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  • Mother, Let’s Talk

    By Jenna Ziman

    June 27, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    There is nothing easy about telling your mom you are moving to Israel. It might have been easy two years ago, but not now.

    Even though my mom knew that I'd been planning this trip ever since last summer, once the second intifada began, she assumed I had abandoned the idea. She was...

  • Kids Page

    By Abby Gilad

    May 16, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    10 Commandments

    On Shavuot, we read special sections from the Torah. One of those is the Ten Commandments. The first five are engraved on the right tablet. The second five on the left. The first five, according to the rabbis, fall into the category of commandments "between humans...

  • Ode to Mother

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    May 9, 2002 | 7:59 pm

    "Christmas Babies," by writer and math professor Nalsey Tinberg, opened at the Laurelgrove Theatre exactly two years after her mother's death. Just before Mother's Day, Tinberg said the piece is an ode to her widowed mom; a tiny, crusty Holocaust survivor who raised four kids by...

  • In the Soup

    By Marlene Adler Marks

    May 2, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    My parents visited a year ago while I recuperated from lung cancer surgery and they developed a division of labor.

    My father would do odd jobs around the house. My mother would feed me.

    This was a good plan in theory, but in reality, it had loopholes. My father's tasks were...

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  • My Mommy Dearest

    By J.D. Smith

    May 2, 2002 | 7:59 pm

    As an unintended consequence of writing this column, I am in my mother's dog house. I have reported in these pages on my own failings, my father's shortcomings, my sister's eccentricities, the foibles of two cousins and the generally bad behavior of several friends. To date, however,...

  • Off to School

    By Gaby Wenig

    March 7, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    At his aufruf, Shana Kramer's oldest son stood up in front of all his rebbes at Ner Israel Rabbinical College in Baltimore and said, "It would be impossible for me to thank everyone that I have to thank for bringing me to this point, but there is someone I have to thank publicly...

  • Bundles of Joy

    By J.D. Smith

    January 17, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    The stork has been awfully busy lately.

    It seems as though everyone I know is having a baby. A couple I haven't heard from in months sent a postcard with a picture of what I thought was a Sharpei puppy -- it turns out the little boy's name is Jesse. I didn't even know they were...

  • Nothing’s Fishy

    By Marlene Adler Marks

    January 10, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    "Welcome home, Marlene. It's about time you joined my family," my father said.

    He was greeting the news that well into the age of wisdom, I've finally begun eating sardines.

    Dad eats sardines the way I once ate rugelah or eggplant parmigiana -- with gusto. It's a way of life for him....

  • River of Life

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    July 26, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    On Jan. 12, 1995, Valerie Sobel's 19-year-old son, Andre, died of a brain tumor. Exactly one year later, her husband shot himself. His suicide note stated that he did not wish to live past his son's tombstone unveiling. Three months later, Sobel's mother died of a stroke.

    "This kind...

  • Mamela’s Messages

    By Mike Levy

    June 28, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    "Amy's Answering Machine" by Amy Borkowsky (Pocket Books, $14.95).

    (Beep.) "Yeah, hello, Amila. They just said on TV, 'It's 10 p.m., do you know where your children are?' And I'm thinking, I don't know, so I figured I'd call you, mamascheinz. You must be in the bathroom or...

  • Childhood’s Sweet Sharp Imprint

    By Gina Nahai

    May 17, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    It is summer, a long time ago, and I am lying on a terrace overlooking an ancient garden full of rosebushes and fruit trees. The days have been so hot, the asphalt on the sidewalk melts under my feet if I dare step out of the house. At night, the temperature drops. My sisters and I...

  • Two Mothers

    By Ellen Jaffe-Gill

    May 10, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    At first glance, it would be hard to imagine two women with less in common than my mother and my husband's mother. You can begin with the obvious differences in cultural and religious background: my mother grew up Jewish in the Bronx, while my mother-in-law, a Presbyterian, has lived...

  • A Safe Spot

    By Wendy J. Madnick

    May 10, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    For the child whose parent has been diagnosed with cancer, each day becomes fraught with uncertainty -- will Mom or Dad be there today when I get home from school, or back in the hospital? Will Dad be too sick to come to my softball game? Why does Mom have to take that medicine that...

  • Moving Mom

    By Ellie Kahn

    February 8, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    When I last wrote this column for The Jewish Journal several months ago, I had no idea that my mother would soon be living a short bike ride away. Or that her relocation to Los Angeles would take over my life. But transitions, while challenging and stressful, thankfully don't usually...

