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  • Phone Etiquette

    By Ilana Angel

    3 days ago

    When I call someone on the phone, I start with hello. When I end a call, I finish with goodbye. My friend Michael doesn’t bother with hello or goodbye. He simply jumps in and starts a conversation. Perhaps start is the wrong word because he jumps into the conversation as if it has...

  • LA Rain, Road Rage & Special Driving Permits

    By Ilana Angel

    5 days ago

    It rained in Los Angeles today. I had errands to run and so driving was unavoidable. The simple fact is that when it rains in Los Angeles, the city falls apart.  Nobody knows how to drive to begin with, so a small amount of rain causes bad drivers to lose their minds.

    At one...

  • My Social Media Shabbat Shake Up

    By Ilana Angel

    1 week ago

    Shabbat this week will mark the first time in over six years I will not be on Twitter. It has certainly been a shake up to my social media, but the moment I did it I wondered what took me so long. It was liberating to let go of a platform that offers more bad than good. Not only...

  • International Holocaust Remembrance Day

    By Ilana Angel

    1 week ago

    Today is International Holocaust Remembrance Day.

    January 27th marks the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz. 

    Seventy one years later, we remember, and vow never to forget.

    I pray for everyone and everything lost, and for the world today.

    I pray for not only my people, but all people.

    I pray.

    I remember.

    I will never forget.

    I am keeping the faith.

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  • A Love Letter to Boy George

    By Ilana Angel

    2 weeks ago

    In 1982, when Culture Club released the song “Do You Really Want To Hurt Me?, I was 15 years old and immediately fell in love with Boy George. I thought he was everything and when I saw the video where he wore a shirt with Hebrew writing, it was a sign to this young Jewish girl...

  • Pechanga, Dating & Barcelona

    By Ilana Angel

    2 weeks ago

    It is time for me and my “24 Hour Girlfriend Getaway” friends to getaway.  We're due for a trip and since we've discovered we all have some form of gambling addiction, we decided to stick with the casino theme and selected The Pechanga Resort Casino in Temecula as our next...

  • Motherhood, Dr. Martin Luther King & a Very Happy Birthday

    By Ilana Angel

    3 weeks ago

    Today is my son’s 20th birthday. I have been blessed to be the mother of this wonderful human being for 2 decades and the time has moved at lightning speed. I don’t really remember what life was like before I had him, but I do remember ever single second we have been together. He...

  • Happy Anniversary & F U Cancer

    By Ilana Angel

    3 weeks ago

    This time last year I was told I had cancer, had my thyroid removed, and while recovering from surgery, celebrated my son’s 19th birthday. I ended up having two surgeries, am now cancer free, and on Monday will celebrate my son turning 20, and being a mother for two decades. It was...

  • The Bachelor Week 2 Recap

    By Ilana Angel

    3 weeks ago

    Typos are generously provided by Jose Cuervo.

    These chicks are unstable and it is fascinating to see what people are willing to do to get on TV for 15 minutes of fame. This season is a very attractive group, of very crazy women. I cannot imagine being this insecure, even when I...

  • The Ongoing Saga of Leann Rimes

    By Ilana Angel

    3 weeks ago

    Just when I think this woman cannot possibly be any weirder, she takes it to a whole new level.  She has lied about a lot of stuff over the past couple of weeks, and watching her do it has been fascinating. She is uneducated, unkind, unaware, and unappealing. She is surrounded by...

  • Motherhood, Brooklyn & a Birthday in Israel

    By Ilana Angel

    January 12, 2016 | 6:40 am

    My son will be 20 years old next week. It is hard to believe I have been a mother for two decades. Some days it feels like just yesterday that I was blessed to become this child’s mother, while other days it feels like I have been a mom for 100 years. There has been no greater joy...

  • Leann Rimes & Eddie Cibrian are Together for a Reason

    By Ilana Angel

    January 11, 2016 | 7:32 pm

    Leann Rimes and her husband Eddie Cibrian are perfect for each other and I always find it interesting when people speak ill of their relationship. They are with their soul mates and I wish them a lifetime of miserable darkness, which is how I would describe their lives together....

  • London Review: Friendship, Uber Muslim Hero & Ken Branagh

    By Ilana Angel

    January 8, 2016 | 4:50 pm

    I have been back from my trip to England for a couple of weeks and I really miss it. I love England very much and the goal is to live there one day. London is magnificent, Manchester is fabulous, and on occasion I think of opening a fish and chip shop in Blackpool, just as my...

  • 2015: My Year in Review

    By Ilana Angel

    December 31, 2015 | 8:24 pm

    On January 1, 2015, I went out to breakfast wih my son. He was about to turn 19 and I had just been diagnosed with cancer. I remember what we wore, what we ate, and the look on his face as he told me everything was going to be okay. I recall looking across at my baby boy and seeing...

