Sarah Tuttle-Singer is one of Israel’s most outspoken critics, as well as one of its most ardent supporters. Like the country itself, she is full of contradictions.
The mother of two, writer, and Times of Israel New Media editor is often
I was a kallah! A bride!
I was 23, an old maid by some Orthodox Jewish standards.
As a newly religious person, a baal teshuva, I was getting used to the idea that I was marrying so young. I thought, “You don’t even have a career yet. You just got engaged after one month and dating. Are you crazy? You don’t know this man!”
This time last year, I was 22 and finishing up my post-college entry-level job at CBS News. I had my near future planned out and was well on my way to becoming a TV news producer. I was going to get married around 27 (the man didn’t exist) and live out the fast-paced, no-sleep city life, and probably move out to the suburbs once the dream husband and I had kids.
My parents never put any restrictions on the guys I could date. When I called my mother a few weeks into my freshman year at Temple University to tell her that I had a boyfriend, she was neither surprised nor concerned to hear he was not Jewish.
I remember feeling so happy as a teenager when my very elegant Moroccan French grandmother offered me the clothes she used to wear when she was younger. She had beautiful long skirts that matched their jackets and gorgeous, feminine dresses.
Comedian Jackie Gold isn’t afraid to go there. In her stand-up act and on her new album, “Maximum Occupancy,” she talks about dating, intimacy, reality TV, and even the Long Island medium… all without any sort of filter.
I’ve never had a strong stomach. Since I was a child, I’ve often experienced painful stomach attacks out of the blue. My stomach would feel like someone was stabbing a knife into it. I never considered that I was allergic to foods of any kind, nor did I put two and two together that perhaps some foods might be triggering my stomach problems.
Baby boomer Jackie Becker is getting older. She has more aches and pains than she used to. She needs to wear orthopedic shoes. She’d rather eat and go to bed early than be romantic with her husband. Is this what