Schmutter: Count to Ten

I recently sent someone a long email expressing my frustration about something, and his entire response was, “Maybe you should write an article about anger management.” And it wasn’t...

Chanukah Minhagim No One Talks About

  Chanukah is a festive, joyous time with lots of interesting minhagim. Especially since some of them are probably not technically minhagim. But our kids wouldn’t know it. There are some...

Making a Simcha: We Still Have Leftovers

  People often ask me, “Mordechai, you clearly don’t make a lot of money. How do you save money on simchas?” And to that I answer, “By being anti-social,” and...

Schmutter: Cheap Imitation

  The Nobel Prizes aren’t for everyone. What do you get if you win a Nobel Prize, other than a medal and a certificate and fame and a million dollars? Nothing. And...

Ashley Blaker Unites Audiences Through Humor

By Rochelle Miller Chances are you attended one of Ashley Blaker’s performances of Strictly Unorthodox during its five-week off-Broadway run. If so, you can attest to why his shows sell...

The Way It Is: Time to Fall Behind

  As an avowed insomniac, I do not look forward to the day we turn the clocks back. While most people are happy about getting an extra hour of sleep,...

The Way It Is: My New Friend Alexa

  For Rosh Hashanah I slept at the home of one of my daughters. The following week, I slept at my friend Claire’s house. That was the night of Kol...

Schmutter: That’s Bananas!

  If there’s one bad thing you can say about fruits and vegetables, it’s that there are no new products out there. Fruit is fruit. It was here long before...

The Way It Is: Picture Perfect

  Somehow, perhaps because I have not recently traveled outside the country, I managed to let my passport expire. On a recent evening, while out to dinner with friends, the...

Hay! It’s a Sukkah!

  This year, I built the most pasul sukkah I’ve ever built in my life. And I built it in June. Every year, my kids’ school has some kind of academic...
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Malkie Hirsch: Birthday Memories

By Malkie Hirsch Moshe’s birthday was January 23, 1979. I used to joke, once I got to know him better, that his birthday was so fitting...

‘Finding Your Roots’ Features Three Jewish Stories

(JTA) — The latest episode of PBS’ celebrity genealogy show “Finding Your Roots” was a lesson in Jewish history. Titled “Beyond the Pale” — a reference to...

A Year After Premiere of Who Will Write Our History, Nancy Spielberg Reflects

  By Michele Justic The last time 5TJT interviewed Nancy Spielberg, Who Will Write Our History had not yet made its grand premiere on International Holocaust...

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