  • My Mother’s Kitchen: A Natural Disaster Area

    By Burt Prelutsky

    November 23, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    My mother had a green thumb. Too bad she employed it in the kitchen, not the garden. To her credit, she was such a good housekeeper, you could have eaten off her floors. Which, unfortunately, was preferable to eating off her plates.

    There are people, I'm aware, who are terror-stricken...

  • Happy Mother’s Day

    By Rabbi Steven Z. Leder

    May 11, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    Dear Mom,

    I write to you again this Mother's Day. But this time, a little wiser and more grateful for you; more grateful because now I have two children of my own. Watching each of our babies emerge, seeing how they passed through Betsy to the waiting world in a sheer, painful,...

  • Woman’s Voice

    By Marlene Adler Marks

    May 11, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    Dear Mom,

    I write to you again this Mother's Day. But this time, a little wiser and more grateful for you; more grateful because now I have two children of my own. Watching each of our babies emerge, seeing how they passed through Betsy to the waiting world in a sheer, painful,...

  • Seasons

    By Marlene Adler Marks

    February 3, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    The warm-up room at the "Y" where I exercise is right next door to the children's playroom. While I perform a sun salutation, I hear a little girl calling out in a tiny excited voice.

    "Can I have one? I want one!"

    For a second, I recognize her voice, and so, though I haven't a clue...

  • Mothers and Daughters

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    November 4, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    White Oleander

    By Janet Fitch

    Little, Brown, $24..

    When author Janet Fitch was 9, her longtime friend disappeared into the netherworld of the Los Angeles foster care system.

    The girl's mother had died, then her father and an elderly aunt. When her older brother, a junkie, was arrested,...

  • Boy Meets Mom

    By Teresa Strasser

    September 16, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Busted flat in Barstow, I realize the desert is no place for an old Plymouth. The mechanic says something about "a machine shop in Victorville," and I think that is one phrase you never want to hear in a sentence with your name. That and "feeding tube."

    I'm returning to Los Angeles...

  • Having Fun Is No Picnic

    By Teresa Strasser

    March 4, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    It is Saturday night, and I'm determined to have a good time.

    Realizing that I never have fun and thinking that it would probably be a good idea, I decide to go out to a bar with some friends. One shows up at my house, and since she's "out of gas," I offer to drive. On the way, she...

  • A Woman’s Voice

    By Marlene Adler Marks

    April 2, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    My Passover seder was once again acclaimed by oneand all as the best ever. Good thing, too, since, as befits a holidayfilled with questions, anxiety had dogged my every step -- rightuntil the last moment.

    First, I worried about the weather. Passover felleven later last year than this,...

  • The Editor’s Corner

    March 26, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    My mother is87. Or is it 90? As long as I can remember, I thought that she hadbeen born in 1910, was named Miriam Euffa, and brought here from Kievas a 5-year-old by parents who were educated, and who had been partof what must have been a turn-of-the-century minority:...

  • Honoring Thy Mother

    By Linda Feldman

    January 15, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    I called my mother to wish her a happynew year. She answered the phone like this: "Commo say yammo." "Mom,why are you speaking in bad Spanish?" I asked. "I've been gettinghang-up calls, so I'm sabotaging my voice," she answered. I broke uplaughing.

    My mother bought my book retail,...

  • Dear Deborah

    By Deborah Berger

    October 16, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Deborah Berger-Reiss is a West Los Angelespsychotherapist.

    All rights reserved by author


    Hooked on Rejection

    Dear Deborah,

    My 17-year-old son is hooked on a girl. She's everything he sayshe wishes he could be and everything he knows we wish he couldbe. She's sure to be valedictorian, on...

  • Of Goddesses and Saints

    September 11, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    In the aftermath of thedeaths of Princess Diana and Mother Teresa, every woman I know hasparticipated in some version of "The Goddess or the Saint." We'vetaken sides, debated our husbands and boyfriends, our mothers, ourfriends. At Torah study last Saturday, we weighed the two women...

  • Dear Deborah

    By Deborah Berger

    August 21, 1997 | 8:00 pm


    Roller-Coaster Life

    Dear Deborah,

    I have had a strange, traumatic, roller-coaster life, but I havefinally settled down with a truly wonderful man. The problem I haveis that I cannot understand why I feel so empty and have no sexualdesire whatsoever for my prince.

    When I was small, my...

  • Taking Over the Waiting Room

    By Linda Feldman

    August 14, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    My mother called to give me an update on my aunt Ruthie'scondition. She had a cancer-spotted kidney removed a few days ago,and the family Jew-Ex was hot with medical reports. My mother, whosecurse it was to be the firstborn, was cursed a second time by havinga daughter who she used...
  • 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...

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