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Have a Question? We Know People Who Know People

Now and then we receive e-mails from people who have questions for us: How do you fold a hamantashen into a triangle? What’s your favorite flavor of babka? What’s the difference between a shlemiel and a shlimazel? These are questions … Continue reading

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Valentine’s Day the Old-Fashioned Way

On Valentine’s Day in fifth grade, we remember sitting at our desks anxiously awaiting the distribution of cards from a shoebox wrapped in red foil. We could count on getting valentines from our girlfriends. Maybe a handmade one with stickers … Continue reading

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We Don’t Resolve, We Evolve

This essay was first published on on Jan. 13, 2018. We know the new year has arrived because we can’t avoid the ads for gym memberships and Weight Watchers. But we will not be making resolutions. This is not … Continue reading

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Gulliver’s Gate: It’s a Really, Really Small World After All

We were in New York earlier this month to pick up two awards that our book, The Whole Spiel, had won. As we walked down 44th Street on our way to the awards party, we stopped in Dubai, Thailand, and the … Continue reading

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We Wrote a New Book – And We’re Giving You The Whole Spiel!

Through the years, when we presented our book talk, audience members would ask if we were working on a second book. We laughed. What could be a follow-up to our Dictionary of Jewish Words? A thesaurus? A phonebook? If you know … Continue reading

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New and Improved  . . . Not Really

  Back in the day, you didn’t have to ask if the gefilte fish was “free range.” You knew it was because the carp had been swimming free in your bathtub the day before. When we were kids, we didn’t … Continue reading

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We Have No Loyalty to the “Loyal Shoppers Club” 

As we waited in the airport for a plane back to Philadelphia recently, we glanced at our boarding passes and were pleasantly surprised to see Group 1 printed at the bottom. Group 1? We are usually in Group 4, along … Continue reading

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