I try and return every phone call and email that comes to me within 24 hours. Sometimes it takes a bit longer if my schedule is tight or I have not checked messages. Sometimes, I confess, I deliberately do not return a call or email when I suspect that the incoming message is so...
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Prior to Twitter, and Mark Zuckerberg’s brilliant invention of Facebook (hopefully you can feel the sarcasm), or even texting on our phones, people used to have manners. Not only manners, but some form of global etiquette when it came to dealing with others. I truly believe that...
June 12, 2008 | 2:33 pmIn my excitement about getting engaged this past October, I printed out a monstrous wedding planning checklist, which detailed exactly what I should be doing and when -- from nine months to the day of my wedding.
But as I read down the four-page list, the anxiety started to mount --...
March 20, 2008 | 6:00 pm
August 9, 2007 | 8:00 pmForget the Bible, the Talmud or even the Code of Jewish Law. When it comes to figuring out who pays for what at a contemporary Jewish wedding, today's families are more apt to consult Modern Bride or TheKnot.com.
And for those looking to tackle costs according to tradition? Well,...
May 10, 2007 | 8:00 pmBefore any bar or bat mitzvah student walks onto the bimah to read from the Torah, Wilshire Boulevard Temple goes into high alert.
Three weeks before the service, the child's parents must submit the names of three adult guests who will sit close to the younger guests to make sure...
November 30, 2006 | 7:00 pmThe date was going really well. The conversation was flowing. We were practically finishing each other's sentences.
"Have you ever been to Azumi Sushi?" I asked.
He smiled, secretly, a half smile.
"What is it?" I asked him.
"I was just about to say that," he replied.
November 16, 2006 | 7:00 pm
August 17, 2006 | 8:00 pmJokes survive on the Internet like Styrofoam in a landfill. Perhaps you've already read these "Actual Personal Ads in Israeli Newspapers":
- Professor with 18 years of teaching in my behind wants American-born woman who speaks English very good.
- 80-year-old bubbe, no assets, seeks...
July 27, 2006 | 8:00 pm
I opened my mailbox to find several letters, a few bills and a host of requests for donations from various organizations that I have supported over the years. Because I am a stickler for organization (although some would call me Type A obsessive), I sort the letters, place the...
May 26, 2005 | 8:00 pm
Brandon was 3 the first time another mother called me to schedule a playdate.
"A playdate," I giggled. "That's so clever! Did you make that up yourself?" (The dead silence on the other end of the phone clued me in that I had just made a monumental maternal faux pas that could...
September 16, 2004 | 8:00 pm
A few weeks ago, I was at a funeral at Mount Sinai in Glendale when, at one of the most emotional moments, a cell phone rang loudly for several minutes, humming a Broadway tune. Attendees fumbled into their handbags and pockets to check if they were the culprit. The cell phone...
July 8, 2004 | 8:00 pm
December 12, 2002 | 7:00 pm
Rules of etiquette suggest that one must whisper in a library. But for the Jewish Community Library of Greater Los Angeles, that rule is just the beginning.
The library recently held its culminating ceremony for a group of youngsters enrolled in its Children's Etiquette and Social...