Category Archives: Jewish “stuff”

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…

Why I Rarely Talk About God

Badzin Purim 2011

I rarely talk about God in any of my essays or short stories. This is a little unusual considering I’ve had 30 essays total published at The Jewish Daily Forward, Kveller (a Jewish site focused on parenting), and tcjewfolk.com. And although my short stories tend to feature Jewish characters, talk of God is never at the…

Friday Find: A Merit to the Soul

First Day Journal

Once again I can’t wait until Friday to post. I’m absolutely thrilled to have my short story, “A Merit to the Soul,” published in the print literary magazine, The First Day. It’s rare that I can say I have a story that’s only available in print. (Though digital copies of the print journal ARE available for…

Obsessing About Nonsense and a Jew Who Converts

trick to stop obsessing

Do you ever find yourself obsessing about the most nonsensical and meaningless decisions like what color towels to put in your bathroom? Your reasonable side knows that whatever you pick will be good enough. You know that there’s not one “right” choice. Still, against your better judgement you lose perspective. You think, there MIGHT be…