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  • The Teen Project

    By Ilana Angel

    2 days ago

    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

    3 days ago

    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...

  • Australia: Brave New World Part 1

    By Ilana Angel

    5 days ago

    I am back from Australia and if I could only use one word to describe my trip it would be LOVE. I was there for 4 ½ days, which is ridiculous, but it is a time in my life I'll remember forever and be talking about until the end of my days. With the exception of the birth of my son...

  • Yom Kippur 2015

    By Ilana Angel

    2 weeks ago

    Tonight marks the beginning of Yom Kippur. Though I speak to God every single day, Yom Kippur is special because when every Jew prays at the same time it is a chorus being sent to God and that matters. I hope we are all inscribed in the Book of Life and have a year of health and...

  • Ashley Madison and Karma Finally Meet

    By Ilana Angel

    3 weeks ago

    I have written a lot about the Ashley Madison website. I have interviewed the CEO Noel Biderman, interviewed his wife, and organized a debate between Mr. Biderman and Rabbi Mark Borovitz of Beit T’Shuva, which was moderated by Rob Eshman. When I first wrote about Ashley Madison...


    August 26, 2015 | 3:25 am

    [Editor’s Note: This is the first of two (or more) entries looking at topics in the realms of ‘Planned Dying’, Suicide, ‘Assisted Suicide’, Euthanasia, and a ‘right to die’. These two entries look at the subject from different perspectives. The thoughts expressed are those of the...

  • Friendship 101: Old & New on a Search for Happy

    By Ilana Angel

    August 25, 2015 | 11:41 am

    It has been an interesting couple of weeks. I am experiencing moments of happiness and sadness, which is normal, but they seem to be happening simultaneously, which is quite frankly exhausting. I know a lot of people, but I don’t have a lot of close friends. I don’t trust a lot of...

  • Healing Powers Provided by Dr Teal’s

    By Ilana Angel

    August 18, 2015 | 12:33 pm

    I recently discovered products by Dr Teal’s and they are so fantastic I want to share them with you. I not only recommend them to you with 100% conviction, I will go further and encourage you to try them. I have used the Pure Epsom Salt Soaking Solution and the Pure Epsom Salt...

  • The Joy of Speaking Canadian

    By Ilana Angel

    August 18, 2015 | 12:19 am

    I am a Canadian. I wasn’t born there, but immigrated when I was 2 years old and have lived in Regina, Langley, Toronto, and Halifax. I have a brother and sister in Toronto, and my mother and another sister in Montreal. I have lived in Los Angeles for 24 years, which is longer than...

  • Facing 50 - A Leap of Faith to Australia

    By Ilana Angel

    August 14, 2015 | 3:08 pm

    I am not very good at doing things for myself. As a mother I have always put the needs of my child first. If he needs something and I need something, he gets what he needs. I have never hesitated to put his needs ahead of mine and the truth is I would have done the same even if I...

  • Dating 101: A Trip Down Memory Lane

    By Ilana Angel

    August 5, 2015 | 3:53 pm

    Last night I had a dream about Coach. It was so vivid that when I woke up I was startled because I wasn’t sure where I was as the dream was so real. It was around 3 am and I couldn’t get back to sleep. I thought maybe something was going on with him so even though we have had no...

  • Cancer, Scars & Feeling Sexy

    By Ilana Angel

    July 30, 2015 | 2:04 pm

    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

    July 27, 2015 | 10:50 am

    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

    July 26, 2015 | 6:49 am

    "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

    July 15, 2015 | 7:04 pm

    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.


  • Dating 101: 10 Tips to Dating Online for Men

    By Ilana Angel

    July 14, 2015 | 1:42 pm

    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

    July 10, 2015 | 1:05 pm

    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...

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