Hay! It’s a Sukkah!

  This year, I built the most pasul sukkah I’ve ever built in my life. And I built it in June. Every year, my kids’ school has some kind of academic...

The Way It Is: Squirrely Situations, Part 2

Several years after my first encounter with a squirrel in the basement of my house, I had the dubious pleasure of another face-to-face meeting. I was sitting in my backyard,...

The Way It Is: Picture Perfect

  Somehow, perhaps because I have not recently traveled outside the country, I managed to let my passport expire. On a recent evening, while out to dinner with friends, the...

Schmutter: Something’s Going Around

  These days, it seems like more and more people are into insisting that the Earth is flat, and that we all believe it’s round because of a grand conspiracy....

Schmutter: Yeshiva Packing List

  So you’re sending your son away to dorm, finally, but it didn’t occur to you that you’re going to have to update your school-supplies list from things like 72...

Next Monday In History

Good news! This coming Monday is Presidents’ Day, which is, hands-down, the oldest American holiday that everyone forgets about until the week before. It’s a happy accident on the...

How To Spot Another Frum Family On Vacation

One of the most fun activities for a frum person on vacation is to look around for other frum families on vacation. And of course to introduce yourself, even...

Schmutter: Cheap Imitation

  The Nobel Prizes aren’t for everyone. What do you get if you win a Nobel Prize, other than a medal and a certificate and fame and a million dollars? Nothing. And...

Smart Appliances

By Mordechai Schmutter Sometimes I wonder if our appliances are having conversations about us when we’re not listening. It certainly seems that way. It’s probably group-therapy sessions: Crock-Pot: “OK, let’s start. Anyone...

Some Kind Of Mouse

By Mordechai Schmutter My son Daniel came home with a gerbil the other day. These kids pick up the weirdest things in school. (Yes, his morah sent it home.) It...
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