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  • My Best French Weddings

    By Michael Aushenker

    July 12, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Of all the weddings I've attended, nothing compares to the spectacle that is the Jewish French wedding. My mom's Algerian side has thrived in France for decades. They socialize like the Algerian revolution never happened. Mom's family is bustling -- full of passion, mirth and --...

  • Dear Deborah

    By Deborah Berger

    April 26, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Bitterness Once Removed

    Dear Deborah,

    Eleven years ago my parents divorced after my father found out my mother had been having an affair for four years. Although my sister and I were already in our 20's, it had a devastating effect on the family. My father stayed single, alone and...

  • Finding Work in a Bear Market

    By Michael Aushenker

    April 12, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    It was a rough transition for Debbie Murphy. She had just emerged from a difficult divorce after being trapped for two decades in an abusive marriage. Two years ago, she found herself on her own for the first time, unemployed and unequipped.

    "Even though I had a bachelor's degree and...

  • Advice From the Trenches

    By Lynne Z. Gold-Bikin

    February 8, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    The statistics haven't changed much in the close to 30 years I've been in practice. About 50 percent of all American marriages end in divorce. As a family law attorney, I work with people every day who are giving up on their dreams of marital bliss. And in many cases -- for my client...

  • Marital Strife

    By Yosef Kanefsky

    December 7, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    Every marriage has painful moments. Even the most loving marriages do. This fact of life is confirmed by the opening of chapter 30.

    There is only one marriage in the entirety of the Bible that is explicitly described as being based on romantic love. This is the marriage of Jacob...

  • Rest in Peace

    By Mark Schiff

    November 30, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    While at a friend's house recently, I noticed something very important. Every time the poor guy sat down and got semicomfortable, his wife would ask him to get up and do something. She just couldn't stand watching him relax.

    "What do you need, honey?" he asked.

    "I need a bowl...

  • Don’t-Knock-It-Till-You-Try-It.Com

    By Michael Aushenker

    November 23, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    Two summers ago, I was staying with an old Cornell buddy in Manhattan - we'll call him Andrew - who was in a state of despair over his personal life. Andrew - a thoughtful, introverted individual - never quite felt comfortable in large social situations. Even during the height of...

  • Why Get Married?

    By Ellen Sandler

    November 9, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    We'd been seeing each other for about three and a half years, and it'd come up, more than once.

    Conversations like:
    "Should we?"
    "No... well, maybe. I don't know."
    "Do you want to?"
    "Not now."

    Why get married? I love him, we're already living together, things are just fine, why do we need...

  • Relationships with God

    By Rabbi Susan Laemmle

    September 21, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    When John and I married, our invitation featured a verse from this week's Haftorah (Isaiah 61:10-63:9): Yasis alayich Elochayich kimsos chatan al kalah, rendered freely as "Come join in the sanctification of our joy"; literally, "As a bridegroom rejoices in a bride, so your God will...

  • I Used to Have a Life

    By Mark Schiff

    September 14, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    I was looking at my three boys the other day as they argued over the remote control. One of them yelled, "Hey, give me that, you little rat." It made me think that if this is any indication of how they will conduct themselves in their future business dealings or marriages, my kids...

  • Shotgun Wedding

    By Teresa Strasser

    August 31, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    According to the state of Nevada, I now have a new dad.

    It's not every day your mother has a shotgun wedding at a Las Vegas chapel, so it was a special moment. Who was holding the shotgun? Uncle Sam. It was a forced wedding of the new millennium - one necessitated by tax purposes...

  • Home Is Where the Heart Is

    By Teresa Strasser

    June 15, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    A string quartet plays in the background as I listen to a famous New Age guru perform a wedding ceremony on a Malibu cliff.

    The guru is marrying two friends of mine who met in an acting class last year. She turns to the groom and launches into a spiel about how from now on, he's going...

  • Reform Rabbis: Same-Sex Ceremonies Kosher

    By James D

    March 30, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    Modification or compromise?

    Whatever you want to call it, the Reform rabbis' final decision on Jewish same-sex commitment ceremonies is being touted as "groundbreaking" and a major step forward for gay and lesbian Jews.

    After years of often heated debate on gay marriage, Reform...

  • Singles/Other Side of the Hill: A Personal Ad Story

    By Fred Morguelan

    February 24, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    Dear Editor:

    I was divorced in 1993 after an 18-year marriage and spent several years getting my head on straight. I then began to advertise in the The Jewish Journal Personal Connections because I wanted to find a kindred spirit. I met many women who, by and large, were...

  • Foregoing the Test-Drive

    By Mark Firestone

    January 6, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    It may come as a surprise that in today's post-sexual revolution world there are still men and women who don't have sex before their wedding day. These otherwise modern, cell phone-carrying individuals choose to adhere to the 3,000-year-old Jewish tradition of sexual piety.

