Schmutter: Reading Between the Lines

  It’s finally occurred to me why I’m not a multi-millionaire. And no, it’s not because I’m a writer and a teacher, which are two jobs that pay so little...

The Way It Is: It’s a Phase

  It was not so long ago that the word phase had an entirely different meaning than it does today. Often, boys and girls of all ages go through what...

Schmutter: Zooming Around Town

  Welcome back to “How Should I Know?” — the advice column that is perfect for these uncertain times, as it itself is never really certain. Dear Mordechai, Is there a good...

The Way It Is: Remote Learning

It has been three months since I have stepped into a store, gotten a haircut or manicure, or played mah-jongg or canasta. I may make a recording to be...

End of School Surprise Supplies!

It’s that time of the year again — time to think about school supplies. I know what you’re thinking, “Mordechai, it’s June!” But in a non-COVID year, your kids...

We’ll Daven For You

  Welcome back to our tutorial, which we began last week, on how to start your own shul for real once all this is over. It takes more than a...

Schmutter: Start-a-Shul

So you want to start a shul, but for real this time? There are a lot of good reasons for wanting to start your own shul, including: Quarantine life ...

The Way It Is: Week Five (or More)

  This is Week Five of staying alone in my house. Actually, it might be week six. Or perhaps it’s only week four. To put it bluntly, I am confused...

The Way It Is: Moping, Coping, Hoping

Due to the current situation, hoping, moping, and coping are my alternating emotions. For most people, this probably needs little explanation, but for the few who are currently brain-addled...

Unanswered Pesach Questions We All Ask, But Not Out Loud

  What day of the week does Pesach start, again? What’s wrong with the vacuum cleaner? Can I fund my entire Pesach with all the change I find cleaning...
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