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  • If You Have Love, Does Marriage Matter?

    By Ilana Angel

    January 13, 2013 | 8:29 pm

    Ever since I was little I wanted to get married.  When I tied the knot the first time it was a remarkable time in my life.  I loved my husband, my parents walked me down the aisle, all my siblings were there, and my life was full of hope and promise.  Even though my marriage did...

  • Marriage, family pressure and Jewish geography

    By Pini Herman

    March 14, 2012 | 6:04 pm

    What is the difference between a pit bull and a Jewish Mother? The pit bull eventually lets go.

    It’s an old joke, but one that speaks to the role of familial connections among Jews, which play a large role in how we consider the Jewish geography of weddings and marriage. Where...

  • Brachas vs. bluegrass: moms make the switch

    By Shoshana Lewin-Fischer

    October 5, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Reality shows seem to be becoming less and less real every season. Exhibit A: The very intriguing but highly unlikely pairing of a Shomer Shabbos Jewish family from Brookline, Mass. (near Boston), and a coon-huntin' family from Olympia, Ky. (on a map that would be nowhere near a...
  • 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...
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  • Ten Commandments for a Happy Marriage

    By Rabbi Ephraim Z. Buchwad

    November 10, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    For those preparing for marriage, as well as those already wed, Rabbi Ephraim Buchwald, director of the National Jewish Outreach Program, offers his Ten Commandments for a successful marriage. His advice is based on the 3,300-year-old Jewish tradition, is timeless and applicable to...

  • H.O.P.E. for Los Angeles’ Bereaved

    By Jane Ulman

    August 4, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    I felt like a third wheel," Shirley said.

    "I never felt more alone," Diane said.

    "I felt my oneness," Helene added.

    These women, along with 12 other females and two men, all in their 50s to their 80s, sat in a circle in Valley Beth Shalom's Lopaty Chapel in Encino. They were...

  • Discovering Keys to Lasting Matrimony

    By Sheryl P. Kurland

    May 5, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    "Everlasting Matrimony: Pearls of Wisdom From Couples Married 50 Years or More," by Sheryl P. Kurland (American Literary Press, $39.95).

    In the late 1940s, Ron Farrar's and Joan Pachtman's passion to help those in need charted the course for personal passion and lifelong matrimony....

  • Widows, Widowers Seek Ways to Cope

    By Gaby Wenig

    July 31, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    When Esther Goshen-Gottstein's husband of 39 years died, she felt like her world had crumbled.

    "The bottom had fallen out my life, as in an earthquake, when the ground on which one has stood firmly for years suddenly collapses," she writes in "Surviving Widowhood" (Gefen, 2002)....

  • Single in the City

    By Rachael Brickman

    March 7, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    It's 8 p.m. on Friday and a large crowd has gathered in front of Congregation Ohab Zedek (O.Z.) on Manhattan's Upper West Side. Blue police barricades have been set up to keep more than 500 20- and 30-something congregants from blocking the street. The wooden barriers are mostly...

  • Marital Bliss

    By Rabbi Elazar Muskin

    October 29, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    A story is recorded in the inspiring biography about the late Jerusalem rabbi Aryeh Levin, "A Tzaddik in Our Times."

    One of the rabbi's students was about to be married when he came to Reb Aryeh and asked: "How should I behave toward my wife? How should I treat her?" Reb Aryeh looked...

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