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About Mah Jongg and Me

Mah Jongg is not just a game. It has become a part of my life that allows me to entertain my Mah Jongg-playing friends, cook great meals to serve to them and test my mental skills during our game play (which, hopefully, is often).


Mondays at 4:30 I teach a Mah Jongg class with four truly fun, thoughtful, delightful, and wonderful women (and I don’t mean to slight my other students – I am so fortunate to have made such incredible friends from all of my classes). Yesterday Ginny came to class a bit early with a gift for me – this wonderful recreation of our class…not only is it fabulous, as well as a perfect depiction of the women in the class but, as Ginny told me today, she whipped up this creation in less than 30 minutes. I am blown away by her creativity and artistic talents – and her friendship – and wanted to share this with all of you. Enjoy!img_2048


…Mah Jongg is everywhere! Check out this 58 across clue in yesterday’s Wall Street Journal crossword puzzle. Do you know the answer?! Scroll down to see the completed puzzle and learn if you were correct!img_1813-jpg




The wonderful Faye Scher shared a link from My Jewish Learning – this link took us to “The History of Mah Jongg Snacks” written by “The Nosher” (explained as a “blogging tour of all things Jewish food, recipes, and news, written by Shannon Sarna and other Jewish food lovers.”). If you have been a reader of this blog over the years then you know how important I think snacks are to our beloved game…and I suspect you will all enjoy this article.  Pass the licorice!screen-shot-2017-01-02-at-8-52-19-pmscreen-shot-2017-01-02-at-8-53-14-pmscreen-shot-2017-01-02-at-8-52-56-pmscreen-shot-2017-01-02-at-8-53-14-pmscreen-shot-2017-01-02-at-8-53-28-pmscreen-shot-2017-01-02-at-8-53-48-pmscreen-shot-2017-01-02-at-8-54-00-pmscreen-shot-2017-01-02-at-8-54-29-pmscreen-shot-2017-01-02-at-8-54-18-pmscreen-shot-2017-01-02-at-8-54-29-pmI had to laugh at the last paragraph in the article when Ivy Barsky observes, “food is a kind of fifth player.” So true!!!!



Don’t forget that today – January 1st, 2017, is the day to place your order with the National Mah Jongg League for your new 2017 card (to be delivered in late March/early April). The sooner you place your order, the sooner you will receive your card. 

And, of course, here’s wishing you all lots and lots of Jokers in 2017!!!img_2021screen-shot-2016-12-31-at-3-25-57-pm


Have any of you seen the Amazon series “Red Oaks” with Jennifer Grey, Paul Reiser, Freddy Roman, Gina Gershon, Richard Kind and more? My dear friend (although not a Mah Jongg player!) Jodi D told me that I must watch this series, now in its second season. So, this afternoon I watched the pilot and then binge-watched right into Episode 2…and guess what I saw…the women at the Red Oaks Country Club playing Mah Jongg! Seriously, Mah Jongg is everywhere!!! Now I just have to contact the producers and let them know that in reality these women would have been playing with NMJL sets and racks because I definitely heard them say, “I still don’t have any Jokers!”img_2010 img_2011 img_2012