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!I 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.
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!”
Did anyone see CBS Sunday Morning yesterday (December 25th, 2016)? They did an entire segment on Chanukah menorahs and guess what showed up…that’s right – a menorah made of Mah Jongg tiles! Mah Jongg is EVERYWHERE!!!There actually are many menorahs made up of Mah Jongg tiles – if you have one, please send me photos and I will post them.
Here are some more examples of Mah Jongg menorahs – most of these are from different shops on Etsy or Pinterest (just do a Google search for Mah Jongg menorah):Here‘s a beautiful handcrafted version: And here is a two-toned version: A cranberry-colored two-tone version: And one with the Mogen David as the holder for the Shamash or servant candle: Even one made of earthenware… And, of course, there is a Mah Jongg Chanukah computer game with menorahs!
I was wondering what post I should do for the Christmas and Chanukah holidays when, thanks to Joy H, the following wonderful – and, oh-so-clever! – poem arrived in my mailbox (along with other wonderful gifts which you can see below the poem). Much thanks to Joy and wishing all of you a very merry Christmas and a very happy Chanukah!!A wonderful gift bag and a dancing angel…A fabulous Mah Jongg pin but it was presented so beautifully that I wanted you to see the packaging…And the pièce de résistance…Joyful body lotion from the most joyous of all…our dear friend, Joy!
If you are going to be anywhere near Central California (Santa Barbara County) in late January, please sign up for this fun and very worthwhile 2nd annual Mah Jongg tournament benefitting the Special Olympics Northern Santa Barbara County. Our dear friend Donna E is involved with putting this together and so we know it will be a great day!