Monday, October 24, 2016 Tishri 22, 5777

Miriam Steinberg-Egeth

Jewish Exponent Blogger

When friends who are more observant than you ask to stay over for Shabbat, should you change your Saturday routine to match their observance level or just end up feeling awkward making coffee and watching TV while they're around? 


A parent asks for help giving her young children an age-appropriate version of the Purim story without sanitizing it beyond recognition. 


After neglecting to consider a Purim costume for his son, a parent asks if an old Halloween outfit would suffice and whether there's really any difference between a secular and a Purim costume.


A mom seeks ideas for how to get her daughter to be the "angelic eater" she is at daycare when she's at home.


A reader asks how to handle a professional situation where she must reach out to an ex from a relationship that didn't end well.



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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