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  • Mom, It’s Not My Fault!

    By Dr. Afshine Emrani

    May 11, 2014 | 7:16 am

    When I was a child, my mother would invite over some thirty people and cook for fifty.  Five minutes before the guests' arrival, panic would set in, and she would instruct me not to eat any food until they left, lest the feast come short.  After the grand departure, she would over...

  • Helping mothers have it all

    By Susan Freudenheim

    June 27, 2012 | 4:22 pm

    The much-discussed article in the July/August Atlantic magazine begins with a story that likely will be familiar to any working mother. The author, Anne-Marie Slaughter, is at an evening work event talking to very important, very professional people, and all that’s really on her...

  • Dressing like my Jewish mother

    May 10, 2012 | 1:05 pm

    On Mother’s Day, I’m going to wear my mother’s jewelry. No, this isn’t a mom’s day story about gender identity; it’s about Jewish identity and whether possessions can help pass it on.

    As part of her legacy my mother, Pearl, left to my sister Wendy and me a set of Torah Fund...

  • A World Driven By Hate

    By Ilana Angel

    March 21, 2012 | 10:57 am

    I have been shaken to my core with the killings in France this week.  I cannot wrap my head around a man walking up to children and killing them at point blank range.  I am proudly Jewish but these killings have scared me and made me nervous.  I am fearful of the world and that’s...

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  • Do’s and Don’ts When Visiting Your Boyfriend’s Parents

    By Tamara Shayne Kagel

    September 16, 2011 | 11:01 am

    Last weekend, I stayed at my boyfriend’s parents house when we were in town for a wedding. It was the second time in our brief courtship that I’ve done so and so I was much less stressed about it this time but it’s still a pressure filled situation. The part that makes it so...
  • Boomerang Kids

    By Annie Korzen

    August 24, 2011 | 3:01 pm

    ENOUGH ALREADY!
    In most cultures in the world, grown children are expected to feed, clothe, and house their elders and in many cases it’s the mother-in-law who runs the family.  What an excellent idea! In our society, however, parenting seems to have become a lifetime job.

    After...

  • For non-Jewish mothers raising Jewish children, things can get complicated

    July 20, 2011 | 4:10 pm

    Lisa Shimel, who is not Jewish, celebrated Christmas with her Jewish husband until their first child was born; now they’ve added Chanukah. Deb Morandi works at Jewish Family Services, where she introduces intermarried families to Judaism, though she is not Jewish.

    Pat Luftman was...

  • The Real Housewives of O.C. Are Back!

    By Julia Bendis

    March 7, 2011 | 10:20 am

    I am ecstatic to say that the Real Housewives of Orange County are back on television!  Of course when I say ecstatic, I mean that in every sarcastic way possible…  Can’t you just feel me rolling my eyes when I write this?  Not only are they back for a brand new season, but this time...

  • Segregated school affair: Fathers arrive in jail, mothers fail to show

    June 17, 2010 | 1:59 pm

    Thirty five men, fathers to Ashkenazi girls attending an illegally segregated school in the West Bank settlement of Immanuel, arrived at the Ma’asiyahu prison Thursday evening to serve a two-week sentence.

    Parents of European, or Ashkenazi, descent at the all girls’ school don’t...

  • Cooking lessons

    By Gina Nahai

    December 6, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    Pour three cups of rice into a bowl. Fill the bowl with cold water. Stir the rice in the water, making sure you don't crush the grains, then throw out the water. Repeat five times.

    I'm 9 years old -- in my mother's kitchen on the second floor of our house in Tehran. It's...
  • Mom: Resist

    By Wendy Mogel

    May 11, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    When stuck with a rebellious child, gluttonous and thieving, the Torah has a tidy solution: Kill him. Or her.

    For those of you excited by this opportunity to practice a new mitzvah, be mindful that the Talmud (Sanhedrin 71a) adds, "The case of the wayward and rebellious child never...

  • Comforting Mothers Without Mothers

    By Adeena Sussman

    May 11, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    "My childhood skidded to a stop on a Tuesday afternoon in the middle of my 15th year, with my mother's first mammogram results," writes Hope Edelman in her moving new book, "Motherless Mothers: How Mother Loss Shapes the Parents We Become" (Harper Collins). For Edelman, her mother's...

  • Party Pooper

    By Carin Davis

    September 15, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    My college friends Jordy and Michelle are throwing a party -- a birthday party for their 1-year-old son. That's right, my former party 'til the break of dawn dormmates are hosting a luau for their little one. This should be good.

    I walk into the Hawaiian-themed rager and am...

  • Making Sense of My Mother’s Death

    By Rabbi Eli Hecht

    January 29, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Recently, I was working at my school office planning a day of classes and interviews when I was notified of an incoming call from New York. It was my cousin, Shion, a hospital chaplain and a fine rabbi.

    "Have you heard the news?" he asked.

    I thought his voice sounded pensive and...

  • Q & A With Jewtopia Creators Bryan Fogel and Sam Wolfson

    By Amy Klein

    January 22, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    "Are you interested in a 29-year-old Jewish girl?"

    I'm standing in the foyer of the Coast Playhouse in West Hollywood talking to Bryan Fogel, the co-writer/co-producer/co-star of "Jewtopia" -- a play that parodies dating, JDating, interdating, rabbis, Passover seders, Purim, Chanukah...

  • Roadside Distraction

    By Teresa Strasser

    July 10, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    I'm sitting at a Mobil station in Minneola, my feet propped up against the bottom frame of my car door. The door is swung open so I can take in the desert air, exhale my Camel Light into the breeze.

    I just bought a pack of gum and a green plastic lighter inside the store, where a...

  • Look at Our Living Room!

    By Gaby Wenig

    July 3, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    They need to talk more! They are being too quiet!"

    That was the frantic, whispered assessment of Beverly Pomeranz, casting director for the new A&E series, "Makeover Mamas," as she watched the reaction of Ross and Jennifer Misher upon seeing their newly redecorated living room for...

  • Material Instincts

    By Gaby Wenig

    March 27, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Every day before Dina Goldstein (not her real name) leaves the house to take her two young children to day care and herself to work, she grabs two bagels and two boxes of orange juice. After buckling the kids into the car, she gives them the bagels and the juice, and they eat...

  • 7 Days in the Arts

    By Keren Engelberg

    October 31, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    2/SATURDAY

    Monique Schwartz has people talkin' about our mommas. No need to organize a posse though. This is actually kind of Schwartz's way of doing that herself -- to analyze and combat stereotypical depictions of Jewish mothers in film. Her documentary "Mamadrama: The Jewish...

  • Better With Age

    By Jane Ulman

    May 9, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    "You're the oldest of all my friends' moms," my son, Danny, 11, tells me.

    Like I don't know this. Or have a card for senior discounts or billions of cells that have lost their elasticity to prove it.

    A year and a half ago, I was a trendsetter. The Wall Street Journal reported that...

  • Hollywood Mitzvahs

    By Mike Levy

    May 3, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    When one person helps another person, it's a mitzvah. When 1,500 people from 30 different organizations join together to help out in over 50 volunteering projects, it's Temple Israel of Hollywood's (TIOH) Mitzvah Day.

    The April 29 event attracted volunteers of all ages from both...

  • Chinese Box

    By Gina Nahai

    April 26, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    So there's a fairy-tale wedding: a thousand guests in a flower-filled ballroom, a dozen violins playing Mozart, a grainy-voiced singer belting out an old Persian love song. The bride is 20 years old and ravishing, of course, but she's also blessed with charm and charisma, the kind of...