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Bronya Shaffer

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Mrs. Bronya Shaffer is a noted globetrotting lecturer on Jewish women's issues, and serves as a personal counselor and mentor for women, couples and adolescents. Mrs. Shaffer, a responder for Chabad.org’s Ask the Rabbi service, lives with her ten children in Crown Heights, Brooklyn.
My teenage son plays basketball very well. He plans join the team at an excellent college and hopefully go professional. I am finding it difficult that my son is focused solely on his basketball future. Everything else is secondary to the sport, including...
If G‑d cares so much about the human race, why do we struggle so hard just in order to survive?
Hi, How should I explain to my kids the recent tragedies across the globe? My kids are ages 8, 5, and 3, and my oldest boy is especially sensitive. I don't want to scare them, but I feel that they need to know. Answer: Parents all over the world are askin...
When I try to approach my friend or encourage her to do more, she gets hyper-sensitive and tells me that I am pushing her...
When you love and care about your grandchildren, is there absolutely no place for a mother or mother-in-law to give her child advice (not criticism) for the sake of the well-being of her grandchildren?
What is Judaism’s take on a godfather or godmother?
My brother told me when his daughter was born that a godparent was not needed. Is that true?
Question: My son is four years old. Lately, he's gotten into the habit of loudly screaming "NO!" whenever he's asked to do anything. It could be a simple "Come give mommy a kiss..." He'll scream, "NO!" Or "It's dinner time, let's go wash our hands." "NO, ...
At first, the outbursts were mild and far apart. Even now there are stretches where we get along quite well, until something provokes him and he explodes.
Question: It's just a very simple question: Why are males so immature? What is the problem? Answer: I can't help but chuckle at your question. The fact is this: G‑d created men and women, and in truth men mature more slowly than women. That's why a boy is...
Since I despise G‑d, how can I go to services? And am I still obligated to fast on Yom Kippur?
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