Miriam's Advice Well

‘Accidental Confidante’ Questions Role, Responsibilities

Dear Miriam, A former coworker of mine lost her job, lost her work visa and had to return overseas. Things are not going well for...

Should Jews Celebrate Valentine’s Day?

Dear Miriam, What's your opinion on Jews celebrating Valentine's Day? Signed, Rose or Noes? Dear Noes, My ambivalence about Valentine's Day runs deep. I've written a few columns on...

Reader Really Resents Recorder Requirements

Dear Miriam, Why haven't schools figured out that playing the recorder is slow torture for everyone involved? My daughter just brought a recorder home with...

Constant Coat Question Irks Reader

Dear Miriam, What is the appropriate response when someone at school or a playground or just in a parking lot sees my child without a...

Coat Quandary Raises Temperature of Reader

Dear Miriam, Last year, I spent an uncomfortable amount of money on winter gear for my three kids. It wasn't exactly a financial hardship, but...

How Do You Deal With an Anti-Vaxxer?

Dear Miriam, I work with children, and I have small children. I have a duty to make sure I take health into careful and great...

Friend’s Wedding Snubs Confuse Bride-to-Be

Dear Miriam, I wasn’t asked to be a bridesmaid in my friend’s wedding. I wasn’t too upset; she had asked family members and friends from...

Wife Who Loves Christmas Trappings Concerns Husband

Dear Miriam, My wife and I are Jewish, but she loves Christmas. Not the religious part of it, obviously, but she loves eggnog and candy...

Inaction Perhaps the Best Action Regarding Holiday Display

Dear Miriam, Someone at work decorated my office with a paper Christmas tree. The star on top has our boss' name, and cut out ornament...

Should Presents be a Part of Chanukah?

Dear Miriam, Chanukah presents — yay or nay? Signed, Every Jewish Parent on the Internet Dear Jewish Parent, I'll admit, you're not one person who asked this question. Rather...