Tuesday, September 23, 2014 Elul 28, 5774

Miriam Steinberg-Egeth

Jewish Exponent Blogger

Dear Miriam,

Shavuot is an important and interesting holiday, but it's so often neglected. Why is that, and what can we do about it?

Signed,
Shavuot Promoter

Dear Promoter,

Falling seven weeks after Passover, and one of the three "pilgrimage festivals" mentioned in the Torah, Shavuot started out as a harvest holiday, and only later in Jewish history became associated with the giving of the Torah and the revelation on Mount Sinai. The rituals originally associated with the holiday are no longer practiced, and compared with the fanfare and...

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Dear Miriam,

You offer a lot of advice for young adults trying to make their way in the city, but what advice do you have for retirees who are moving to a new place later in life?

Signed,
Someone's Parent

Dear Parent,

My understanding of the generation prior to mine is that it was pretty typical for Jews to graduate from college, get married soon after and then join a synagogue and maybe also a JCC as a young married couple.  Now, there's commonly a gap of several years between graduating and starting a family, and many young adults expect...

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Dear Miriam,

I had a great date with a guy last week.  He ended the evening by saying that we'd "definitely" get together again. That was four days ago and I haven't heard from him. What should I do?

Signed,
Waiting for a Second Date

Dear Waiting,

In my experience, people's questions about second dates typically focus on whether to go on them with people they don't actually like. (See this case in point from a previous column.) It's refreshing to know that you want to see this guy again and that he seemingly wants to see you as well....

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Dear Miriam,

People seem to take cabs a lot more in Philly than any place else I've ever lived. Why is that, and what should I know about "cabbing it," including how much to tip?

Signed,
Taxi Tips

Dear Tips,

Philly is generally pretty easy to get around: It's small and walkable, and has reasonable parking and a lot of car sharing options. However, public transportation is fairly limited compared to a lot of cities, and even when your destination is, objectively-speaking, not so far away, sometimes a cab just makes sense. I spend a lot of...

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Dear Miriam,

I have a friend who always appears to have a surly expression on her face. I know her to be a kind, interesting person, even a happy person, but for some reason she often looks annoyed. I know she wants to make new friends, get out and date more, but I think her facial expressions are holding her back. Is there any way I can talk to her about this?

Signed,
Frowny Friend

Dear Frowny,

If only people waited to characterize someone until they had a personal conversation, but alas, I think we all know that’s not the way things...

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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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