Relationships

EXPRESSIONS OF LOVE

Most people agree that there are 613 mitzvot in the Torah. However, the definition of the word mitzvah has different meanings in the eyes of different people. Some people believe, mistakenly, that the word mitzvah means a good deed. This is a … more

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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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