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Hakn a tshaynik about the holidays

With Jewish New Year cards on display all over town and Halloween candies clogging supermarket aisles, there’s no question that the holiday season is already upon us. From six weeks before Rosh Hashana all the way to Memorial Day, tshatshkeh-makers and greeting-card companies hak us an endless tshaynik—bang us an endless tea kettle—about holidays that […]

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The Pre-Rosh Hashanah shnor season

Now that the warm weather has finally arrived and Jews who lead traditional lives have embarked on the Three Weeks of mourning that precede Tisha b’Ov, the Ninth of Av, the day when both Temples were destroyed, the pre-Rosh Hashana shnor-season is nearly upon us.

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Worldwide shmuck epidemic?

Now it’s official. Just about anywhere you turn these days, you’re likely to run into a shmuck. According to an article that appeared today on Wireless Flash – FlashNews,  the word shmuck can be translated as a “totally clueless, egotistical douchebag”. In order to combat this epidemic of shmuckishness, this alarming rise in the numbers […]

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Yiddish as a Political Language

If this trend continues, I could be the next Mayor. Sam Roberts at the New York Times contacted me and asked me to comment on the war of (Yiddish) words between Mayor Bloomberg and State Senator Hiram Monserrate

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Advice for Mel Gibson

Vos bay a nikhtern af der lung iz bay a shikern af der tsung, “What’s in a sober person’s lung is on the drunk one’s tongue”: people who have had too much to drink don’t know which of their thoughts should remain unspoken. Just ask Mel Gibson

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