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  • Motherhood, Rotten Kids & Going Back to Vegas

    By Ilana Angel

    2 weeks ago

    I had a great Mother’s Day. My kid is a wonderful human being and remarkable child. We had a terrific day together. Had foot massages, went out for lunch, saw a movie, took a walk, and cooked dinner together. It was fabulous. He bought me the most wonderful card that made my heart...

  • Dating Drama Free Men in Midlife Crisis Looking for Sex

    By Ilana Angel

    2 weeks ago

    I am 49 years old. I don’t date men who are younger than me and I don’t date men who are more than 10 years older than me. No scientific reason, just how I roll. That makes my current dating pool men between the ages of 49 – 59. This means I date men who are quite often in the...

  • Dating 101: My Cat Lady Transition

    By Ilana Angel

    April 10, 2015 | 8:04 am

    My dating life is interesting. By interesting of course I mean the smart thing would be to get another cat and call it a day. I often marvel at the men I come across in the city of angels. One would think an actual Angel would have better luck, but alas no. Dating is hard and...

  • My Passover Prayer

    By Ilana Angel

    April 3, 2015 | 7:38 am

    I wish you all a very Happy Passover. May you have peace, health, and joy today and always. Passover is a time for family and since I am unable to be with my family in Canada this year, I have spent two days cooking all my mother’s holiday dishes and now my home smells as if she is...

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  • Dating 101: Faith, Religion & God

    By Ilana Angel

    March 27, 2015 | 9:51 am

    I went on 3 dates with the same man last week. We had 2 great dates with fantastic conversation, witty banter, intellectual and sexual chemistry. He is 55, handsome, tall, funny, and decent. At least he seemed decent until we got to our 3rd date and decided to discuss religion....

  • Cinderella, Sir Kenneth Branagh & a Bucket List

    By Ilana Angel

    March 4, 2015 | 7:45 am

    This week I went to the premiere of the new Disney live action Cinderella movie. It is spectacular and I recommend it to young and old alike. Apart from the tension that might come from women catching their breath at the sight of Prince Charming’s blue eyes, it is also a great date...

  • Mother, Father, Son & Valentine’s Day

    By Ilana Angel

    February 13, 2015 | 8:53 am

    I have not been feeling good this week. All things considered I am doing great, but it has been a particularly emotional few days as I com\ to terms with my cancer diagnosis, mentally prepare myself for radiation, and try to understand how my life looks now. Cancer messes with your...

  • Dating 101: Don’t be a mind reader

    By Ilana Angel

    February 6, 2015 | 7:51 am

    I went on my first date since having surgery. Ugh. It needed to happen and the truth is I was ready, but it was a comedy of errors and it took me a week to write about it because that is how long it took to stop crying and laugh at the absurdity of it all. I've written about...

  • Just Another Day

    By Ilana Angel

    January 14, 2015 | 6:00 pm

    I woke up this morning with a smile on my face. The sun was shining in through my bedroom window, the cat was asleep by my head, and I could hear my son shuffling around his room. I called out good morning and told him I loved him. He called back he loved me too, then came to...

  • Doctors, Angels & the C Word

    By Ilana Angel

    January 9, 2015 | 9:29 pm

    I went back and forth trying to decide if I should share this story, and through a series of conversations this week I decided writing about it is the right thing to do. I have shared every aspect of my life and there is no point in stopping now. I am writing about this experience...

  • 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...

  • 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...

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