Saturday, April 19, 2014 Nisan 19, 5774

Miriam Steinberg-Egeth

Jewish Exponent Blogger

A friend keeps encouraging you to date a non-Jewish person even though you've decided that you only want to date Jews. How do you convince her that you feel it's very important to follow a Jewish path exclusively now?

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A reader asks Miriam if wishing an ex-boyfriend mazel tov on his recent marriage on Facebook will make her seem like a "crazy ex."

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A reader asks Miriam to parcel out which of a list of "23 Weird But Understandable Questions You Ask in Your Twenties" are things people really worry about it, and add anything that's missing.

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How much is appropriate to contribute to the office gift card pool when a colleague is expecting a new baby? Does it make a difference what your professional relationship is, and how much you like this person?

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You've told family and friends that you're really not into gift-giving so that no one feels obligated to get you anything, but they send gifts anyway. Is there anything else you can do to convince them not to do this? And if they still buy you presents, do you have to reciprocate? 

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Profile

I am extremely proud to be both a member of the Philadelphia young adult Jewish community and a professional working to make the community the best it can be.

I work full time as the director of Hillel of Greater Philadelphia’s Jewish Graduate Student Network. 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.

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 and matchmaker for GradMatch.org, a children’s book reviewer, a former elementary school teacher, a pretty decent cook and a mom to two beautiful children.

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