Friday, November 28, 2014 Kislev 6, 5775

Dear Miriam,

My fiancee and I have set a date for our wedding over a year from now, so we're planning to send out save the date cards. Can we ask for tentative RSVPs now to save ourselves the hassle of first- and second-round invitations later?

Signed,
Are you really saving the date?

Dear Saving,

Save the date cards provide your family and friends with information; invitations request information from them. Trying to combine the two would, I suspect, be confusing for your guests and probably wouldn't get you accurate enough information this...

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Dear Readers,

As a busy working mom involved in lots of community projects and still trying to have a social life and sleep occasionally, I'm struggling to prioritize my time and get to everything. I was trying to imagine what kind of advice someone would give me, or alternatively, what kind of advice I would give someone like me. So as I work to answer my own question, hopefully it will be helpful to you, too!

The plain fact is that it's impossible to get everything done. I probably never could do everything, but now, with a baby and the ugly face of sleep...

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Dear Miriam,

Shavuot is an important and interesting holiday, but it's so often neglected. Why is that, and what can we do about it?

Signed,
Shavuot Promoter

Dear Promoter,

Falling seven weeks after Passover, and one of the three "pilgrimage festivals" mentioned in the Torah, Shavuot started out as a harvest holiday, and only later in Jewish history became associated with the giving of the Torah and the revelation on Mount Sinai. The rituals originally associated with the holiday are no longer practiced, and compared with the fanfare and...

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