Jewish Journal

Painful Pap

By  Merissa Nathan Gerson

May 20, 2010 | 7:54 am

Pain is often a big red siren directing us towards a repressed truth.

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... 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

  • Denial. D.E.N.I.A.L.

    By  Merissa Nathan Gerson

    May 3, 2010 | 7:21 am

    Hey Bubby,

    So a close female friend of mine told me a couple of months
    ago that a friend of hers had just moved here and suggested we hang
    out. I met her friend for drinks and we ended up making out at the end
    of the night. I told my friend about it a couple of days later -... read on

  • Long-Distance Love

    By  Merissa Nathan Gerson

    April 29, 2010 | 7:20 am

    Dear Yenta,

    I am curious if it is healthy to desire having relationships across the world and yet not have one that is in my home area?


    Dear LD,

    What is “healthy?” Oye. The relationships we choose today aren’t necessarily our relationships forever. If right... read on

  • Freeze My Eggs?

    By  Merissa Nathan Gerson

    April 26, 2010 | 7:15 am

    Dear Yenta,

    I’m 27, I’m single, and I’m really busy with my career. Should I freeze my eggs now? If so, how much does it cost and how do I do it?


    Dear Impatient,

    According to a number of sources online, you are too young to be freaking. I do, however, like your... 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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