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  • Happy Hanukkah, Happy Christmas, Happy Everything

    By Ilana Angel

    December 24, 2016 | 4:18 pm

    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.

  • 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...

  • The Israeli Women Paradox

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    November 3, 2016 | 2:35 pm

    Israel is one of the leading countries in the world when it comes to women's rights. Israeli women are integrated in meaningful roles on every field, from politics to science. While being surrounded by countries where women are being executed for cheating and are not allowed to...

  • 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.

  • Ledor Vador:  On Rosh Hashanah, reach out to Sinai.

    By Dr. Afshine Emrani

    September 30, 2016 | 1:50 pm

    I close my eyes.

    Our arms are locked into position, shoulder to shoulder, side by side.  Friend and stranger pull each other in.  We’re all under one tent.  We’re all one.

    “Ledor Vador” we sing.  We sway. 

    “From generation to generation Your miracles give us reason to live.”

  • 10 signs you’re an ‘older’ Jewish mom

    September 6, 2016 | 4:08 pm

    The average age of childbearing in the United States is 26. For Jews, it’s a few years higher. Some of us Jewish moms, however, had our children significantly later than that. Here are 10 things that only “older” Jewish moms will recognize.

    1. There’s an even chance your child...

  • Can you rest in peace while your stuff rests in a dumpster?

    By Teresa Strasser

    September 1, 2016 | 10:13 am

    When my mom died, I had to find a home for her panther. Not an actual endangered wild cat, a lamp.

    Picture a glossy, garish panther base topped with a cherry red, tiered lampshade, exactly like the hats once worn by the members of the alternative, new wave band Devo. I had seen...

  • Dating 101: Return of the Englishman

    By Ilana Angel

    July 14, 2016 | 7:33 am

    I am home after 12 days in London. I love England and enjoy my time there. I worked long hours and didn’t have time to see family in Manchester, but I got my work done and am happy to share I’ll be spending the next 12 months traveling back and forth for a project, and am looking...

  • Week in Review from London

    By Ilana Angel

    July 11, 2016 | 12:15 am

    I have been in London for the past week and it has provided an interesting view of the world. I am blessed to be able to travel for work and coming to London is wonderful because I love it here. My beloved father was English and I feel close to him in England. There has been a lot...

  • My Visit with Victoria and David Beckham

    By Ilana Angel

    July 5, 2016 | 11:05 am

    I am in London this week working and rather than stay by myself in a hotel, I am staying with friends. I will call them “Victoria and David Beckham”. They are young and attractive people who have three sons. Just typing out “three sons” is exhausting. This house is full of love and...

  • Bravery and Brilliance after Rape

    By Ilana Angel

    June 7, 2016 | 9:24 am

    To the woman who wrote this letter, who experienced this violence, who shared her bravery, who will forever be a light in the darkness for countless women who have not yet found the strength to be brave, know that we are with you. WE ARE WITH YOU. We hear you, we see you, we are...

  • A Dying Patient’s Wish for his Granddaughter’s Wedding

    By Dr. Afshine Emrani

    May 25, 2016 | 4:28 pm

    My 89-year-old patient is ‪‎dying‬ in the hospital of kidney failure, heart failure, lung failure, but not of brain failure.

    He asked for an emergency family meeting and with a room full of people around him.

    He said: "Let go of me, physically, but keep me in your hearts.

  • Finding meaning in Passover prep pain

    By Esther D. Kustanowitz

    April 20, 2016 | 11:49 am

    The Passover story is steeped in language of slavery and redemption, a polarity that offers comfort through a narrative of progress. In our house, while we knew the historical significance and enjoyed telling the Passover story each year, sharing insights at seders with family and...

  • Next Year in Jerusalem.  Say it.  Mean it.

    By Dr. Afshine Emrani

    April 20, 2016 | 7:52 am

    My patient, a man in his late twenties, is morbidly obese.  He cries most visits.  Twenty years ago, he was separated from his twin brother and in the great escape from Iran, he survived, but his brother was killed.  He has had the desire to die.  He eats to soothe his survivor’s...

  • A Bat Mitzvah Blessing to Our Daughter.

    By Dr. Afshine Emrani

    April 4, 2016 | 7:39 am

    Nooshin (N).  My dear Ariel.

    Afshine (A).  My dear Ariel.

    N.  It’s wonderful to see your family and friends gather around you in this holy place.  You might think that this is all about you.

    A.  It's actually about your place within Judaism.  You see, my grandpa Aghajan...

  • A letter to my daughters in college

    March 25, 2016 | 12:06 pm

    To My Daughters:

    We didn’t mean to lie to you — it just happened. 

