Monday, October 20, 2014 Tishri 26, 5775

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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Remember when I categorized the types of advice I thought I might be called on to give? I'm happy to answer my first truly wackadoo question, though I suspect this is something that has occurred to more people than are probably willing to admit it.

Dear Miriam,

Whenever I go to synagogue, I cringe a little when I take a kipah from the communal bin. Is it true that kipah bins can house lice?  I'll take one, but I still feel worried... What do you think?

Signed,
Yiddishe Kup

Dear Yiddishe Kup,

A quick review of several health-...

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