Finding Your Way in Relationships, Parenting & Personal Growth
by Chaya Feuerman LCSW
Rabbi Simcha Feuerman LCSW
ISBN: 0-9766946-2-X, Hardcover, 318 pages
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People today feel conflicted, concerned and confused. Even as we cling to the anchoring morals and structure of our tradition, strong currents tug at all of us—parents and children, individuals and families. How can we maintain and impart religious morals and observance while accommodating children’s emotional needs? And then there’s the pressure to measure up to the standards of the people around us, Jewish or secular.


            This book is written to serve as a guide to help sincere and devoted religious people resolve psychological and social conflicts within the parameters of their religious values. We address the areas of intersection between religion, values, and feelings, and share our discoveries that come from our personal and professional experience as Orthodox Jews and psychotherapists. We will discuss typical relationship issues, parenting problems, and personal conflicts that we have seen repeatedly in our therapy sessions and in correspondence with many of our readers.


Individuals have asked us:

·        How can Jewish traditions and values guide us in promoting emotional health in our loved ones and ourselves?

·        How do personal and relationship ethics relate to Torah ethics?

·        How has the Holocaust affected us psychologically and religiously?


Parents have asked us:

·        How do parents set limits for their children to control the harmful influences of secular society, without overdoing it?

·        How can parents apply the wisdom of our tradition to modern parenting dilemmas?

·        Which secular psychological theories about child rearing are beneficial and helpful to parents and which are destructive?

·        What steps can parents take to insure their children will remain faithful to our religion?

·        What steps can parents take to produce successful, happy and morally grounded children in a society where there is so much immorality?




Chaya Feuerman, LCSW and Rabbi Simcha Feuerman, LCSW maintain a private psychotherapy practice in Queens and Brooklyn, NY. This book is an outgrowth of their experience counseling individuals, couples and families. They also co-author a weekly column in The Jewish Press entitled "Torah and Psychology". The Feuermans lecture widely on topics relating to Parenting, Jewish Family Values, and Relationships.


"Simcha and Chaya Feuerman have successfully provided information and advice to parents on a broad range of adolescent and family issues. DIRECTION is a compendium of strategies that parents of children of all ages will view as a helpful third partner in parenting, crisis management, confidence building and strengthening relationships with children."

David Mandel



"The Feuermans present an approach to problems in living that integrates a Torah perspective with the insights of the best practices in mental health research. Particularly impressive, are their comprehensive and insightful approaches to rarely discussed issues facing the Orthodox community including dating, helping parents deal with increasingly virulent external influences such as the Internet and other media, and the stresses of intergenerational conflicts and responsibilities...

"In an increasingly complex and stressful world there is a pressing need for wisdom and guidance regarding how to tackle the demands of parenting and family relationships. The Feuermans have provided our community with an invaluable service by writing this book."

David Pelcovitz, Ph.D.




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