    We raised you with a rich sense of Jewish life. We sent you to Jewish schools, to Jewish camps, to Israel. We helped found a synagogue in L.A., in no small measure because of you. We wanted to give you the...

  • Be True To Your Past.

    By Dr. Afshine Emrani

    February 24, 2016 | 4:18 pm

    From 1979, the beginning of the Iranian revolution, until 1988, I spent most nights sleeping on the floor, bed-less.  With limited resources, I gave priority to other family members, over myself.

    Friends ask why I tell such stories that can belittle me in public.  I like to write...

  • Reconnecting to Israel

    By Ilana Angel

    February 18, 2016 | 12:42 pm

    My mother returned to Canada from Israel. She had an amazing time and when we spoke she sounded so happy that when we hung I up cried. I was happy for her and became emotional. I love her very much and that I was able to send her to Israel for her birthday is something I will...

  • Lives Lived/Lessons Learned

    By Craig T.

    February 17, 2016 | 12:55 pm

    Lives Lived/Lessons Learned

    Most things in life start off small, and a grow bigger. Babies, love, seedlings.  Grief is different, it starts off immense, often overwhelming; and with time ever so gradually eases, becoming smaller.
    It’s been a challenging time for our family....

  • Happy Valentine’s Day

    By Ilana Angel

    February 14, 2016 | 9:21 am

    My Mom turned 72 on February 10th, and for her birthday I sent her to Israel. My cousin is getting married on Monday and so as a surprise I sent her home, to the country and people she loves. She cried when I told her she was going, and kept saying it was special because it was the...

  • Poor Orthodox Brides May Suffer from Losing Planned Parenthood Clinics

    By Pini Herman

    February 4, 2016 | 12:58 pm

    The targeting of Planned Parenthood has quickly shown it's consequences on poor women in the rise of unplanned pregnancies.  

    While Haredi and other Jewish Orthodox groups often reject birth control, there is one area where Orthodox Jewish brides do engage in an  innovative use...

  • United in Manchester

    By Ilana Angel

    December 30, 2015 | 4:57 pm

    While in England last week, I was able to go to Manchester to visit my family for a couple of days. This is family from my Dad’s side, and I really love them. They are all funny, smart, charming, and inherently kind people. I was with my 3 second cousins and their families. They...

  • Frozen, Homeless & Full of Gratitude in the USA

    December 25, 2015 | 9:15 am

    On the surface, it may seem hard to believe I have something to be grateful about. I am homeless, living in my car. I’m freezing at night, and often wake up in the morning with ice covering the windows and condensation leaking through them. I’ve been kicked out of parking lots by...

  • Praying Through the Highs and Lows of Life

    By Ilana Angel

    December 2, 2015 | 8:32 am

    Yesterday was a very interesting day. Professionally it hit a real high, while personally it hit a remarkable low. I pray every single day, but today was the type of day that moves me to pray with real intention. I never question God. Ever. I never ask why things happen as they do,...

  • Happy Thanksgiving 2015

    By Ilana Angel

    November 25, 2015 | 11:16 pm

    Thanksgiving is a time to say thanks and be grateful for the blessings in our lives. It is a special holiday because we are all being grateful together and at the same time. Since this is my 49th Thanksgiving, I am going to share 49 things I am grateful for. In no particular order,...

  • Did you see “The Lion King?”: A Thanksgiving story

    November 18, 2015 | 3:30 pm

    I give thanks for "The Lion King." This month, the theatrical production celebrates eighteen years on Broadway. I first fell in love with the show when I somehow scored tickets to the press preview the night before it opened in New York City, November 13, 1997. Like everyone else...

  • Giving thanks for a fight-free Thanksgiving

    November 17, 2015 | 1:56 pm

    As my family — and families across the country — begin preparations for the Thanksgiving feast, I started to wonder what kind of family tsuris could rend this day of plenty, pilgrims and, well, pigskin, asunder.

    Even in this season of presidential candidate debates, I knew that...

  • Real Housewives of New Jersey: Teresa Checks In Week 1

    By Ilana Angel

    October 11, 2015 | 7:10 pm

    Typos are generously sponsored by my tears!

    I have been waiting for this show to come on for a long time. I was excited when it was announced and am excited now. I really like this family. I love Teresa Giudice. I have interviewed Teresa and she is lovely. I happen to think Juicy...

  • Sukkot and Fifty Shades of Kosher.

    By Dr. Afshine Emrani

    September 29, 2015 | 6:41 pm

    We love people who sin like us and judge harshly those who sin differently.  Jews quarrel so much over how to approach God that we end up pushing God out to win an argument.  There are so many shades of Kosher.  On Sukkot, we are told “come together.”

    A friend told me that he...

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