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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...

How Do You Address Political Issues in an Apolitical Office?

Dear Miriam, I work in a completely apolitical office doing an apolitical job, but I find myself at work thinking about politics all the time...

The Obligation of Everyone to Work Against Hate

Dear Readers, When I woke up Monday morning, I thought I was going to answer this question: "In light of the desecration of a Jewish...

Possibly Poisoning a Relationship

Dear Miriam, A few days after I came home from the hospital with my my new baby, a friend brought dinner for me, my husband...

Reconciling the Orthodox Community and a Book With a Strong Female Protagonist

Dear Miriam, I'm writing a children's book with an egalitarian Jewish theme and strong female protagonist. I'm concerned about how Orthodox communities might view my...

What’s an Appropriate Bar Mitzvah Gift?

Dear Miriam, Our son-in-law's nephew is being Bar Mitzvah. We were wondering what the proper gift would be. Signed, Relatives Writing a Check Dear Relatives, There are certainly some...

Politics Got You Down?

Dear Miriam, The country and world feel more divided and hopeless than ever. How can I make a difference but also preserve my own sanity? Signed, Jaded...