Schmutter: Something’s Going Around

  These days, it seems like more and more people are into insisting that the Earth is flat, and that we all believe it’s round because of a grand conspiracy....

Squirrely Situations, Part 1

By Hannah Berman This will be a trilogy. Not because I want it to be, but because it just is. Over the years, I have had a unique relationship with those...

Kids On The Phone

My wife and I are trying to teach our kids to use the phone. Don’t ask me why. But so far they’ve got the dialing part down. Even our...

Socially Acceptable Outerwear

By Mordechai Schmutter Purim costumes are a lot of fun. We should wear them all the time, right? Wait, why don’t we wear them all the time? Well, I guess we’d get...

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

Some Things Never Change The nature of life is such that things are always changing. We refer to this as progress, but it doesn’t always seem like progress. Over the...

The Way It Is: Cable Call

  Because my savvy friend Nechama always knows how to get a bargain or to strike a good deal, I complained to her about the exorbitant cost of my cable....

The Way It Is: The Cold Shoulder

At one time, the definition of the word gimmick escaped me. No longer! I learned that a gimmick is something invented especially for the purpose of attracting attention and...

Hide and Go Sleep

The grass is always greener, isn’t it? When I was a kid, I always wondered how the whole children-hiding-the-afikoman minhag is fair. The father knows every corner of the house...

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...
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Five Towns Community Raises $400,000 for Friends of IDF

  Some 550 community leaders raised $400,000 to support well-being and educational programs for the brave men and women of the Israel Defense Forces (IDF)...

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  On Sunday, May 19, 200 people gathered for a community symposium at Congregation Beth Sholom. “When Our Children Date: The Complex Role of Parents”...

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Kerr wrote about the Holocaust in a way children could understand Jewish and German-born British writer and illustrator Judith Kerr died on May 22, 2019...

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