Just For Fun

For this we left Egypt?

April 19, 2024

A review of and highlights from the parody Haggadah, For This We Left Egypt? by humorists Dave Barry, Alan Zweibel and Adam Mansbach.

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33 random minor frustrations

March 25, 2024

As war and antisemitism continue to rage around us, I thought we could all use a break from the big, life-threatening issues.

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War and new life

December 31, 2023

A story about war and grandparenting as we welcome into the world our granddaughter Roni Maayan, born to Merav and Gabe.

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22 mantras you can use today

June 16, 2023

I’m a big fan of mantras. They can help turn around a sour mood or smooth a confusing interaction. Here are 22 positive affirmations you can use.

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Hoarding and tossing

December 4, 2022

On the 90th anniversary of The Jerusalem Post, a look back at some of the thousands of clippings I’ve obsessively hoarded – and am now tossing.

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Toss that word salad

October 23, 2022

When did we lose the ability to laugh at the linguistic changes coming at us at an ever-increasing pace? A look at modern-day “woke” euphemisms.

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Repurposing old camps, malls and leper asylums

October 9, 2022

El Rancho Navarro is an unlikely name for a Jewish summer camp. But it’s where I came of age Jewishly. What’s happened there in the 40 years since?

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New Year’s predictions from the past

September 25, 2022

When I was a teenager, every New Year’s Day, my family would gather together to make predictions about what the coming year might bring.

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50 shades of chutzpah

August 18, 2022

When our hotel canceled us at the last minute, I demanded an upgrade. Was that Israeli chutzpah or just being assertive. (It worked.)

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What was your most unique Pesach Seder?

April 24, 2022

What was your most memorable Passover Seder? Ours was in Kathmandu with 1,000 people at Chabad. Here are 10 more stories.

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