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Mark Schiff

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Mark Schiff is a comedian, actor and writer.

The Most Jewish Comedian Ever

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I am blessed to have spent time with Jackie Mason. He made me laugh as much and, at times, more than any other comedian I ever saw.

Ruby: A Lesson in Kindness

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In a strange way, I learned a lot from Ruby.

A Period of Transition

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"Transition” is a nice word if you believe you’re transitioning to somewhere better. If not, the “T” word could be scary.

Amazing, Amazing

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It is rare when a day goes by that something does not amaze me.

A Tight Twenty Minutes

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The good news is that he did not die. And more good news is that he’s healing, albeit slowly, but nevertheless healing.  

I See Living People

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After a year of COVID and after a year of solitude, life is getting back to life.

Pause When Agitated

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The “pause when agitated” rule can save marriages, jobs, and friendships.

I’m Proud of You

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I felt blessed and happy, and in the right place.

The Bouncing Baby

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The best of all is knowing that this new family member is a much bigger slob than I am.

Mark Schiff on the Good Old Days

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I’ll need two things: a Jewish neighborhood and to be near a hospital.

Lady Gaga’s Got Nothing on Morah Sandi

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She is as good as any working performer out there today.

What’s a Kid From the Bronx Doing Hanging Out With Sir Anthony Hopkins?

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Sir Anthony Hopkins is not only a good man, but he’s a courageous man.

Eat Pray Eat

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We Americans love our holidays and special occasions. Many non-Jews have actually told me that they have thought about becoming Jewish just because we...

I Don’t Want to Exercise

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If possible, in the mornings, try and do something for someone before you do something for yourself, even if it’s feeding a stray cat. It gets you out of yourself.

Happy Trails to You

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There are a few people in life that, every time you see them, you feel a shot of happiness shoot through your veins. Rabbi Nachum and Rebbetzin Emuna Braverman are two of those people.

Getting the Willingness to Change

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One of the keys to making almost any big or small change in your life is your willingness to make that change. Even the smallest amount of willingness can make a huge difference.

Pay Attention

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Multitasking has cut all of our attention spans. Paying attention takes practice. It means getting out of yourself and really finding out about someone else.
A Road Poem for Haftarah Vayetzei by Rick Lupert

The Pandemic Made the Road Rocky, But I Still Love It

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Comedy, like any job, can keep you young and vital if you enjoy doing it. Most comics are on a lockdown hiatus. How do we stay sane?

The Show — and Life Must Go On

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I know there is some pain that seems unbearable but, if you look hard enough, you’ll find someone, somewhere, somehow who has gotten through.

Me and High Culture

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I have very little DNA “culture” in my bones. The few ballets I’ve attended, I didn’t leave thinking about the great artistry of the danseuse or the danseur.

Share the Kindness to at Least Two People Daily, You’ll Feel Better

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Try saying two nice things to at least two people every day — especially to your spouse and kids. They’ll appreciate it.

I Was Welcomed Into the Best Club of All, the Grandparents Club

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Every grandparent we talked to said the same thing, “Welcome to the club. You’ll see it’s the best club in the world.”  

Katharine Hepburn Performed in the Theater Where I Sold Candy. She Deserved an Oscar...

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Every day, she would delight me for five minutes with stories about James Cagney, Humphrey Bogart, Spencer Tracy and other stars.

Carl Reiner Belongs on the Mount Rushmore of Comedy

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We must memorialize the Jewish comedy icon.

Don’t Fence Me In

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“The wide world is all about you: You can fence yourselves in, but you cannot forever fence it out.” — J.R.R. Tolkien “Try to stop...

Divorces Should Be More Like Weddings

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Sometimes people need or want to call it quits. Sometimes a spouse almost or does kill the other. 

How this Orthodox Jew Found Common Ground with a Palestinian Muslim

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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?

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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

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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

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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...
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