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  • JewCLA?

    October 21, 2011 | 1:56 pm

    I have a Jewish daughter in 12th grade, which means one thing: college applications. The fact that she is applying is a given; my husband and I have followed the long-standing Jewish tradition of brainwashing our children into believing that college is nothing more than grades 13...

  • Getting over getting older

    August 19, 2011 | 3:20 pm

    By the time you read this, I will have survived a big birthday. I am not going to tell you how many birth anniversaries have passed, because I hope you picture me as I picture myself: just out of college, with so much life ahead of me that I don’t mind wasting a little bit here and...

  • Letting her go

    July 22, 2011 | 3:43 pm

    Please send your resume if you are interested in the following position:

    Seeking a caretaker of a small person who requires 24-hour attention. Picture the vigilance the Secret Service would employ if the president decided to catch the playoff game between the Tripoli Traitors and...

  • Marital Seesaw

    May 20, 2011 | 12:32 pm

    The following book titles are among the many that crowd my “divorce” bookshelf: “The Case for Marriage,” “Joint Custody With a Jerk,” “The 5 Love Languages” and “My Husband Is Gay.” Since my husband is not gay, and I’m not planning a divorce, I should probably...

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  • An answer to cancer

    April 25, 2011 | 12:38 pm

    My mother, who for years dreamt of holding her own baby in her arms, beamed as she held me, her firstborn. My beloved late grandmother, whose diplomatic skills were on par with Muammar Gadhafi’s, took one look at me and proclaimed, “Now you have a daughter, so now you can...

  • The Berlin Wall of education

    March 16, 2011 | 1:23 pm

    The first line in the letter I received from my local school district screamed: “Our children need your help now!” Apparently, the district is facing yet another round of budget cuts from Sacramento and is turning to parents to “raise at least $1,000,000 by the end of March ......

  • When a couple divorces, the custody battle goes beyond dishes and children

    By Wendy Jaffe

    October 5, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Jews are not immune to America's divorce endemic. With one in two marriages ending long before the expiration date contemplated by the ketubah, rabbis frequently find themselves in the difficult position of having to officiate at bar/bat mitzvahs and weddings with families who...
  • 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...
  • A Mother’s Wish for Her Daughter’s Day

    By Wendy Jaffe

    August 11, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Aaaah, to be a Jewish parent 1,000 years ago. Sure you had to worry about anti-Semites trying to exterminate your people, dying from the flu and wild animals eating your children for lunch, but what a breeze to plan your child's bar mitzvah. No invitations to send, no DJs to hire, no...

  • Santa Monica Tragedy Mirrors Israel Terror

    By Wendy Jaffe

    July 24, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Last week at the Santa Monica Farmers' Market, I got a taste of what it is like to be an Israeli. Going about the ordinary tasks of life one moment, standing next to a corpse the next.

    My day started out ordinarily enough. In pursuit of the perfect tile for my new barbecue center, I...

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