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  • Amy Chua a.k.a The Tiger Mother Got It Right!

    By Julia Bendis

    May 3, 2011 | 11:28 am

    When I first heard about Amy Chua, the self-professed Chinese Tiger Mother, I didn’t understand what all the hype, the drama and the hatred was about.  After reading more about her and her parenting memoir “Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother”, I couldn’t help but like her even more!

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  • Date Night Phenomenon?

    By Julia Bendis

    April 13, 2011 | 6:02 pm

    I had to write about this phenomenon called ‘Date Night’.  Every couple I know has date nights where they spend an evening away from home, kids, pets, etc, while throwing money away doing it…  Only in America do people label every activity including a simple night out with their...

  • Quitter-ville

    By Julia Bendis

    March 28, 2011 | 10:13 am

    I am a big quitter, and I come from a long line of quitters.  My whole family is that way, we get excited to start something, but rarely do we actually finish or go through with it.  We always have the best excuses to quit something, not only does it make sense for us to quit...

  • Is Matchmaking a Mitzvah and how many are supposed to accomplish in our lifetime?

    By Julia Bendis

    February 28, 2011 | 10:17 am

    Attending a wedding the other week of a couple that I introduced, made me think of the many Mitzvot that we are supposed to perform in our lifetime.  Having been somewhat of a Matchmaker since I was in high school, I had never really thought about it as a Mitzvah, or a good deed. ...

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  • Decals on my car - don’t want any!

    By Julia Bendis

    February 10, 2011 | 11:45 am

    Does having a decal of children, dogs and your entire family on your car make you a better Mom?  And more importantly, does NOT having one make me a bad Mom?

    I was pondering that question as I sat in traffic on the 405 freeway the other day.  As usual, I was stuck behind a Minivan...

  • My Interview with the Department of Homeland Security!

    By Julia Bendis

    February 1, 2011 | 10:45 am

    Years ago, I had applied for a position with the Department of Homeland Security.  Why would I apply for a position with the Homeland Security?  Who knows…  Remember my post about my ADD, and pins in my ass?  Well, that’s why.  This was right after 9/11, and they just formed this new...

  • Very random thoughts…

    By Julia Bendis

    January 21, 2011 | 6:05 pm

    As I was visiting my kids’ Pediatrician the other day, again, I thought about how often I am in there.  Is it strange that I am on a first name basis with the front desk staff, or that I know more about what’s going on in their life than I need to know?  Speaking of knowing too much...

  • Not a Ralphs fan in the least

    By Julia Bendis

    December 27, 2010 | 12:09 pm

    Being a wife, a mother and a woman in general, you find yourself at a grocery store quite a bit.  I also find myself quite a bit pissed off when I am there.  I really thought that America was all about business, and customer service, and giving really good customer service.  I guess...

  • No joke: Mother-in-law’s suit vs. comic is tossed

    May 5, 2010 | 12:34 pm

    A lawsuit against a stand-up comedian for making jokes about the Jewish family she married into was thrown out of court.

    Sunda Croonquist, who is half African American and half Swedish, has used her Jewish in-laws, especially her mother-in-law and sister-in-law, as a major source...

  • Report: Respect for religious freedom down in Israel; Grandfather, mother charged in girl's murder

    September 24, 2008 | 11:38 pm

    Report: Respect for Religious Freedom Fell in Israel

    Respect for religious freedom in Israel has declined, according to a new U.S. State Department report.

    An increase in "societal abuses and discrimination" against "some evangelical Christian groups as well as Messianic Jews" has...

  • Mom’s last day

    By Rabbi Mike Comins

    November 1, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    A test of emunah (trust, faith), according to prominent voices in our tradition (Mishna Berachot 9:2), is the ability to bless the bad, as well as the good. Upon hearing of the death of a loved one, can one say, baruch dayan emet (blessed be the truthful judge.) And might one add,...
  • Family Feud—with my family, it’s no game

    By Teresa Strasser

    March 22, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    I would take my mom against Clint Eastwood in any movie. Sure, he usually plays a grizzled, gunslinger with cat-like reflexes and something to prove, but if you cross my mother, you will find yourself, like the title of Clint's greatest Western, "Unforgiven."

    Make no mistake; this...

  • Obituaries

    March 1, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    Michael Avganim died Jan. 27 at 61. He is survived by his daughters, Dorit and Corinne; mother, Margalit; and sister, Haya. Sholom Chapels

    Bernard Barens died Feb. 2 at 96. He is survived by his son, Arthur; four grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and sister, Ellen Kaufman....

  • Don’t hold your breath on plans for baby

    By Julie M. Brown

    January 18, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    Nothing is more exciting than finding out that you're having a baby. The moment I found out I was expecting, I began making grand plans. I read the books, spoke to pregnant friends and questioned all the new mommies I knew. Then I made some big decisions.

    Disposable diapers were...

  • Obituaries

    January 11, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    Kate Altman died Dec. 28 at 97. She is survived by her daughter, Sheila (David) Aenis; son, Gerald (Sharon); five grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and brother, Yale (Bobbi) Simons. Mount Sinai

    Anne Bergstein died Dec. 23 at 90. She is survived by her sons, Ralph and Roger....

