Lenore Skenazy and Joe Kolman

Love Is In the Air

Valentine’s Day is the one day a year when it is accepted, even expected, that people will act a little crazy in love. Want to wear all pink? Go for it. Profess your undying love to a stranger? Now’s as good a time as any. While Valentine’s Day is not a Jewish holiday — Tu B’Av, its closest Jewish equivalent, is considered an auspicious day for marriage in Israel — Jewish couples around the world still celebrate it as a nondenominational day of love. In honor of this day, the Forward invited staffers, friends and colleagues to share their stories of lasting love. We asked, “What did you learn in your first year of marriage?” The heartfelt answers warmed us and made us smile.

Although we asked members of both genders to participate, it was the women who stepped forward to share their stories. So men, we challenge you: Tell us what you learned in your first year of marriage.

E-mail us your story at sisterhood@forward.com


Mayim Bialik

Occupation: Actress, Neuroscientist

Married: 2003

What I learned:

Mayim Bialik is the celebrity spokeswoman for the Holistic Moms Network, has recurring roles on ABC Family’s “The Secret Life of the American Teenager” and on Fox’s “’Til Death,” and will play Nancy Kurshan in the film “The Chicago 8,” coming out this year.


Lenore Skenazy

Occupation: Columnist, Author

Married: 1980

What I learned:

Lenore Skenazy is a syndicated columnist and author of “Who’s the Blonde That Married What’s-His-Name? The Ultimate Tip of the Tongue Test of Everything You Know You Know — But Can’t Remember Right Now” (Wiley).


Allison Gaudet Yarrow

Occupation: Editor, Writer

Married: 2008

What I learned:

Allison Gaudet Yarrow is the deputy Web editor and producer at the Forward. She can be reached at yarrow@forward.com


Gloria Feldt

Occupation: Author, Activist

Married: 1980

What I Learned:

Gloria Feldt is a best-selling author of “Send Yourself Roses” and “The War on Choice,” former president of Planned Parenthood Federation of America and a blogger at GloriaFeldt.com


Jane Eisner

Occupation: Editor, Writer

Married: 1980

What I learned:

Jane Eisner is the editor of the Forward. She can be reached at jane.eisner@forward.com


Gabrielle Birkner

Occupation: Editor, Writer

Married: 2009

What I learned:

Gabrielle Birkner is the Web editor of the Forward. She can be reached at birkner@forward.com

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