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  • 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 101: Bob Marley Update

    By Ilana Angel

    October 21, 2014 | 9:41 pm

    I wrote a blog over the weekend about a lunch date I had last week with a man I used to date. We have known each other for a year and even though we keep doing the dating dance, we have not been able to lock into something. It is a shame because I like him very much and feel...

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  • 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...

  • Hope must once again conquer “The Rabin Square”

    August 13, 2014 | 1:52 pm

    It now seems as if thousands of light years have passed between the summer of 2011 and the summer of 2014. It is hard to believe that the same “city square”, once an open arena for hopeful debates involving social issues and reform, has now recently become an arena of confrontation...

  • 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...

  • The Audacity of Hope: Raising Little Messiahs.

    By Dr. Afshine Emrani

    July 14, 2014 | 7:43 pm

    “Seventy years ago these beautiful men would likely have been members of the Nazi party” emailed me a friend while watching Germany battle for the World Cup. 

    I saw another perspective.  As I watched many fellow Jews cheer for Germany, I realized one day peace is possible.

    ...
  • 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...

  • Special Needs Summer Reading with My Friends

    By Michelle K. Wolf

    June 22, 2014 | 10:11 pm

    It’s officially summer with long, light days to catch up on some reading. My favorite hobby since I was a child has always been reading and as a parent of a teen with special needs, I find that reading is the one of the few hobbies that works for me: books are portable, I can do it...

  • 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...

  • Maya Angelou: Teacher of Quiet, Lady of Grace

    By Ilana Angel

    May 28, 2014 | 7:23 am

    This was originally posted on October 16, 2013. Dr. Angelou passed away today and my heart weeps. I will forever admire this woman. Thank you Maya, for easing my sorrow and teaching me to see the joy that surrounds me daily.

    I was speaking to someone about Maya Angelou yesterday...

  • Germany: I Remember

    April 27, 2014 | 7:49 pm

    800px-White_Tower_Bad_Homburg_GermanyThis article was first published on We Said Go Travel for our Inspiration Writing Contest. I wanted to share it on the Jewish Journal for Holocaust Remembrance Day. Lisa

    "Al! You're up early. And where's your 'shtick'?" I asked, using the word he substituted in place of 'cane'....

  • The ironic ma nishtana

    By Marty Kaplan

    April 7, 2014 | 10:05 am

    There are two ma nishtanas – one adorable, and one ironic. 

    They both mean the same thing in Hebrew: “What is different?”  “What has changed?”

    The adorable one gets its charm from being sung by the youngest child at the Passover seder.  Ma nishtana starts the sentence setting...

  • Stop Choosing To Live Life in Prison

    By Ilana Angel

    January 16, 2014 | 10:55 pm

    I am a very blessed human being. Some would say I am lucky rather than blessed, but I believe God has a hand in my luck, which makes me blessed. I have a lot of things happening in my life and they have been consuming my time and thoughts. Professionally there are things I cannot...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • What’s needed for those with special needs? Much more!

    By Michelle K. Wolf

    November 6, 2013 | 2:51 pm

    The message coming out of the first-ever National Ramah conference to focus on the North American network of camps’ 15 different programs for Jewish children, teens and young adults with special needs can be summed up in one word — MORE. Jewish families deeply appreciate the high...

  • Mondays with William

    By Ilana Angel

    October 25, 2013 | 12:44 pm

    I went to see the movie “Mondays with William” last night and I was deeply moved by it.  If you have an opportunity to see it I would recommend that you do.  It is the story of a homeless man in Los Angeles who lives his life with the amazing gifts of an artist, and also...

  • Dating 101 – Timing is Everything

    By Ilana Angel

    October 10, 2013 | 2:36 pm

    I have a date with Coach tonight and I am looking forward to it.  He is a lovely man. He listens, values my opinion, thinks I am beautiful, makes me laugh, and through his life experiences I am not only able to respect his bravery and grace, but also value my own experiences in a...

  • Dating 101: Good, Bad, Ugly & Good Again

    By Ilana Angel

    October 6, 2013 | 1:30 pm

    It has been a complicated week in my dating life.  I was reminded of my past relationship in a way that has released me and allowed me to finally move forward.  It has been seven months since the Englishman decided to be a coward and break my heart. This week rather than be sad...

  • Dating 101: Double Dipping

    By Ilana Angel

    September 16, 2013 | 4:43 pm

    Just when I think my dating life cannot get any stranger, it does.  I have been chronicling my dating life for four years.  In that time I have had the most horrific dates ever, along with a long term relationship, and I shared it all.  From the man who arrived to our date drunk...

  • Dating 101: Looking Back to See Ahead

    By Ilana Angel

    August 29, 2013 | 2:20 pm

    I have had a series of unfortunate dates.  I am not sure how it is that I keep meeting men who are so horrible, but I do.  In meeting men who are repulsive, you can’t help but look back at past relationships and compare the old to the new. Were my past relationships with men who...

  • Dating 101: Loving Kids When Love is Gone

    By Ilana Angel

    August 21, 2013 | 8:50 am

    I have had no contact with my ex-boyfriend for months.  I have spent all that time hopeful we would be able to be friends one day.  I truly thought our relationship was something special and we would be able to get over the hurt and come to a place of friendship.  It has not...

  • Skeptical yet hopeful- the days after Kerry’s announcement

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    July 22, 2013 | 6:03 am

    Kerry's announcement on Friday surely drew everybody's attention. It came out of nowhere. While the people of Israel were sitting on their couches, loosening their belts after their Shabbat dinners, and glancing at their Smartphones, it suddenly hit us- the negotiation is being...

  • Dating, Motherhood, Life: Getting Your Groove Back

    By Ilana Angel

    June 7, 2013 | 7:20 am

    Entering the world of dating after such a long time is interesting.  By interesting of course I mean not that interesting.  I am not sure what I am doing, having trouble getting into the rhythm of the dating dance, and frankly making a bit of a fool out of myself.  I am not good at...

  • Living Life on Cruise Control

    By Ilana Angel

    May 24, 2013 | 7:07 am

    On Sunday night of last week, while making dinner, I burned my left forearm. I reached into the oven to pull out the shelf and retrieve dinner, and the shelf hit my arm.  It was an immediate jolt, but more shocking than painful.  It didn't look like anything and I figured it was a...

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