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  • HAPPY THANKSGIVING 2014

    By Ilana Angel

    November 26, 2014 | 7:14 pm

    Thanksgiving 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 48th Thanksgiving, I am going to share 48 things I am grateful for, in no...

  • Meeting an old Friend at Target

    By Ilana Angel

    November 26, 2014 | 7:02 am

    Last night I went to Target to buy wrapping paper. I also stopped by the toy department to see about getting clothes for my nieces favorite doll. As I looked around I noticed a young boy sitting on the floor playing with an action figure. He looked up to ask his mom if he could...

  • Cancer takes Brittany Maynard

    By Ilana Angel

    November 3, 2014 | 6:50 am

    The young and beautiful Brittany Maynard passed away this past weekend. Many followed this woman’s journey as she brought awareness to her decision to choose when to die while battling terminal cancer. There is a lot of debate over Oregon’s Death with Dignity Act and the...

  • Motherhood 101: Raising Decent Men

    By Ilana Angel

    October 31, 2014 | 7:45 am

    On Wednesday my son went to his car to head to work and saw his car had been hit. There was blue paint along his back bumper, which was cracked from end to end. He was bummed out and called to tell me what happened. He couldn’t understand how someone could hit his car so strongly...

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  • Insomnia, Nightmares & the Value of Sleep

    By Ilana Angel

    October 27, 2014 | 7:59 am

    I am not a great sleeper. Never have been. I average about 5 hours a night and they are not always a good solid 5 hours. I don’t recall exactly when it was that I started functioning on so little sleep, but I am certain it has been too long. I like sleep and actually like being in...

  • Dating Advice from Bob Marley & Maya Angelou

    By Ilana Angel

    October 17, 2014 | 8:00 am

    I had lunch last week with a friend I hadn’t seen in a long time. I missed him and as we sat for lunch I noticed things. All things I’ve noticed before, but to be aware of them all at once was interesting. For example, he isn't a vegetarian like me, but ordered vegetarian. He put...

  • Dating 101: Is this Hell?

    By Ilana Angel

    October 7, 2014 | 8:57 pm

    I feel like I’ve been dating forever and while there are ups and downs, today I hit a new level of low. As I spoke with a man on the phone I found myself wondering if I was in hell. I had to stop and look around because if I didn’t know better I'd have sworn the devil was sitting...

  • Keeping the Faith with God

    By Ilana Angel

    October 5, 2014 | 4:48 pm

    I am a woman of faith and depending on different things going on in my life, I decide what the faith refers to. There have been times where I've been so connected to God I trust he is my faith. Yet other times I have been in such doubt about God that I place the strength of my...

  • G’Mar Hatima Tova – We are SEALED in the BOOK OF GOOD!

    By Beit T'shuvah

    October 3, 2014 | 10:28 am

    By Rabbi Mark Borovitz

    Dear Community,

    It is with great Joy and Gratitude that I send this Yom Kippur Message. As I looked back at last year’s message, I can say that my goals of improving were reached. I improved myself and made less of the same errors and fewer new ones in...

  • 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...

  • 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

    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...

  • 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...

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