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Wedding Gift Etiquette Addressed

Dear Miriam, I have two questions about wedding gifts. 1) If someone has two wedding ceremonies/receptions, either in two different locations or recognizing two different...

Does Issue of Semantics Negate Well Wishes?

Dear Miriam, In the wake of Pittsburgh, I have seen and heard a lot of well-meaning non-Jews offer words of comfort to, "people of the...

Discussing Pittsburgh’s Aftermath

Dear Readers, Today, there is no question. Or, more realistically, we have all the questions, so how could I answer just one in the midst...

Theoretical Beekeeper Question Creates a Buzz for Miriam

Dear Miriam, I've recently started learning about beekeeping, and I found out that in Mexico beekeepers use plants hung above the hives to protect the...

Birthday Lunch With Coworkers Concerns Employee

Dear Miriam, My office mates have arranged to take a coworker out to lunch for her birthday. The restaurant they've chosen is a place that...

How Do You Encourage an Apolitical Person to Vote?

Dear Miriam, I have a few family members and friends who still somehow say things to me like, "I'm not political," when I bring up...

Weather or Not: Spending Time in the Sukkah

Dear Miriam, I planned to get several of my non-Jewish friends together in my sukkah to teach them about the holiday, but it looks like...

Not Fasting Raises Questions

Dear Miriam, I can't fast on Yom Kippur (or any other day) for medical reasons. I'm torn between hiding this from my community and sneaking...

Vague Holiday Greeting Causes Confusion

Dear Miriam, In preparation for Rosh Hashanah, I sent an email to a colleague letting her know I would be out of the office for...

High Holidays Heat and Your Attire: What Do You Do?

Dear Miriam, With Rosh Hashanah so early and so hot this year, do you think suits are still a necessary part of prayer attire? Signed, Sweating in...