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Dear Aviva, I am a father of 4 kids- all in yeshiva. The tuition costs are exorbitant, and it's burning a huge hole in my pocket. It is causing much financial strife in my family. I am working a full time job that pays well, so I don't qualify for scholarship, yet I can't seem to afford much else except the tuition! It's putting a strain on my marriage, and arguing about money in front of my kids doesn't help our shalom bayis either. What’s your take on it? more
Issue of October 15, 2010, 7 Cheshvan 5771 Dear Aviva, I know there is a shidduch crisis going on, so I have done my best to help out the few singles that I know. One particular guy that I was … more
Dear Aviva, My husband”s business has slowed to a tiny trickle and I can”t seem to find work. We got a loan modification, got approved for SNAP, HEAP, Child Plus, and Medicaid. The yeshivas have been amazing-one tuition committee was so understanding that they are now paying us to send our preschooler there. The problem is my husband”s wanton spending. He insists on unloading the few dollars we have on frivolous things like groceries and the water bill. more
To my dear Readers, We, as a nation, are still raw from the tragic and shocking murder of Leiby Kletzky. Many people have asked me questions related to the aftermath. I feel that it is an important issue to address, and apologize for taking a break from my usual light-hearted, tongue-in-cheek tone while I share some of these questions and my answers. more
Dear Aviva, I was thinking about the basic differences between the chinuch that is implemented for girls (high schools and seminaries) vs. the yeshiva method and how it has a negative impact on … more
Ask Aviva Issue of June 25, 2010/ 13 Tammuz, 5770Dear Aviva, I frequent a local eatery where a male worker makes me feel very uncomfortable. He often looks me up and down, calls me … more
Dear Aviva, With Purim now behind us, I am starting to get my usually Post-Purim/Pre-Pesach anxiety attacks. I get so nervous and panicked about having to clean and cook and organize for Pesach, and every time I think, of all that I have to do, I get so overwhelmed. I either don’t do anything at all or take my anxiety out on my family by yelling about some trivial thing. How do I stay calm these next few weeks? I wish I could wiggle my nose and have Pesach get done for me. more
Dear Aviva, I am planning a wedding. Both my parents and my chassan’s parents are in some debt already and neither I nor my chassan has a full time job. We are both making just a little less … more
Dear Aviva, I recently lost my husband after a long battle with a degenerative illness. I’m relieved that he is out of pain now, but I am having a very hard time coping now. I thought the hard part was supposed to be over, but now it seems even more difficult. I’m just so alone now. I don’t have motivation to do much of anything. My kids and grandkids are really trying to tend to me, but it’s not helping. They keep telling me that I need to see someone to speak to. I’m really not interested in going for therapy because I don’t see how talking about the past can help me right now. -Woeful Widow more
Ask Aviva Issue of July 2, 2010/ 20 Tammuz 5770My family and I deeply mourn the tragic passing of Naama Markovits, a”h. May her strong, giving, beautiful family be comforted among the … more
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