Relationships

Art of Planning

  SMF: Is it essential for people to always have a plan? What is the result of too ambitious a plan? Shimon: Taking your question literally, the answer would be “no” — it is not always essential. Some people are … more

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Honoring Needs

  SMF: How did honoring your “top emotional needs” and not compromising on your personal “values” help to attract your husband?    Bari: Honoring my own emotional needs allowed me to be true to myself and to date with confidence … more

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Finding a Fitting Mate

  The first match I ever made was highly successful. They got married and now have many children and grandchildren. I have to admit that I didn’t introduce them for the purpose of matrimony. I could see them being good … more

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Questions Matter Most | Kids

A forth-grade teacher recently told his students not to ask any questions until he was finished teaching a certain section of a text.  One little girl raised her hand and meekly said, “But I already have a question, and if … more

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Creative Space

  The first thing G-d did was to create a vacated space that allowed for something other than Himself to exist. We must do the same for our partner! We must create space for that person in our lives! In … more

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TRUE LOVE

We find a perplexing pasuk with regard to Yaakov’s love for Rachel. In describing the seven years Yaakov was forced to wait before he could marry Rachel, the Torah tells us: He felt that they were like just a few … more

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Tired of Looking for Love?

  Are those same old dating patterns getting you nowhere? Are you having financial problems, family issues or just stuck in a rut right now? Maybe it’s time to put dating aside and give yourself the loving space you need. … more

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FROM OUR PATRIARCHS AND MATRIARCHS

  It is naive to think that men and women communicate in a similar fashion. It is even more naive to think that we can explain the conduct of our Patriarchs and Matriarchs in terms of our own perspective on … more

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A Message From a Dove

At the end of forty days of rain, Noah sent a raven and afterward a dove to verify whether the floodwaters had subsided. The dove returned to Noah with an olive tree branch in its beak. The Talmud (Eiruvin 18b) … more

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Make Your Own Referral

  In today’s consumer society, couples seeking marriage counseling should be provided with a quality search engine. Yes, a shopping bag’s worth of experts, clear labels, fronted merchandise – all the best advice at your disposal. At Chedva, we put … more

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