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  • Martin Luther King Day 2017

    By Ilana Angel

    17 hours ago

    “I am happy to join with you today in what will go down in history as the greatest demonstration for freedom in the history of our nation.

    Five score years ago, a great American, in whose symbolic shadow we stand signed the Emancipation Proclamation. This momentous decree came as...

  • Martin Luther King Day 2017

    By Ilana Angel

    17 hours ago

    “I am happy to join with you today in what will go down in history as the greatest demonstration for freedom in the history of our nation.

    Five score years ago, a great American, in whose symbolic shadow we stand signed the Emancipation Proclamation. This momentous decree came as...

  • London is Calling

    By Ilana Angel

    6 days ago

    I have been working in London since Saturday and it has been wonderful. This city makes me feel happy. I have done a lot of traveling in my life, but if pressed to pick my favorite place, it would be London. I feel comfortable here and am not sure why. I like to think it is because...

  • Dating 101: Start to finish in under an hour

    By Ilana Angel

    2 weeks ago

    I received an email online from a man this evening. He is handsome, educated, and at first glance seemed very entertaining. He wrote me a charming and funny email letting me know he was interested. I sent a quick response as I was in line at the grocery store. When I got home I...

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  • Dating 101: Do the Math

    By Ilana Angel

    2 weeks ago

    I received a memory reminder picture from Facebook last night. It was a photo I had taken four years ago while on vacation with an ex-boyfriend. I was visiting his family abroad with his kids, and my son. It was my first time meeting his family and a lovely picture of his brother...

  • Love 101: Full Makeup at Bedtime

    By Ilana Angel

    3 weeks ago

    When my beloved father passed away almost 14 years ago, my mother moved in with my older sister. She has been there ever since and it is a blessing because they have each other and we don’t worry about our mom being alone. I loved my father very much and I miss him every minute of...

  • Happy Hanukkah, Happy Christmas, Happy Everything

    By Ilana Angel

    3 weeks ago

    I love it when Hanukkah lands at the same time as Christmas. It feels festive and inclusive and joyous. I hope you all have a happy and healthy holiday season. Be kind to one another and be kind to yourselves. In a world with so much darkness, be the light. Help someone in need, smile at a stranger, say thank you, laugh from deep within your soul, reach out to someone you miss, say sorry, forgive, cry because it is cathartic, and remember to not only count your blessings, but keep the faith.

  • Dating 101: Take Care Google

    By Ilana Angel

    December 19, 2016 | 9:36 pm

    I have been quietly dating a man named “Google” for a couple of months. He is smart, funny, interesting, attractive, Jewish, complicated, charming, and sadly unworthy of time with me. I have ended our relationship, and while I will miss him, I am not sad. There are some hurt...

  • Crying over Diamonds

    By Ilana Angel

    December 18, 2016 | 9:23 pm

    Diamonds are my birthstone and when I turned 13 and my dad gave me my first diamonds ever. They were lovely and delicate stud earrings that I instantly fell in love with. I wore them at my wedding and my son’s Bar Mitzvah. They are as special today as they were 37 years ago. I love...

  • Cathleen Falsani: an Episcopalian with a Rabbi, Raised Catholic

    December 11, 2016 | 10:40 am

    “Blessed is the influence of one true loving soul on another.”

    ~ George Eliot

    So how does an Episcopalian with a rabbi, who was raised Catholic and then Southern Baptist, help someone who lives in the black-and-white, plunge head-first into the gray?

    It’s too simplistic to...

  • My Aussie Posse

    By Ilana Angel

    December 7, 2016 | 6:57 am

    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

    December 2, 2016 | 8:27 am

    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

    November 22, 2016 | 7:15 am

    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

    November 21, 2016 | 5:54 am

    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...

  • 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...

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