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...

Pre-Pesach Catch Up

By Anessa Cohen For some reason, catching up with maintenance tasks inside the home seems to become a part of Pesach cleaning every year. Why this happens when most of...

Clean Before She Comes

The cleaning lady came today. We don’t actually have a cleaning lady, so it’s a little weird. OK, it’s not so weird. We’re making a bar mitzvah, and someone suggested...

The Way It Is

Blame the Name Names are important. First names can be particularly important, but surnames can also become problematic for some people. We usually feel that a name should match the personality...

A Clever Title Goes Here

By Mordechai Schmutter Bar Mitzvah Planning As someone who’s making a bar mitzvah for the first time, people keep asking me, “Are you excited to be making a bar mitzvah?” Excited? I don’t...

Weekly Kvetch

By Klara Register Your Complaints My hand was shaking when I wrote the check for my daughter’s high school registration this week. $2,000! I have to say it again — $2,000!...

Sofa, It’s Not Working Out

Dear Mordechai, My boys killed my couches. What should I do? Should I replace them? Yes, definitely. Maybe replace them with girls. They don’t ruin couches as much. Oh, wait. It just...

Bent Out Of Shape

Loosely translated, the word schuckel means to bend back and forth while davening, and, in some extreme cases, even to sway from side to side. Schuckeling is something many...

Purim Panic

One of the most annoying things about being a humor writer is Purim. Everyone says, “You’re a humor writer. You must love Purim.” Why? Imagine you were a doctor, and...

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...
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By Dov Lipman Mike Sweetney had it all. Named the best high-school basketball player in the Washington, DC area in 2000, he then joined the list...

Halachic Musings: The Three Weeks

Although the Three Weeks and the other two fasts are a period of mourning and introspection, the Navi Zechariah tells us (Zechariah 8:19) that,...

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Israeli Ambassador to the United States Ron Dermer said the Jewish state will admit U.S. Reps. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) and Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) “out...

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