Tuesday, September 27, 2016 Elul 24, 5776

Miriam Steinberg-Egeth

Jewish Exponent Blogger

A reader who admits to not following through on a bunch of New Year's resolutions made back around Rosh Hashanah wonders if it would be "gaming the system" to try again at the secular New Year.

In the spirit of the holidays, Miriam answers eight wacky questions about Chanukah.

A friend posts every detail about her life on Facebook, constantly calls out for advice or favors and makes uncomfortably hateful comments about visiting family members. Should you defriend her or clue her in?


A reader asks how to enjoy thinly-veiled Christmas celebrations with young Jewish children without making them feel like they are missing out or confusing them about their own traditions.


A mom who noticed that friend's son is often waiting around for his nanny to pick him up after school wonders if she should tell his parents or stay out of it.



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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