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Divorce or One Last Chance?
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Divorce or One Last Chance?

After moving out and initiating divorce, my husband is vowing to change. Should I give him another chance?

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Divorcing an Ailing Husband
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Divorcing an Ailing Husband

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My brother-in-law has a serious degenerative disease. After 30 years of marriage my sister wants to divorce him to continue to live her life.

My Son’s Foolish, Immature Decision
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My Son’s Foolish, Immature Decision

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At the last moment my son backed out of going on a Birthright trip to Israel. I’m furious.

My Daughter’s Boyfriend
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My Daughter’s Boyfriend

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Help! She’s given up her girlfriends and wants to forgo her rare scholarship and switch schools to be with him.

Resenting Thanksgiving
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Resenting Thanksgiving

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I’m expected to cook and host and no one helps. Gratitude is the last thing I’m feeling on Thanksgiving.

Should We Divorce?
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Should We Divorce?

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My husband has addiction and anger issues. What’s best for my kids: stay with him or divorce?

No Politics or Religion
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No Politics or Religion

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My husband doesn’t know when to keep his mouth shut and has alienated friends and family.

Whose Work Comes First?
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Whose Work Comes First?

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My husband wants me to join him at a business-related party, I want to stay at home to complete my work.

Should I Remain a Working Mom?
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Should I Remain a Working Mom?

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Am I working to avoid facing issues in my marriage?

Life Doesn’t Seem Fair
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Life Doesn’t Seem Fair

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My dear friend remains single and alone, while a former adulterous friend is remarried and expecting. How’s that fair?

Nasty Sister-in-Law
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Nasty Sister-in-Law

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Aloof and rude, I think my self-respect demands that I distance myself from my husband’s sister.

Tattletale
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Tattletale

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My son’s school wants him to tattle on his friends or be expelled. What should we do?

Short People
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Short People

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I’m really frustrated about being short.

In-Law Woes
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In-Law Woes

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Help! My mother-in-law is taking over my life and my husband doesn’t care.

Broken Family
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Broken Family

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My daughter has run off and my son-in-law won’t let me see my grandsons. Should I continue to help them out?

Mother’s Cosmetic Surgery
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Mother’s Cosmetic Surgery

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My mother scheduled plastic surgery to improve her appearance. My father and I think she’s making a big mistake.

My Wife Is No Longer Religious
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My Wife Is No Longer Religious

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I love my wife very much and don't want to lose her. I don’t know what to do.

Do-Gooder
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Do-Gooder

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My husband is annoyed that I spend so much time involved in many worthwhile causes.

Boiling Point
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Boiling Point

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I hate confrontation and let things slide until things boil over and I explode.

Husband’s Dysfunctional Family
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Husband’s Dysfunctional Family

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My husband’s a gem, his family is not. We’re expecting our first baby and they want to be in our lives more often.

Severing Contact with Divorced Sister-in-Law
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Severing Contact with Divorced Sister-in-Law

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Our brother demands that we end our relationship with his first wife. None of his siblings want to.

Using My Daughter
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Using My Daughter

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I’m annoyed at the people helping my special-needs daughter in order to build their resume.

They’re Sabotaging My Diet
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They’re Sabotaging My Diet

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I need to lose 40 pounds and instead of helping me, my family is standing in my way.

My Narcissistic Mother
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My Narcissistic Mother

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How do I honor my mother when she is almost unbearable?

Dear Emuna: Introducing Shabbat to Our Teens
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Dear Emuna: Introducing Shabbat to Our Teens

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I want our family to start having Shabbat dinners, but I’m concerned my teenaged kids will be resentful.

Free Spirit Vs. Authority
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Free Spirit Vs. Authority

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My smart daughter got a free pass in school. How do I teach her to listen to authority as she enters the real world?

Differences: Source of Conflict or Appreciation?
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Differences: Source of Conflict or Appreciation?

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Managing personality clashes in parenting, marriage and friends.

Suddenly, Divorce
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Suddenly, Divorce

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My wife of two months just told me she wants a divorce.

Bad-Mouthing My Ex-Wife
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Bad-Mouthing My Ex-Wife

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My ex-wife’s behavior is hurting our daughters and I’m having a hard time stopping myself from saying what I really think.

My Father’s Affair
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My Father’s Affair

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I‘m pretty sure my father is having an affair. Should I tell my mother?

Dragged into Parents' Marital Problems
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Dragged into Parents' Marital Problems

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Help! My mother insists on telling me all the negative things about my father.

Dishing the Dirt
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Dishing the Dirt

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Should I tell my friend some negative information about the man she is dating?

Compulsive Eating
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Compulsive Eating

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Help! I am sabotaging my efforts to control my eating and can’t lose weight.

Should We Cancel our Trip to Israel?
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Should We Cancel our Trip to Israel?

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I’m scared to visit Israel now and want to cancel, but my husband is adamant about going.

Hijacked Wedding
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Hijacked Wedding

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Help! I’m the one getting married but my parents think this is their wedding, not mine.

Facebook and Privacy
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Facebook and Privacy

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After posting photos of a party, two friends who weren’t invited stopped talking to me.

Taken for a Ride
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Taken for a Ride

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One mother refuses to carpool and help out. The rest of us are feeling resentful.

I’m So Embarrassed!
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I’m So Embarrassed!

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Help! I love my parents but I think they are an embarrassment.

Becoming Too Jewish
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Becoming Too Jewish

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I’m exploring my Jewish roots and bringing more spirituality into our lives, but my husband wants no part of it.

Fears of Abuse
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Fears of Abuse

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Is my friend in an abusive marriage?

Am I Being Over-Protective?
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Am I Being Over-Protective?

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My 10-year-old son and his friends want to cross a busy street by themselves and get ice cream. Should I let him?

The Passover Seder Balancing Act
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The Passover Seder Balancing Act

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Help! Most of our relatives want to get the Seder over quickly and eat, and I want to make it meaningful.

My Husband Moved Out
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My Husband Moved Out

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My 77-year-old husband told me he needed a break and moved into his own apartment. I’m hurt and angry.

Jealous of Autistic Sibling
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Jealous of Autistic Sibling

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Our eldest son is acting out in strange ways. Is this a passing phase or a cry for help?

Am I the Mother-in-Law from Hell?
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Am I the Mother-in-Law from Hell?

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How can I fix this mess so I don't lose my only grandchild?

Daughter’s Rude Boyfriend
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Daughter’s Rude Boyfriend

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Is it superficial or is my daughter dating a real jerk?

Daughter Is Happy, But My Heart Breaks
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Daughter Is Happy, But My Heart Breaks

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Sometimes the best advice is to do nothing.

Daughter-in-Law from Hell
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Daughter-in-Law from Hell

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Emuna’s difficult advice to a desperate mother-in-law.

Dear Emuna: Men, Women & Intimacy
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Dear Emuna: Men, Women & Intimacy

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Hollywood-style romance makes us feel like we’re missing out on something.

Dear Emuna: Enchanted by Christmas
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Dear Emuna: Enchanted by Christmas

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Help! Our son seems resentful that we don’t have a comparable celebration.