People are always interested in arranged marriages, otherwise known as shidduchim, a common practice in the Orthodox Jewish world. I was, too — I grew up in a typical, assimilated American Jewish…family. I became Orthodox when I was 24, and I myself went on a few shidduchim. Eventually, I was introduced to Mr. Right. Our story went like this: We met on a Friday night, we went out three times that week, and we were engaged by the following Friday. Three months later we were married,… >> Read More
I grew up with unrelenting criticism. About what I said, how I acted, how I thought — but most of all, about sex. “Only prostitutes enjoy sex,” was but one of my parents’ admonitions to me.…After so many years of hearing an endless stream of these kinds of threats, the messages stuck. I tried all my life to be a “nice Jewish girl” and make my parents proud. Even when I became a wife, the goal remained. If anything, I became even more committed to the ideas my parents foisted… >> Read More
We all need that couple that helps us believe in love. For me, that couple is, without a doubt, culinary genius Ina Garten and her husband, Jeffrey.
After more than 50 years together, this Jewish…duo seems just as in love with each other as on they were on their wedding day (and those wedding photos, BTW, are adorable). I mean, when your wife writes an entire cookbook for you, Cooking for Jeffrey, you know it's the real deal! https://www.instagram.com/p/BOUc970Bb7t/?utm_source=ig_embed In episodes of Barefoot Contessa and on Ina's Instagram, you… >> Read More
It’s nearly my birthday. This month, I’ll turn 43. I live with my husband and daughter and we generally have a lovely time together.
Nothing unusual about that, you’re probably…thinking. But here’s the thing: There was no sign any of this would happen until the extraordinary year that I turned 40. That year, I had a short engagement, got married, and got pregnant. First, the backstory. Throughout my 20s and 30s, the dating scene had proved fruitless, if fun. I had a great life… >> Read More
I married a vegan.
Actually, I didn’t. I married a perfectly normal, omnivorous man, who was perfect in every way.
Top-tier MBA:…check. Likes art and movies and plays and concerts: check. Reads science fiction: check. Loves to travel: check. Likes my cat: check. Likes my parents: check. My parents like him: double check. He was also kind, thoughtful, romantic, and funny — and had unbelievably exquisite taste in jewelry. That was 29 years ago, and I… >> Read More