I'm intelligent, playful yet serious, passionate, honest, patient, generous, adventurous, romantic, affectionate, and sweet with a good sense of humor. I love to laugh and am fun to be with. I love children, especially but not only my own. I enjoy ethnic cuisine, though I crave a traditional, heavy Jewish meal on occasion, which brings back fond memories of my Central and Eastern European Jewish upbringing. (I would eat poppy seed cake, the gooey kind in the form of a roll made in Austria and Poland that one used to be able to find in Jewish delis in the U.S. and can still find occasionally in New York , every day of my life if I could!) I have a strong Jewish identity, but it has less to do with religion than with Jewish history and culture. I'm open-minded, yet I hold certain core convictions, and I have a strong sense of justice, especially for the underprivileged in society and for those persecuted because of their ethnicity or beliefs. I don't like being told what to do or how to live my life if you let others define your life for you, it's their life rather than yours. I'm the first person in my family born in the U.S., but I've spent a good part of my life in Israel and Europe. I feel fortunate to have received an excellent education in the liberal arts, law, and Judaism, and I'm grateful for it. Because of my background and education I like to think that I have a broad view of the world, which I try to impart to my kids and to my students. Books and music are enormously important to my life, but people are essential to it. I don't always succeed but I try to be empathic, nonjudgmental, and forgiving of other's flaws, since I'm well aware of my own. I'm fond of walks through the woods but nothing compares with the ocean. I love to travel, and I've been off the beaten track quite a few times. I'm attracted to vivacious, intriguing, adventurous, and somewhat mysterious women. The transformative power of love is an article of faith for me. I hope to rediscover love like this.