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  • Miranda Richmond Mouillot’s fascination with an ancestral divorce

    July 13, 2015 | 4:23 pm

    Acknowledging her own anger frightens Miranda Richmond Mouillot more than she realizes, as we discover in her new book, “A Fifty-Year Silence: Love, War and a Ruined House in France” (Crown).  And she has plenty to be angry about.  She grew up a nervous and anxious child in a...

  • I had not intended to fall in love.

    By Dr. Afshine Emrani

    September 23, 2014 | 7:09 pm

    I had not intended to fall in love.

    I had just entered this stage as a casual traveler, to observe.  I had watched the little kids use their slings to kill mockingbirds, and chase rabid dogs in the streets with angry bats.  I had awakened from sleep to coughing guns in front of...


    By Ilana Angel

    May 4, 2013 | 7:50 am

    After a week of online dating I feel I must lend a helping hand to the men who are online trying to meet a nice woman.  By men of course I mean man, because in the sea of men available online, I imagine that only one in a million is actually looking for something more than a booty...

  • One Year Anniversary

    By Elliot Steingart

    April 22, 2013 | 11:10 am

    Written by my girlfriend, Liv Amend

    Elliot and I decided to embark on a romantic getaway for our one year anniversary.   I was actually embarrassed when I told people.  Friends and family were curious “Why are you going to Long Beach?” 

    I didn’t want to say it was because the...

  • An age of broken glances: On ‘Why Love Hurts’

    By Rabbi David Wolpe

    December 19, 2012 | 10:00 am

    Each time I officiate at a marriage, I perpetrate a small fraud. I read the ketubah, the marriage contract, in its original Aramaic and then I read the “translation.” The translation is actually a confection of sweet-spun phrases about creating a home of warmth, openness, and...

  • The Bachelor is Back with a Whole Lot of Crazy

    By Ilana Angel

    January 3, 2012 | 11:15 am

    If Zach Braff and Justin Long had a baby, it would be Bachelor Ben.  He is a sweet man and I wish him well. He was blessed to be dumped by the teeth picking, bang touching Ashley.  I’m just unclear why nobody in his life that cares about him, does not make him get a haircut. I like...

  • Books: An enduring romance

    By Celia Soudry

    June 19, 2008 | 2:26 pm

    Decades after being forced to hide in confining attics in Holland, Holocaust survivor Flory A. Van Beek, now 86, tells a courageous story in her memoir of how she and her husband Felix, now 96, kept romance and hope alive during chilling times.

    Van Beek was lucky enough to have...

  • One more time around

    By Sharon Schatz Rosenthal

    June 12, 2008 | 2:33 pm

    Stuart Miller was not looking for a wife. After two failed marriages over the course of 15 years, the Arcadia doctor and father of two was content with his newfound bachelorhood and independence. But when he met Stacy, the widowed mother of one of his daughter's Hebrew school...
  • Bernstein’s Great Wall

    By Tom Teicholz

    February 21, 2008 | 5:00 pm

    Over the course of a year, I collect books I should read and books I want to read, but -- should have/would have/could have -- many I never get around to reading.

    Over the last few months, as last year came to a close and this new one began, and as a side benefit of watching less TV...

  • The Connector

    By Amy Klein

    November 8, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    I love my neighbor. Not, as it says in the Torah, "Love thy neighbor as thyself." But literally, I love him. It's not only because he helps me with manly activities, like moving furniture, killing cockroaches and opening jars (how do single women do these things alone?) but because...
  • Films: Romantic triangle survives in the midst of hell

    By Tom Tugend

    November 8, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    "I'm a very special Holocaust survivor," Jack Polak says. "I was in the camps with my wife and my girlfriend, and, believe me, it wasn't easy."

    This may sound like a line from the new genre of Holocaust films with humor, but Polak (who is Jacob on his birth certificate, Jack in...

  • What do men want?

    By Roberto Loiederman

    August 2, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    In April 1994, at a Hillel lecture in Westwood, the topic was: "The Relationship Between Jewish Men & Jewish Women: Love or War?" On the "war" side of that discussion was Dr. Herb Goldberg, a practicing psychologist, professor and writer.

    Goldberg told the 500 or so people in that...

  • Marry first, date later

    By David Suissa

    July 5, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    It was a short but fascinating discussion. I had about a dozen singles over for Friday night dinner -- as part of Lori Pietruszka's "Shabbat in the Hood" program to connect Jewish singles with a Shabbat experience -- when a cryptic exchange caught my attention.

    Someone mentioned that...

  • I heart Hollywood endings

    By Esther W. Hersh

    June 21, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    I met "Mr. Nice Guy" more than three years ago, and I cherish our special connection -- he's affectionate, understanding, a good listener, open-minded, practical ...

    I could go on and on. I felt fortunate that we found each other, and he indicated the same. We both want the best...

