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  • Rest in Peace Robin Williams

    By Ilana Angel

    August 20, 2014 | 8:58 pm

    I have tried to write about the passing of Robin Williams since I heard of his death. I was saddened by the loss in a way that left me unable to articulate what I was feeling. I had the honor of meeting Mr. Williams and he was lovely, kind, charming, and funny. His talent was...

  • Dating, Motherhood, Growing Pains & Insomnia

    By Ilana Angel

    July 31, 2014 | 7:09 pm

    I haven’t had a good date in a long time. The truth is I haven’t had a date of any kind in a long time. I simply cannot be bothered to put myself out there. I’m not sure if it is because I am officially jaded, or just tired, but either way I am not dating. It is a shame because one...

  • Dating 101: Do you know me?

    By Ilana Angel

    July 11, 2014 | 12:24 am

    I had a date this week with a man who told me I was prettier in person than in pictures. Before he said hello or nice to meet you, he said I was “surprisingly attractive”. He explained in detail that I don’t take a great picture. As he let me know I was a “pleasant surprise”, and...

  • God weeps at what the world has become.

    By Ilana Angel

    July 6, 2014 | 10:20 am

    My mother was born in Cairo, Egypt to Jewish parents. In 1948, when she was 4, her family moved to the newly formed State of Israel. My father was born in Blackpool, England in 1938. He went to Israel in 1960 as a volunteer on a kibbutz. He learned Hebrew and joined the IDF. They...

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  • Dating 101: Is finding love after 45 an urban myth?

    By Ilana Angel

    June 19, 2014 | 7:45 pm

    I’ve been divorced for 18 years and am 48 years old. I’ve been dating with the hope of finding a partner to share my life for the past 10 years. In that decade I have had 3 long-term relationships, 2 that were real love, and 1 engagement. I have cried more tears than I thought...

  • A Person of Depth: How Faith Makes Us Whole

    By Beit T'shuvah

    March 14, 2014 | 12:08 pm

    By Rabbi Mark Borovitz

    In today’s New York Times Opinion Page, David Brooks writes a very good article on the Human Condition. He talks about the way current literature about being human adds a third dimension. He talks about a person with deep character having certain qualities....

  • Dating 101: Introducing the Gentile Giant

    By Ilana Angel

    January 5, 2014 | 8:36 am

    I had a date last night. We met online, spoke on the phone, and exchanged a couple of text conversations. He is my age, funny, charming, and I think he looks like a young Ed O’Neill. He is a gentle and inherently kind man. I felt comfortable with him both on the phone and in...

  • Dating 101: Raising a Mensch

    By Ilana Angel

    December 21, 2013 | 9:03 am

    Someone I care about hurt my feelings yesterday. It was not malicious, or purposeful, but that didn't make it hurt any less. As I cried about it I wondered what it is about a person that allows them to act with no sense of decency. I was kind to this person and in the end was not...

  • Pew’s construct of “Jews of no religion” is imprecise and misleading

    Roger Price

    December 12, 2013 | 3:14 pm

    Of the many interesting aspects of the recently released survey of Jewish Americans by the Pew Research Center (the “Pew Portrait”), perhaps none is more troubling than the distorted bisection  of American Jews into two primary sub-groups, one labeled “Jews by religion” and the...

  • Coach, Sports, Lessons, Power & Greatness

    By Ilana Angel

    November 30, 2013 | 10:42 am

    I am dating a Coach and it has opened me up to a world that I never knew before. I like sports, but they have simply been a source of entertainment not a way of life or place to find inspiration. In spending time with Coach I have learned that beyond the activity and players, lies...

  • HAPPY THANKSGIVING 2013

    By Ilana Angel

    November 28, 2013 | 7:59 am

    Happy Thanksgiving. This holiday is a time to give thanks and gratitude for the blessings in our lives. I try to be grateful everyday, but Thanksgiving is special because we are all being grateful together. Since this is my 47th Thanksgiving, I am going to share 47 things I am...

  • What Does Love Look Like?

    By Ilana Angel

    November 26, 2013 | 7:06 am

    I think about love often. I am blessed to know love in my family, child, friends, and faith. I have been held hostage by the way love is presented by Hollywood, and bought into the romance sold to me by writers of great love stories. I have dreams and fantasies about how I want...

  • Happy Birthday Dad

    By Ilana Angel

    November 22, 2013 | 8:28 am

    Today would have been my father’s 75th birthday. I miss him so much there is a physical ache in my heart. He was my biggest cheerleader, the shoulder I cried on, my inspiration to do well, and my in case of emergency person. No matter what obstacle I faced, he knew exactly what to...

  • George W. Bush and Jews for Jesus

    By Dennis Prager

    November 20, 2013 | 3:05 pm

    Former President George W. Bush spoke for the Messianic Jewish Bible Institute (MJBI) this past week, and this has led to a good deal of writing on Jews for Jesus and the ex-president’s address.

    Some observations:

    • Like nearly every other Jew, I was saddened by the news. The...

  • Dating 101: Scrambling for Position

    By Ilana Angel

    November 8, 2013 | 7:32 am

    Part of what makes dating so hard is that you never know if what someone new tells you is true. You never know if someone you’ve known forever is telling the truth, so the expectation someone new will, is a leap of faith.  It is not enough to just be attracted to someone. There has...

