Miriam's Advice Well

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

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Ask Miriam | How Do You Encourage an Apolitical Person to Vote?

Dear Miriam, I have a few family members and friends who still somehow say things to me like, "I'm not political," when I bring up...
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Ask Miriam | Weather or Not: Spending Time in the Sukkah

Dear Miriam, I planned to get several of my non-Jewish friends together in my sukkah to teach them about the holiday, but it looks like...
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Ask Miriam | Not Fasting Raises Questions

Dear Miriam, I can't fast on Yom Kippur (or any other day) for medical reasons. I'm torn between hiding this from my community and sneaking...
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Ask Miriam | Vague Holiday Greeting Causes Confusion

Dear Miriam, In preparation for Rosh Hashanah, I sent an email to a colleague letting her know I would be out of the office for...
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Ask Miriam | High Holidays Heat and Your Attire: What Do You Do?

Dear Miriam, With Rosh Hashanah so early and so hot this year, do you think suits are still a necessary part of prayer attire? Signed, Sweating in...
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Ask Miriam | Invite Etiquette Stumps Reader

Dear Miriam, I am getting married soon, and I'm having a hard time with the guest list because of a complicated cousin situation. I have...
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Ask Miriam | Traditional Pre-Shabbat Call Now Causing Resentment

Dear Miriam, My mother and I have always had the tradition to speak to each other on Friday afternoons before Shabbat. We maintained this all...
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Ask Miriam | What’s the Current Registry Etiquette?

Dear Miriam, My fiancé and I don’t live together and will most likely start looking at houses after our wedding. Creating a registry now for...
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Ask Miriam | Is ‘No Gifts Please’ For Real?

Dear Miriam, I've gotten a number of invitations lately specifying "no gifts please." These have included baby announcements, kids’ birthdays and housewarming parties. Do people...
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Ask Miriam | Construction Creates Safety Questions

Dear Miriam, There is some shady construction happening in my neighborhood, and I am regularly concerned about safety around the construction site. However, I hesitate to...