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  • When Saying Nothing is Worse Than Saying “No!”

    By Rabbi John Rosove

    April 11, 2013 | 7:24 am

    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...

  • Proper etiquette for social media!

    By Julia Bendis

    February 29, 2012 | 10:11 pm

    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...

  • An American wedding in Israel

    By Dikla Kadosh

    June 12, 2008 | 2:33 pm

    In 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 --...


    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...
  • Who pays for what at today’s Jewish weddings?

    By Jane Ulman

    August 9, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Forget 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,...

  • How to reduce restlessness among tweens and teens at services

    By Sharon Schatz Rosenthal

    May 10, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Before 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...
  • The so-called ‘perfect date’

    By Amy Klein

    November 30, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    The 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.

    Not that...

  • Deal or No Deal

    By Debra L. Eckerling

    November 16, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Some women would argue that your expectations should go down the longer you are single. I say a deal breaker is a deal breaker, and the fact that you have turned 28 for several years in a row doesn't mean you should dismiss core things you want in a guy.

    Let's start with the...

  • Dear Mr. Sensitive

    By Diane Saltzberg

    August 17, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Jokes 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...
  • Focus on Philanthropy

    By Amy Hirshberg Lederman

    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...

  • Pitfalls of Making Playdate Plans

    By Sharon Duke Estroff

    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...

  • Are Cell Phones Ever Cool in Shul?

    By Annabelle Stevens

    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...

  • Fate With a Frummie

    By Carin Davis

    July 8, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    A funny thing happened on the way to the Old City. Well, technically, it happened in the Old City. My friend, Matt, invited me to Shabbat lunch at his rabbi's house. I covered my cleavage and accepted the invite. Packed with kids and black hats, this third meal was standing-room...

  • Protocol

    By Michael Aushenker

    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...