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.

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.

Dear Rivkie: A Weighty Issue

Written by Editor on . Posted in Advice Columns

(source: HomeGymr)I’m continually frustrated at attempts to control my weight! I have to make sure to pack up all my food for the day each morning because I work far from any kosher food options; when I don’t bring food, I am forced to grab unhealthy packaged snacks or starve. And don’t even get me started on Shabbos, yom tovim, simchas… I feel as if I don’t stand a chance on holidays and special occassions. How do I get my diet under control while still participating in all the beautiful food-related aspects of Jewish life? Please help!

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.

Teaching Your Children About Money

Written by Kol HaBirah Staff/StatePoint Media on . Posted in Advice Columns

(Source: is Financial Literacy Month, an ideal time to think about the lessons your children are learning about money. Setting a good financial example is just the start. Parents should also actively engage children on the topic. These lessons can help put kids and teens on the right path towards a financially responsible adulthood.