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East (And West) Of Eden

Singles are discovering that, yes, there is life beyond the Upper West Side. From the boroughs to Teaneck, is geography really dating destiny?
Special To The Jewish Week
12/06/2010 - 19:00

Call it The Great Singles Migration. OK, Almost Great.

Liz Wallenstein is one of the new émigrés. The 31-year-old psychotherapist lived in both Washington Heights and the Upper West Side before moving to Flatbush, a Brooklyn neighborhood known more for its kosher pizza options than for an active singles scene.

“I wasn’t in love with the West Side,” said Wallenstein. “I had been there for four years. I felt like I was there because I didn’t know where else to be.

Liz Wallenstein: “I wasn’t in love 	with the West Side.”

First Nights

From tried-and-true to hip-and-trendy, these dating venues hit the spot.
Special To The Jewish Week
12/06/2010 - 19:00

During that first hour alone with Jeremy, I wasn’t sure of his intentions. He’d suggested we meet at a café. Was romance brewing — or only coffee?

The hip and the frum rub elbows at Basil in Crown Heights.

Tuesday, The Rabbi Went Out

The largely uncharted (an unspoken-of) territory of being single in the clergy.
Special To The Jewish Week
12/06/2010 - 19:00

There’s probably not another profession, outside of royalty, where the spouse gains a title upon marriage. Even if the traditional role of the rabbi’s spouse, or rebbetzin, has changed considerably in this generation, there’s still recognition of the supporting role a spouse might play, publicly and privately. (And there’s no name yet for the husband of a female rabbi, but plenty of playful attempts like rebbitz-sir).

All It Takes Is One

Managing Editor
12/06/2010 - 19:00

With its size and sizzle, New York is a singles paradise. Here, grazing your shoulder on the packed 1 train; there, peering at you from behind a folded Times in line at the Angelika, a soul mate calls. Multiply that close encounter by — what? — a million. A gambler — or a single guy or gal — would take those odds.

Directions December 2010

A New York Romance: Jewish Singles Today, Loving and Longing. Single rabbis looking for love; best first-date spots; to be young, gifted, Orthodox -- and divorced.
Staff Writer
12/06/2010 - 19:00
Directions December 2010

Journal Watch

12/02/2010 - 19:00

What is it with money? Dollars, pounds sterling, shekels, gold, wampum, dinars — all are examples of a very old convenience and newly unreliable artifacts. Coins, of course, have the most ancient provenance — Herodotus talks about the kings of Lydia establishing coinage in the eighth century B.C.E. — and coins became before too long the most notable of monetary conveniences. That is, until the dollar, nebuch.

Gelt and Innocence

A feverish love of collecting masked a family’s shameful truth: There was no money.
12/02/2010 - 19:00

When I was a child living in Springfield, Mass., in the 1980s, Chanukah was the Jewish Christmas. This was how I explained it to my friends in our vastly non-Jewish neighborhood, and they nodded, confused but willing to buy it. At home, we dutifully lit the menorah, my mother reciting the blessing, a gesture I remember as rare and fervent. There were also piles of gifts, in accordance with the holiday season. In retrospect, these seem garish, excessive, a symbol of all the work done in my childhood and adolescence to create the illusion of having money, in spite of the painful reality.

Trade Card, J.R. Pereyra,  Philadelphia,  July, 1803. Courtesy National Museum of American Jewish History.

Is Greed Godly?

Jews may be well represented in the annals of white-collar fraud, but halacha explicitly requires us to be honest, taxpaying citizens.
12/02/2010 - 19:00

Greed,” Jewish stock speculator Ivan Boesky declared in 1985, “is healthy,” a thought echoed by the fictional Gordon Gekko in the 1987 movie “Wall Street,” starring Michael Douglas. It was such a great line, that it was used again in the recent sequel: “Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps.”

Shanghai Jew

Do we have a distinct and identifiable way of doing business?
12/02/2010 - 19:00

On a visit to China in 2005, adopting a baby girl with a contingent of other families, my tour guide pulled me aside toward the end of our trip and popped a question that took me by surprise.

“Are you Jewish?”

“Yes,” I replied somewhat cautiously.

“Shanghai Jew,” he said with an admiring stare.

“You mean the Jews that sought refuge in Shanghai during World War II?” I asked.

“No, it’s a popular expression used in China meaning ‘clever in business.’”

Employees of the Jewish Loan Cassa, Milan,Italy, c. 1948, Courtesy American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee

Training the Hand to Give

Money as spiritual practice.
12/02/2010 - 19:00

From my teenage years, an emblematic scene: my mother, at midnight, in her king-sized bed, alone. Her face is tear-stained, and she is surrounded by a crazy patchwork quilt of bills she cannot pay. The scene continues to haunt my brother, an executive at Chevron, so much so that he has confided his secret imaginings. When he finds himself in the lobby of a grand hotel, on the way to his corporate suite, he glances at the corner of the stairwell, somewhat insanely, noting that he might sleep there, for free, if the dark times come again.

Cast iron architectural charity container. Courtesy Moriah Gallery.
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