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  • Singles: When a date’s parents are missionaries

    LOS ANGELES, July 9 (JTA) — First date. He agrees to see a movie about ballet instead of “Gladiator.” You’re heartened by this early sacrifice. After the movie, he drags you along to a friend’s birthday dinner at some Italian-sounding restaurant on Sunset Boulevard. On the way, he gets aggravated about the traffic. This you…

  • Can I find a man who uses a top sheet?

    LOS ANGELES, June 11 (JTA) — A string quartet plays in the background as I listen to a famous New Age guru perform a wedding ceremony on a Malibu cliff here. The guru is marrying two friends of mine who met in an acting class last year. She turns to the groom and launches into…

  • Singles: Car repair jump-starts a life

    LOS ANGELES, May 15 (JTA) — I think “Automotive Denial” should be entered into the next edition of the American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. Telltale signs you are suffering from the disorder include uttering the phrases “I could fix this thing today, but I don’t want to,” “I’m sure it’s…

  • Singles: When the pick-up line is about Seinfeld

    LOS ANGELES, April 17 (JTA) — As I try to find a wormhole through the crowd, I overhear what perhaps might be the quintessential pick-up line at these sorts of Jewish singles functions: “Did you see the ‘Seinfeld’ about the puffy shirt?” I must get away. Using my shoulder, I carve a tangent for myself…

  • 100 years of Vatican-Jewish relations

    JERUSALEM, March 12 (JTA) — Following are some of the high and low points of Vatican-Jewish relations during the past century: 1904 — Pope Pius X rejects Theodor Herzl’s request that he support the Zionist movement. 1919 — Vatican warns of the danger of a Jewish state, just two years after the Balfour Declaration is…

  • All about my mother

    LOS ANGELES, March 12 (JTA) — After three days at a Palm Springs spa with my mother, I felt like I had just returned from a tour of duty in ‘Nam. That’s not really how you want to feel after saunas and raw broccoli and hours of stretch classes, but I blame only myself for…

  • Singles: How to make cocktail conversation

    LOS ANGELES, Feb. 13 (JTA) — You go out. You talk to a lot of people you don’t know. Maybe you gossip a little. Maybe you flirt. Maybe you try too hard and end up acting just a bit like someone else. You wake up the next day with the uneasy feeling that you’ve just…

  • WALK ON THE SINGLES’ SIDE A ‘Jewtor’ offers the answers to life’s toughest examinations

    LOS ANGELES, Sept. 29 (JTA) – We’re about the same age, and from a distance, it almost looks as if we could be sisters. But that’s where the similarities end between Melissa and me. Melissa is what I call my “Jewtor,” a woman assigned to me by a local rabbi to teach me about Judaism….

  • WALK ON THE SINGLES’ SIDE Putting away one’s troubles and struggling with the ‘b’ word

    LOS ANGELES, Sept. 7 (JTA) – I wanted to try it out. You know, take the old “b” word out for a spin in a totally non-threatening environment where I didn’t know anyone and therefore could be neither mocked nor held accountable. The “b” word doesn’t exactly roll off my tongue. No, it generally comes…