Miriam's Advice Well

yogurt topped with mango

Dear Miriam | Breakfast Battle Becomes Bothersome

Dear Miriam, My kindergartener has decided she hates breakfast. Every day is a major struggle to get her to eat something before school. She wants...
silhouette of a woman jumping in 2020

Ask Miriam | Resolve to Get Off to a Good Start

Dear Miriam, I'm not exactly setting New Year's resolutions, but I would like to do a few things better, more intentionally and more effectively this...
prisoners in a railway car

Ask Miriam | How Do You Teach a Child About the Holocaust?

Dear Miriam, My almost super savvy history-loving 7-year-old boy knows a whole lot about the oppression of other groups of people. We talk a lot...

Dear Miriam | Couple Looks to Create New Traditions

Dear Miriam, My husband and I are newly-ish married, and we don't have kids. We're looking for ways to create new, adult-focused Chanukah traditions together...
boy sitting in pew

Ask Miriam | Young Children in Prayer Spaces

Dear Miriam, I'm the father of a very enthusiastic 3-year-old who loves attending Shabbat services at our synagogue. He sings along and is very happy...
Christmas tree

Ask Miriam | Daughter Poses Question About Elf on the Shelf

Dear Readers, My 8-year-old daughter asked me to please answer this question for her: What should I do at the lunch table when all my friends...
bride and groom getting married

Ask Miriam | Tentative Rosh Hashanah Nuptials Pose a Problem

Dear Miriam, One of my friends is getting married, and she just told me a tentative date for her wedding. It's Rosh Hashanah. She's clearly...
roasted turkey for Thanksgiving

Ask Miriam | Politics a Touchy Thanksgiving Topic

Dear Miriam, I know, I know: no politics at Thanksgiving. But aren't there any exceptions? At all? Like, if I know the person agrees with...
bottle of champagne in a bucket of ice with two glasses of champagne

Ask Miriam | Non-Kosher Champagne Issue Bubbles Over

Dear Miriam, My family keeps a kosher kitchen, but we eat vegetarian at non-kosher establishments. My family of origin is not Jewish. Upon the birth...
Thanksgiving table

Ask Miriam | How to Deal With Allergies at Thanksgiving

Dear Miriam, In the past year, I discovered that I have a number of food sensitivities to common items, including some spices. While my reactions...