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Ask Miriam | Cold and Flu Season Creates Questions

Dear Miriam, This has been the worst cold and flu season. What are some common sense guidelines for when kids need to be kept away...
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Ask Miriam | How Can We Make Tu B’Shevat More Relevant?

Dear Miriam, Tu B'Shevat went from being completely unknown when I was a kid, to being a huge "Jewish Earth Day" celebration around the time...
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Ask Miriam | Face the Race

Dear Miriam, My kindergarten daughter is obsessed with her classmate's mom. She spends a lot of time in my daughter's classroom as a volunteer, so...
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Ask Miriam | Shiva: A Primer

Dear Miriam, I'm not Jewish, but I have a co-worker who is, and her mom just died. I can't make it to the funeral, but...
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Ask 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...
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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...
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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...

Ask 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...
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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...
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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...