Sunday, September 21, 2014 Elul 26, 5774

While today's post is not holiday related, I'd be remiss if I didn't start by wishing everyone a very happy Purim!

Dear Miriam,

While it's still winter, I want to make a great cholent for Shabbat, but my slow-cooker creations never turn out the way I expect. Any suggestions?

Signed,
Crockpot Crapshoot

Dear Crockpot,

For those readers who might not be familiar, cholent is a thick stew that traditionally cooks overnight on Fridays to be served for Shabbat lunch. The first time I had cholent was in college, and the Goucher kosher...

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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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