  • Yichud—a romantic oasis

    By Sharon Schatz Rosenthal

    April 19, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Jennifer Tralins' wedding on a private beach near Miami was picture perfect, from the warm sand under her bare feet to the sweet sounds of the flute as she walked down the aisle in an elegant beaded gown. But for the bride, the most memorable aspect of the ceremony was her yichud,...
  • Silver screen love life

    By Roni Blau

    February 22, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    When I was 12 years old, I spent a steamy L.A. summer cooling off at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in Beverly Hills watching old Oscar Best Picture Award movies, including "How Green Was My Valley," "Mrs. Miniver" and Alfred Hitchcock's "Rebecca."

    That was the...

  • Friendship—and pain

    By Jeff Bernhardt

    February 1, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    I don't date much. I have all the usual excuses - too busy, not into "the scene," but really, I'm just a lazy dater. I'm like the fisherman who waits for the fish to jump into his bucket. I don't go to bars or join groups, but if someone comes my way, I happily pursue.

    That's what...

  • Book review: The Divorce Lawyers’ Guide

    October 5, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Divorce attorneys. Are there two dirtier words in the English language? Thoughts of them conjure up images of circling human sharks, cold-blooded assassins and profiteers feasting on the misery of others. Turning to them for suggestions on how to stay married would seem about as...
  • So sorry, wrong numbers

    By Debra L. Eckerling

    September 21, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    There are so many choices of singles events, but most of them don't seem to work for me: SpeedDating -- concept is interesting, but my age range and location never seem to match my availability; outdoor sports -- not my thing, and it's not that I'm out of shape, I'm just a...
  • Avoiding Heartbreak No ‘Petite’ Feat

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    May 4, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    The 18-year-old heroine of Karin Albou's film, "La Petite Jérusalem," spurns love and sex.

    "Passion is an illusion, entailing a loss of autonomy and freedom," she tells a hapless suitor. "I don't want to be a slave to my senses."

    Albou, 38, admits this theory is "nonsense." At...

  • You’re Scentsational!

    By Mark Miller

    March 16, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    When a guy -- let's say me, for the sake of argument -- is lacking a romantic partner, every bit of attention I get from any woman, even a complete stranger, takes on heightened significance and pleasure. Because I don't have a wife, girlfriend or lover, a simple smile from any woman...

  • Relationships 101

    By Mark Miller

    March 2, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Why is finding and sustaining a successful romantic relationship so difficult? I blame the American education system. It teaches us a world of information we most likely will never need unless we're either settling a bar bet, appearing on "Jeopardy" or helping our children with their...

  • Age Apparent

    By Randye Hoder

    February 23, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Of all the May-to-December romances that were not meant to be, mine must top the list.

    For starters, I met Rick in a hot tub -- a cliché I was sure we could never get over. We found ourselves at the same party, where he was being accosted by a woman who kept sidling close to him and...

  • Singles - Notes to Self

    By Amy Klein

    February 16, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Note to Self: Do not date a man who says that he can't be in a relationship. Do not go out with him after he tells you he wants to go out with you -- but only casually. Even if everything he says or does proves to the contrary -- like for example, he calls you every day and wants to...

  • ‘Fools’ Writer Seeks Happily Ever After

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    February 16, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    "I'm more sensual and romantic than sexual," 50-something author Evelyn Duboff says.

    One might assume otherwise upon viewing "Fools in Love," a theatrical performance of 10 Duboff short stories about her colorful (and sometimes off-color) love life.

    In her racy, witty tales -- which...

  • Boutique Teaches Brides Love Lessons

    By Carin Davis

    February 9, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Where there's a bride to be, there's a bachelorette party. And for many Los Angeles women, that party means just one thing: The Love Boutique. For 25 years, the shop has entertained and educated parties of women about sexuality and sensuality. The Love Boutique parties are like...

  • Written in the Jewish Stars

    December 29, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    We're not saying we believe any of this, mind you, but, yes, Jews, too, like to peek at horoscopes. But up until now, something's been missing -- that Jewish touch. Sure, you could count on Bubbe and Zayde to dispense career advice and to forecast general doom, but that hardly...

  • Too Picky

    By Glenn M. Gottlieb

    December 8, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    A few weeks ago, I had just returned from a trip to New York to meet someone my rabbi tried to set me up with -- a member of his

    former congregation there. On my first Friday night back in shul, I was confronted by close married friends of mine with the question.

    "So-o-o ...,"...

  • No Religious Bias in Racy ‘Bodice Rippers’

    By Keren Engelberg

    November 24, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    Fess up or don't, a lot of us are reading romance novels -- otherwise known as "bodice rippers." The numbers speak for themselves, accounting for 48 percent of all popular paperback fiction published, according to the Web site of the Romance Writers of America.

    And that "us"...

  • Uma Thurman, Shiksa Goddess

    By Amy Klein

    October 27, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Sandra Bullock was all set to take the role of Rafi Gardet in the movie "Prime," playing the 37-year-old woman who falls in love with a 23-year-old Jewish artist. But two weeks before shooting, Bullock pulled out. The actress told the trades the script hadn't been revised to her...

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