When It Rains, It Pours

As I wrote in last week’s column, we were concerned about the weather forecast for the weekend of Shavuos. We were bracing ourselves for three days of steady rain....

The Way It Is: Rain Rain Go Away

Numbers carry sacred and mystical meanings in Jewish tradition. The number 40, with its ancient watery connotations, is a central symbol of sin and repentance in Jewish thought. This is...

Humor: It’s In The Cards

Seeing as I made a bar mitzvah a couple of months ago, some of you have probably been wondering when I’m going to get around to writing about thank-you...

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...

Humor: The Shavuos Seder

The Shavuos night seder is very special — almost as special as the Seder that we have on the night of Pesach. We all know the famous story of...

Jokes About Jokes

One of the most common questions people ask me, once they figure out that I’m not as funny in person, is when my next book is coming out already. Well,...

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...

Everything Was Delicious

It’s fun to go out for Shabbos meals, because it allows you to get together with friends at a time that you don’t have to run, and you can...

The Way It Is: Squirrely Situations, Part 2

Several years after my first encounter with a squirrel in the basement of my house, I had the dubious pleasure of another face-to-face meeting. I was sitting in my backyard,...

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...
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