  • Time warp again? Take a step toward tradition

    By Judy Gruen

    January 11, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    When I think back to my bat mitzvah 30-plus years ago, here's what I remember most: following the photographer's prompts as I posed against the tree in the synagogue courtyard, standing nervously on the bimah chanting my Torah portion, and giving a speech in which I excoriated...
  • Letters to Mom

    By Rabbi Haim Ovadia

    November 2, 2006 | 7:00 pm



    Dear Mother,

    Here we are again on the plains of Bethel. We're in the 10th month of our 10th year in Canaan. Sorry I haven't written. There were so many things happening, but none of them so important to justify my negligence. The famine, Pharaoh, Avimelech, the war -- they all...
  • What’s your Jewish I.Q.?

    October 19, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    1. When was Judaism founded?
    (a) 1000 C.E.
    (b) 5000 B.C.E.
    (c) 2000 B.C.E.
    (d) 1000 B.C.E.

    2. Who was the mother of Moses?

    3. Who was born a Moabite, became a Jew and was the great-grandmother of King David?
    (a) Rebekkah
    (b) Deborah
    (c) Lillith
    (d) Ruth

    4. Complete this line...

  • Obituaries

    October 19, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Mildred Ball died Sept. 23 at 91. She is survived by her sons, Joseph and David. Malinow and Silverman

    Albert Benaltabet died Sept. 28 at 93. He is survived by his wife, Allegra; daughters, Lynn (Don) Sonderling and Michele Smith; four grandchildren; one great-grandchild; brother,...

  • Obituaries

    October 12, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Werner Anders died Sept. 27 at 91. He is survived by his wife, Lily; daughter, Rachel (Leo) Woss; son, Gideon (Leslie); five grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchildren.
     
    Roberta "Bobbie" Bernstein died Sept. 25 at 67. She is survived by her husband,...
  • Obituaries

    September 21, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Gladys Bloom died Aug. 27 at 87. She is survived by her daughters, Penelope Rosenberg and Lois Tunick; six grandchildren; three stepgrandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren. Groman
     
  • Circuit

    September 21, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    A for Achievement

    Supporters of the Friends of Sheba Medical Center filled the ballroom at the Four Seasons last week to honor three remarkable women -- Rita and Sue Brucker and Dr. Elizabeth Morgan with their prestigious Women of Achievement Award. Morgan gained national...
  • Traveling with my father

    By Mark Schiff

    September 21, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    When I found out my dad was dying of cancer, I spent a lot of time in New York with him and my mom, rather than in Los Angeles, where I was living at the time.
     
    One of the good things about being a road comic is you can live anywhere and book yourself out of wherever you are. Road...
  • Our Uri

    By David Grossman

    August 24, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Hours before the cease-fire between Israel and Hezbollah went into effect, Israel Defense Forces tank commander Uri Grossman, the son of acclaimed Israeli novelist David Grossman, was killed by an Hezbollah anti-tank missile. This is an excerpt of the eulogy David Grossman delivered...
  • A ‘Nice’ Idea Blossoms Into a Group of ‘Niceaholics’

    By Rebecca Raphael

    July 27, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Debbie Tenzer was having lunch with several girlfriends when the conversation got heated. "We all had such different views on where the country was headed. There was so much anger and so much scary news in the post-Sept. 11 world," she says, recalling the devastation from hurricanes...

  • Five Gold Bangles and World of Difference

    By Amy Hirshberg Lederman

    July 13, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    The morning of my wedding day, my mother called me into her bedroom. "Come sit with me," she said quietly, patting the spot next to her on the bed. I sat down beside her, the softness of the mattress causing our shoulders to touch.

    She turned her face toward mine, looking...

  • Drive Sends Love, ‘Gratitude’ to Troops

    By Laura Birnbaum

    June 1, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    As Carolyn Blashek knows only too well, good things come in small packages. The founder and motivating force behind Operation Gratitude, a nonprofit organization that sends care packages to American troops overseas, Blashek serves as an inspiring testimony to one woman's dedication...

  • Obituaries

    May 18, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Leonore Arvidson died April 26 at 80. She is survived by her daughter, Enid; son, Dean; grandson, Ben; sisters, Bea (Max) Perlberg and Char Goldberg; and brother, Stan Charnofsky. Mount Sinai

    HERMAN BRAGER died April 23 at 76. He is survived by his wife, Betty; son, Steven;...

  • A Life Interrupted, a Dream Fulfilled

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    May 11, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Joan "Pessie" Hammer recently bustled through the crowd of hipsters and Chasidim at the first gallery exhibition featuring art by her late son, Moshe.

    Clutching a siddur, the Lubavich mother animatedly chatted with patrons who admired his ethereal religious drawings: pages of a...

  • My Yiddische Mama

    May 11, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    What if famous people had Jewish mothers?

    That's the subject of a one-minute Internet film from Aish.com, the Web site of Aish Hatorah, the religious outreach organization based in Israel with branch offices around the world, including Los Angeles.

    The one minute "film" -- it's...

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