Tuesday, September 16, 2014 Elul 21, 5774

Miriam Steinberg-Egeth

Jewish Exponent Blogger

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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Miriam gets personal this week, sharing her advice to other new mothers who make the choice to pump breastmilk when they go back to work,  as well as to the partners who support them, the co-workers who share their offices, and anyone who wants a glimpse of what it takes to continue breastfeeding a baby while working.

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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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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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