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 By Nina Badzin    Opinions    September 23, 2016

This Rosh Hashanah, I challenge you to focus on the positives

(Kveller via JTA)—Two essential parts of preparing for Rosh Hashanah, our clean slate for the year, is asking forgiveness from anyone we wronged and making a list (mental or written) of the ways we fell short since the last time we heard the...

 By Nina Badzin    Opinions    September 18, 2015

Waiting for an apology that will never come

(Kveller via JTA)—I used to have the right idea for Yom Kippur. I liked the notion of an entire month to clean up my messes from the past year, and I worked hard to deliver carefully worded apologies. The promise of a clean slate appealed to my...

 By Nina Badzin    Opinions    February 20, 2015

Are voluntary dues enough to get people to join synagogues?

MINNEAPOLIS (JTA)—Michael Paulson reported in The New York Times on the “Pay What You Want” model that some synagogues are implementing to reduce the financial barrier to membership. Paulson estimated that about 30 synagogues across the United...

 By Nina Badzin    Features    December 12, 2014

How to do 8 nights of Chanukah without creating spoiled brats

MINNEAPOLIS (Kveller.com)—The Chanukah I see in children’s books demonstrates families playing dreidel and eating latkes while the menorah shines brilliantly in the window. Then there’s the inevitable illustration of the kids’ utter elation...

 By Nina Badzin    Features    December 12, 2014

Lose the chip on your shoulder during Christmas season

MINNEAPOLIS (Kveller.com)—We Jews have two choices in our approach to the Christmas season: resent it or embrace it. I for one vote for a big, sloppy embrace. In the name of love thy neighbor and tolerance, I say we hug it out with Christmas...