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,...

My Journey: What’s in a Name?

  What is Sara, other than a nice Jewish name? It’s also one of the names on the alphabetical list of 2018 Atlantic hurricanes, which are named in advance by...

A Host Of Questions

Quick, how do you convince people to move to the town you’re living in? I need to know, because they’re coming for Shabbos. See, I have a friend from yeshiva...

The Way It Is: Anti-Aging Defense

My mother used many amusing expressions. Some of them I understood and others I did not. One of her favorites was: “Louie Nizer for the defense.” She would mumble...

The Way It Is: A Purim Proposal

It’s a longstanding tradition to eat hamantaschen on Purim. As with so many of our traditions, there are multiple explanations for the custom, and in the case of hamantaschen,...

Beginners’ Marriage

By Mordechai Schmutter Is it just me, or did you also notice that a lot of people seem to get married around Lag B’Omer? There are so many days of...

Humor: The Kids Need Oral Support

I got the feeling that I don’t take my kids to the dentist often enough when, at the end of their latest appointment, on their way out, they were...

The Way It Is: Programmed For Pesach

  It’s that time of year again. The season is here when we see the advertisements for Pesach programs. Most of us are still sweeping away the crumbs from hamantaschen! At...

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...
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