    When I...

  • Mysteries of the Jews

    January 6, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    The big surprise of the holiday season, if you caught it, was Jerry Seinfeld's wedding.

    It turns out the man whose television persona perfectly embodied men's fear of commitment was, in real life, simply waiting for the right Jewish woman. Once he found her, baddaboom, baddabing,...

  • Is It a Match?

    By Pini Herman

    December 23, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    It's wonderful to think that the world is beshert, that for every baby boy born there is a baby girl, but it's not that way. For every 100 baby girls born, approximately 106 baby boys are born.

    Apparently the Grand Planner knows what parents of boys unfortunately know -- their sons...

  • ‘Marriage’ In California

    By Eric Roth

    November 11, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    Although Californians do not go to the polls for another four months, Proposition 22 has already taken an early lead in the race to become the hot button issue of Election 2000. At the center of the debate is the deceptively simple wording of the proposition, sponsored by Republican...
  • The Real-Life ‘Story of Us’

    By Rob Eshman

    November 4, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    When radio-humorist Howard Stern announced earlier this month that he and his wife Alison were separating after 21 years of marriage, he was, according to therapist and author Dr. Betty Polston, right in keeping with a disturbing trend. The divorce rate in America is declining,...
  • A Personal Success

    September 9, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Dear Jewish Journal:

    About five years ago, I ended a very serious relationship. I was devastated, but knew that my life could not end over this. I did everything to try and resolve my pain but it was hopeless. I eventually moved to another city, started a new career, and got on with...

  • An American Love Story

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    September 9, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    In 1990, acclaimed documentary filmmaker Jennifer Fox met and fell in love with a black man, a bass player who performed in a blues band with one of her friends. "I had the naive sense that it was the '90s and that racism was on the decline," says Fox, 39, who grew up in a Jewish...
  • The Club Scene

    July 8, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Dear Jewish Journal:

    About five years ago, I ended a very serious relationship. I was devastated, but knew that my life could not end over this. I did everything to try and resolve my pain but it was hopeless. I eventually moved to another city, started a new career, and got on with...

  • Love and Marriage

    By Rabbi Steven Z. Leder

    April 22, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    The midrash says that poverty is the worst of all afflictions. But I think it's something else -- loneliness. Human beings are lonely creatures, craving love. I see it in the eyes of elderly men who lose their wives of half a century or more. I see it in the longing and desperation...
  • A Better Strategy

    By Marlene Adler Marks

    January 7, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    History never precisely repeats itself. I was cleaning up after dinner the other evening when I heard my daughter, Samantha, now nearly 17, on the phone; she was talking with a guy named Vinnie.

    "Vinnie?" I said, as she hung up. "I think we should be focusing on Jewish guys now, don't...

  • Roseanne’s Personal Ad

    November 26, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    Actress and talk-show queen Roseanne is looking for a few good Jewish men.

    Not for herself, but for her three unmarried daughters, the thrice-married and divorced actress says.

    Roseanne's pitch, delivered on her syndicated talk show and later on Howard Stern's morning radio show, runs...

  • Dear Deborah

    By Deborah Berger

    August 7, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    Nice, Decent and But

    Dear Deborah,

    The three worst words in the English language for a single man are "nice," "decent" and "but," as in "You're a nice, decent man, but let's just be friends."

    A single...

  • Community

    By Ruth Stroud

    July 16, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    Ruth Neal, coordinator of Ezras Bayis, has seen Orthodox womenwho have been bitten, shoved, slapped, punched, spit at, scalded withhot chicken soup, threatened with a gun, pushed down a flight ofstairs. Wood cut by Kathe Kollwitz from "German ExpressionistWoodcuts," 1994.


    Ilana*, an...

  • Love Lessons From ‘The Godfather’’

    By Stephen A. Simon

    June 18, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    No matter how much we fight it, we all end up with bad family habits, whether it's getting crumbs in the margarine container or leaving the silencer in the trunk.

    Romantic relationships are confusing. So we search for guidance in many places, including the cinema....

  • Dear Deborah

    By Deborah Berger

    May 21, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    Outspoken Men

    Readers: When itcomes to Jewish men and women and the great, complicated knot oflove, hate, passion, contempt and yearning, Jewish Journal readers --in this case, men -- are outspoken. These responses and excerpts areto Headin' for the Exit ("Renounces Jewish Women,"...

  • Hopeful Romantics

    By Bonnie Trachtenberg

    May 7, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    When you're still "flying solo" and your 35thbirthday comes a-knocking, suddenly, the pitifully comic titlescrowding the self-help shelves of your bookstore seem less like jokebooks and more like required reading.

    I should know. Just days away, that landmarkbirthday is feeling more...

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