Category Archives: Jewish “stuff”

Topics I Avoid In My Writing

photo by Carolyn Tiry via flickr

Some people have asked why I’m not writing about the situation in Israel. Fair question. Here’s my August column at Tcjewfolk.com, which will tell you why I’ve avoided that topic as well as four other topics that I purposely avoid in my writing. Please join me at tcjewfolk.com with “Things I Don’t Write About on the Internet.”…

How We Celebrate The Fourth of July

July 4th, 2013

The Fourth of July is not a Jewish holiday, but my heritage and my husband’s heavily influences the way we “observe” this particular American celebration. Not everyone will agree with our view, but I hope you’ll read about it anyway. Come see what I mean by “observe” and let me know what you do on The Fourth. I’m…

The Challenge of Being Welcoming

kveller.com

I have some thoughts on the difference between saying you’re welcoming and being welcoming. The former is easy and the latter takes genuine thought, action, and empathy. Here’s why I’m thinking about this at all: Last month I wrote an article for Kveller.com wondering if I spend too much thinking about Judaism in general. It was also a…

Friday Finds: Late May Updates

Jennifer Weiner and Nina Badzin

So much to see in this late May edition of “Friday Finds!” (once again on a Thursday) #1. HOW TO TELL IF YOU’RE IN A JANE AUSTEN NOVEL The article “How to Tell if You’re in a Jane Austen Novel” by Mallory Ortberg on The Toast made me smile. I especially loved this example: “You have five…

The Habit of Looking For Fellow Jews

Nina Badzin on Kveller.com

Confession time, you guys. Sometimes I worry that I talk about Judaism too much. As much as I use the words Jew, Jewish, or Judaism, I’m saying them in my head even more. It’s become a tic of sorts, a knee-jerk reaction to the random information that comes at me all day long. What’s more,…

3 Easy Ways to Make Passover Meaningful

Cleaning for Passover Tip

A quick snippet from my Passover article this year at Kveller: Many of us unknowingly (or knowingly) rely on the physical aspect of our holidays to access the deeper spiritual realm where we can focus on what really matters. On Rosh Hashanah we dip apples in honey; we fast on Yom Kippur; we’re commanded to eat in a…

The Joy in Activities We Dislike

April post collage ninabadzin.com

I Won’t Be Teaching My Children How to Fish I have skills to pass on to my children, but they’re not the standard set. I’m not good at any land sports or water activities. I’m not artistic (in the visual sense). I’m not musical, nor do I like outdoorsy stuff such as camping, hiking—or really…