Ask Aviva: Can’t Stand the Heat

November 6, 2015, by

Dear Aviva, I am a wife and mother who dreads Shabbat. It’s shameful for me to say that, but here’s why: I hate to cook. I hate cooking and preparing and serving. I hate the mess, the clean-up, the putting dishes away, only to do it all over again the next day. And of course

What My Family Gained from the Mitzvah of Hachnassat Orchim

October 29, 2015, by

In this week’s Parsha we learn all about the mitzvah of Hachnassat Orchim from our forefather Avraham. My family really enjoys this mitzvah. Our morning blessings state that for this mitzvah, “man receives his reward in this world and the world to come.” We find this to be really true. While I hope that we

Ask Aviva: Man Up!

October 22, 2015, by

Dear Aviva, Why does my husband turn into a big baby whenever he catches a cold? He totally shuts down and it annoys me to no end. It also bothers me because if I’m sick I don’t get the luxury of resting in bed and being taken care of. It’s not fair! —Woman Who Mans

Ask Aviva: Dreaming of Nefesh B’Nefesh

July 23, 2015, by

Dear Aviva, I think I am in a really impossible situation… I caught the Aliyah bug but my husband is vehemently against it. He says we have our roots here, and we will have too much financial uncertainty. Plus, he says, the kids are too old and I should have thought of it earlier if

Ask Aviva: Roller Coaster of Love

July 14, 2015, by

Dear Aviva, I don’t know what to make of my marriage. It seems bipolar! When it’s good, it’s unbelievably amazing. When it’s bad, it gets ugly and feels like Gehinom. I don’t think this is normal… What should I do? -Roller Coaster Ride Dear Roller Coaster Ride, Oy, this doesn’t sound like a fun ride.

Stop Summer Tantrums Before They Start

July 8, 2015, by

Does it seem like kids meltdown and tantrum more in the summer? It may be because of lack of sleep — no kids want to go to sleep when the sun is still out and bed times are usually pushed off. Meal times also aren’t on schedule — not to mention the never-ending heat and humidity.

Ask Aviva: Watching the Climb

June 24, 2015, by

My husband is a really hard worker and set out to reach certain career goals. I encouraged him to do so because I wanted him to feel successful and I also wanted to be able to maintain a certain standard of living for our family. He has since met that goal a long time ago. I was

Behind the Veil with Kleinfeld’s Modest Bridal Consultant

June 3, 2015, by

When Rochel Leah Katz, a consultant at iconic New York bridal boutique Kleinfeld, was hired for her job nearly 16 years ago, she assumed the position would be temporary. Katz had no formal education in fashion, much less bridal fashion. But in her tight-knit, Orthodox Jewish community in Brooklyn, she’d always been known by family

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