Sunday, September 21, 2014 Elul 26, 5774

Miriam Steinberg-Egeth

Jewish Exponent Blogger

A writer asks how to talk to a younger cousin about setting realistic dating expectations while also respecting that her pickiness may actually reflect what she's truly looking for. 

 
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A writer asks how she can make it clear that she's thrilled for all of her friends who are getting married but also perfectly fine being single, and tired of hearing patronizing assurances that "you're so wonderful, you'll find someone amazing." 

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A bridesmaid asks how she can steer her fellow bridal party members from planning a surprise bachelorette party weekend that clearly doesn't take the bride's wishes into account. 

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With the tradition to eat dairy meals on Shavuot, a vegetarian letter writer wants to take advantage of the opportunity to host an impressive holiday meal and asks for suggestions for new dishes to prepare.

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How do you let others know that you want them to tell you if something is amiss in your appearance, from an unzipped fly to spinach in your teeth? And how can you return that favor in a way that's not offensive? 

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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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