Jewish Journal

Dinner Party Faux Pas

By  Merissa Nathan Gerson

May 31, 2010 | 7:45 am

You can't own a guest. They have to invite you back on volition rather than obligation.

Dear Yenta,

I’ve invited people to dinners several times and they have not invited me over. What gives? Have people lost their manners?

-Dining Solo

Dear Dining Solo,

Everyone goes... read on

  • Loving the Unobtainable

    By  Merissa Nathan Gerson

    May 27, 2010 | 8:07 am

    Dear Yenta,

    I have constantly fallen into a pattern of choosing guys who are emotionally unavailable, yet continue to stay with/obsess about them. Why is this? How do I break this pattern?

    -Vapid Dates

    Dear VD,

    I would say half the humans in the world do what you do, and the... read on

  • Yeastie Beastie 101

    By  Merissa Nathan Gerson

    May 24, 2010 | 8:05 am

    Dear Yenta,

    I’ve got a yeast infection and it will not go away. I’ve tried pills. I’ve tried witchhazel wipes. I’ve tried cranberry juice. I’ve eaten yogurt. And I’m afraid it’s spreading to the nether regions in the back. What do I do? Help me Yenta!!!


    Dear... read on

  • Painful Pap

    By  Merissa Nathan Gerson

    May 20, 2010 | 7:54 am

    Dear Yenta,

    At my pap smear last week it was a horrible, failed attempt. Not uncomfortable, not awkward, but excruciatingly painful. The doctor kept telling me to relax, and I was trying (it was hard – this doctor had the worst bedside manner), but I guess I just couldn’t. I was... read on

  • Sayonara, Don Juan!

    By  Merissa Nathan Gerson

    May 17, 2010 | 7:47 am

    Dear Yenta,

    I started dating/sleeping with a guy I recently met in my social group. After a short time I realized he’s an egomaniac, and the sex isn’t as good as I thought. How do I end it and still make it feel okay to see him socially?

    -Doing a Narcissist

    Dear DAN,

    Gross,... read on

  • Bedside STD Whispers

    By  Merissa Nathan Gerson

    May 13, 2010 | 7:32 am

    Dear Yenta,

    I enjoyed your recent guidance regarding avoiding STD’s, but I’m
    struggling with the practical implementation of some of your advice.
    Specifically, how exactly does one politely ask a potential sexual
    partner if he or she is presently infected with a venereal... read on

  • What Will I Be When I Grow Up?

    By  Merissa Nathan Gerson

    May 10, 2010 | 7:28 am

    Dear Yenta,

    Will I be happy with the career I choose, and for that matter, which
    will I choose?


    Dear Couched,

    While I am not a psychic, I do love Martin Buber, a famous Jewish philosopher who wrote a number of books addressing, on a basic level, how to live and breathe... read on

  • New Year’s STD No-No

    By  Merissa Nathan Gerson

    May 6, 2010 | 7:25 am

    Dear Yenta,

    On New Year’s Eve I got a little stupid. I hate the holidays because I lost my sister to an accident a few year’s back and things get emotionally ugly around Christmas. This year I got wasted and slept with someone who I knew had genital warts. I was drunk and not... read on

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With more than 10 years of talk therapy under her belt, Merissa has waded through life’s dilemmas with a constant reflective therapeutic bird on her shoulder. Add a few...

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