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Ask Miriam | Was Roach Approach Overkill?

Dear Miriam: Was Roach Approach Overkill? Dear Miriam, I just moved into a new apartment building. One of my first nights there, an absolutely giant roach...
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Ask Miriam | Passing a Passed-Out Person Posed a Problem

Dear Miriam, Over the weekend, I saw a man passed out on someone's front steps. Or, rather, I don't know if he was passed out...
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Ask Miriam | Summer Dinners a Family Quandary

Dear Miriam, In the unstructured lawlessness of summer vacation, I can't figure out how to feed my family dinner. Everyone seems to snack all day...
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Ask Miriam | How Do You Rate a Uber Driver Who Plays Loud, Offensive...

Dear Miriam, How do you rate/tip your Uber driver when the music on his radio is loud and the lyrics are offensive, but the drive...
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Ask Miriam | Older Friend’s Facebook Output a Concern

Dear Miriam, I have an older friend who shares anything and everything on Facebook: day-to-day commentary, an excessive number of memes, articles — some of...

Ask Miriam | ‘Adventure Rabbi’ Assists Miriam With Answer

Dear Miriam, I know the cultural history of the Mountain Jews in Azerbaijan and the places surrounding it, but Ashkenazi Jews are from places rich...
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Ask Miriam | Unanswered Texts Concern Reader

Dear Miriam, For the last few weeks, I have been trying to reach out to a friend who has been battling depression because I want...
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Ask Miriam | Gun at Child’s Friend’s House Triggers Questions

Dear Miriam, If a family I don't know well has invited my 13-year-old kid over to their house and I ask if they have a...
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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...