  • 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...

  • Crazy Girl on a London Subway

    By Ilana Angel

    December 28, 2015 | 2:03 pm

    I was in England last week and it was amazing for a lot of reasons. I love being there. I feel happy, sleep better, breathe deeper, and pray from a place in my heart that is full of joy when I am in England. I feel connected to my beloved Dad when I am there, and it is as if he is...

  • Friendship 101: Finding the Right Words

    By Ilana Angel

    December 16, 2015 | 6:37 am

    I am a fan of words. I like to read, write, and learn. I am articulate and pride myself on knowing the right thing to say at the right time. I have a strong command of the English language and a vast vocabulary. I am rarely at a loss for words. This week however, I have struggled...

  • Motherhood 101: Speak Up or Be Quiet?

    By Ilana Angel

    December 10, 2015 | 6:48 am

    I love my kid and am very proud of the man he is becoming. He truly is a wonderful human being, and at only 19 years old, has a very clear career path. My boy is talented, focused, and striding into adulthood with confidence. He towers over me, makes me laugh every day, and is very...

  • 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,...

  • The Love of a Mother

    By Ilana Angel

    November 19, 2015 | 7:45 am

    My mother has been visiting from Canada for the past 16 days. She is leaving today and I am so sad I can hardly breathe. It has been wonderful having her with us and I wish she was staying longer. My mom is funny, smart, charming, beautiful, opinionated, stubborn, wise, and quite...

  • The Power of Prayer

    By Ilana Angel

    November 17, 2015 | 8:22 pm

    I pray everyday. Some days it is a conversation and others a rant. There is no plan, routine, or schedule. Some days I pray for a minute, and other days for an hour. Some days I pray once, and other days often. It is important to me and has value. Prayer is something I am not...

  • Loving My Mother and Being a Mother

    By Ilana Angel

    November 8, 2015 | 8:07 pm

    My mother is visiting and it is wonderful having her here. She is a remarkable woman and I like being with her. I am a lot like her and the older I get the more I see it. To spend time with her and my son, who is almost 20, is interesting because he sees similarities I don’t. It is...

  • A Visit From My Mom

    By Ilana Angel

    November 3, 2015 | 11:04 pm

    I just picked up my Mother from the airport and I am so excited she is here I am hardly able to think straight. I love her very much and it has been too long since I saw her. She looks beautiful and I keep staring at her and touching her to make sure she is really here. I am...

  • 50 by 50 Week 4

    By Ilana Angel

    October 30, 2015 | 10:25 am

    Today I start week 4 of my weight loss challenge and I am motivated but disappointed. I lost 1.3 pounds during week 3 , so while shy of my 1.86 goal, with the etra weight I lost on week 1 and 2, I am on track for my final goal. It was a hard week and I have only myself to blame.

    ...
  • Finding, Removing, Treating & Healing Cancer

    By Ilana Angel

    October 26, 2015 | 10:44 pm

    I want to take a moment to say thank you to the people who came into my life to save it. I am a lucky girl and very aware of my blessings, but without the kindness and brilliance of my doctors I would not be as happy or healthy as I am right now. There are many people who helped me...

  • 50 by 50: Week 1

    By Ilana Angel

    October 9, 2015 | 6:44 pm

    This is my first video blog and I am excited but nervous. I hope you will watch and join me on what promises to be a challenging and fulfilling journey, as I take back control of my life. I will be posting a new 50 by 50 video every Thursday, and will be introducing you to some...

  • Australia: Brave New World Part 3

    By Ilana Angel

    October 9, 2015 | 6:43 pm

    After the most beautiful wedding, over four glorious days in Byron Bay, I headed to Brisbane for 24 hours. It really is quite silly to travel so far for such a short time, but it forced me to cram a lot of dreams into a short period. I arrived in Brisbane at 8:30 in the morning and...

  • The Teen Project

    By Ilana Angel

    October 4, 2015 | 5:49 pm

    Our world is amazing with limitless possibilities at the same time it is dark with endless suffering. I support many charities and believe that only when you give will you receive. I don’t give to receive of course, but the feeling I get when I give fills my heart and gives me...

  • Australia: Brave New World Part 2

    By Ilana Angel

    October 3, 2015 | 10:07 pm

    I left Los Angeles on a Sunday and arrived in Australia on a Tuesday. I skipped an entire day, which was good because it meant I arrived in Brisbane a day younger and looking Xanax rested and fresh faced. Once I landed in Brisbane I took a shuttle to Byron Bay.  I sat in the front...

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