A young engaged man and his fiancée naturally have very strong feelings for each other. It goes without saying that these will be expressed after the wedding, but what expression, if any, is permitted in the meantime? And while we're on the subject, is the attraction of men and women to each other really a good thing to begin with?
Sometimes my wife scolds our children, in my opinion unfairly. I tell her what I think, but she becomes upset with me. She claims that I offend her in front of the children. I think its fine for children to see parents disagree. What is your opinion?
I would like to pray in the synagogue on Yom Kippur. What should I do about the children? Should I ask my husband to watch them, take them with me to the synagogue, or perhaps sorrowfully forgo praying in the synagogue this year on Yom Kippur?
Repentance and Redemption in the Life of the Nation
In business, a specific, limited vision suffices, for this is enough to breath life into an economic system. However, when it comes to the life of a people and a state, a much larger and more comprehensive vision is called for to uplift the nation.
Regarding the disputes between your parents, the proper path to take is to avoid any involvement whatsoever. Even if it appears as if you can be of help, this is an optical illusion. Family members almost always worsen matters when they intervene.
One of the wonderful things about childrearing is that according to a child's responses we can identify our own problems. Children read the picture very accurately, and by looking at ourselves through their eyes we are able to improve ourselves.
Judaism teaches us that a person cannot put on "performances." Such behavior might be effective momentarily, yet it will not yield fruit for long. To fulfill the commandment to love God's creatures, a person must feel love for them in his heart.
Our mid-teen son is busy with many activities: counseling in the youth movement, assisting handicapped children, etc. We feel as if these activities detract from his studies, and we have spoken to him about this, but he continues. What should we do?
Why must a person marry? People often date because of social pressure, parents, etc., yet they do not really desire to marry. In such circumstances there is very little prospect of a making a successful match.