Thursday, October 23, 2014 Tishri 29, 5775

Dear Miriam,

You know that episode of "How I Met Your Mother," where Katie Holmes comes to the Halloween party dressed as "The Slutty Pumpkin?" Is there a Purim equivalent?

Signed,
Hottie Hamentaschen

Dear Hottie,

Purim is certainly an opportunity to do things out of the ordinary, in a turn-the-world-upside-down-can't-tell-blessed-Mordecai-from-cursed-Haman kind of way, including how we dress. While I don't think that the Halloween trend of making every possible costume into a "slutty" version of itself has fully carried over into Purim, you...

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Dear Miriam,

For those of us who are job-hunting, could you share some tips for successful and effective networking?

Signed,
Take My Card, Please!

Dear Card,

Tomorrow is one of the most successful networking events I know of: The 11th Annual Law Networking Event run by the Jewish Graduate Student Network and The Louis D. Brandeis Law Society. Yes, it's possible that I'm partial to the event, but I have also seen it have tangible impact on people's careers. If you're looking for employment in a law-related field, you should be there, but even...

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Dear Miriam,

Why are there so many potluck Shabbat meals in Philadelphia? How do I decide what to bring? Are there other pieces of potluck etiquette I should know about?

Signed,
Puzzled by potlucks

Dear Puzzled,

You're absolutely right that the Philadelphia Jewish scene is ripe with potluck meals! The recent article in the Jewish Exponent talks about this trend. This coming Shabbat, at least four organizations are hosting potlucks: Hillel's Grad Network (where I work!), Moishe House Philadelphia, and the Collaborative are all hosting Friday...

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