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Don’t Be Skittish, Bring Back Yiddish!

Don’t Be Skittish, Bring Back Yiddish!

They say that Yiddish is dying off, but I’m not ready to give this colorful language any sort of burial!

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America’s 7 Least Influential Jews

America’s 7 Least Influential Jews

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You’re more important than all of them combined.

Frum or Not Frum?

Frum or Not Frum?

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Telltale signs someone is a religious Jew.

Passover in the South of France: My Behind-the-Scenes Report

Passover in the South of France: My Behind-the-Scenes Report

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I worked in the kitchen at a Passover hotel in France. I survived and still love Judaism.

Typical Jewish Mother

Typical Jewish Mother

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It took me until my 50s before I finally realized how much my parents really cared for me, and how much they really loved me.

How to Enjoy Israeli Independence Day Like an Israeli

How to Enjoy Israeli Independence Day Like an Israeli

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Start your celebration with a “Mangal” – which is an Israeli BBQ that is too small to cook on.

10 Ways the UK’s Labour Party Plans to Reach Out to British Jews

10 Ways the UK’s Labour Party Plans to Reach Out to British Jews

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Britain’s Labour party has an anti-Semitism problem. This is an advanced copy of their PR plan to rectify that problem.

Helllooo?!

Helllooo?!

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Don’t you get annoyed when people want to point out that you said something stupid and say, “Hellllooooo?!?!”

Shakespearowitz?

Shakespearowitz?

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Shakespeare’s Jewish connection, and a scene from my Jewish rendition of Hamlet, called “Hemlet.”

Why Is This Pesach Glossary Different From All Others?

Why Is This Pesach Glossary Different From All Others?

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Afikomen Omen: Noun. The unfortunate curse of never being able to locate the hidden Matzah.

The Sixty Questions

The Sixty Questions

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60 questions I asked at last year Seder including: How did I put on eight pounds already? I haven't eaten anything yet?!

What Matchmakers Are Really Saying

What Matchmakers Are Really Saying

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Don’t let shadchans throw you off. They’re putting you down, but it’s for your own good.

Half Genius, Half Jerk

Half Genius, Half Jerk

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Do you have Unconscious Mental Farblungenheit syndrome?

Board Games With A Jewish Twist!

Board Games With A Jewish Twist!

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Parker Brothers has changed to Parker Stein. Wanna play?

Kosher Entertainment for the Sick & Weary Teenager

Kosher Entertainment for the Sick & Weary Teenager

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This teen got sick and tired of being home sick. Here are some of her do it yourself self-entertainment tips.

Tevye & Golda See a Marriage Counselor

Tevye & Golda See a Marriage Counselor

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The music is gone. It’s just Tevye and Golda. And it’s not good.

David’s Purim Costume Advice

David’s Purim Costume Advice

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Girls are a Princess, boys are a Superhero. That is all you have to know. It hasn't changed in thousands of years.

Oops, Did I Just Say That?

Oops, Did I Just Say That?

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Adults say the darndest things.

Close Quarters

Close Quarters

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Our kids keep getting bigger, but our house doesn’t.

How I Loved Jewish Holidays as a Child: A Memoir

How I Loved Jewish Holidays as a Child: A Memoir

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My love for Jewish holidays – as a third grader.

13 New Jewish Barbies

13 New Jewish Barbies

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Barb Mitzvah Barbie comes complete with yarmulkes, table assignments, DJ and cheesy movie montage.

Presidential Candidates & the Jews: Latke Fest 2016

Presidential Candidates & the Jews: Latke Fest 2016

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Presidential candidates reach out to Jewish voters. And then they have a nosh.

The New Yiddish Zodiac

The New Yiddish Zodiac

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If you are a “Pupika” you are an “innie” – an introvert.

Carry On Luggage

Carry On Luggage

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Even at the expense of my own personal well-being, I will not pay the airline’s extra baggage fee. I repeat, not!

Italian Mothers Versus Jewish Mothers

Italian Mothers Versus Jewish Mothers

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Italian mothers give Jewish mothers a run for their money. I should know – I’m Italian, and Jewish.

