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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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Ask Miriam | Ode to an Odorous Patron

Dear Miriam, A new patron has started frequenting my favorite coffee shop, and I'm not sure what to do. He has terrible body odor, which...
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Ask Miriam | Should I Have Stood up More for My Child?

Dear Miriam, My family recently attended a fall festival that had a semisupervised children's play area. The attendant checked kids in and vaguely made sure...
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Ask Miriam | How Do You Teach Gratitude to Children?

Dear Miriam, How can I teach gratitude to my middle class, privileged 6-year-old? He takes his belongings for granted, doesn't understand the value of things...
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Ask Miriam | Answer the Hard Questions This Holiday Season

Dear Readers, Forget logistics for a minute. No one cares what you're eating at break fast or what materials your sukkah is made out of....
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Ask Miriam | Do High Holiday Synagogue Visitors Have Further Financial Obligations?

Dear Miriam, What is the obligation to donate to the High Holiday fundraising pledge if you are a visitor? Does that obligation change if you...