Friday, April 18, 2014 Nisan 18, 5774
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Roy S. Gutterman, JE Feature
The phone rang minutes after we got into her apartment. A couple of messages already awaited her on her answering machine, and the girl -- I'll call "Amanda" -- let out a deep sigh. "What, do you have a stalker?" I said glibly, not expecting her answer. "Yes, and he just keeps calling me," she said. Amanda alluded to mounting...
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Adina Matusow, JE Feature
"Hey, hello in there. What's so important? What [do] you got here that's worth living for?" the character Miracle Max asks Westley in 1987 film "The Princess Bride." Westley lies "mostly dead," as opposed to all dead, on his table. He grumbles in response, "True love." Is there a more noble cause? Love is one of the most universally discussed...
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By:
Roy S. Gutterman, JE Feature
After dinner, she lit up, almost by reflex. The restaurant was nice and the conversation interesting enough with a woman I'll call Arella. As we slowly strolled to my car and I disabled the alarm, preparing to open the door for her, she asked, "Do you mind if I smoke in your car?" My answer was that I did. Arella,...
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Adina Matusow, JE Feature
Judaism teaches the idea that men's and women's neshama (or "soul") fuse together and become complete when marrying your bashert, or "fated one." When it comes to love and relationships, everyone should be so lucky as to find a partner who agrees with this teaching. But when it comes to leading a successful life, are we measuring our satisfaction on...
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By:
Roy S. Gutterman, JE Feature
The train rambled along -- somewhere between Washington and Philadelphia, northern Maryland probably -- when the stranger and I started talking. The overpriced, but delicious, chocolate-chip cookie from the cafe car broke the ice. She admired the treat, but declined my offer when I broke off a piece for her. Then we began chatting. "Laura" was a married woman on...
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