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By Leah Cheirif

Every challenge you’ll ever have in life is sent by G-d to help you grow.  We are meant to work through the challenge and grow from it.  Each challenge is a test of our character traits. The first step is knowing who you are and which character trait(s) you want to work on.  Then, when a challenge comes your way, you can often know what you’re being tested on and try to pass the test.  I think that more often than not, we do not learn the lesson during the challenge, rather after the challenge, when we have time to reflect.

      I have a real challenge when it comes to being in control and not having things my way.  Over the past few years, I have […]

Here’s a little bit about Leah Cheirif and her dating story.

A woman Leah knew said, “I met your husband. I got his number. When do you want to meet him? Oh, he’s Mexican.”

Leah: I had just graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a degree in Spanish and started seminary in Jerusalem. The matchmaker had just met with me and said “you’re ready to date, but it’s better to wait a few more months. Well, right after she said that, my best friend sent me the aforementioned text message. I got in touch with this guy and we planned a date. After the date I said, “He is not for me” […]


We have different backgrounds and lack depth in our relationship? Should I take things further? How?


Dear Aleeza,

I’ve been dating someone for about three months. On our latest date, I felt disconnected and withdrawn from her on the date. In general, we have a decent connection, but today was different. The date wasn’t amazing, but it also wasn’t terrible. Still, I’m afraid of continuing because I’m starting to feel distance between us. I’m now starting to doubt the future of this relationship and question whether we are compatible.

There […]

Original content written for http://hereandnow.wbur.org.

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Broadway production of “Fiddler on the Roof.” The 1964 production made history: the first musical to surpass 3,000 performances, it went on to win nine Tony awards, including Best Musical and Best Score.

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Original content written for JewishExponent.com

When William Shakespeare wrote “The course of true love never did run smooth,” he obviously didn’t realize it would have helped to have a Jewish matchmaker in A Midsummer Night’s Dream.