Miriam's Advice Well

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

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Ask Miriam | Differing Family Views Create Discussion Concerns

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Dear Miriam, My 30-something daughter identifies as a Jew and is married to a Jew, but she is very left wing when it comes to...
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Ask Miriam | Planned Interfaith Marriage Raises Questions About Raising Children

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Dear Miriam, I am Jewish and marrying a Catholic man, and we are creating a wedding ceremony that focuses on spiritual elements and incorporates aspects...
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Ask Miriam | How Do You Address Political Issues in an Apolitical Office?

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Dear Miriam, I work in a completely apolitical office doing an apolitical job, but I find myself at work thinking about politics all the time...
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Ask Miriam | The Obligation of Everyone to Work Against Hate

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Dear Readers, When I woke up Monday morning, I thought I was going to answer this question: "In light of the desecration of a Jewish...
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Ask Miriam | Possibly Poisoning a Relationship

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Dear Miriam, A few days after I came home from the hospital with my my new baby, a friend brought dinner for me, my husband...
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Ask Miriam | Reconciling the Orthodox Community and a Book With a Strong Female...

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Dear Miriam, I'm writing a children's book with an egalitarian Jewish theme and strong female protagonist. I'm concerned about how Orthodox communities might view my...
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Ask Miriam | What’s an Appropriate Bar Mitzvah Gift?

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Dear Miriam, Our son-in-law's nephew is being Bar Mitzvah. We were wondering what the proper gift would be. Signed, Relatives Writing a Check Dear Relatives, There are certainly some...
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Ask Miriam | Politics Got You Down?

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Dear Miriam, The country and world feel more divided and hopeless than ever. How can I make a difference but also preserve my own sanity? Signed, Jaded...
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Ask Miriam | Exhausted by the Holidays

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Miriam gives advice to a mom who is exhausted by the idea of future holidays with young kids. Dear Miriam, I remember when my husband and...
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Ask Miriam | Four at the Funeral

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Should a four year old attend his great-grandmother's funeral? Miriam offers her advice. Dear Miriam, My grandmother's health has taken a turn for the worse and...