Category Archives: Jewish “stuff”

People of The Book

Kveller

I’m guessing that the average high school senior wants a gift card for a graduation present, or even better, cash. I remember being 18 and appreciating either of those options as well as any item emblazoned with my college’s name, like a pair of mesh shorts. (This was 1995!) I also liked gifts with my…

Why I Love Mahj-Jongg

mahj-jongg Nina Badzin

I’ve been meaning to write about why I love my Mahj-jongg group for several years. Well, this is finally the week! Do you play mahj-jongg or any other game with a group of friends? Do I sound like I’m 92? Come to tcjewfolk.com to why I love my mahj-jongg group, and why I think groups…

Do Listen Read: Early April

Do listen read

I have not written a “Do Listen Read” post on my blog since mid February because I’ve been putting these finds in my newsletter instead. I’m still going to save certain ones for my newsletter because I genuinely feel a connection with the subscribers who let me into their inboxes. (That even sounds intimate doesn’t…

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…