Tuesday, October 6, 2015 Tishri 23, 5776

Miriam Steinberg-Egeth

Jewish Exponent Blogger

You have a friend who's smart, but he consistently cheats at Quizzo by using his phone under the table. Your team doesn't usually win, but should you tell someone about the cheating?


What to do when your sons want to get back into scouting but most of the troop activities conflict with Shabbat observance on Fridays and Saturdays? Miriam weighs the pros and cons of starting a new troop versus re-joining an existing one.


The wedding planning's going well, though there is one snag: The bride and groom are committed to having kosher food but the bride's mother thinks its costly and doesn't understand why it's so important. How does the bride-to-be persuade her mother and keep the wedding on track?


What if a friend's wedding and your birthday conflict, setting up a potential conflict with your parents who always plan elaborate parties for family members? 


If donating items makes certain shoppers in a thrift store uncomfortable, what's a donor to do? By creating a situation in which other people are humiliated, is the person truly doing good? How can this kind of thing be accomplished without causing acute embarrassment? Miriam's Advice Well provides some help by turning to Maimonides.



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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