Jewish Journal

Harnessing a Classroom

By  Merissa Nathan Gerson

June 28, 2010 | 8:48 pm

What is angst, but bottled up self-expression?

Dear Yenta,

This is my second year teaching college level classes. I was
nominated for Teacher of the Year my second semester, and have had
amazing reviews by my students my entire... read on

  • Did He Come?

    By  Merissa Nathan Gerson

    June 24, 2010 | 8:44 pm

    Dear Yenta,

    My friend told me today that she is not sure if her boyfriend is orgasming or not. How common is it for a guy not to be able to come? When she mentioned it to me, I realized there’d been some times when I didn’t know either.



    Dear Perplexed,

    I... read on

  • Dating a Divorcee

    By  Merissa Nathan Gerson

    June 21, 2010 | 8:40 pm

    Dear Yenta,

    I am sleeping with a man going through a divorce. Is this inherently a bad idea? How do I go about making sure he is not expecting me to fill his ex’s shoes?

    -Dating a Divorcee

    Dear DaD,

    First things first: what are your intentions? Are you looking for a husband, a... read on

  • Itchy Pits

    By  Merissa Nathan Gerson

    June 17, 2010 | 8:33 pm

    Dear Yenta,

    My armpits are sometimes itchy, particularly in the evenings. What can
    I do about this? Is it my deodorant? Should I be using some sort of
    salve? Should you moisturize your pits?

    -Itchy Pits

    Dear Itchy Pits,

    Just think about life as an armpit. It is a repressed and... read on

  • Writer’s Block Psychosis

    By  Merissa Nathan Gerson

    June 14, 2010 | 8:29 pm

    Dear Yenta,

    I have lost the ability write. An initial, hiccupy writer’s block that originated with a piece of assessment I disliked has grown into an all-encompassing loss of words. I get my housemate to dictate birthday cards to relatives because I cannot be sure I’ll say the... read on

  • My Loud Friend

    By  Merissa Nathan Gerson

    June 10, 2010 | 8:15 pm

    Dear Yenta,

    I have this guy friend who has gone to far too many punk shows and now he is so deaf it is embarrassing to be with him in public because he yells everything. He also gets really pissed if we ask him to quiet down. How do I let him know nicely, that at 32 he needs hearing... read on

  • Doing It Rough, Safe

    By  Merissa Nathan Gerson

    June 7, 2010 | 8:13 am

    Dear Yenta,

    I have never struck a woman, never even been remotely aggressive. In fact, I might practically be too gentle in bed, and have had complaints from girlfriends who wished I would pump them harder.

    On the flip side, I love porn. I not only love porn, I love gruesome porn,... read on

  • Relationship: Now or Later?

    By  Merissa Nathan Gerson

    June 6, 2010 | 8:23 pm

    Hey Yenta,

    The older I get the more I seem to be confused about what I want in a
    relationship and who I want to have it with. I always thought that as
    I got older this would get easier, but it turns out that as I accrue
    more life experience I’m more interested by new kinds of... 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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