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Jewish Ritual

Jewish Ritual

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Four at the Funeral

Should a four year old attend his great-grandmother's funeral? Miriam offers her advice. Dear Miriam, My grandmother's health has taken a turn for the worse and...
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Talking about God

Miriam gives advice on how to talk to young children about God.  Dear Miriam, How do I talk to my 3-year-old son about God when I...
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Seder Delay

How late is too late to accept an invitation to someone's seder? Dear Miriam, I couldn't make up my mind about what to do for Passover...
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Kosher Fur

Is fur kosher? Miriam weighs in, with the help of some local rabbis. Dear Miriam,   I'm wondering why, in Jewish tradition, is wearing fur considered kosher?...
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Divisive Wedding

Miriam advises a father who is pulled between his Orthodox and non-Orthodox children.  Dear Miriam, I raised my first two children Orthodox, and they are still...
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Honest Honor

Miriam advises a transgender man on how to act when praying in non-egalitarian Jewish communities.  Dear Miriam, I am a transgender, observant male Jew. I often...
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Spirituality for Kids

How and when is it appropriate to introduce your children to ideas about God? Dear Miriam, I have a toddler and an infant, and they attend...
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Jewish in Vegas

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...
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Wild and Kosher

Dear Miriam, I've asked 10 people and gotten 20 different answers to this question: What wild game is kosher? Is venison? Dear Miriam, I've asked 10...
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Sorta Sukkot

Miriam helps out a reader who finds herself sukkah-less in Sukkot. Dear Miriam, I didn't get my act together to build a sukkah this year. I...