  • EVENT: Hot & Holy — A provocative discussion on sex and spirituality

    November 4, 2013 | 10:06 am

    A provocative discussion on sex and spirituality. Whether you are single, married, have a great sex life, or want one — join the conversation as we talk about what sex means to a relationship and how it is reflected in our faith.

    Moderated by Ilana Angel, panelists are Rabbi Ed...

  • Mondays with William

    By Ilana Angel

    October 25, 2013 | 12:44 pm

    I went to see the movie “Mondays with William” last night and I was deeply moved by it.  If you have an opportunity to see it I would recommend that you do.  It is the story of a homeless man in Los Angeles who lives his life with the amazing gifts of an artist, and also...

  • Anna Angel, Jonathan Ferrell & a Walk

    By Ilana Angel

    September 18, 2013 | 7:58 am

    When I saw Anna Angel’s name in the news headlines this week, I had to take a double look because for a second I thought it was my name.  I have been haunted by this woman’s story and unable to sleep since reading about her.  I cannot stop crying for this woman I do not know.  This...

  • Dating 101: Double Dipping

    By Ilana Angel

    September 16, 2013 | 4:43 pm

    Just when I think my dating life cannot get any stranger, it does.  I have been chronicling my dating life for four years.  In that time I have had the most horrific dates ever, along with a long term relationship, and I shared it all.  From the man who arrived to our date drunk...

  • The other annual migration of North American Jews: to shul

    By Roger Price

    August 29, 2013 | 12:42 pm

       The first of the two annual migrations of North American Jews began a couple of weeks ago, with thousands and thousands of young Jews heading to colleges across the continent. (See The annual migration of North American Jews to college.) The second seasonal migration of North...

  • The annual migration of North American Jews to college

    By Roger Price

    August 15, 2013 | 8:13 am

    When they are underway, the annual migrations of various animal species are truly magnificent to behold. By sea, land and sky, they move: the sea turtles and the baleen whales, the caribou and the wildebeests, the green darner dragonflies and the arctic terns and the free-tailed...

  • Dating 101: Making a List of Requirements

    By Ilana Angel

    June 12, 2013 | 6:36 pm

    I have started dating and it is interesting.  By dating of course I mean I like to make dates, then chicken out and cancel them.  It is hard, but I am trying. I want to meet someone wonderful to share my life with, and apparently in order for that to happen, I have to date. I have...

  • Living Life on Cruise Control

    By Ilana Angel

    May 24, 2013 | 7:07 am

    On Sunday night of last week, while making dinner, I burned my left forearm. I reached into the oven to pull out the shelf and retrieve dinner, and the shelf hit my arm.  It was an immediate jolt, but more shocking than painful.  It didn't look like anything and I figured it was a...

  • Dating 101: “Why Are You Single?”

    By Ilana Angel

    May 7, 2013 | 7:41 pm

    I never like it when men ask me why I am single, yet I recently asked a man that very question.  It is an odd question and should never be asked, except when discussing your love life with a therapist. There are only two ways to answer it, and both ways are never going to be good. ...

  • The Cosmos, Oneness and Judaism

    By Roger Price

    May 3, 2013 | 9:29 am

      The psalmist and the skeptic and the prophet and the professor look at the universe in which we find ourselves, see the same stars, feel the warmth of the same sun, hear thunder pealing from the same sky, understand the processes by which nature unfolds in spring, retreats in...

  • To Date or Not To Date?

    By Ilana Angel

    April 29, 2013 | 12:01 am

    It has been a few weeks since the Englishman decided to not only break up with me, but to no longer be my friend. It has been shocking really, and I cannot stop crying.  Not at the loss of love, which is sad, but at the loss of friendship, which it turns out must not have been...

  • Mother, Son, Dating & a Dancing Queen at the Bus

    By Ilana Angel

    April 23, 2013 | 9:47 am

    When my son was thirteen he came to me and announced he was going to leave home for college and attend in another city.  He respectfully and adorably informed me I had four years to “find a man to replace him”.  If I was not in a relationship when he was off to college, he would go...

  • Tall Jew, Short Jew, Lying Jew, Old Jew

    By Ilana Angel

    April 15, 2013 | 8:36 pm

    How is it possible that a large group of men can all suffer from the same disorder and not be aware of it?  Jewish men are simply unable to give their correct height.  Why?  If they are 5’4”, they say 5’7”.  If they are 5’7”, they say they are 5’10”.  If they are 5’10”, they...

  • Jewish atheism and Jewish theism in America

    By Roger Price

    April 12, 2013 | 9:46 am

         American Judaism has a God problem.  Actually, and paradoxically, it seems to have two God problems. One is Jewish atheism. The other is Jewish theism. Here we will look at the data and the dilemma.

         At the outset, we have to recognize that there is something odd about...

  • Friendship, Faith, Forgiveness & the Future

    By Ilana Angel

    April 11, 2013 | 4:09 pm

    I saw an old friend this morning and it renewed my faith in both myself, and my hopes for the future.  We have not spoken in a while and it made me sad. We had a difference of opinion on what friendship is, and it caused us to not speak. I had to search deep to find the strength to...

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