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  • How Jewish ritual helped me find my way through loss

    By Danielle Berrin

    October 2, 2014 | 11:06 am

    I had to press my lips closed, the day after it ended.

    The ritual was no longer mine. My duty was complete. But the words, with their cadences and rhythms, their alliterative twists — yitgadal v’yitgadash — had become my anthem. For 11 months, I had owned these words, claimed...

  • Israel falls in world lacrosse quarterfinals

    July 17, 2014 | 1:30 pm

    Israel’s debut in the World Lacrosse Championships ended in the quarterfinals with a 9-8 loss to Australia.

    In Wednesday night’s game near Denver, Israel nearly tied the score with five seconds remaining and a one-man advantage, but a shot by Matthew Cherry was turned away.

    Ari...

  • Dating 101: Scrambling for Position

    By Ilana Angel

    November 8, 2013 | 7:32 am

    Part of what makes dating so hard is that you never know if what someone new tells you is true. You never know if someone you’ve known forever is telling the truth, so the expectation someone new will, is a leap of faith.  It is not enough to just be attracted to someone. There has...

  • Mother, Daughter, Sister, Friend

    By Ilana Angel

    October 28, 2013 | 8:05 am

    I love my older sister very much and felt the need to write about her today. I mention her often here, but do not think I have ever dedicated an entire blog to her.  It is time.  This weekend my sister was gracious and kind in a way that I would like to think I would also be.  She...

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  • Dating 101: Taking the High Road

    By Ilana Angel

    October 1, 2013 | 8:40 pm

    I try to always take the high road but the truth is the high road can suck. There is no satisfaction in taking it when you are hurt. I consider myself one who travels it often, but when someone is hurt, mad, or sad, the high road brings no real comfort. Perhaps if the high road...

  • Anna Angel, Jonathan Ferrell & a Walk

    By Ilana Angel

    September 18, 2013 | 7:58 am

    When I saw Anna Angel’s name in the news headlines this week, I had to take a double look because for a second I thought it was my name.  I have been haunted by this woman’s story and unable to sleep since reading about her.  I cannot stop crying for this woman I do not know.  This...

  • Crack, an Empty Nest, a New Girlfriend & Taco Night

    By Ilana Angel

    September 1, 2013 | 7:55 am

    This week, while running an errand in Hollywood, I came upon a young man on the street. He looked a little bit like Jesus as he had a beard and was wearing a long white tunic of some kind.  As I approached him, he asked me if I had any spare crack.  I stopped for a second because I...

  • Dating 101 - The Non-Date

    By Ilana Angel

    July 7, 2013 | 9:56 pm

    After years of comments on my blog, and months of texting, I finally met the man we will call, the “Vegetarian”.   The Vegetarian has been reading my blog on and off for years, comments often, and has not been shy about sharing his take on them.  He shares not only his opinions,...

  • Break Up Humiliation, Reflection & Adele

    By Ilana Angel

    April 16, 2013 | 8:46 pm

    When a relationship ends it is humiliating.  When you write about your relationship for the world to see, a break up takes on a whole other level of humiliation. I have spent the last year sharing my love with you.  How we met, our dates, meeting kids, our first fight, our first...

  • A Poem for the Month

    By Beit T'shuvah

    March 4, 2013 | 12:25 pm

    By Yeshaia Blakeney

    This month has been full of loss.  I wrote this poem in response.

    We dream of beginnings without endings, blessings without sorrow.  Life without time, a soft spiritual impression a divine secret dwelling in our hearts, a yearning for an eternity of...

  • Living a Life While Watching a Life

    By Ilana Angel

    February 26, 2013 | 7:49 am

    Do you ever take stock of your life?  I don’t really look at my life in terms of an arc of time, but I am aware of how fortunate I am and the blessing I have been given.  I am also aware of my struggles and how certain aspects of my life are difficult.  It is that awareness that...

  • Rest in Peace Lynn Hudson

    By Ilana Angel

    August 18, 2012 | 8:41 am

    Chicago based reality television blogger Lynn Hudson has passed away.  She was a mother, wife, daughter, sister, friend, and beloved member of the blogosphere. Lynn passed away on her 49th birthday and the loss is shocking.  My heart is broken for her child and husband.

    Lynn was an...

  • Visiting My Father

    By Ilana Angel

    August 15, 2012 | 10:15 am

    Today I went to visit my Dad.  It was very emotional and painful.  I miss him every single day and my heart is broken that he is gone.  I see him in my son, and in myself, but the ache of his passing has gotten deeper with time.  With each accomplishment of my child, each tear of my...

  • Blessings & Tragic Loss

    By Ilana Angel

    August 2, 2012 | 12:07 pm

    I am a woman of faith and I have a close relationship with God.  I speak with God on a daily basis and some days I feel like I speak with him more than anyone else in my life.  I don’t ask him for anything, but I do pray for guidance and clarity.  I thank him for being a source of...

  • Chicks and Cars

    By Ilana Angel

    July 12, 2012 | 7:01 pm

    I wish I was the type of chick that knew about cars.  I cannot change a tire, or my oil, and I describe things in my car as doohickeys and thingamajigs.  The only thing I am able to do in terms of my car, besides drive it, is gas it up. By drive it of course I mean I am a New York...

  • Fear, Hope & The Pursuit of Love

    By Ilana Angel

    June 4, 2012 | 6:17 pm

    My heart has been broken many times.  There are different levels of heartache of course, but pain is pain and it all hurts the same.  When my dad died my heart broke in a way I thought I would never recover from, but now it is the part of my broken heart that I pray will never mend. ...

