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Marriage & Family

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Why Do Observant Jews Have So Many Kids?
What drives these parents to have large families? A love for kids? Determination to rebuild post-Holocaust? Some innate affection for Honda and Toyota minivans?
How Do Religious Jews Get Engaged so Soon?
Boy meets girl at a party. They like each other. He makes her laugh. She makes him feel good about himself. They hit it off.
Am I Too Good to Get Married?
A righteous person always sees the good in others. A self-righteous person can’t get over their own goodness.
All he does is eat, grumble, and leave. Is there any point in having him there?
Cell Phone Privacy in Marriage
The answer to your quandary is right there in front of you—on your finger. Just look at your wedding ring.
My Wife Won't Speak to Me!
This is a totally hypothetical situation that would never really happen. My wife is angry at me.
Should I Marry an Alcoholic?
To be honest, I would have never known he was an addict had he not told me so.
I Can't Afford Another Kid!
We’re financially strained as it is, and I think it’s irresponsible to add another mouth to feed when you can’t afford it. Are there no limits to the commandment to “be fruitful and multiply”?
How to Stop Snapping at Your Kids
I have an anger problem. And I never knew it until I became a parent. Because the only people I take my anger out on are my own kids.
Religion Is Squashing My Dating Life!
The more I get involved in Jewish life, the fewer options I have for girls to date. To be honest, it is making me hesitate before becoming more observant.
Why Do Jewish Brides Wear White? Isn't It a Non-Jewish Thing?
I recently read that this actually originated with Queen Victoria in the mid-19th century.
Explain My Wife to Me
She complained last night that I’m not helpful around the house. She claims that yesterday I came home and plonked myself on the couch to relax, leaving her to look after the kids and dinner and everything else. When I pointed out to her that I actually offered to help, she says it wasn’t sincere. I’m at a loss. What more can I do? Is it my fault if she ignores my offer to help?
How to Change a Daughter-in-Law
My son just got engaged to a wonderful Jewish girl, thank G‑d. We love and adore her—she is so good to him. But there is one issue: She has zero interest in Judaism.
Why Can't We Have a Double-Ring Ceremony?
The idea that there is a problem with the bride also giving the groom a ring seems absurd to me. Surely I have as much say in the agreement to be married as my husband-to-be?
I'm Sick of Blind Dates
I don’t know if I should give up on blind dates, or just give up altogether. Any message of hope for the dated-out? I’m starting to lose faith in ever finding love.
Why Is It Taking So Long to Find the Right One?
I have friends who got engaged to the first person they ever dated, and are now married with kids. Yet here I am, many years and many, many dates later, and I still haven’t met the right person.
Why Get Married?
Is marriage worth the sacrifice?
Marriage has been getting a bad rap lately, and it’s entirely unjustified. Decades of studies on human wellbeing provide the same conclusions consistently . . .
What's Wrong With Pre-Marital Intimacy?
I feel that intimacy is an important part of a relationship, and would create a very strong bond between us. So what's wrong with pre-marital intimacy?
Should We Have Children?
My wife and I long ago decided against having children. We are happy with our lives and don't feel that we need the added burden of parenthood...
Why Are We Selfish?
Lessons From the Belly Button
Why are parents so much more devoted to their children than children are to their parents?
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