Dear Dr. Yael

Communicating will strengthen your relationship and bring you closer to each other if done correctly. Remember, stay positive, non confrontational, and use “I feel” messages so your husband doesn’t feel blamed at all.

Travel Ban

You don’t need to fly anywhere of course if you don’t want to. Perhaps, though, you can take a moment to reflect on your unwillingness to travel outside of your comfort zone.

Girls and Boys: Coping with Stress

While there are always exceptions, teenage girls often experience significantly more stress around appearances – what they look like and how they dress.

Dear Dr. Yael

You mentioned reluctance to give up baking because of the connection it has brought to your marriage. Maybe you can channel that passion for food into something that is healthier for both of you.

Fancy Shmancy

Your non-existent expectations for a home do not make her basic expectations unreasonable.

Picture Imperfect – A Group of Shadchanim Is Pushing to Get Rid of Photos...

While we are visual beings, and it is natural to want to see how the person looks, the problem is that when you see the picture before you meet the person, you create a single image of who the person is.

Stop Stopping Yourself

If you don’t believe in yourself, you may end up choosing to forgo positive experience simply because you don’t think you will succeed.

Dear Dr. Yael

Your praise should be realistic. Don’t say things that are obviously untrue as children can see through this and it will not feel good to them.

Total Sum

It can be hard to modify the picture that you had in your head when you originally thought about your future.

Parenting in the “Parsha”

Different communities and families have different norms when it comes to the role of parents in the dating process. There is no one size fits all and no one golden rule.

Dear Dr. Yael

Her feelings of worthlessness and depression likely stem from feeling like she is diminished and a shadow of her former self.

Defying Differences

While a shared background might make things easier, it doesn’t mean that it is the only way.

So Your Daughter Is Home From Seminary… Now What?

When asked about concerns they have about returning home after their year, one of the most popular responses is something like, “I am dreading all the questions about my skirts and sleeve length."

The It Factor

If you want to be a leader, you need to make connections. People need to see you as an individual with imperfections and vulnerabilities.

Dear Dr. Yael

You should, as a couple, forge out “we” time where you do things together such as discuss books, art, Torah topics, or whatever you both share interest in.

The Heart Wants…

We all have small parts of us that don’t showcase us in the best light. Bits and pieces that when highlighted detract from our positive qualities.

Why Liking Your Teacher Matters

Both instilling motivation and creating a safe space are integral parts of learning, helping students feel that they both want to learn and that the conditions are right for learning.

Dear Dr. Yael

We can’t possibly know the mind of Hashem. We can’t even begin to speculate as to what was Hashem’s purpose in taking your friend’s husband at this time.

See You Latte!

You are responsible for yourself, your actions, and your reactions. Your behavior before the date, during the date, and after the date are under your control.


What doctors and teachers call hyperactivity can also be called exuberance.

Fear of Rejection

In shidduchim, the potential for rejection exists for everyone. Those we want to date, those we ask to date, and those we are dating, all have the opportunity to say “no” should they choose to.

Dear Dr. Yael

You must share in a tone that demonstrates derech eretz to your parents that their behavior in meddling with raising your children is not helpful and is inappropriate.

The It Factor

If you have just moved or are entering a new community, the section on representing yourself as an individual can shed light on social interactions.


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