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Ask Miriam | High Synagogue Membership Fees Trouble a Reader

Dear Miriam, I'm in the process of joining the synagogue where my son attends Hebrew school. While tuition itself is reasonable, I'm stunned by the...

Miriam’s Advice Well | Easter Basket Creates a Bushel of Issues

Dear Miriam, How do I communicate with my culturally Christian day care that they can't send food home this week during Passover? The kids made...

Recalcitrant Mother-in-Law Poses Seder Situation

Dear Miriam, My newly widowed mother-in-law says she doesn't want to come to us for Passover this year. Maybe she's being honest and really just...

Sister Suggests Sibling Strife Situation

Dear Miriam, My sister is moving to my neighborhood, just about a block away from me. We're both in our early 20s, single and childless....

How Do You Thank a Lawyer for Pro Bono Work?

Dear Miriam, An attorney friend of mine recently did some generous pro bono work for a Jewish nonprofit that is close to my heart. I...

Double Wedding Results in Gifting Dilemma

Dear Miriam, My friend and his brother are both engaged, so their parents are throwing a large double wedding. Both sons’ names are printed on...

Logistics Make Purim Celebration a Challenge

Dear Miriam, Usually on Purim, my family dresses in costume and goes to our local synagogue to enjoy the evening megillah reading. Our scheduling as...

Toilet Training Trying for Tot

Dear Miriam, My son was once interested in potty training and now has no interest, even with incentives. How do we get him back on...

Are Expensive Birthday Parties for Little Kids a Must?

Dear Miriam, My son’s friends had birthday parties at gyms and museums that cost more than $500. It seems steep for a 2- to 3-year-old’s...

Jewish Bumper Sticker a Concern on Trip to Rural America

Dear Miriam, We are considering adding a school bumper sticker to our car that would make it obvious we're Jewish. We have no concerns about...