Yonatan Levi is an attorney living in Englewood, N.J., and a weekly humor columnist for the Jewish Link of New Jersey. Send any comments, questions or insults to columnists@cjn.org.

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It is fair to say that anyone who sends a timely and sincere thank-you card after receiving a gift, clearly has menschy manners. Such authoring of appreciation is a classy gesture oozing with etiquette and pulsating with politeness. When you put in writing that a gift is gratifying, you show…

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If an alien from outer space were to land on Earth, it might be difficult to explain to such a newcomer the current composition of the Jewish people.  Technically speaking, a Jew is a Jew is a Jew. Practically speaking, however, many Jews put themselves or others into different groups with s…

In the average synagogue, there are only a few instances during Shabbat morning services in which most or all congregants stop chatting. It usually happens during the Musaf repetition, rabbi’s sermon and weekly announcements. It also happens during the Mourner’s Kaddish.

Few jobs are more demanding than that of the pulpit rabbi. It essentially requires being at the congregation’s beck and call all year-long, 24 hours a day. If pulpit rabbis were allowed to bill by the hour, then there likely would be a marked increase in applications to rabbinical school.

Passover is a relatively intense holiday in that it requires a drastic change in daily diet. We spend a week assiduously avoiding chametz and conspicuously limiting ourselves to matzah and anything else that is “kosher for Passover.” When Passover ends, however, we revert to our old leavened…

With the Passover seder comes a wonderful tradition involving the hiding and finding of the afikoman. It is the Jewish version of hide-and-go-seek, a fun game designed to keep the youngsters engaged in the seder activities. 

During the Passover seder, many Jews read the Haggadah by committee, going around the table as each participant reads a paragraph or two. It is not unlike a relay race, as one reader passes the proverbial baton to the next. It is an effective way to increase participation and maintain intere…

If the Jewish people collectively are a nation, then they arguably are a carbonation. This is because many Jews love drinking seltzer, a refreshing refreshment that is no average beverage. The bold and bright bubbles of seltzer tantalize the tongue, razzle the mouth and dazzle the throat, le…

Most synagogues have a rabbi, but some only have a full-time chazan. Those that do, often struggle with clearly defining congregational expectations regarding the chazan’s weekly performances. Consequently, the chazans often are left to gauge how best to balance davening versus delivery, sha…

Megillat Esther ends with the Purim antagonist, Haman, hanging from the gallows. Haman, however, does not die alone, for his 10 sons also are slain:  “And Parshandatha and Dalphon and Aspatha, and Poratha and Adalia and Aridatha, and Parmashta and Arisai and Aridai and Vaizatha: The 10 sons …