Harry Potter and Jewish Values

News of a Jewish wizard at Hogwarts reminded me of 5 Jewish values reflected in the series of books.

Jtube: Shark Tank: Mensch on a Bench

Is there a Jewish toy you think would be a good idea to create?

The 2014 Chelm Awards

The news stories of 2014 that never made the headlines but speak volumes about the true flavor of Israeli society.

If Christmas Songs were Written about Hanukkah

Many Christmas songs were written by Jews. If instead they wrote their songs for Hanukkah, this is what they’d look like.

Mordechai’s Chanukah Gift Guide

How about the Back-Scratch Shirt which comes with a grid on the back, like in battleship, so you can direct the scratcher to the specific itch with lightening precision.

Gefilte Tank

We Jews need our own “Shark Tank.” Meet “Gefilte Tank.”

Jtube: I like Laughter

Why does it feel better to give than to receive?

Jtube: Wish I Was Here

How do you move forward in the face of adversity?

5 Things Jews Shouldn’t Do at the Office Holiday Party

If you can’t sing, tell jokes, don’t make the office party your debut.

Mockingjay Part I

For a nation fighting a war, how do they get like minded people in the other parts of the world to support them? It’s not the justness of their cause. It’s how well they can manipulate the media.

Jtube: Real Time with Bill Maher

What makes someone "seem Jewish"?

Jtube: 22 Jump Street

Why is education such an important value to the Jewish People?

The 3000 Year Old Jewish Woman, Part 3

Meet Sylvia. She’s been around for 3000 years, the last 1200 of which with an enormous bunion. But does she complain? No.

Interstellar

Christopher Nolan’s new film had me thinking about parenting and that most of the time when our parents are ON our backs, it’s because they HAVE our backs.

Jtube: Black-ish

How do we ensure our children stay connected to their culture/religion?

5 Questions Not to Ask a Prospective Jewish Boss

“Listen, if this interview is going on much longer, can we at least bring in a nosh?”

The Return of the Grown-Up Kids

What’s better: empty nest or full house? I’m conflicted.

Jtube: Jay Mohr: Funny For a Girl

Are men and women really that different?

Through the Roof

Today’s topic: how to save on home-heating costs.

Confessions of a Clutterphile

I thought of going on one of those “Hoarding” reality shows, except they’d make me throw out my stuff. And my stuff is important.

The Angst of Online Grocery Shopping

Goodbye grocery store, hello newfound freedom!

Jtube: Landfill Harmonic

How is music transforming the lives of these kids?

John Wick

John Wick is not a good guy. But he shows that he has the potential to be better – which makes him just like the rest of us.

Most Embarrassing Jewish Stories that Went Viral

Did you hear about the kosher deli owner who was thinking about becoming a vegan? Let’s just say it wasn’t great for business.

Jtube: Total Recall

In what ways does our past define our present?

Ten Differences Between the Klinghoffer Opera Protests and the Danish Cartoon Protests

Klinghoffer protestors stopped by Zabar’s for rugelach 8 times in 3 hours.

Jewpers

We Jews love to laugh at ourselves. So let’s do that with some “Jewpers” – or Bloopers involving Jews.

Losing Sleep

When I go to sleep I’m out like a light. My wife though takes a bit longer and then blames me for it, like there’s a certain amount of sleep to go around, and I’m using all of it up.

Jtube: Jerry Seinfeld at the CLIO Awards

Does focusing on material things bring happiness?

10 Zingers Cut from Netanyahu’s Speeches

Did you hear Prime Minister Netanyahu’s Derek Jeter zinger during his UN speech? Here are 10 more zingers that didn’t make the cut.

THE 3000 Year Old Jewish Woman: Part Two

Archeologists discovered a 3000 year old woman in the Negev desert named Sylvia. After she woke up from her nap, she had more to say.

The Maze Runner

The maze is like Yom Kippur. It prepares you for what lies ahead.

The 3000 Year Old Jewish Woman

Archeologists just found a 3000 year old woman in the Negev. And her name is Sylvia.

Shimon Peres Goes Job Hunting

Shimon Peres is looking for work. You hiring?

10 Things We’d Like to See in 5775

An open letter to 5775 from the Jewish people.

Personal Growth

As Rosh Hashanah approaches, I have been tackling my personal growth. And by that, I mean weight gain.

Jtube: Big Fish

How should we define success?

Stars of David: Jon Voight

The clear-thinking, Academy Award-winning defender of Israel shares his thoughts with Aish.com.

8 Reasons Why Israelis are Amongst the Happiest People in the World

The new Pew study demonstrates that Israelis are amongst the happiest people in the world. Here are 8 reasons why.

Jtube: Special Kneads

What makes those with special needs special?

New Jewish Superheroes

Wholesaleman puts back in people’s pockets what those over-priced department store goniffs are stealing with their fancy-shmancy labels.

Jtube: It's Smarter to Travel in Groups

What's better: teamwork or working by yourself?

Jtube: Friday Night Lights

Is it healthy to strive for perfection?

The Yiddish and English Quiz

Can you tell if it sounds like what it means? Take this quiz and find out.

7 Things School Teaches Kids About Real Life

As a teacher my students always ask me what school teaches them about real life. Here’s what.

Jtube: Searching for Bobby Fischer

How can we foster greatness in our children?

Dedicated in blessed memory of Richard Allen Julis who made us laugh and made us better Jews.
 

Moishe and Miriam were having some problems at home and were giving each other the silent treatment. The next week, Moishe realized that he would need Miriam to wake him at 5:00 AM for an early morning business flight to Chicago. Not wanting to be the first to break the silence (AND LOSE), Moishe wrote on a piece of paper, "Please wake me at 5:00 AM."

The next morning Moishe woke up, only to discover it was 9:00 AM and that he had missed his flight. Furious, he was about to go and see why his wife hadn't woken him when he noticed a piece of paper by the bed. The paper said, "It is 5:00 AM. Wake up!"



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