Category Archives: Jewish “stuff”

A Spark and The Star Tribune

Minneapolis Star Tribune

So a photographer from the Minneapolis Star Tribune came over last night and this happened today in the Metro section. Why my family? The reason they chose our family is not because I write about Judaism and parenting. Well, I suppose indirectly that was the reason. My very well connected fellow former cast member of Listen…

What Lights You Up?

What's Lights You Up For Hanukkah 2014 photo by Nina Badzin

What lights you up? I love that question so much. It’s just right for this season if you want to put some deeper thought into Hanukkah. (Probably works for all the winter holidays, really.) It’s taken me a long time to get to this mindset for Hanukkah to tell you the truth. When it was a time…

An Improvement to My Marriage

14 years of marraige

Tomorrow Bryan and I will celebrate 14 years of marriage. I was 23 on that day in early December, 2000, when I walked down the aisle to meet Bryan (27 at the time) waiting under the chuppah. Sometimes when I see pictures from our wedding day I think, “Whoa, we’re lucky that worked out. We were…

Early November Finds and Catch Up

Badzin family photo

First, let’s catch up. Before we dive into the true “finds” I wanted to do a quick catch up on what’s happening around here on the writing/blogging front. #1. The Friendship Column is Going Live on THE RADIO This one is actually pretty major. A few times in the past few years I’ve been on Jordana…

My Thoughts on a “Jewish Christmas”

Bryan building our sukkah

Yes, it’s October, not December. And that is exactly why I have some thoughts on the real “Jewish Christmas.” Hanukkah is for amateurs! You want the real deal? Meet Sukkot. (Feast of the Tabernacles in English.) Still don’t know what I’m talking about? Here’s a quick background on the holiday. You don’t need all the info, however, to understand why I’m calling Sukkot the real…

Friday Finds: Early October

edina mag collage

I should probably call these Thursday Finds. Alas . . .  1. The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry: A Novel At Great New Books I recommended The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin. My book club read it as well and it was a hit. I tried to articulate the appeal in…

Forgiveness Without the Apology

I find the easiest part of this time of year in the Jewish calendar to be the commandment to ask others for forgiveness. And that is actually not that easy, but it’s infinitely less hard than letting go of a grudge, especially when the person you are upset with has not apologized. For my Yom…

3 Ideas For a Meaningful Holiday

a meaningful high holiday

Don’t think I’m crazy, but I have some ideas to change my approach (and your approach) to the High Holiday season. Honestly, even if you’re not Jewish, these are methods that could make a difference for other holidays, too. Do you trust me? If we want this year’s holidays to feel different, then we have to try…