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Many couples and families today are in crisis for any number of reasons: infidelity, incompatibility, jealousy, divorce, sexual problems, trust issues, troubled kids.
On “Divine Intervention,” renowned author, speaker and Oprah-approved relationship expert Rabbi Shmuley Boteach gives practical, inspirational advice to those seeking to overcome their fears and make positive changes in their lives. In one on one counselling sessions, Rabbi Shmuley provides passionate, intelligent, frank and often funny encouragement towards self-improvement, spiritual growth and aims to stimulate sound solutions for every seemingly insurmountable, problematic family and personal issue.
“There’s people who have a lot of family issues, personal issues – they’re worried about collapsing marriages, they’re worried about kids who are out of control, they’re worried about kids who don’t want to have a relationship with them; a lot of [people] are facing depression,” says Rabbi Shmuley of ‘Divine Intervention’ during an interview with ZoomerRadio’s Libby Znaimer for the ‘Zoomer Week in Review.’ “We’re trying to intervene and lift them up and give them guidance to make better decisions and to repair their relationships.”
He continues: “I don’t think the purpose of our show is to counsel,” points out Rabbi Shmuley later in his conversation with Znaimer. “Obviously, counselling is more rigorous, more intensive and more in-depth. I think our show is analytical. It’s about analyzing the problem, getting below the surface and trying to identify the root causes of the problem. That’s something that can be done faster than you might otherwise suppose. A lot of problems are repetitive. I’ve seen [certain] kinds of behaviour before, so I can often see patterns or see what people are masking. That’s not because I’m prophetic in any way – I am not – it’s because I have done this for a little bit of time.”
KEVIN AND MELANIE
Melanie feels very anxious about her partners line of work in the lingerie business. Rabbi Shmuley coaches on jealousy and defines what success is in life without personal relationships being considered.
GRACE AND JEFFREY
Grace and Jeffrey are faced with sexual urges while waiting until after their marriage to go through with them.
SARAH AND MARLENE
Sarah is worried about the way we are portraying ourselves online and Marlene wants to fix her broken relationship with her son and his family.
CATHERINE, VICTORIA AND CHRISTINA
Catherine’s determination to have women empowered and treated with equality is based on her daughters Victoria and Christina’s traumatic experiences with men.
Nohemie is dealing with her separation from a Jewish man she converted to Judiasm to marry.
“Jane,” has her identity and presence on the show protected to ensure her safety as she discusses her experiences with domestic violence.
LINDSAY, EMILY AND LEA
Lindsay is concerned that people are devaluing themselves by having “hook ups” and Emily & Lea are concerned boys wont like them.
Sabrina tries to apply her matchmaking skills to cultural customs, such as religion and interracial relationships.
GISELLE AND TIM
Giselle is struggling with isolation and loneliness and Tim is dealing with jealousy of his brother’s career success.
MEREDITH AND CARRIE
Meredith discusses her experiences with past abusive relationships. Carrie is unsure of her future plans after her now adult sons she raised as a single mother have gone off to college.
HEATHER AND LORI
Heather is struggling with her identity as a wife and mother and Lori is worried that husbands are not being supportive of their wives.
BERNIE AND FRANCESCA
Bernie feels his children are losing their Jewish faith. Francesca is having trouble detaching from toxic friends.
ZHANA AND ERNIE
Zhana is dealing with her broken relationships with her mother and daughter. Ernie’s relationships with people are still affected by his unipolar disorder and their inability to believe he’s now cured.
SARA AND VIKKI
Sara is dealing with anxiety attacks. Vikki is dealing with being single.
RICHARD AND MICHAEL
Michael feels shame in being gay as a Jewish man. Rabbi Shmuley discusses how religion may not condone every lifestyle notes that “we have to treat every human as Gods of infinite value.”
MAREK, DORA AND MITCHELL
Dora and her husband experienced antisemitism as children and now fear being murdered as adults. Rabbi Shmuley explains the effects of antisemitism and says that their trauma may handicap their abilities to raise their own kids without fear.
Rabbi Shmuley has a frank conversation with his own mother about his parents divorce and growing up in a broken family.