Thursday, October 23, 2014 Tishri 29, 5775

Miriam Steinberg-Egeth

Jewish Exponent Blogger

If it's a mitzvah to have sex on Shabbat, a reader wonders if it's also a mitzvah to have sex on every night of holidays like Sukkot that span several days.  

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An acquaintance emailed to say that her husband has some business in your neighborhood once a week for the next month and she looks forward to coming over and spending time with you while he's working. How do you get out of this unintended social obligation?

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A letter writer is never sure what to do when it comes time for the Yizkor service during Yom Kippur. Miriam's Advice Well offers historical background and discusses the options. 

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You've  moved in together with your boyfriend and things have been going well for the most part except when it comes to the kitchen.  He was raised kosher style while you grew up keeping kosher.  He is fine with the two sets of dishes and silverware but is uncomfortable with the parve items. You've already labeled the cooking utensils with different colors of electric tape. Are there are any other suggestions about "teaching" about keeping kosher?

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You decided to hire housecleaners once a month. The first time they came, they did a great job, but every time since, it's been a mess. No responses to your criticisms have been satisfactory. Where do you go from here? Just fire them?

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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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