September 17, 1998 | 8:00 pmIt's Friday night in Westwood, and the room is packed. It's a stylish, attractive crowd -- lawyers, entertainment executives, marketing analysts and other professionals who look like they had a chance to stop off at home after work and freshen up before coming. The buzz is happy and...
August 27, 1998 | 8:00 pm
Money, Meaning and Mongolian Beef
As if in slow motion, the ominous hand of a waiter dips down into the center of view, dropping the check before I've had a chance to excuse myself to the restroom.
I'm in some Chinese restaurant in...
August 20, 1998 | 8:00 pm
Schmoozing, Study and Shabbat
Bevery Gray, Education Editor
When Rabbi Gordon Bernat-Kunin founded an informal group dedicated to bringing together young Jewish adults to celebrate Shabbat, he named it...
July 23, 1998 | 8:00 pm
Trafficking in Futility
I was caught in the cruel cogs of a heartless machine. I was stripped of my humanity and dignity. I was without representation or recourse.
I was in traffic court.
Before my little run-in...
July 16, 1998 | 8:00 pm
Learning 'Romance' Language
Berlitz won't help. You can't listen to tapes in the car. And the Foreign Service programs ignore it completely.
It's a "romance" language, but the subjunctive is the least of your problems.
July 9, 1998 | 8:00 pm
I have an acquaintance named Greg Goldstein. Gregis the kind of person I look at and think, "Where were the guys likehim when I was 25?" He is good looking, smart, active, takes greatvacations and runs a successful business in the West Valley. Foryears he rented a house in Calabasas,...
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....
May 28, 1998 | 8:00 pm
Teresa Strasser is a twentysomething contributing writer for The Jewish Journal.
"I hope you don't take this the wrong way..."
When you hear that phrase, there's usually no right way to take what follows. Prepare to be...
May 21, 1998 | 8:00 pm
James Cameron's "Titanic" was huge. The boat, themovie, the box office -- all huge. Titanic even means huge, althoughthe name they chose for the ship sounds better than the "R.M.S.Huge," or the other name they considered: "We're Talking Big."
Now a warning: This article discusses the...
January 29, 1998 | 7:00 pm
Wedding Goblet by Max Kohler the Younger, Breslau, 1752. SilverGilt. Photo from "Jewish Art,"1995.
On Jewish Men
I would like to offer a new spin on intermarriage. Some of us arechoosing to marry non-Jews, not to escape our Jewishness but becauseit is our last...
January 22, 1998 | 7:00 pm
I had hoped that it would be an "empowering"experience, going to the movies alone on New Year's Eve.
And I really wanted it to be. But when I sat alonein a dark theater at midnight, sipping my Diet Coke and munchinggreasy popcorn, I didn't feel as Erica Jong as I had hoped.
June 5, 1997 | 8:00 pmShe married him and lived his life. Impeccably groomed and almost pathologically calm, she saw him through law school, career advancement and a successful public career. She raised three children and worried about her husband's health, his stress level, his cholesterol intake.