SAT or ACT: The Final Frontier

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ACT or SAT? It’s an important choice, and confusion often reigns. Standardized tests are by no means the be-all, end-all of the application process, especially as many schools value or are moving toward a more holistic evaluation model, but they can be a great opportunity to help students distinguish themselves. They can help students gain access to honors programs or attain scholarships, and can even allow students to place out of certain intro-level college courses.

Fretting Over Family

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Dear Rivkie,

 I have a dilemma. I come from a family that ranges from Reform to yeshivish. My immediate family is Modern Orthodox, and we want to invite family members to Yom Tov meals, but we know that if we invite them, they will drive to us on the holiday. We want to share the beauty of these holidays with our whole family, but how can we knowingly cause them to drive on the holiday when we would never do so?

Looking to the Stars for Love

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Dear Rivkie,

 I am a 25-year-old man and I am terrified of being single. I am worried I am acting abnormal for my age. I had to work extremely hard for a long period in order to become financially independent, which was not easy because of my humble beginnings and a very long spell of unemployment. The work itself took up so much time that I was unable to participate in singles events in the area.

I have done astrology on the side for more than a year and I would like to use horoscopes to make a marriage connection. Where do I go?

Look Who’s Coming for Rosh Hashanah Dinner

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Reader Question:

 The High Holidays are a time when many families come together to celebrate. What advice do you have for readers bringing home a significant other to meet the parents (and/or Bubbe, Aunt Sara, and assorted cousins) for the first time?

Loving Ourselves

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We are currently in the throes of the High Holidays, the time of year set aside for self-introspection and a return to self and G-d. In doing my own preparations for the holidays, I was struck by the challenge of forgiving myself for the things I wished I had not done, and the things I wish I had, so that I could move forward in meaningfully changing my actions. I am not alone.

Forgiving What You Can’t Forget

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It’s that time of year in the Jewish community when forgiveness is on everyone’s lips. I don’t know if you remember “The Single” from the first issues of Kol HaBirah, but for a forgiveness-themed entry in the Dating section I thought it was time to sub in for my colleague as *dramatic reveal music*:

Get High on the Holidays

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Reader Question:

 Holidays are a time when some singles feel at odds with the family-oriented atmosphere pervasive in the Jewish community. What advice do you have for singles who want to reinvent the holiday experience for their lifestyle?