Category Archives: Jewish “stuff”

Wondering Why the Seder Survives

Photo via Flickr by dcJohn

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

How You Spend Your Days and Your Life

how we spend our days

This week is the Jewish holiday of Purim. (It starts Wednesday night.) This is my 4th or 5th year writing about different Jewish holidays, and I always worry that as the holiday approaches I will have nothing new to say. Of course that never happens! Have you ever read the same book more than once?…

Do Listen Read: Early February

Do listen read

DO -Check out the fashion blog “Fashion-Isha” because it focuses on modest clothing. It’s so refreshing to see a little less skin! LISTEN/WATCH -One of the best quotes from Sunday night’s Downton Abbey. (The Dowager Countess, of course.) “All this endless thinking. It’s very overrated. Before 1914 nobody thought about anything.” READ -The conversation about synagogue participation continues. JTA…

More Than Money

Kveller

I’m having a very Jewey week, I know. Yesterday was all about the bar mitzvah problem. Today’s piece, however, was not one I planned to write. It’s an op-ed that I wrote for Kveller.com after reading an article in Monday’s New York Times about how some synagogues are eliminating mandatory dues with the hope of increasing…

No Easy Answers

nina's bat mitzvah

In last month’s column for tcjewfolk.com, I wrote about our family’s struggle to decide which educational path to take as our oldest child gets closer to bar mitzvah age. And yes, I acknowledged and continue to acknowledge that by struggle I mean “struggle.” The fact that we’re putting this much thought into our kids’ Jewish education…

New Year, New Problems

Midlife Blvd

A new year means new problems to solve. Yes, by problem, I mean “problem,” as it goes without saying that the problems I speak of are goods ones to have. #1. MIDLIFE BLVD. (Last Year’s Problem) Last year, I tackled an issue that mattered to me (and only me)–Making enough time to write. Anyone who read…

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…