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
Dear Aviva, I grew up as part of a large, happy, healthy family and for some reason grew up very needy. My husband is not the gushy type and when he attempted to compliment me the first few times I brushed off the compliments. Since our first year of marriage, I can count the amount
Dear Aviva, My husband and I have been yearning for a break from our everyday lives for a while now. We just feel like escaping for a couple of days to get away from the daily stressors—jobs, kids, etc. We feel that it will really help our marriage and refresh us to better help with
Dear Aviva, I am newly married and very upset with myself. I know that marriage is not supposed to be easy and nobody is perfect. I knew that when I started dating and I promised myself that I would always love my wife and never get angry. Well, I am totally failing. She is not
Dear Aviva, I’m very worried about my husband. Unfortunately, my mother-in-law was diagnosed with a degenerative terminal illness a few months ago. Obviously this is a very difficult thing, and everybody responds to this sort of thing differently, but I am worried because my husband seems to be in denial about what’s going on. He
You’re a young parent or an old parent, and you’re passionate about raising your children in the best possible way. You’ve attended parenting classes, read books, and have been conscientious about being a good mom or dad. There’s one key ingredient that you might have forgotten, and that’s the relationship with the one who helped
Yitzchok and Rivka are obviously a match made in heaven however they do differ in their parenting methods. It is not so different for in our marriages, many times our husbands don’t see I eye to eye on how to parent.
Like most Hasidic Jews, our dating period lasted a very short time. After two months, we were engaged and three months after that, we were married. This fire was burning in me: I was in love…. But then we got married, and everything changed.
Happy families are families who can love each other unconditionally without judgment. It can be hard at times to remember this fact but it is incredibly rewarding to instill these values in our kids.
Without the mystery of attraction, you would never get married. Most likely, you would scrutinize the other person to no end.