Schmutter: Ig Nobel Prizes and Practical Applications

  It’s time once again to talk about the annual Ig Nobel Prizes, a spoof of the Nobel Prizes that celebrates people who are advanced in the scientific field of...

The Way It Is: Fishy Business

  For as long as most people of my generation can remember, certain foods were always considered non-kosher. I never consumed swordfish or sturgeon. They weren’t kosher and that was...

Aliyah Chronicle: Democracy Calls

By Shmuel Katz It’s election season for you in the U.S. You’ve got the midterm elections coming up in about a month, and all the talking heads are busy predicting...

Schmutter: A Stiff-Necked People

This week’s column is about stiff necks. Nothing to do with the fact that many of us slept in the sukkah last week. Stiff necks are a real pain in...

The Way It Is: Onward and Upward to Sukkot!

Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur have ended, and now we look forward to Sukkot. While we were all grateful for the opportunity to daven and get in every plea...

Schmutter: Sleeping Under The Stars

Dear Mordechai, Due to some unforeseen enthusiasm from my kids, I’m sleeping in the sukkah this year, apparently. Any advice? Also, there are no alarm clocks out here, and I’m...

Schmutter: Jealous Much?

Yom Kippur is a great time to work on our middos, and one middah that we all have to work on is the middah of jealousy. Sure, there are...

Minhagim You Will Want to Take On!

The period of Aseres Yimei Teshuvah is a serious time, and we do a lot of things in all seriousness. But in all seriousness, it’s sometimes difficult for our kids...

The Way It Is: Medicare, Social Security Numbers Part Ways

My comfort zone has disappeared. This refers to the fact that my old Medicare number is gone. It was a familiar number since, for years, my number, like everyone...

Shalom Zachor: The Ideal Starter Simcha

By Mordechai Schmutter If you just had a baby boy, and you’re thinking, “Hey, I’m going to have a lot of simchas coming up over the next few years: bris,...

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