Tuesday, September 16, 2014 Elul 21, 5774

Miriam Steinberg-Egeth

Jewish Exponent Blogger

Not surprisingly, last week's dating advice has sparked a series of dating-related questions. Keep them coming!

Dear Miriam,

I'm a single female in my mid 20s. I'd consider myself pretty empowered and definitely have feminist tendencies. I'm embarking on dating again after a series of relationships, and I find myself wondering how to proceed. When is it appropriate for a female to follow up after a first date? More specifically, in a situation where it's ambiguous whether it was a date or just "hanging out," is there any weight to be given to lying low and being...

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While the following question wasn't exactly submitted to Miriam's Advice Well, it was submitted to Miriam at least three times just last week. It is the ultimate question, the raison d'etre for many of the Jewish events happening around the city and the motivation behind GradMatch and many other sites just like it. It is the grandmother calling her granddaughter and saying, "Give me great-...

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I guess we're moving away from life cycle events after all.  But that just goes to show: Miriam's Advice Well is here for whatever's on your mind, personal, political or otherwise.  Maybe I need to add some new categories...  Either way, keep the questions coming!

Dear Miriam,

What do you think of school vouchers? I am against them. If someone wants to send...

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From funerals to weddings, I'm glad my first week as an advice columnist is covering the range of life-cycle events. I'm expecting questions on naming ceremonies and Bar Mitzvahs any day now. Keep the questions coming, and if you like what you see, send your friends to the site, too. 

Dear Miriam,

I recently received an invitation to a wedding in Florida, and at the bottom of the invitation it said "formal attire required." I know what to wear for "black tie required"...

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Nothing like a little light-hearted shiva talk for my first officially submitted question from a reader!  Thanks to everyone who's visited this site so far, and keep the questions coming, funeral and otherwise!

Dear Miriam,

I am hoping your expertise in Jewish ritual and culinary prowess can help me out. Sadly, I find that as we enter these cold winter months, I'm attending a lot of shivas and Emily Post isn't cutting it. So, what does one bring to a family sitting...

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Profile

I am extremely proud to be a part of making the Philadelphia Jewish community the best it can be.

I am a co-founder of Minyan Tikvah (a lay-led prayer group in Center City Philadelphia that meets once a month for traditional egalitarian Shabbat services), a founder of a former matchmaking service for Jewish graduate students, a children’s book reviewer, a former elementary school teacher, a pretty decent cook and a mom to two beautiful children.

I spent years as the director of Hillel of Greater Philadelphia’s Jewish Graduate Student Network before resigning to spend more time with my family. My husband, Marc, likes to say that I knew more people within a week of moving to Philadelphia than he knew after six years here.

I’m originally from the tiny town of Fredonia, NY, and sometimes I still stare at the skyscrapers and marvel at how many Jews I know.

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