Tuesday, September 23, 2014 Elul 28, 5774

Miriam Steinberg-Egeth

Jewish Exponent Blogger

With Tisha B’Av just around the corner, you're having your yearly dilemma about whether or not to fast. You hate fasting, especially in the summer, and you're not convinced that your religious beliefs include mourning the destruction of the Temple. What should you do?

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How do parents make connections with other parents? How do you turn conversations about sleep-training and poop into actual friendships? When do you make the move to stop talking about your kids and start talking about yourselves?

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You have a friend who has a kindergarten-aged daughter who's been known to tell white lies. To try to get his daughter to stop, my friend told her he has an iPhone app that detects lying. Isn't lying to teach a kid about truth setting a bad example?

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Situational ethics are called for when deciding what to do about hotel rules and other guests.

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You have a student who's asked for help networking in a professional field where he knows you have connections. You don’t think he’s talented enough. Should you help him or tell him the truth?

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Profile

I am extremely proud to be a part of making the Philadelphia Jewish community the best it can be.

I am a co-founder of Minyan Tikvah (a lay-led prayer group in Center City Philadelphia that meets once a month for traditional egalitarian Shabbat services), a founder of a former matchmaking service for Jewish graduate students, a children’s book reviewer, a former elementary school teacher, a pretty decent cook and a mom to two beautiful children.

I spent years as the director of Hillel of Greater Philadelphia’s Jewish Graduate Student Network before resigning to spend more time with my family. My husband, Marc, likes to say that I knew more people within a week of moving to Philadelphia than he knew after six years here.

I’m originally from the tiny town of Fredonia, NY, and sometimes I still stare at the skyscrapers and marvel at how many Jews I know.

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