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  • My Aussie Posse

    By Ilana Angel

    1 day ago

    In September of last year, I went to Australia for my friend Gamble’s wedding. It was a life changing trip. I met really wonderful people who have become friends. Not casual friends, but rather real friends. People who are important in a way that matters to my soul. Australia will...

  • Writer’s Block

    By Ilana Angel

    6 days ago

    I have not written all week. I started and stopped about a dozen blogs, but have not managed to get one done. I sit down, I start to write, I get on a roll, then I realize what I have written is too political or too personal for even me. I am going through an interesting time in my...

  • Happy Birthday Robert Angel

    By Ilana Angel

    2 weeks ago

    Today is my Father's birthday. He passed away almost 15 years ago and today marks what would have been his 78th birthday.  It is still hard to understand he is gone, and it feels very unfair that he died so young. I miss him and a day does not pass where I do not talk to him, ask...

  • Birds & Bees

    By Ilana Angel

    2 weeks ago

    Last week I was out for lunch with Google when a wasp landed on my napkin. He sat with me for a very long time. He looked at me for a quick second and just hung out. He was tiny and cute, if you can consider such creatures cute. I sat still thinking he would go, but he stayed. He...

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  • Dating Google

    By Ilana Angel

    3 weeks ago

    I received a very sweet and kind email over the weekend from a longtime reader in South Africa. She wrote to check in and see how my dating life was going since I hadn’t written about anyone specific in a while. She wanted to make sure I had not given up on finding my beshert. I...

  • Shabbat Shalom Mr. Trump

    By Ilana Angel

    November 11, 2016 | 6:49 am

    It took a couple of days, but I have come to terms with the outcome of this week’s election. It is shocking that not only has Donald Trump been voted President, but we have all seen the soon to be First Lady naked. That is fascinating. The world will never be the same, and we will...

  • President Elect Donald Trump

    By Ilana Angel

    November 9, 2016 | 6:17 am

    It is a very sad day for America. I understand how last night happened, but I will never understand why it happened. I cannot wrap my head around Trump as President, nor can I imagine his wife as First Lady. I went to bed last night before the official winner was announced because...

  • Being a Parent, Losing a Parent

    By Ilana Angel

    November 3, 2016 | 11:03 pm

    I have a terrific life. I am mother to a wonderful human being who makes my heart sing and brings me more joy than I ever thought was possible. Being a mother has been the greatest accomplishment of my life. It is also the realization of a dream I have had since I was a child...

  • Motherhood 101: Making New Dreams

    By Ilana Angel

    October 27, 2016 | 6:14 pm

    I have known my friend Laura for about a decade. When I met her she was a Hollywood publicist, working with the rich and famous, and being quite fabulous. She was single, dating, and looking for love. She was approaching 40 when she met the man of her dreams. The man of all our...

  • Making Good Choices

    By Ilana Angel

    October 27, 2016 | 1:24 pm

    Today I was at Rite-Aid to pick up a few things. When I had everything I headed to the refrigerators to get a cold drink. As I turned with my iced tea in hand, I saw a man kneeling on the floor putting a carton of milk into his backpack. We locked eyes and I wasn't sure what to do....

  • Dating is Personal

    By Ilana Angel

    October 21, 2016 | 7:49 am

    I recently went on a date with an Israeli man. He was divorced, had one son, and was ridiculously attractive. We had a great date. We met for drinks, spent hours together, ended the night with a lovely kiss and plans to see each other again. I did not hear from him again until...

  • Dating 101: When Harry met Sally

    By Ilana Angel

    October 18, 2016 | 9:44 pm

    I have been divorced for twenty years.  I raised a remarkable human being on my own and am proud of him and myself. We are a team and my life with my child has been a dream come true. He is everything and there are no regrets over the choices I have made. That said, I always...

  • Listening & Hearing at Nashuva

    By Ilana Angel

    October 13, 2016 | 10:20 pm

    I spent a lot of time over the past week in temple for the High Holy Days. It is a wonderful time of year and I embraced every moment. I sang, prayed, and reflected. My son was with me for all the services and it was special because I said goodbye to a challenging year. I dealt...

  • Religion, Faith & New Beginnings

    By Ilana Angel

    October 11, 2016 | 1:07 pm

    This evening Yom Kippur will begin with the Kol Nidre service. It is my favorite service of the year and beyond atonement, reflection, and repentance, it is a day that makes me feel closest to my faith. I go to services regularly throughout the year, but this night in particular...

  • Batting Missing Eyelashes

    By Ilana Angel

    October 6, 2016 | 11:18 am

    I am obsessed with eyelashes. I think they are fabulous and women who have great lashes do not always appreciate how lucky they are. I happen to have thick but straight lashes. I need mascara and an eyelash curler to get them to look pretty, but with the right tools they are...

