Monday, December 5, 2016 Kislev 5, 5777

Miriam Steinberg-Egeth

Jewish Exponent Blogger

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? 


A reader who's relatively new to "making much of Shabbat" asks how to get over her nerves and start inviting guests to join in her family's Friday night ritual.


A reader who just lost two pairs of gloves, a pair of prescription sunglasses and a transit pass solicits strategies for keeping track of things.


A mother who keeps a kosher kitchen asks what, if any, limitations she should put on what her kids eat when they're with her in-laws, who do not keep kosher. 



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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