Wednesday, September 17, 2014 Elul 22, 5774

Dear Miriam,

Why are there so many potluck Shabbat meals in Philadelphia? How do I decide what to bring? Are there other pieces of potluck etiquette I should know about?

Signed,
Puzzled by potlucks

Dear Puzzled,

You're absolutely right that the Philadelphia Jewish scene is ripe with potluck meals! The recent article in the Jewish Exponent talks about this trend. This coming Shabbat, at least four organizations are hosting potlucks: Hillel's Grad Network (where I work!), Moishe House Philadelphia, and the Collaborative are all hosting Friday...

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Remember when I categorized the types of advice I thought I might be called on to give? I'm happy to answer my first truly wackadoo question, though I suspect this is something that has occurred to more people than are probably willing to admit it.

Dear Miriam,

Whenever I go to synagogue, I cringe a little when I take a kipah from the communal bin. Is it true that kipah bins can house lice?  I'll take one, but I still feel worried... What do you think?

Signed,
Yiddishe Kup

Dear Yiddishe Kup,

A quick review of several health-...

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In preparation for a class I'm teaching at the National Havurah Committee Chesapeake Retreat this coming weekend, I've been doing some research about the Millennial Generation, defined as those born between 1980 and 2000. It turns out that 21 percent of Millennials are married (half the percentage of their parents’ generation at the same ages), and 34 percent of Millennials are parents. In honor of those stats, available here, we're taking a break from dating to talk about parenting. And if you're interested in NHC, registration for this weekend is closed, but check out the NHC Summer...

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