Posts by Alan Muskovitz

How Do You Hide Your Afikoman?

Al Muskovitz’s finds humorous tales from people’s experiences hiding the afikoman on Passover. By Alan Muskovitz, Contributing Writer Whether you’re 9 years old or 90, you probably have a fond memory of the hiding of the afikoman during a Passover seder; whether you were the one charged with concealing it or if you’re a kid…

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Final Four Reflections from a True Spartan

Spartan Alan Muskovitz reflects on his journey at the NCAA tourney. By Alan Muskovitz Yea, though I walk through the shadow of the valley of the Final Four, I will fear no evil…except Texas Tech. Amen.  A few days ago I had the great pleasure of attending this year’s NCAA Final Four basketball tournament games in Minneapolis…

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It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad World

There is plenty of madness to go around this month, from March Madness to forgetting all of your computer passwords. By Alan Muskovitz The month of March is over, but March Madness, the NCAA basketball tournament, is not. The championship game is this Monday night and while I’m writing this column days in advance of…

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Young friends having a great time in restaurant. Group of young people sitting in a coffee shop and smiling.

Get Your Laugh On! It’s National Let’s Laugh Day

Contributor Alan Muskovitz offers some humorous tidbits to mark National Let’s Laugh Day. By Alan Muskovitz Today, March 19, is “National Let’s Laugh Day.” That’s no joke…but you may want to have someone tell you one so that you can participate. Turns out though, according to; “National Let’s Laugh Day” shares its day with……

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An artist’s concept of the Mars Science Laboratory spacecraft approaching Mars. A large planet with a small spacecraft in the front

For Openers: What Planet Are You From?

Alan Muskovitz Contributing Writer NASA spent nearly the last seven months guiding its InSight Mars lander through 301,223,981 miles of space at 12,300 mph, then, at the precise planned moment, stuck the landing on Nov. 26 on the surface of the red planet. (After 47 years of driving, I still can’t parallel park.) Meanwhile, several states…

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Ed Hirsch

Distinguished Career

New JWV commander to participate in Detroit’s Veterans Day parade. Timing is everything. On Monday, Oct. 29, I left a dental check-up and drove to a second dental appointment; this time with retired dentist, Dr. Edward “Ed” Hirsch, 83, of Farmington Hills. I was meeting him for lunch in advance of Veterans Day, Nov. 11,…

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Samuel Curtis's WWI/Great War diary and two letters from the War.

Dispatches from the Great War

100-year-old diary from Jewish GI sheds light on what it was like to be at the front. I never cease to be amazed by the incredible stories I’m fortunate to learn about and share in the Jewish News. This is one right up there in the incredible column because it’s a story that is 100…

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Cameraman Recording Female Journalist Interviewing Businessman

For Openers: Political Ads And Online Buying — Painful!

Editor‘s Note: This humor column was written before the tragic shooting at the Pittsburgh synagogue. Have you heard? The mid-term elections are next week. Really. Turn on your television and wait a quarter of a second and you might catch one of the thoroughly enjoyable political ads, which is a nice respite from the 3…

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Pace cars from other tracks drive laps before a race at Michigan International Speedway. Mark LoPatin is driving the car at the top.

Passion for Promoting

Entrepreneur’s vision launched Michigan International Speedway 50 years ago. Above: Pace cars from other tracks drive laps before a race at Michigan International Speedway. Mark LoPatin is driving the car at the top. Fifty years ago, just three days after our Detroit Tigers basked in the glow of their dramatic come-from-behind World Series victory over the…

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Alan Muskovitz edges in for an interview with Tiger Woods in 2004.

For Openers: My Glory Days

Tiger Woods has nothing on me. Above: Alan Muskovitz edges in for an interview with Tiger Woods in 2004. I just finished enjoying two events on television that involved participants desperate for big victories — and it didn’t involve politics I spent the afternoon of Sept. 23 watching the dramatic finish to Tiger Woods’ win in…

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