fbpx
Sunday, June 7, 2020

AUTHOR NAME

Mark Schiff

42 ARTICLES

How this Orthodox Jew Found Common Ground with a Palestinian Muslim

These days, it’s difficult for a Republican and a Democrat to be friends. But how about a Palestinian Muslim and a Beverlywood practicing Jew?...

Why Is it So Hard to Tell People Our Real Age?

At Marvin and Dora’s 50th wedding anniversary, Marvin toasts, “May my lovely Dora live till 119 and may I live till 120.” Someone asks,...

Keep Your Promises, Even to Your Dog

If you lie to your dog, you’ll probably lie to your friends and family. I’m well aware that during this COVID-19 pandemic people are losing...

The Need for Daily COVID-19 Updates Has Become an Addiction

Every day, people tell me that they have to stop watching news about the coronavirus. They tell me they can’t take it. So I...

I Love You Although I Can’t Hug You

“If one tiny virus can stop the entire world, perhaps one mitzvah can save the world.” — Dr. Benjamin Hulkower “When we are no longer able...

Dating During Coronavirus, Everyone is Like An Orthodox Jew

Orthodox Jewish dating isn’t like secular dating. In the Orthodox tradition, there isn’t supposed to be any contact — no kissing, no hugging, no holding...

Don’t Let the Coronavirus Ruin Your Life

Because of the coronavirus, it will take 20 years for sumo wrestling and bobbing for apples to make a comeback. How bad is the...

Judaism’s Meaning of Light

Recently I was talking to my friend Ryan on the phone when I heard a strange sound from his end. He said it was...

The Perfect Circle

Back in the ’80s, I had a friend named Mickey. Although he was a helpful and fun guy, he would pluck out a person’s...

On Being a Character

The Talmud says that we should always judge other people favorably. We must also judge ourselves favorably. — Rabbi Nachman of Breslov You’re being judged...

That New Car Smell

Growing up in New York in the late ’50s and early ’60s, if a neighbor got a new car, it was a big deal....

When Bob Dylan Came to My Apartment

“Do you ever wonder just what God requires? You think He’s just an errand boy to satisfy your wandering desires?” — Bob Dylan “You call...

The Importance of Finding a Good Couple

My wife and I spend time with many other couples and mostly find it very rewarding. I find it’s not always easy for a...

How to ‘B’ Positive

Imagine you’re 32 years old and one day something seems off with your left eye. You visit your eye doctor. She sends you to...

The Jewish Tradition of Haircuts

There is a Jewish tradition called an upsherin, in which a Jewish boy gets his first haircut when he’s 3 years old. Afterward, friends...

Sealed With a Kiss

“A kiss is a secret told to the mouth instead of the ear; kisses are the messengers of love and tenderness.” — Ingrid Bergman According...

The Incredible Shrinking Man

Potential: A latent excellence or ability that may or may not be developed. “You know Mark, you’re a smart boy and have great potential. If...

My Life with Friends

“With a friend at hand, you will see the light. If your friends are there, then everything’s all right.” — Elton John/Bernie Taupin,“Friends” “If you...

Lessons I’ve Learned From My Teacup Yorkie Terrier Glendi

“When God created the world, He invested in man the power to elevate the divine sparks or souls that are found throughout creation. It...

Seinfeld, Bradley Cooper and My Wife

My wife and I were recently in New York City for Jerry Seinfeld’s 65th birthday party. What a great night. I’d love to show...

Never Talk While Eating Fish

I’m an only child so I was the whole ball of wax. In many ways, I was my parents’ life. My parents tried to...

Great Catch, Champ

“When a father helps a son, both smile; when a son must help his father, both cry.” — Yiddish proverb “My father gave me the...

How to Accomplish Getting Nothing Done

“Procrastination always gives you something to look forward to.” I’ve always bought self-help books, or should I say “shelf-help” books. The first self-help book I...

The Candy Man

“The candy man can ’Cause he mixes it with love And makes the world taste good.”  — Leslie Bricusse and Anthony Newley In late April, I attended Lori...

‘Goooooood Shabbos’

Comedian David Brenner once said, “So, I’m in New York and I say to someone, ‘Have a nice day.’ He looks at me and...

If I Even Find a Crumb …

Five weeks before the holiday, my wife uttered those three words that frighten the heck out of me every year: “Pesach is coming!” Those words...

The Miserable Side of Dining Out

Dining out always has cost a lot more money than eating at home, but these days, it could cost a small fortune. I can...

Here Comes the Judge

Everyone hates to be judged, yet most of us do it.  Hillel wrote in “Ethics of Our Fathers”: “Do not judge your fellow, until you...

What’s All the Complaining About?

A waiter comes over to a table where old Jewish women are seated and says, “Excuse me, ladies. Is anything all right?” Jews have a...

Consult a Doctor Before Buying Another Gadget

Don’t get me wrong. I really like my iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, Dell laptop, smart TV and Alexa. I’m connected, baby! I recently took...

Latest news

Pelosi Accuses Trump of “Acquiescence” Amid the Rise in Anti-Semitism

“He has created a climate in which this has become more accept[able],” she said.

Netanyahu Criticizes Settlement Leaders for Anti-Trump Comments

The settler leaders also reject any recognition of a Palestinian state, as outlined in the American plan.

Palestinians Accused of Piggybacking on Riots to Wreck Synagogues

A number of Los Angeles synagogues have been vandalized or even destroyed during the riots.

Is Longtime Pro-Israel Congressman Eliot Engel in Trouble?

With comparisons being made to Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s upset of former Rep. Joe Crowley in 2018, his job may be in jeopardy as New York voters head to the polls on June 23.

German Halle Synagogue Shooter Attempts Prison Escape

He climbed an 11-foot fence during a walk through a prison courtyard.
x