The Way It Is: Newsworthy Resolution

For some reason, even those of us who celebrate Rosh Hashanah as the beginning of the New Year tend to make resolutions on December 31. When we sit in...

Schmutter: How Should I Know?

Welcome to “How Should I Know?”: the occasional column in which we attempt to answer any and all questions that people send in, depending on how you define the...

Schmutter: Sit ‘N Shiver

  It’s cold. That’s all I can think about right now, as I sit in my drafty 80-plus-year-old Passaic house, five feet from my front door. As I’m writing this, it...

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...

If You Can’t Beat the System …

Dumb criminals get a bad rap. They make one mistake in their lives — besides for the crimes, obviously — and everyone makes fun of them. If you’re a dumb...

Mordechai Schmutter Answers Your Questions!

Dear Mordechai, How come the first dance at a chasunah has so much pushing involved? Why is it so crowded? RS Dear R, I don’t know. But then, I’ve never really liked the...

Schmutter: Chain Of Events

Sometimes, as a parent, there comes a time when you have to step up and be the hero, even if you have to make it up as you go...

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...

Schmutter: A Shabbos Walk in the Dark

  There comes a time in every marriage when your wife is going to want to go walking, and you’re going to want to go to sleep. That time is...

Daf Yomi: In Hot Water

  The following is based on a true story. Nathan comes home from his out-of-town dormitory. He loudly declares, “I’m starving!” His mother gently reminds him that he managed for a...
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