Monday, September 22, 2014 Elul 27, 5774

Miriam Steinberg-Egeth

Jewish Exponent Blogger

You're hosting Rosh Hashanah dinner for the first time this year but you're not really interested in cooking traditional dishes. Should you put your tastes aside or get creative? 

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You hear your neighbor's 9-month-old baby crying a lot and it sounds like he's not being comforted. Since you don't have a close relationship with the parents, is there anything you can do? 

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Your good friend has been dealing with a difficult family situation. Her mother has dementia and is in a care facility. You know it's tough for her, but when you try to talk about yourself, she ends the conversation! Do you suppose there are ways to let her know how narcissistic she's been acting without losing her as a friend?

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Your three-month-old just started daycare and now has diaper rash. He never had it during the three months he was home with you. You really like the caretakers and they seem to really like your son. How can you approach this without backlash? 

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Your son just received a letter of welcome from his soon-to-be fourth grade teacher. It was a wonderful gesture, but unfortunately, the letter was filled with grammatical errors. Is there any way to offer unsolicited grammar lessons without seeming like a complete jerk?

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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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