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How Do You Balance Celebrating Shavuot, Caring for Kids?

Dear Miriam, I am wondering how I can celebrate Shavuot when all the events in my area are late-night celebrations that don't really accommodate parents...

What Gift Should I Get a New Philadelphian?

Dear Miriam, I live across the country in California, but a good friend from high school is moving to Philly to work in academia. Do...

Shabbat Scheduling Leads to Missed Opportunities

Dear Miriam, I have a friend who frequently invites me over to her house for Shabbat dinners, but somehow she only catches me at bad...

Orthodox friend’s unorthodox Facebook post perplexes reader

Dear Miriam, During Passover, I saw that a friend of mine on Facebook posted a picture of himself at a non-kosher restaurant eating not kosher-for-Passover...

Thought of Meal Planning Raises Dread for Reader

Dear Miriam, I'm having a meal-planning existential crisis. I'm trying to get into the habit of meal planning and grocery shopping on the weekends, but...

Dealing with Toddlers at the Seder Table

Dear Miriam, I have two 2-year-olds coming to my seder this year, and I was wondering if you have any suggestions for making Passover meaningful...

What is the Optimal Time for Turning a Kitchen Over for Passover

Dear Miriam, What is the optimal timing for turning my kitchen over for Passover? I'm trying to figure out how to feed my family through...

Daughter’s Strict Religious Rules Create Rift With Mother

Dear Miriam, My daughter is a ba'al teshuva (she became religious on her own as an adult). As such, when I visit, I am subsumed...

Differing Family Views Create Discussion Concerns

Dear Miriam, My 30-something daughter identifies as a Jew and is married to a Jew, but she is very left wing when it comes to...

Planned Interfaith Marriage Raises Questions About Raising Children

Dear Miriam, I am Jewish and marrying a Catholic man, and we are creating a wedding ceremony that focuses on spiritual elements and incorporates aspects...