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Greasy Gold: Our Fat Correspondent Explores the World of ‘Nouvelle Schmaltz’

Time was that the critic had it easy. He got to taste the best wines, eat in the best restaurants, and see the best shows—true he also had to drink wine that tasted like sewer water, dine in restaurants that looked (and smelled) like sewers, and watch Spiderman Turn Off the Dark, the musical. By and large, though, the good far

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Party Life Without a Wife

What?!! 127 days?! Well, you had better believe it. King Achashverosh had a huge party with millions and millions of people. There was plenty of wine, and Achashverosh got drunk. He called for his beautiful queen, Vashti, to come down so he could show her off. But Achashverosh was wearing the bigdei Kehuna, the Kohanim’s clothing, so he

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Gallows Humor With Ernest & Julio

If you enjoy chauffeuring your kids around town while navigating streets littered with potentially schnaapsed-up individuals who are convinced that the traffic laws do not apply to them, then Purim is a special time for you.

I gave my neighbor a sandwich and piece of cake last year on Purim. He was so

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Identifying Achashverosh and Esther in Secular Sources

Until the 19 thcentury, a search in secular sources for a Persian king named Achashverosh would not have been a successful one. Our knowledge of the Persian kings from the Biblical period comes entirely from the writings of Greek historians (Herodotus, mid-5 thcent. BCE, and the others who came after him), and

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The Coat-Closet Challenge

With April just around the corner we begin the process of getting our homes ready for Passover. The holiday requires much preparation and in-depth cleaning. It is also a special time for family to gather and celebrate the holiday with beautiful rituals and special foods.

While you take the time

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Collaboration

A teacher friend of mine once joked that when school leaders type “collaboration” into their phones, it autocorrects it to “competition.” If you are connected to Yeshiva education in any way, you should get this joke (and it may hit too close to home to laugh). Unfortunately, cooperation between schools, and often within schools, is

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Junior Girl Scout Troop 5826 Kicks Off Cookie Sales

Girl Scout Troop 5826 baked Girl Scout Cookie flavored Hamentaschen in honor of Purim and to kick off their Girl Scout Cookie sales. The girls replicated the infamous Thin Mints and Samoas as well as Savannah Smiles, a lemon cookie, the Tagalongs, a peanut butter chocolate cookie and the new Rah-Rah Raisin cookie.

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School Safety

Parents are always concerned about their children’s safety. This is especially true when children are at school away from parents’ watchful eye. There is a presumption, a warranty, of safety when parents entrust their children to those who would act in loco parentis. State laws mandate certain safeguards, e.g., fire alarms, eye wash

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A Look at SodaScan

Ari Korman and Andy and Brian Agus, founders of the new start-up SodaScan, agreed to meet with JLNJ’s cub reporter—me—to unravel the enigma that is the SodaScan entity. The idea behind SodaScan is that instead of going out to shop for bulk items (such as 12-packs of soda bottles), you use an app to scan a QR code on a poster

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“Risk” and the Municipal Bond Market

Prior to the 2008 financial crisis the term “risky” was rarely associated with the general municipal bond market. Historically municipal bonds, as a whole second in safety only to US Treasury securities, were looked upon as safe, secure investments. To the media, covering the municipal bond market was about as exciting as watching paint

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New Year’s Resolution: Ask Someone Else to Get You in Shape

The biggest challenge to keeping a resolution is: the change is up to us. We have to stop smoking, start exercising, and change our habits. Yet the reason we are making a resolution in the first place is that we haven’t been able to get ourselves to perform according to our own aspirations. It would be so much easier if someone else could

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Connection and Commitment

While visiting Italy last week, my wife and I attended the Florence Jewish community’s memorial service for Dan Uzan, the Jewish man who was slain outside a synagogue in Copenhagen, Denmark. Two weeks earlier, soon after returning home from a week of meetings in England, I was informed that a kosher restaurant in London that we had

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