Monday, October 24, 2016 Tishri 22, 5777

Miriam Steinberg-Egeth

Jewish Exponent Blogger

Can Chanukah compete with Christmas? Should we even try? On this first day of Chanukah, Miriam answers a question from a mom who is concerned about making the season special for her kids. 


A reader asks if he is obligated to attend his brother's bachelor party when he knows he won't have a good time. 


Miriam advises a kosher parent whose child was served pepperoni pizza at pre-school.


Miriam answers a question from her four-year-old daughter, prompted by strangers' comments to her family. 


Miriam advises a Las Vegas woman who says that her man feels that if she does not have papers, nobody will accept her as his Jewish wife.



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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