Tuesday, September 30, 2014 Tishri 6, 5775

Miriam Steinberg-Egeth

Jewish Exponent Blogger

Before we get to this week's question, there's a little housekeeping to take care of. First of all, thanks for all the positive feedback I've been getting about the column so far! I'd love for more of those comments to go directly on this site (as opposed to on Facebook or in my personal inbox) so that perhaps we can get some conversation going. Also, I've gotten feedback that it's hard to know when there's going to be a new post. Two solutions: 1) the answer is every Monday and Thursday, and 2) sign up to follow the blog, and you'll get an email every time there's a new post. Finally,...


The previous post was from a woman trying to figure out the friend/date distinction, and now we have a similar question from a guy. If nothing else, hopefully it's helpful to know that this isn't a one-sided dilemma!

Dear Miriam,

For some reason, I've always been the kind of guy with more female friends than male friends. In my quest to find the perfect mate, I've put some thought into asking out some of those female friends only to find that I am already too deep into the "friend zone." I am wondering a) if it is possible to breach this zone (as exemplified in movies...


Dear Miriam,

Now that my children are grown, I find I have to navigate a new world of parenting questions. I have a friend who talks to her daughter every day and often begins the conversation by asking, "Is this information, or are you asking for advice?" Despite my own instincts as a caring parent, I am learning not to give advice unless asked. Any suggestions on navigating this relationship where one is both the parent and also a co-adult?

Parent of Adult Kids...


Not surprisingly, last week's dating advice has sparked a series of dating-related questions. Keep them coming!

Dear Miriam,

I'm a single female in my mid 20s. I'd consider myself pretty empowered and definitely have feminist tendencies. I'm embarking on dating again after a series of relationships, and I find myself wondering how to proceed. When is it appropriate for a female to follow up after a first date? More specifically, in a situation where it's ambiguous whether it was a date or just "hanging out," is there any weight to be given to lying low and being...


While the following question wasn't exactly submitted to Miriam's Advice Well, it was submitted to Miriam at least three times just last week. It is the ultimate question, the raison d'etre for many of the Jewish events happening around the city and the motivation behind GradMatch and many other sites just like it. It is the grandmother calling her granddaughter and saying, "Give me great-...



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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