Sunday, August 28, 2016 Av 24, 5776

Miriam Steinberg-Egeth

Jewish Exponent Blogger

What if you want to ask for advice but you worry that someone will read the question and know it was you? 


What are the best ways to teach kids about saving money and giving tzedakah? If they get an allowance, how much and at what age? 


A parent asks for tips on how to get into the spirit of Shabbat when she's completely spent from the work week and rarely has time to even make anything special for dinner.


Is it possible that people come to weddings and don't get gifts for the couple? Continuing a recent thread of questions about gift-giving, a woman who got married almost a year ago wonders if she should follow up with guests who didn't give a gift to find out if a package got lost in the mail. 


A mom writes about an unsettling encounter with an elderly woman at the park who kissed her son on the top of his head. What's the line between stranger-danger and respecting your elders, and what should she do if she sees this woman again? 



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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