Don’t Give Up!

Now that you are able to date again, you jumped in with enthusiasm, only to be reminded of your dissatisfying past experiences.

Dear Dr. Yael

Some people may think it is cruel to not marry a boy because of their family background, but be forewarned: even if he is remorseful about the way he treats his mother, he will most certainly repeat it with you.


It can certainly be uncomfortable to mingle and connect with other guests solely to bolster and expand your shidduch reputation and reach.

Dear Dr. Yael

Positive thinking has wonderful effects on your mind as well as your body. It lowers stress levels, which in turn affects every part of your being.

Dear Dr. Yael

I always say that an ounce of prevention is worth more than a pound of cure. If we can all learn how to parent effectively, then this world would be a better place.

Salary Slump

You wonder how to convince girls that you are in fact a good bet, without the promise of a glitzy future.

After the Honeymoon: Hypnosis and OCD

Most medical doctors treat OCD with medication to calm the amygdala. She was informed by her doctor that OCD could not be cured, but with medication it could be maintained. The fact remains that the medication's side effects were worse than the OCD itself.

Dear Dr. Yael

Each year, he explodes in anger at me and our children for no good reason, other than that he is physically and mentally exhausted and drained.

Two Roads Diverged

You want to move forward, but worry that your varying views may cause friction in the future. You want to make it work, and want to know how that can be done.

Dear Dr. Yael

While I do agree that the wife and husband should appreciate each other, and constantly praise and validate each other, perhaps it is also unwise to share this praise with their parents.

My Day, My Way

Perhaps, we are getting closer to the other side and you can’t help but envision a guest-filled wedding day in the location you have always wanted.

New & Improved

You have taken the time to learn, to grow, and to make positive inroads in your life. You feel transformed and that makes you want to shed your past and what is represented. Yet, you are still you.

Dear Dr. Yael

After a significant event, my family went through a very challenging time. Despite it all, my father remained strong and resilient in the face of adversity.

Freshly Brewed

It is time to move on. What he hopes for or wants at this point is not your concern and only time will tell for him.

Dear Dr. Yael

My nutritionist has taught me this invaluable lesson and for the first time in my life, I am not on a diet, but rather I am living a healthy, balanced lifestyle that includes all food groups.

Fashion Failure

When we dress up for our date, we are conveying our care and interest in the outcome.

Dear Dr. Yael

Comparing yourself to others is a very dangerous thing. It never helps you feel better and often is based on false premises.

Dear Dr. Yael

Why would someone want to marry me? Why would they take their chances with a girl who has all this baggage when there are so many others around who are more eligible?


You are certainly no dummy. Clever is the name of your game. Reaching out for help is always the right thing to do.

Dear Dr. Yael

What did she have children for if not to personally and lovingly raise her precious jewels?

Common Ground

You are two individuals, and having varied interests should not only be expected, but can be encouraged.

Beauty Bar

It is always a blessing to find someone that you connect with. But in the often-complicated world of shidduchim, your psyche has thrown a wrench at your potential future together.

Dear Dr. Yael

One important thing I have learned through making my own mistakes was to not approach single individuals at simchas or coming out of shul.

Dear Dr. Yael

Helping divorced couples remarry may seem unorthodox, but I have actually been involved in such cases and have, with siyatta d'Shmaya, helped divorced couples, who wanted to reconcile, remarry each other successfully.

But He Likes Me!

Second guessing your decision when it comes to shidduchim is so difficult where clarity is the greatest gift you can ask for.

Dear Dr. Yael

It takes a certain sensitivity to do marital therapy. The therapist should try to put themselves in the client’s shoes and try to be careful not to open up issues that the couple will have to live with later and not have the tools to deal with.

No Traveling!

It can be hard to adjust and pivot in order to arrange a date, especially with someone who lives out of state.

Dear Dr. Yael

Just this past week two families related that they had been contemplating the purchase of a medical alert device but had pushed off the process... until one of their family members fell at home and spent the entire night on the floor alone, unable to call for help.

Breaking Boxes

Your letter was difficult to read. I hear your frustration so clearly in every word you wrote and how baffled you are by something that seems so clear to you.

Dear Dr. Yael

Seasonal affective disorder, also known as winter depression, is a real thing. It is a type of depressive disorder that only tends to surface during the winter months.


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