  • The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is a Must See

    By Ilana Angel

    May 16, 2012 | 8:45 am

    I am not a film critic.  I am however a film lover and see quite a few movies.  I love escaping for a couple of hours into another world and getting wrapped up in a story.  I can think of a few good movies I’ve seen recently, but none that I felt the need to write about here, until...

  • Love, Loss & Sex at 100

    By Ilana Angel

    February 14, 2012 | 12:17 am

    Yesterday marked the 9th anniversary of the passing of my dad. I spent a lot of time crying, and that I managed to make it through the day was a miracle because there were moments when I simply could not breathe.  I loved my father, miss him everyday, and feel the loss deeply.

    My...

  • Thank you Steve Jobs.  Rest in Peace.

    By Ilana Angel

    October 5, 2011 | 9:30 pm

    Mr. Jobs passed away at the young age of 56.  He was a visionary who changed the world in a profound way.  Though not that savvy when it comes to technology, I know about the things he created, and how they changed the world.  While I cannot share details of the global impact of his...

  • Lost Treasures, Home Movies, Memory Lane & a Surprise Visit from Heaven

    By Ilana Angel

    October 2, 2011 | 5:25 pm

    Last week I was looking through some family photos looking for a picture of my dad.  It’s a photograph that was taken in 1962, shortly before my parents met, and for some reason I needed to see it.  It is a great picture and I’ve got it posted with this blog.  My dad was 24 years...

  • Wanted: One Bubby and Zaidy willing to adopt

    By Lauren Bottner

    May 11, 2011 | 3:16 pm

    Officially, grandparents’ day is the first Sunday after Labor Day, falling on Sept. 11, 2011.  Bad timing this year.  Guessing that there’s a slight chance it’ll be overshadowed this year, I’m moving it up…to today. 
    ______________________________
    WANTED:

    One bubby and...

  • Spencer Susser’s “Hesher,” Starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt [VIDEO]

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    May 10, 2011 | 4:31 pm

    Thirteen was a key age for writer-director Spencer Susser.

    It was the year he became fascinated by the kind of classmate who would inspire the antihero of his debut feature film, “Hesher,” staring Joseph Gordon-Levitt, which opens on May 13: “They were guys with long, greasy...

  • Acceptance

    By Misha Henckel

    October 19, 2010 | 8:36 pm

    Seems like we are walking through times that are filled with all sorts of difficulties, and it is quite universal. Almost everyone I know is feeling it in one way or another, whether in their pocketbook, their significant relationship or marriage, their health, or with the loss of...

  • The Four Big Madoff Questions:
    Who's to blame, how much is lost, where's the money, will it occur again?

    By Dean Rotbart

    December 24, 2008 | 2:33 am

    Why is this fraud different from all other frauds?

    The Bernard L. Madoff Ponzi scheme will definitely rewrite the record books when it comes to its dollar size, duration, number of victims, concentration within the Jewish community and, yes, the mountain of legal fees it generates....

  • How to comfort and be comforted

    By Rabbi N. Daniel Korobkin

    August 14, 2008 | 12:46 am

    Consoling people after they've suffered a loss, especially when it's the death of a loved one, is never easy. No matter what we say, we can never bring back the beloved to this world. How often do we sit by the mourner's side in awkward silence, feeling completely impotent in our...
  • Obituaries

    April 17, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    Maury Abrams died March 12 at 80. He is survived by his wife, Francine; sons, Judd (Nicole Sassman) and Gregg; daughter, Glennis (Jim) Malcolm; and four grandchildren. Mount Sinai

    Nancy Alspektor died March 2 at the age of 85. She is survived by her sons, Allan, Stan, and Arthur;...

  • Obituaries

    March 27, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    Eliezer Benjamini died Feb. 14 at 79. He is survived by his wife, Leslie; son, Ethan; daughter, Lori; stepdaughter, Carrie Bullock; stepson Jeff Bressler; grandsons, Joshua and Matthew; stepgranchildren; brother Eddi (Dorit); and brother-in-law, Bruce Hackel. Hillside

    Lawrence Howard...

  • Obituaries

    February 7, 2008 | 7:01 pm

    Dr. Steven Abrams died Jan. 8 at 80. He is survived by his wife, Mardy; son, Alan (Sheana); daughters, Tami (John) Loew and Debra; 10 grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and sister, Charlotte. Mount Sinai

    Harriet Ash died Jan. 7 at 89. She is survived by her brother, Joe Elisha;...

  • Obituaries

    January 31, 2008 | 7:00 pm

    Leah Benjamin died Dec. 30 at 96. She is survived by her nephews, Sid (Linda) Silverman and Neal (Marlene) Brostoff; niece Sandra (Harold) Vellins; and great-niece, Aliza Silverman. Mount Sinai

    Annette Gershuni Bergman died Jan. 2 at 76. She is survived by her sons, Gregory and Alex...

  • Obituaries

    January 10, 2008 | 7:00 pm

    Maxine Andron died Dec. 19 at 83. She is survived by her daughters, Debbie (Todd) Kopit and Judy (Dave) Snavely; six grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and sister, Helen (Leo) Seidner. Mount Sinai

    Rosalie Aronoff died Dec. 18 at 81. She is survived by her husband, Gilbert;...

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