Ask Aviva: Doubtful Dad

November 13, 2014, by

Dear Aviva, My son’s pediatrician diagnosed him with ADHD and I don’t know if I should medicate him or not. I really don’t want to but he is out of hand at home (better in school though). My wife is refusing. What are our options? -Doubtful Dad Dear Doubtful Dad, To officially be diagnosed as

Why You Should Ruin Your Shidduch Chances

November 6, 2014, by

This post originally appeared on Note: I am utterly unqualified to write this post. I just want to tell you what you already know, so that you understand I also know this. I went through the shidduch system very briefly, because my wife set herself up with me and we had known each other

Eli Hagler’s Looking For Your Reaction

November 6, 2014, by

Once a week you’ll find Eli Hagler in the radio studio down the hall from his office at OU headquarters in lower Manhattan. An energetic, articulate personality with a curious, charming nature, Eli is associate director of the Orthodox Union’s Yachad / National Jewish Council for Disabilities. He uses his experiences in that position to

Ask Aviva: Job Jumping

November 6, 2014, by

Dear Aviva, I read your article from last week, “Kid in College,” and have a similar problem. I graduated from vocational school and am 25 years old. I have had three jobs, but I have found that at each one there were people I worked with who made my life miserable. Each time it felt

Is Challahween the Sequel to Thanksgivukkah or Totally Different?

October 29, 2014, by

This article originally appeared on Last year, due to a very rare intersection of the Jewish and Gregorian calendars, Thanksgiving coincided with the first day of Chanukah resulting in a day that was popularly referred to as Thanksgivukkah. This week a different overlap which occurs much more often will take place as Halloween falls

Israeli College Students Meet New Friends at Johns Hopkins JLIC

October 29, 2014, by

The last stop for a trip of Israeli college students learning about their Jewish heritage was a meeting with their college counterparts of the Seif Jewish Learning Initiative on Campus (JLIC) at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. The Israeli students were part of the Generations of Israel, a program for non-religious students of Ben Gurion

Ask Aviva: Kid in College

October 29, 2014, by

Dear Aviva, I am a junior in college and feel like I am going to fail at life. I am not ready to be a grad and to start living life as an adult. I know I am not ready. Does this mean I am certain to fail at life? -Kid in College Dear Kid

One Bad Apple

October 27, 2014, by

I wasn’t going to talk about Rabbi Barry Freundel. I really wasn’t. When I have occasion to reference a news story within the community, I tend to obscure the names of the involved parties because I find it unseemly to air our dirty laundry in public. When I do reference a current event, I give

Hashem Loves You

October 27, 2014, by

I was speaking in an out-of-town community on the topic of the four levels of emunah. I spent some time dwelling on the third level: that Hashem knows our thoughts. I explained the parable of the transparent man, and that Hashem peers into my essence and knows exactly what I’m thinking as I think it.