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Miriam's Advice Well

To Sing or Not to Sing?

Dear Miriam, I am having a very heated discussion with my husband about whether or not it's disrespectful for me, as a woman, to sing...

How Do You Deal With the Post-holiday Crush?

Dear Miriam, For weeks, I've been saying I would get to things "after the holidays." Now that it's actually after the holidays, I am completely...

Do Errant Emojis Warrant a Response?

Dear Miriam, My upstairs neighbor texted me a bunch of emojis late last night. Presumably this was a mistake, and so far I've ignored it,...

Issue Calls for Forgiveness Beyond Yom Kippur

Dear Miriam, There is someone in my life who hurt me (emotionally) very badly in the past. This person has long since changed their behavior,...

Hoarder Aunt Presents Break Fast Conundrum

Dear Miriam, My aunt is a borderline hoarder. She's invited everyone over to her house for Yom Kippur break fast. It isn't safe for my...

New Year Brings Look Back at Old Issues

Dear Readers, One of the things I find most striking about Rosh Hashanah, and, really, all of Jewish ritual life, is the emphasis on cycles,...

What to Do in the Face of Suffering

Dear Miriam, Our country is flooding and burning. Things seem pretty grim, not even mentioning the more directly human-caused fighting happening seemingly everywhere. What can...

Injured Nanny Leaves Parent in a Quandary

Dear Miriam, I recently hired a new nanny for my 2-year-old daughter. We were having some trouble conveying our expectations to her, but we wanted...

‘Mansplainers’ Make a Shabbat Meal Uncomfortable

Dear Miriam, This past Shabbat, I found myself at a Shabbat meal full of mansplainers. I stopped trying to be part of the conversation, and...

Does Leaving United States Amount to Running From Problems?

Dear Miriam, For the last two months, I've been on a short-term assignment for work on the other side of the world in a major...