While you may have to work harder than those who witnessed a good marriage at home, you are not doomed to singlehood. Nothing good comes easy in life, and all couples must work hard on their marriages in order to live in harmony. You need to take the difficult step of working on your deep-rooted fear – but your efforts will, with Hashem’s help, bear fruit.
Thank you for your words of praise and encouragement. I hope that readers of The Jewish Press learn from your pain and suffering and decide that if they must get divorced, they do so amicably. And thank you for sharing deeply personal feelings in order to help others make different – and better – choices than those your parents made.. Divorcing parents should always choose to put their children before their pride.
Hatzlachah in your pursuit of happiness and in the transformation of your views on marriage!Dr. Yael Respler
About the Author: Dr. Yael Respler is a psychotherapist in private practice who provides marital, dating and family counseling. Dr. Respler also deals with problems relating to marital intimacy. Letters may be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. To schedule an appointment, please call 917-751-4887. Dr. Orit Respler-Herman, a child psychologist, co-authors this column and is now in private practice providing complete pychological evaluations as well as child and adolescent therapy. She can be reached at 917-679-1612. Previous columns can be viewed at www.jewishpress.com and archives of Dr. Respler’s radio shows can be found at www.dryaelrespler.com.
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