussing my dating life -- or lack of it. Since he knows what a cool guy I am, he suggested that there was just one tactic to take -- to make up an ex-wife and a divorce so that I could avoid the stigma of...

  • Finding Work in a Bear Market

    By Michael Aushenker

    April 12, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    It was a rough transition for Debbie Murphy. She had just emerged from a difficult divorce after being trapped for two decades in an abusive marriage. Two years ago, she found herself on her own for the first time, unemployed and unequipped.

    "Even though I had a bachelor's degree and...

  • Advice From the Trenches

    By Lynne Z. Gold-Bikin

    February 8, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    The statistics haven't changed much in the close to 30 years I've been in practice. About 50 percent of all American marriages end in divorce. As a family law attorney, I work with people every day who are giving up on their dreams of marital bliss. And in many cases -- for my client...

  • Transit

    By Teresa Strasser

    September 14, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    I didn't do much today but drive.

    No one died. No jobs were lost or won. I didn't run into an old boyfriend, have an epiphany or a traffic accident. I just climbed into my car and pointed it across the Mojave desert.

    My head was like one of those deluxe crayon boxes with every...

  • High Holy Day Divorce

    By Maia Danziger

    September 14, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    I flew to New York on the morning of Rosh Hashanah, 5760.

    Tuesday there was a day in court, a dreaded ugly ending to a seemingly unending divorce. But the Book of Life is always open, and there was still Monday to play with, to mold a settlement we could each call fair. So I flew...

  • Honey, I Want a Divorce

    By Wendy J. Madnick

    November 26, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    On Nov. 27, Jeff Brain, president of Valley VOTE, will be a very happy man. That's the day he gets to turn in the more than 195,000 signatures that will start the ball rolling on the San Fernando Valley seceding from the city of Los Angeles.

    Rumblings of separatism have been heard...

  • Changing Lives, Making Peace

    By Julie G Fax

    May 7, 1998 | 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

    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...

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