Life

Ask Aviva: Still in this Single Stage

March 13, 2014, by

Dear Aviva, I have a question for you. Our daughter is 24 and lives at home with us. She is dating, but not so frequently. Thankfully, she is not too isolated. She still has some of her old friends who are not married, plus she has made some new friends over the past couple of

Magen Yeladim

March 12, 2014, by

Last week, our community was privileged to welcome Magen Yeladim’s Safety Kid program to Cleveland. The Los Angeles-based staff, including Debbie Fox, Yair Cohn, and Yelli Koenig, braved the Cleveland weather to provide us with a comprehensive community-wide child safety training program.  Over the course of three days, staff and administration in the Jewish Day

Cultivating Your Child’s Innate Gifts and Strengths

March 6, 2014, by

In this week and last weeks Parsha we speak about Bezalel and Oholiav, who were appointed to build the Mishkan. They were gifted with Divine wisdom and artistic knowledge. They were talented individuals who recognized their abilities and used them to fulfill their potential and serve G-d and their people. Every one of us has

Ask Aviva: Mushy Mom

February 20, 2014, by

Dear Aviva, I had a very difficult childhood. My parents divorced when I was little and my father soon left the picture. I lived with my mother. I had a hard time because she wasn’t what you would call “on top of us.” She became severely depressed and let us fend for ourselves; we basically

Our Inclusion

February 18, 2014, by

Sometimes I stalk Rozie a little bit at school. I know it’s crazy mom behavior, but I can’t help it. I’m not worried; I love her school and teachers. I just want to see “school” Rozie. I think it is almost like I need to see it to believe it. I need to see her

The Patience Shortcut

February 12, 2014, by

In this weeks Parsha, after the Chet HaEgel, the sin of the golden calf, Moshe is granted a vision of the Thirteen Attributes of Mercy which describe the merciful and forgiving nature of God: “The Lord! The Lord! God, Compassionate and Gracious, Slow to anger and Abundant in Kindness and Truth, Preserver of kindness for

Taking the Focus Off Winning

February 5, 2014, by

Dear Adina, I have a question regarding my child. He is a sore loser. He is part of a chess club and keeps losing and wants to give up all the time. We try to gently push him, and encourage him to stay with it, (chess club is not the only thing he has given

The Tenets Of Our Faith Or Our Children Must We Choose?

February 3, 2014, by

In my previous essay, I wrote about the shanda of families turning away from their children when they became OTD children, Off the Derech.  While acknowledging how hurtful and confusing it is to have children who leave the path, I wrote that the only way for them to find a way back to the path is

God Loves Our Children, So Must We

February 3, 2014, by

The Nesivos Shalom teaches that in Mitzrayim, Hashem purposefully waited through our generations of slavery for us to finally arrive at our lowest possible spiritual and physical condition before referring to us as, “My firstborn son.” Why? He waited in order to prove to us for all time that He does not love us based

Laughing In the Face of Discipline

January 29, 2014, by

Tali was very upset. Her 4 year old son, Eli, was playing trucks with his friend, Aaron. Suddenly, Eli grabbed the toy that Aaron was playing with and wouldn’t give it back to him, making Aaron cry. When Tali admonished him for his behavior and made him go sit on the couch, he started to