Thursday, August 21, 2014 Av 25, 5774

Dear Miriam,

I'm a college junior totally stressing right now in the middle of finals. Most of my friends aren't stressed out because they're turning in papers they already wrote for other classes or sharing papers with each other so they each only have to do some of the work. Some people are just copying (or buying) papers from online. This happens all the time, and I don't know anyone who's gotten caught, so I'm really tempted to take the easy option this time. What counts as plagiarism?

Signed,
Playing with Plagiarism

Dear Playing,

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Dear Miriam,

My parents are moving out of my childhood home, and I spent all last weekend clearing junk out of the garage. Among the boxes was a crate of all the cards from family and friends that I got for my bar mitzvah, as well as photos, memory candles and t-shirts that say, "I had a blast at ____'s bar mitzvah." That's right, it was rocket-ship-themed. I'm in my 30s and not married, but I hope to have a family someday. Part of me wants to throw it all away, and part of me thinks I'll want it again in the future. What do you think?

Signed,
Bar Mitzvah...

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Dear Miriam,

Lately, I've started hanging out with a group of people who are a lot more knowledgeable than I am about most things Jewish, and while I really like them, I'm embarrassed to ask them what's going on and end up being left out of a lot of the conversations. How can I ask without looking dumb, or how can I find out what they were talking about after the fact?

Signed,
It's like learning a new language

Dear Learning,

Sometimes, people use "insider language" to show that they belong and to make that fact clear to anyone who's...

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