Preventing Summer Brain Drain

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Summer is finally here! Your family has been anticipating some well-deserved R&R, an end to the daily grind, including the dreaded “H” word. (Hint: homework.)

Well not so fast, Imma and Abba. A lot of effort went into learning those math facts and reading skills. Here’s the big question: Do you want to throw all those hours and tuition dollars out the window? Or do you want your children to retain all they acquired this school year?

Graduation Grumbles

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Dear Rivkie,

 Here we are in the midst of graduation season and I am really not sure how to proceed. I feel a lot of pressure to attend all the graduations of my friends’ and family’s kids, but there are just so many. From pre-school, to lower school, middle school, and beyond, it seems like everyone is constantly graduating. How do I prioritize? Do I buy gifts for everyone? Is it wrong for me to feel that all these graduations seem a little much? What to do?

Inseparable

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My boyfriend and I have been together for five months. I came to Washington, D.C., for college and was having a hard time making friends with similar interests. I finally met “Ben” before winter break, and ever since then we’ve been inseparable. We hang out all the time and talk and text all day. He says he likes me to be the last person he talks to before bed and the first person he talks to in the morning. He also likes us to experience things together, so when things are going on, like the Cher

Friday Night Fail

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Clustering Short-Term Jobs on Your Resume

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“Ron” has great credentials — he has excellent degrees, and has worked for top-notch employers. Two years ago, however, despite his excellent performance and through no fault of his own, Ron’s employer terminated him. Since then, Ron has taken on several short-term gigs; they keep his income flowing and keep him active.

Spiritual Shoring Up in the Summer

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Dear Rivkie,

 We just celebrated Shavuos, which has the best things: learning, cheesecake, and lots of time with family and friends. Now, I feel a little bit of a letdown. I mean, the next big thing on the Jewish calendar (Tisha B’Av) is, frankly, a bit of a bummer — what with the fasting and recalling unpleasant events in our history. And this is not even happening soon! How do I remain on a path of Jewish connection during the doldrums of summer?

When Wedding Gifts Give Your Wallet a Workout

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Dear Rivkie,

 It’s wedding season, and once again I am worried I’m going to gift myself into the poor house. What is the etiquette for determining how much to spend on a wedding present? Does it make a difference if it’s a coworker versus an outside-of-work friend versus a family member? What about if you’re standing up in the wedding?

Preparing for Pesach Abroad

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Dear Rivkie,

 I am going to a Pesach hotel for the first time ever! I am very excited, but am not sure about a couple of things:

Abusive Behavior While Under the Influence

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My sister and her fiancé have been fighting more lately, and the things she’s telling me are sounding scarier and meaner. He’s never hit her, but he punched a wall last week, and I’m worried that eventually he will hit her. When I told her he sounds abusive, she got defensive and said he’s only mean if he’s had too much to drink, usually after a bad day at work.