Sign Language

Sign Language

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As an English teacher at a Jewish high-school, I am witnessing firsthand the demise of cursive. And I couldn’t be happier.

Style Ends With Aliyah

Style Ends With Aliyah

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You can tell the year that someone moved to Israel by the clothes that they wear. Here’s how.

Nap Time

Nap Time

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Whether at a Broadway show, a Yankee World Series game or in shul, I just can’t help it. My name is Mark, and I’m a napaholic.

Don’t Ask Jewish Boomers This!

Don’t Ask Jewish Boomers This!

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“Was that really you in that photo of Cousin Jacob’s Bar Mitzvah? How long ago was that taken?”

Jews, Non-Jews and Weight Loss

Jews, Non-Jews and Weight Loss

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Losing 50 pounds was exciting. Keeping it off is murder.

Shabbat in Italy vs. Shabbos in the United States

Shabbat in Italy vs. Shabbos in the United States

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Differences I’ve observed between spending Shabbat in Italy and Shabbos in America.

Being a Religious Stand-up Comedian

Being a Religious Stand-up Comedian

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“You're a comedian? Prove it.” that doesn't happen with other jobs. Nobody ever goes, “Oh you're a mohel? Prove it."

Captain Huxley’s Gift

Captain Huxley’s Gift

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How a Christmas gift changed a young Jewish boy’s life forever.

Top Predicted Jewish News Events of 2016

Top Predicted Jewish News Events of 2016

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President Bernie Sanders declares 4 day work week because, “The Nation needs to get ready for Shabbos.”

Top Jewish News Stories from 2015

Top Jewish News Stories from 2015

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We Jews like to look back and reflect. So reflect a little with me, won’t you?!

Hilarity from the Holy City

Hilarity from the Holy City

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Being a standup comedian in Jerusalem is no laughing matter.

Jew Year’s Resolutions?

Jew Year’s Resolutions?

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Them: “Spend more time with family.” Us: “Over 3500 years, we’ve pretty much mastered this one.”

An Open Letter from Santa to Jewish Children

An Open Letter from Santa to Jewish Children

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Jewish children, I’ve been outsourced, and now I need your help.

How To Make Your Next Chanukah Better

How To Make Your Next Chanukah Better

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Eat oily food and enjoy the extra pounds. Heaviness shows religious commitment.

The 25 Weirdest Menorahs You’ve Ever Seen

The 25 Weirdest Menorahs You’ve Ever Seen

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Here are some menorahs that might turn a few heads – to the extent that you might cause traffic accidents.

Being a Zionist in Bologna

Being a Zionist in Bologna

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I live in Bologna Italy and yes I am a Zionist. My European neighbors are not my biggest fans.

Thanksgiving Exclusive: A Jewish Turkey Pleads for Its Life

Thanksgiving Exclusive: A Jewish Turkey Pleads for Its Life

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“What, you think there can only be Jewish humans?”

The Untold Story of Jews and the First Thanksgiving

The Untold Story of Jews and the First Thanksgiving

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Joachim Gaunse, the brilliant metallurgist, was the first Jew to set foot on English soil in North America.

Memories?

Memories?

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My memory is turning into a soft boiled egg.

Wanna Come for Shabbos?

Wanna Come for Shabbos?

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In my travels I’ve met many types of Jews who’ve invited me – or not invited me – for Shabbat. Let me introduce you to some of them.

10 Ways You Can Tell If Non-Jews Have Been Hanging Out with Jews

10 Ways You Can Tell If Non-Jews Have Been Hanging Out with Jews

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“Bitsy dahling! Whatever did you mean when you called Alistair a shmendrick while yachting?!”

Testing 1-2-3

Testing 1-2-3

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We teachers give you tests primarily because we hate you. There, I said it.

A Tight Fit

A Tight Fit

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“You might be happier in portly,” the suit salesman told me. What exactly does that mean?

Corridors and Catastrophes

Corridors and Catastrophes

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Taking my 4 young children to a British castle… probably not a good idea.

10 Headlines Using Anti-Israel Double Standards

10 Headlines Using Anti-Israel Double Standards

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Imagine reading this: September 11, 2001 – 18 Saudi Nationals Die in Tragic Plane Accidents.