Wondering Why the Seder Survives

This year in my Passover post for Tcjewfolk.com I think about my mostly secular

Photo via Flickr by dcJohn

Photo via Flickr by dcJohn

childhood and the mostly secular childhood of so many Jews I knew growing up. Still, most of us had Passover Seders and continue to do so as adults.

From my article: “Other than Passover, there were few rituals. There were no Shabbat candles, no Friday night dinners, no Havdalah candles, no sukkah, and no Hanukkah candles after the third or fourth night. There was no special cleaning for Passover. There was, however, a Seder every year.
Of course there was a Seder.”

Why, do you think, the Seder survives even when so many other Jewish customs in a family fall away?

I have some thoughts (of course!) but I’d like to hear from you.

See you there! 

Regretting a Friendship

HerTake with Nina Badzin

Today’s HerTake question at The HerStories Project comes from a woman who is regretting a friendship after letting a relationship with a neighbor get too close too quickly and now must find a way to establish better boundaries. I gave some advice, including research about what makes friends click in the first place and how those “click…

Couple Friends, Childhood Friends, and The Mid

The Mid

Have you heard of the new website The Mid? When it first appeared on the scene, I found myself excitedly clicking various links, astounded that I could relate to so many of the articles. Then I eventually read the intro post and realized that “The Mid” refers generally to people born in the 70s. I…

Dispelling Myths

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Invite the Whole Class?

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The Myth of Blogging Turf

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How You Spend Your Days and Your Life

how we spend our days

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C-List Friends

Ask Nina a Question

Have you ever worried that you consider someone a good friend, but the feeling isn’t mutual, at least not equally mutual? This week’s friendship question comes from someone who fears she’s a C-list friend to one of her oldest friends. I gave her my two cents on what to do next, but I’m sure she’d…