May 9

I was born to Jewish parents. I was raised Jewish. I married a Jewish man.(Although my mother said that I was entering a mixed marriage. He was a Reformed Jew, we semi Orthodox by the time I got married.) Our children did all of the things that Jewish kids do. Sunday school, Hebrew school, Bar and Bat Mitzvahs, Confirmation, even High school Religious school graduation. Really Jewish stuff. There was one thing missing for me. I finally learned how to play Mah Jongg. ! I belong. And I like it. My Judaism is complete. This surprised me. I fought learning how to play for 80 years. Literally. In fact , the first time I tried to learn, I didn't like it all that much. Now I am up to playing several times a week. It's great fun.It can be a challenge.It makes you concentrate on things other than your life, it doesn't hurt anyone,and as I have learned, you don't really have to be jewish to play it. Or a woman. Both ideas were a misconception on my part. I'm complete now and I can proudly say,"Yes. I can play Mah Jongg".

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04.07 | 08:10

I read the last page first too. It’s a family curse.

22.05 | 08:38

so glad youre here mom!

29.08 | 13:45

Don't quite know how this got to me but it was on the top line of my computer (not in email) But I really enjoyed it. I truly admire you.

31.07 | 07:02

Leona, do you have a date or a booked flight that you come back ?

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