Tuesday, September 23, 2014 Elul 28, 5774

Miriam Steinberg-Egeth

Jewish Exponent Blogger


Dear Miriam,

I'm a female Ph.D. student in chemistry.  The boy I like is a dance student, which is a totally different thing.  I always figured I'd meet someone in my field.  A masters in chemistry is as good as a Ph.D. for getting a job.  Is there any point in my finishing my program, or should I just fall into a life with this boy and see where things go?

Signed,
Chemistry, not chemistry

Dear Chemistry,

I think you might be getting ahead of yourself. You say you like this boy, but not that he likes you back or that you're dating....

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Some Friday nights I'm invited to multiple Shabbos dinners. Sometimes it's just a case of multiple organizations holding a potluck on the same night, sometimes it's a friend or acquaintance inviting me to their home. These invites can be two weeks in advance, or the night before. What's the latest time before Friday night that I can decide where I'll be showing up? And am I a terrible person to want to wait until the last possible moment to see where I'll be invited?

Signed,
Too Many Potlucks,


Dear Potlucks,

As I've talked about before, a lot of...

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Dear Miriam,

I've recently started dating someone who is not Jewish. For the moment, it's not super serious, making this question mostly hypothetical for me. But this is my first foray into dating non Jews (I've never been opposed to it in principle, but I've just happened to only date Jews in the past), so I am wondering when and how to bring up the topic of religion. I'm relatively observant and being religiously Jewish is a big part of my identity.

Signed,
Newly Dating

Dear Newly,

I've gotten a lot of feedback on my recent "Interfaith...

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This week's question comes just in time for me to point you to tonight's Topics on Tap program about Interfaith relationships portrayed in film. We'll be at the Black Sheep at 7:00 watching movie clips, grabbing a drink and learning about this important and relevant topic!

Dear Miriam,

I'm engaged, and my fiance is converting to Judaism. We're taking classes together, starting to do Shabbat at home, and really loving the transition, but we're getting pushback from some friends and family, especially on his side. How can we balance our excitement about our journey with...

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Dear Miriam,

You know that episode of "How I Met Your Mother," where Katie Holmes comes to the Halloween party dressed as "The Slutty Pumpkin?" Is there a Purim equivalent?

Signed,
Hottie Hamentaschen

Dear Hottie,

Purim is certainly an opportunity to do things out of the ordinary, in a turn-the-world-upside-down-can't-tell-blessed-Mordecai-from-cursed-Haman kind of way, including how we dress. While I don't think that the Halloween trend of making every possible costume into a "slutty" version of itself has fully carried over into Purim, you...

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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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