Miriam's Advice Well

From dating to parenting, Miriam welcomes all questions. Posted every Monday.

Dear Miriam | Answers Instead of Questions

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Dear Readers, Rather than a question, today I have two answers. (Feel free to insert your own Alex Trebek tribute here.) Times are painfully tough,...
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Dear Miriam | How Can We Celebrate Thanksgiving Now?

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Dear Miriam, Since you've already gone through many Jewish holidays during the pandemic, what advice do you have for people who are preparing to celebrate...

Dear Miriam | How Can I Celebrate Safely?

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Dear Miriam, It's been a stressful week (and longer). I want to do something celebratory but also COVID safe, and everything I've done recently to...

Dear Miriam | What to Do With Leftover Candy?

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Dear Miriam, What should I do with my leftover Halloween candy? Signed, Treats for Days Dear Treats, I will give you 20 ideas for those leftover sweets, one for...

Dear Miriam | How Do You Handle Pre-Election Stress

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Dear Miriam, My pre-election anxiety is making it hard to sleep. This is on top of an already pretty significant baseline of pandemic stress. I'm...

Dear Miriam | Is Trick-or-Treating OK in 2020?

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Dear Miriam, I know you've answered a lot of questions over the years about whether Jews should participate in Halloween because of its pagan origins....

Dear Miriam | Planning for Death Proves Problematic

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Dear Miriam, What will happen if I outlive my non-Jewish spouse? I find great comfort and meaning in Jewish rituals surrounding death. What does one...

Dear Miriam | Can Sukkot Be Celebrated Safely?

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Dear Miriam, What is your best advice for hosting guests during this Sukkot? It should be a great holiday for hosting because we're already outside! Signed, Another...

Dear Miriam | Not Getting a Rise Out of Challah

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Dear Miriam, During this holiday season, I've tried to bake challah regularly, but I find that no matter what I do, and no matter how...

Dear Miriam | Spotted Lanternflies Pose Moral Dilemma

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Dear Miriam, Normally, I would try to teach my kids to be gentle with living things, starting with the idea that we don't step on...