Jewish Journal

  • Three Cheers For the Law

    By Tamara Shayne Kagel

    January 11, 2011 | 2:34 am

    Yesterday, was my first day of my last semester of my last year in law school, which according to the current climate is a bigger waste of time than the summer I spent after college writing my novel when I never had time to write.  Over the weekend, this NY Times piece came out and... read on

  • He Doesn’t Want To Be Her Gay Best Friend

    By Tamara Shayne Kagel

    January 7, 2011 | 9:30 am

    I was lunching with a gay friend of mine, Bentley, a few days ago at Lemonade on Abbot Kinney (if you haven’t had their watermelon-tarragon lemonade get over there asap!) and we were both complaining about a nettlesome girl, Kara, we know.  I have a very short tolerance for certain... read on

  • Shouldn’t Natalie Portman be better than that?

    By Tamara Shayne Kagel

    January 5, 2011 | 9:21 am

    My mother and I were recently discussing the fascinating psychoanalysis A.O. Scott gives Natalie Portman in his recent New York Times article about Black Swan.  When the subject turned to the actress herself, my mom rolled her eyes and scoffed as she said:

    Now she’s marrying that... read on

  • My 20 New Year’s Resolutions

    By Tamara Shayne Kagel

    December 30, 2010 | 9:47 am

    1. To develop an eating disorder and stick with it.
    2. To include some 7’s and under in my circle of friends.
    3. To stop correcting other people’s grammar out loud. 
    4. To take a risk and every once in a while and answer a phone call from a private number.
    5. To find a way to... read on

  • On Friends and Men

    By Tamara Shayne Kagel

    December 29, 2010 | 9:45 am

    I’ve had one of those amazing weeks with men where I feel like I’ve fallen in love ten times.  Not in the romantic sense - more like I forgot how great the men in my life are and they’ve all contributed in a matter of days to restoring my faith in the opposite gender. 

    I was a bit... read on

  • Why A Jewish Girl Loves Christmas

    By Tamara Shayne Kagel

    December 27, 2010 | 3:40 pm

    My family doesn’t celebrate Christmas.  My mother is very clear about this.  We don’t have a holiday party, we have a Hanukkah party where gentiles are invited.  We don’t get a tree, a bush, or a plant of any kind or put up any lights.  We put up Hanukkah decorations so... read on

  • The Dump Redux

    By Tamara Shayne Kagel

    December 21, 2010 | 9:30 am

    Since my last blog post, I’ve received all sorts of responses about how and when and whom to dump.  A male friend of mine challenged my opinion, saying that after one or two or dates, it wouldn’t be appropriate to have a formal “it’s over talk” and I had to concede this is... read on

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