Bintel Brief: Rabbi Irwin Kula Helps a Poor Orphan Girl

Rabbi Kula

Dear Rabbi Kula,

I am 15 years old and in need of a consistent father figure in my life. It is not that I do not have a wonderful father — I do! It is just that he is rarely around. He is always working, traveling and at the office. It is quite upsetting. Please advise. Thank you.


P.S. I am not really an orphan. I have a wonderful mother who is often around, but it is not the same as having two parents!

Rabbi Irwin Kula Replies:

Rabbi Irwin Kula is president of CLAL-The National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership. He is the author, most recently, of “Yearnings: Embracing the Sacred Messiness of Life” (Hyperion, 2006) and was featured in the public television special “The Hidden Wisdom of Our Yearnings,” which was based on his book.

Send a letter to the Bintel Brief at To read other installments of the Bintel Brief, click here.

Bintel Brief: Rabbi Irwin Kula Helps a Poor Orphan Girl

Your Comments

The Forward welcomes reader comments in order to promote thoughtful discussion on issues of importance to the Jewish community. All readers can browse the comments, and all Forward subscribers can add to the conversation. In the interest of maintaining a civil forum, The Forward requires that all commenters be appropriately respectful toward our writers, other commenters and the subjects of the articles. Vigorous debate and reasoned critique are welcome; name-calling and personal invective are not and will be deleted. Egregious commenters or repeat offenders will be banned from commenting. While we generally do not seek to edit or actively moderate comments, our spam filter prevents most links and certain key words from being posted and the Forward reserves the right to remove comments for any reason.

Recommend this article

Bintel Brief: Rabbi Irwin Kula Helps a Poor Orphan Girl

Thank you!

This article has been sent!