Table For One

10/28/2014 | | Contributing Editor | Table For One

Divorced and childless at 23, each year for the next decade on Rosh HaShanah, Julie Yusupov would walk to her synagogue and, in hopes of one day becoming a mother, say a traditional prayer on the welfare of children for parents and those who hope to become parents. She also prayed to find the right husband with whom to start a family.

10/09/2014 | | Contributing Editor | Table For One

When Lee Bernstein, a Manhattan dentist, was in his late 30's, he bought an engagement ring for his 26-year-old girlfriend, who had just graduated from dental school. Next he took it and showed it to her parents. Her mother, he recalls, compared its size to that of her own ring, which made him uncomfortable. Her father warned him he had better not back out like the last guy who proposed to his daughter.

09/02/2014 | | Contributing editor / blueprint editor | Table For One

The decline of marriage over the last generation has helped create an emerging voting bloc of unmarried women that is profoundly reshaping the American electorate to the advantage, recent elections suggest, of the Democratic Party. What is far from clear is whether Democrats will benefit in the midterm contests this fall.

08/05/2014 | | Contributing Editor | Table For One

In this summer’s hit film, “The Fault in Our Stars,” two cancer-stricken adolescents meet in a support group and fall deeply in love. The boy, Augustus Waters, played by Ansel Elgort, is 18, and the girl, Hazel Grace Lancaster, played by Shailene Woodley, is 16. Because Hazel is dying, their time is short. After leaving the film, it occurred to me that the type of relationship these characters share is the opposite of what many singles, Jewish and otherwise, experience in big city dating.

07/01/2014 | | Contributing Editor | Table For One

In June’s Vanity Fair magazine, Monica Lewinsky, now 40, asks the world to reconsider who she is. In her essay, “Shame and Survival,” she writes about how, since 1998, when the news broke about her affair with former President Bill Clinton, humiliation has been her constant companion. She calls out women who consider themselves feminists, some of whom piled on the public humiliation of a then-24-year-old while, in many cases, giving a pass to the then 52-year-old Clinton for his behavior. In particular, she cites a gathering of the “New York Supergals” — a group of feminists who met to publicly dish about the scandal after it broke.

05/27/2014 | | Contributing Editor | Table For One

At 20, living in a small town in Belarus, Olga (not her real name) placed her picture on a website for American men interested in meeting Russian women.