Wednesday, July 30, 2014 Av 3, 5774

Dear Miriam,

My parents are moving out of my childhood home, and I spent all last weekend clearing junk out of the garage. Among the boxes was a crate of all the cards from family and friends that I got for my bar mitzvah, as well as photos, memory candles and t-shirts that say, "I had a blast at ____'s bar mitzvah." That's right, it was rocket-ship-themed. I'm in my 30s and not married, but I hope to have a family someday. Part of me wants to throw it all away, and part of me thinks I'll want it again in the future. What do you think?

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Dear Miriam,

My husband and I are both close with our families, which is great until it comes to holidays. Both sets of parents expect us to spend every holiday with them, and each time a holiday rolls around, we have to engage in major negotiations to decide where we're going to go. At this point, we just want to stay home and avoid the conversation. What is a reasonable compromise to keep everyone happy and to keep me from going nuts?

Signed,
Whose home for the holidays

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Dear Miriam,

I have a bris to go to next week, and I'm not sure what an appropriate gift is for the occasion.  Should I give money?  If so, how much, and if not, what do I give instead?

Signed,
Milah Moolah

Dear Moolah,

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