Saturday, October 25, 2014 Heshvan 1, 5775

Miriam Steinberg-Egeth

Jewish Exponent Blogger

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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Dear Miriam,

I'm a college junior totally stressing right now in the middle of finals. Most of my friends aren't stressed out because they're turning in papers they already wrote for other classes or sharing papers with each other so they each only have to do some of the work. Some people are just copying (or buying) papers from online. This happens all the time, and I don't know anyone who's gotten caught, so I'm really tempted to take the easy option this time. What counts as plagiarism?

Signed,
Playing with Plagiarism

Dear Playing,

All of...

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Dear Miriam,

I'm a college junior totally stressing right now in the middle of finals. Most of my friends aren't stressed out because they're turning in papers they already wrote for other classes or sharing papers with each other so they each only have to do some of the work. Some people are just copying (or buying) papers from online. This happens all the time, and I don't know anyone who's gotten caught, so I'm really tempted to take the easy option this time. What counts as plagiarism?

Signed,
Playing with Plagiarism

Dear Playing,

All of...

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Dear Miriam,

My parents are moving out of my childhood home, and I spent all last weekend clearing junk out of the garage. Among the boxes was a crate of all the cards from family and friends that I got for my bar mitzvah, as well as photos, memory candles and t-shirts that say, "I had a blast at ____'s bar mitzvah." That's right, it was rocket-ship-themed. I'm in my 30s and not married, but I hope to have a family someday. Part of me wants to throw it all away, and part of me thinks I'll want it again in the future. What do you think?

Signed,
Bar Mitzvah...

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Dear Miriam,

Lately, I've started hanging out with a group of people who are a lot more knowledgeable than I am about most things Jewish, and while I really like them, I'm embarrassed to ask them what's going on and end up being left out of a lot of the conversations. How can I ask without looking dumb, or how can I find out what they were talking about after the fact?

Signed,
It's like learning a new language

Dear Learning,

Sometimes, people use "insider language" to show that they belong and to make that fact clear to anyone who's...

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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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