Samantha Zenlea

Written by Batya H. Carl on . Posted in Advice Columns

Samantha Zenlea, 28, is originally from Framingham, Massachusetts, and currently lives in "the Q Street Dorms" (aka. with all of the other Jews in Georgetown). She studied biology and government as an undergrad and got her Masters in public health. She does Medicare and Medicaid advocacy for a nonprofit.

Your Unique Child

Written by Laura Goldman on . Posted in Advice Columns

We have just completed the celebration of Shavuot, the time commemorating the giving of the Torah on Mount Sinai. This holiday, among other things, tunes us into the unique qualities and character traits inherent within each of us. We use the time between Passover and Shavuot to cultivate our character traits through the counting of the Omer — a practice biblically mandated and reminiscent of the time of spiritual development of the Jewish people as they prepared themselves to receive the Torah. At a time marked by collective redemption and collective revelation, the emphasis on the individual is noteworthy.

Finding Lamed-Vavnikim Along the Shvil Yisrael

Written by Paul J. Blank on . Posted in Advice Columns

The author in northern Israel. (Photo courtesy of Paul J. Blank)The Israel National Trail, the Shvil Yisrael, is a 940-kilometer blazed trail that extends from Kibbutz Dan in the north until Eilat in the south. It winds its way through the Upper and Lower Galilee, Mount Carmel, the Mediterranean seashore, the Judean Mountains, and the Negev. It is indeed one of Israel’s national treasures, and has become a popular destination for hiking enthusiasts throughout the world.

Sage Advice on Choosing a Career

Written by David Marwick for KempMillJobAssist on . Posted in Advice Columns

Your choice of a career can have life-long implications. This is true whether you are a high school or college student preparing to enter the workforce, or an experienced worker considering switching to a different field.

Finding Focus During the Finals Frenzy

Written by Editor on . Posted in Advice Columns

Dear Rivkie,

I am a teenage girl and am nervously anticipating my upcoming final exams. It is really hard for me to focus right now, especially on davening. When I get to school and settle in to daven, I find myself thinking about all the other things I need to do, and the looming end-of-year events (especially finals!) that are hanging over my head. I know davening with kavanah (intent or mindfulness) is so important, but when I’m really stressed, it’s hard to keep my attention where it’s supposed to be.

Navigating Risky Waters: How You Can Protect Your Retirement Assets

Written by Joel Greenberg on . Posted in Advice Columns

Saving for retirement cannot take place in a vacuum. Whether you are just starting out, nearing retirement, or already enjoying those golden years, it’s important to be aware of the risks we all face. That’s where a retirement plan comes in — it helps you identify risks to your retirement assets and formulate strategies for addressing them.

Phone Interviews

Written by David Marwick for KempMillJobAssist on . Posted in Advice Columns

If a prospective employer likes your resume, he or she will likely arrange to interview you. Increasingly, that interview will be conducted by phone.

Dear Rivkie: Unsure at the Shiur

Written by Editor on . Posted in Advice Columns

(Source: LinkedIn)Dear Rivkie,

I love going to shiurim (Torah lectures). I find them spiritually uplifting and I often gain new perspectives on interesting topics. However, lately there are more and more people who do things that I think are really inappropriate for a shiur.

Waitin’ for the Postman — Part 1

Written by Chani Feldman on . Posted in Advice Columns

When I was growing up, getting mail was an event. Coming back from vacation, my father would make a big deal about getting the mail. We would unpack the station wagon (think Family Truckster) and then my father would go to the neighbor, who was kind enough to take our mail each day we were away, to collect the piles of envelopes, circulars, phone books (remember those?), and packages. My father would then diligently go through each piece, carefully using a letter opener to neatly slice open each envelope. All items would eventually go somewhere. You know, in the place where adults keep important papers.