Clean Before She Comes

The cleaning lady came today. We don’t actually have a cleaning lady, so it’s a little weird. OK, it’s not so weird. We’re making a bar mitzvah, and someone suggested...

Socially Acceptable Outerwear

By Mordechai Schmutter Purim costumes are a lot of fun. We should wear them all the time, right? Wait, why don’t we wear them all the time? Well, I guess we’d get...

The Way It Is: Pushing My Buttons

  There are certain expressions that most of us would probably not use. It is unlikely that many folks would say, “Help, I’ve fallen and I can’t get up.” It...

Aliyah Chronicle: Time With Family

By Shmuel Katz It’s our bar mitzvah year in Israel, and the changes, which once popped up with shocking regularity, are much fewer. And they seem to creep up on...

Squirrely Situations, Part 1

By Hannah Berman This will be a trilogy. Not because I want it to be, but because it just is. Over the years, I have had a unique relationship with those...

Pre-Pesach Catch Up

By Anessa Cohen For some reason, catching up with maintenance tasks inside the home seems to become a part of Pesach cleaning every year. Why this happens when most of...

Jokes About Jokes

One of the most common questions people ask me, once they figure out that I’m not as funny in person, is when my next book is coming out already. Well,...

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...

Humor: The Shavuos Seder

The Shavuos night seder is very special — almost as special as the Seder that we have on the night of Pesach. We all know the famous story of...

The Way It Is: Silver Sneakers

  For more years than I’d like to admit, my daughters have been encouraging me to join a gym. On a regular basis they have been pointing out to me...

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