Wednesday, August 24, 2016 Av 20, 5776

Miriam Steinberg-Egeth

Jewish Exponent Blogger

A woman wonders how to convince her husband that a coincidental experience isn't worth adjusting his belief in fate.


What do you do when a friend uses one of the baby names on your short list? A mom-to-be wonders if she should "warn" her friend that their kids might have similar names or pick a different one.

A dad asks what to do when an aunt gives his 2-year-old son — who is obviously a Phillies fan — a Yankees hoodie as a birthday gift.

A mom wonders if she has to forfeit her few precious hours of "off time" while her kids nap when she's hosting weekend guests who want to hang out all day. 


While unloading groceries into his car, a reader discovered a bag of spaghetti that he hadn't paid for and went back inside to settle up. But he doubts that he would have gone back if he hadn't discovered the mistake until he got home — so does that make him a crook? 



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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