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  • Cancer, Scars & Feeling Sexy

    By Ilana Angel

    2 days ago

    I had surgery this week to remove a smidge of cancer. I say smidge because I think the word mass is offensive. It was not a mass, simply a smidge, and it was not Cancer with a capital C, simply cancer. Cancer is a horrible beast but I have decided to not give her any power. A silly...

  • Thank You

    By Ilana Angel

    5 days ago

    I’ll be taking a few days off beginning today and want to take a moment to say thank you to everyone who spends part of their day with me. I’m going in the hospital this morning for my 2nd surgery in 6 months and while a little nervous and anxious, I am mostly relieved to have it...

  • Why bad things happen to good people

    By Mindy Leaf

    6 days ago

    "Why do bad things happen to good people?" is a question as old as mankind and human memory. Though widely addressed through the ages by religious and secular scholars alike, the cause of this obviously unfair situation has remained shrouded in mystery. That is, until now — I think...

  • Freedom

    By Emily Stern

    2 weeks ago

    I certainly shout I choose freedom
    past the heavens
    They touch it, swing by the birds, doing double takes, being spun around,

    what was that?

    I certainly am freedom in the depths of me,
    And I choose that light through a crouching prayer
    The seeker seeds the sower.

    I...

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  • Dating 101: 10 Tips to Dating Online for Men

    By Ilana Angel

    3 weeks ago

    To men who are dating online and between the ages of 45 and 58, please allow me to help you. You're in my dating range so I'm helping you in an attempt to help myself. Dating is rough and dating online is as painful as it is entertaining. Some days it is a miracle just to make it...

  • Only a Cockeyed Cynic

    By Mindy Leaf

    3 weeks ago

    I can point to the moment it happened. The very moment this lifelong optimist became a cynic — albeit (one still hopes) only a "cockeyed" one.

    It happened while listening to BBC news on the radio a few minutes past 8:00 am on November 18. Their headline story focused on our...

  • Leann Rimes: Queen of Denial

    By Ilana Angel

    July 5, 2015 | 7:21 pm

    It has been a while since I wrote about Ms. Rimes and even though she has certainly been doing things worthy of comment, I have to be in a certain mood to write about her. Truth be told, it might actually be her mood that inspires to write about her. I’m not on Leann’s list of...

  • Dating 101: Assumptions and Momentum

    By Ilana Angel

    June 30, 2015 | 7:36 pm

    My last date was with a man with a dog, and not just any dog. I love this pooch and while I’m not really a dog person, he’s special. He looks at you like he understands everything you’re saying and wants to tell you stuff. Secret stuff, and jokes, and chat about the weather. He is...

  • Dating 101: Happy Anniversary!

    By Ilana Angel

    June 25, 2015 | 12:53 pm

    Yesterday after work I ran a few errands. My last stop was the grocery store where I picked up a some things, including flowers. I love flowers and buy them for myself weekly. They make me happy. I love all kinds of flowers and buy all types of stems that I mix to create beautiful...

  • An Elliptical, Recumbent Bike and Chocolate Cake

    By Ilana Angel

    June 19, 2015 | 7:02 am

    I bought a new exercise machine yesterday. She is a beauty and I love her. She is both an elliptical machine and a recumbent exercise bike. She is sleek, pretty, easy to operate, and effective. I was so excited to meet her I celebrated her arrival by baking a chocolate cake. Yes. I...

  • Motherhood, Rotten Kids & Going Back to Vegas

    By Ilana Angel

    May 11, 2015 | 6:30 am

    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

    May 7, 2015 | 10:58 pm

    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...

  • 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...

  • Making A “New Year’s Resolution” Every Day

    By Beit T'shuvah

    January 2, 2015 | 9:34 am

    By Rabbi Mark Borovitz 

    Today is January 2 and many of us are going back to work after a day off. There are so many New Year’s Eve and New Year’s day celebrations, and we are all filled with hope and have make resolutions, etc. Why??

    What are we really marking by celebrating?...

  • 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...

  • 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.

    ...
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