Sunday, October 26, 2014 Heshvan 2, 5775

Miriam Steinberg-Egeth

Jewish Exponent Blogger
I recently went to a "fleyshik potluck" — that is, people were asked to bring things that could be eaten with a meat meal. I'm used to vegetarian/dairy potlucks, and I was concerned from the beginning whether this meal would allow me to adhere to my own level of kashrut observance. When I got there, I saw that one of the guests had brought a kugel that was clearly dairy. The hosts put it out on the buffet along with the rest of the food. The whole thing made me really uncomfortable, but I also understand that the host was in a difficult situation. What should they have done? What should I have done?
 
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I went on a date last week with a wonderful guy. He was smart, funny, good-looking, we had a lot to talk about, etc. Sounds perfect, right? Unfortunately, he also smelled awful. I don't mean this in a petty kind of way. He actually smelled like urine. We had a great time, but I was afraid to get too close, and I'm wondering whether I should see him again. What do you think?

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Chanukah just isn’t that important! Why do you think so many otherwise unaffiliated Jews go out of their way to celebrate this holiday?

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I just landed a new position where I have the freedom to work from home.  I still take my son to daycare, but I find myself feeling an obligation to be completely tied to my computer, worried that my employer will think I'm not actually working. What is the expectation for telecommuters, and how do I stop feeling like I'm not doing enough?

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I'm a 27-year-old woman, and I've been dating a younger guy for the past few months. We are definitely in different places in our lives, and I'm not sure how to reconcile our different experiences with the fact that we have fun when we're together. How young is too young?

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Profile

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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