Thursday, October 8, 2015 Tishri 25, 5776

Miriam Steinberg-Egeth

Jewish Exponent Blogger

A parent asks for help giving her young children an age-appropriate version of the Purim story without sanitizing it beyond recognition. 


After neglecting to consider a Purim costume for his son, a parent asks if an old Halloween outfit would suffice and whether there's really any difference between a secular and a Purim costume.


A mom seeks ideas for how to get her daughter to be the "angelic eater" she is at daycare when she's at home.


A reader asks how to handle a professional situation where she must reach out to an ex from a relationship that didn't end well.


After overhearing a stranger's loud conversation about her mother's deteriorating health at a public cafe, the mom eating at the next table wonders if she should have used that opportunity to teach her curious preschooler about the concept of death or privacy. 



I am extremely proud to be a part of making the Philadelphia Jewish community the best it can be.

I am a co-founder of Minyan Tikvah (a lay-led prayer group in Center City Philadelphia that meets once a month for traditional egalitarian Shabbat services), a founder of a former matchmaking service for Jewish graduate students, a children’s book reviewer, a former elementary school teacher, a pretty decent cook and a mom to two beautiful children.

I spent years as the director of Hillel of Greater Philadelphia’s Jewish Graduate Student Network before resigning to spend more time with my family. My husband, Marc, likes to say that I knew more people within a week of moving to Philadelphia than he knew after six years here.

I’m originally from the tiny town of Fredonia, NY, and sometimes I still stare at the skyscrapers and marvel at how many Jews I know.

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