Miriam's Advice Well

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

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Ask Miriam | Swastika Tattoo on Coworker Causes Discomfort

Dear Miriam, I am training a new contract employee at work and when he changed gloves, I noticed he had a small swastika tattoo on...
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Ask Miriam | Making the Abnormal Normal

Dear Readers, In response to the influx of questions regarding the daily challenges of life during lockdown, I'm answering two questions today with overlapping themes....
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Ask Miriam | Bris During Pandemic Creates Issues

Dear Miriam, How does one host a bris during social distancing? Signed, Expecting Dear Expecting, B'sha'ah tova! Becoming a parent requires a great deal of flexibility in dealing with...
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Ask Miriam | What to Say in Sympathy Cards?

Dear Miriam, I work for a large but very friendly company, where I don't know most of the employees outside my department. We do have...
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Ask Miriam | Old Dating Dilemma Arises in New Arena

Dear Miriam, Since the pandemic started, I've been "seeing" several guys I met on dating apps through video chat. There's one guy in particular who...
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Ask Miriam | Prioritize Charitable Giving

Dear Miriam, What are your thoughts on how to prioritize charitable giving during this crisis? Signed, Pandemic Priorities Dear Priorities, These are exceptional and exceptionally difficult times, and asking...
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Ask Miriam | Fussy Eater Creates Holiday Stress

Dear Miriam, During this strangest of holiday experiences, what changes can I make to the Passover diet to accommodate my son? He's 6, and he's...
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Ask Miriam | Guest Perspectives on Passover

Dear Readers, I've used the word "unprecedented" an unprecedented number of times in the past few weeks, and I know I'm not the only one....
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Ask Miriam | How Do You Say ‘No’ to Mom for Seder?

Dear Miriam, I was supposed to host my extended family, including my mom, for sedarim this year. The rest of the extended family lives in...
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Ask Miriam | Revisiting Last Week’s Seder Advice

Dear Miriam, What should we do about the quarantine and celebrating Passover with our family? My husband is an only child. His parents are in...