Questions Out Of The Blue

By Mordechai Schmutter I can’t believe I still don’t really understand why the sky is blue. When I was a kid, this is something I really wanted to know. But then...

The Way It Is: Racing to Save

There are some races that I am simply incapable of winning. I have repeatedly participated in one specific race without success. This race does not involve running since I...

The Way It Is: Tipping Point

  Recently, I wrote in my column, right here in this paper, that I no longer give tips to my three sanitation men. They are not actually my men; I...

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...

The Way It Is

Blame the Name Names are important. First names can be particularly important, but surnames can also become problematic for some people. We usually feel that a name should match the personality...

The Way It Is: Soup Saga

Cooking is not my thing during hot and humid summer days. For this reason, when I was expecting a few friends for a light lunch last week, I chose...

The Way It Is: Making Seder At The Seder

It is the first day of chol ha’moed as I type this. Our two Sedarim have passed. For those in Israel, their single Seder has passed. In both cases,...

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...

Happy Earth Day Tu You

This is just a reminder that April 22 is Earth Day. Because, apparently, whoever came up with Earth Day held like Rav Yehoshua that the world was created in...

Ask the Columnist, Please

While Pesach cleaning, I found a whole bunch of questions that were sent in at some point that I somehow haven’t gotten to. So I’m going to address them...
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