  • Happy New Year

    By Ilana Angel

    October 2, 2016 | 3:56 pm

    May you be inscribed in 

    the Book of Life

    for a sweet year filled with

    health, happiness and peace.

    God Bless you and your family,

    and may you always

    Keep the Faith.

  • Bad Medicine & Seeking Wellness

    By Ilana Angel

    September 29, 2016 | 10:43 am

    I wrote a blog last week about the issue I had getting in to see the doctor who has been caring for my back. It was frustrating and disappointing, and ultimately very telling about the man who was entrusted with my care. After Dr. Mark Schlesinger read my blog about the horrible...

  • Phone Calls in the middle of the Night

    By Ilana Angel

    September 22, 2016 | 5:58 pm

    Last night my mother called me at 9:00, which was midnight at her home in Canada. I missed her call and she didn’t leave me a message. She called again at 10:00, but I didn’t answer the call in time and it went to voicemail. This time she left a message saying she couldn’t sleep...

  • Siggy Flicker : Good for Jews & Good for Reality TV

    By Ilana Angel

    September 15, 2016 | 4:15 pm

    If you read Keeping it Real with any regularity, you know I have an issue with the Jews who are cast on reality television. They are either a horrible stereotype of what people think Jewish people are, or just weird. Jews are awesome on scripted TV, but real life Jews are never...

  • Money versus Medicine

    By Ilana Angel

    September 14, 2016 | 7:47 am

    I suffered a back injury in my early twenties. I spent a chunk of time in the hospital and one of my injuries still gives me occasional trouble. I have managed the injury well and it is not a big deal in the grand scheme of things. I have been lucky to avoid surgery for a very long...

  • Motherhood 101: Boy, Man, Superhero

    By Ilana Angel

    September 12, 2016 | 2:07 am

    I am finally home after spending two months in London. I cannot recall a time I was ever so excited to get home. It is the longest amount of time I have ever spent away from my child, which has forced me to see him as a grown up, which makes me proud and sad. He has been living on...

  • London 101: English vs Exlish

    By Ilana Angel

    August 30, 2016 | 2:28 pm

    Since being in London I have written several blogs about my friends Victoria and David. I write about what is going on in my life, and since I am staying with them, I write about them. I love these people and their kids. I feel like I’m with my sister and her husband, or perhaps my...

  • London: Stories on the Underground

    By Ilana Angel

    August 28, 2016 | 12:34 pm

    I have been riding the Underground back and forth to work for six weeks. People rarely make eye contact, there are not a lot of smiles, and virtually no interaction, but it is one of the most entertaining things I have experienced while being in London. People are interesting and...

  • Friendship, Essex & a Gift from a Cat

    By Ilana Angel

    August 27, 2016 | 1:47 pm

    I am a social person and it is not hard for me to meet people or engage with strangers. I am socially gifted, yet I have a small group of selected friends. I write about my life openly and am humbled by how many people not only read about my search for ways to keep the faith, but...

  • An Ark is a terrible thing to waste

    By Roger Price

    August 22, 2016 | 10:22 am

    Ark Encounter is a theme park in Williamstown, Kentucky that invites you to “witness history,” to participate in a “life-sized Noah’s Ark experience” and to “be amazed,”  all for the single day price of $40 per adult and $28 for children over 5 years of age. Seniors get a discount....

  • Finding a Great Love in London

    By Ilana Angel

    August 21, 2016 | 2:56 am

    When I was in London a couple of weeks ago I came upon a vendor on Portobello Road, who had amongst his treasures for sale, a bunch of antique typewriters. I spent quite a long while looking at his impressive collection. I loved them and was amazed they all still worked and had the...

  • Introducing Ahead of Time

    By Ilana Angel

    August 19, 2016 | 12:58 pm

    Have you ever met someone and just knew they were going to make a difference in the world? Someone who has a “thing” that makes you pay attention? A person who is able to speak of their plans, goals, and dreams in a way that gets you excited and you immediately root for them? I...

  • Living and Working in London

    By Ilana Angel

    August 19, 2016 | 7:44 am

    I have been in London for almost a month, and will be here for another 10 days. I'm here for work and the hours have been long. There hasn’t been any opportunity to be a tourist, which makes it feel like I live here, which is a dream come true. London is where I'd choose to live if...

  • Motherhood, Flying & Growing Up

    By Ilana Angel

    August 11, 2016 | 9:30 am

    I am flying to London this afternoon. I have been working on a project for several weeks and it has required me to fly back and forth. I got home from London on Monday, and am heading back today. It is a long flight and I am not a good flyer, but it has been a great project and I...

  • Dating 101: Memory Loss

    By Ilana Angel

    August 10, 2016 | 6:34 pm

    I like to think I have a good memory, but the truth is I forget a lot of stuff. I am particularly forgetful when it comes to dating. I’ve been dating for so long faces and names blur together into a sea of disappointment. I’m just kidding. No I’m not. Dating can be disappointing....

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