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  • 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...

  • A Belated Wedding Present

    By Nancy Sokoler Steiner

    March 12, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    The ad caught our eye: an all-expense paid Shabbatweekend at the Brandeis-Bardin Institute for couples married withinthe past 18 months. I had been to Brandeis before, so I knew that, ifnothing else, my husband, Neal, and I would experience a tranquilShabbat in a beautiful setting.


  • Dear Deborah

    By Deborah Berger

    February 19, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    Two-Timing Online

    Dear Deborah,

    My roommate and friend, "Joe," is engaged to bemarried to a terrific woman, and the wedding date is set for thisJune. I am to be his best man. Joe, who is 38 and marrying for thefirst time, had a terrible time committing to one person. Now that hehas...

  • ‘Till Death Do Us Part’—Enough Already

    By Linda Feldman

    February 12, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    Many of us who said, "Till death do us part,"never went the distance. Gary and Barbara did. They were a great lovestory. The fact that her parents didn't approve of their marriage,because he was a saxophone player, made it all the morepowerful.

    From the moment Barbara was diagnosed...

  • As American as ...

    November 27, 1997 | 7:00 pm

    On our first Thanksgivingtogether, my husband and I went to the supermarket. I was thrilled tolearn that our mothers had both used crackers and celery in theirturkey stuffing. See, I thought, we have everything in common.

    Then we got to the baking-goods section.Immediately, I grew...

  • Trial by Humor

    By Linda Feldman

    September 11, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    A few Sundays ago, while a tropicalFlorida rainstorm raged outside, my second cousin Laura,granddaughter of my aunt Ruthie, married Geraldo Morales, in aceremony led by a pastor who quoted Jeremiah and mentioned Jesus onlyonce (we were all counting). The groom's family was dressed in...

  • Happy Anniversary

    By Beverly Gray

    August 28, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    My 25th wedding anniversary iscoming up fast. Wish me luck.

    I'll need all the good fortune I can muster,thanks to one of the ways I've chosen to mark this momentousoccasion. Of course, Bernie and I will be celebrating conventionally,with a party for some of our oldest friends. But, in...

  • Dear Deborah

    By Deborah Berger

    June 12, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    "No Relationships, Please," pastel by Carole Kerchen. From Painting with Passion, 1994

    Marriage Material?

    Dear Deborah,

    I have been married two times, the first time for three years and the second for five years. I have no children from either marriage, and, although I want children,...

  • LettersA Soaring Father

    June 5, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    After reading Sally Ogle Davis' review of my father's work, "In the Presence of Mine Enemies"("Submitted for Your Approval," Apr. 18), I must take exception to her presumption that my father "abandoned his Judaism." I am curious as to when Davis had the opportunity to sit and talk...
  • Dear Deborah

    By Deborah Berger

    May 29, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Dear Deborah,

    My husband and I were very depressed this past Mother's Day. Both of our mothers passed away years ago, my husband's by suicide. Also, both of us came from parents who divorced when we were young, and neither of us had very good relationships with our mothers.

    We do not...

  • Dear Deborah

    By Deborah Berger

    May 1, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Dear Deborah,

    I'm in love with a woman who broke up with me a year ago and has moved on to a new relationship that looks serious. Two years ago, I won her back from the same man. We've been together on and off for three years, and when she's not with me, she's with him.

    She said the...

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