Jewish Journal


    By Elaine Sandberg

    July 19, 2010 | 2:20 pm

                                                          LUCK VS SKILL

    The references to Luck abound in our idiomatic language—Lucky Louie, the Luck of the Irish, Lady Luck, he/she’s got all the Luck, Lucky in Love, etc., etc., etc.

    What is Luck? ... read on

  • AMERICAN MAH JONGG BLOG Defense! Defense! Defense!

    By Elaine Sandberg

    July 12, 2010 | 11:37 pm

    There’s a joke that goes a teacher asks a student to make a sentence using the words “defense” and cultivate”.  Being a novice English-speaker, the student thinks awhile and finally says, “I climbed over de fence because it got too cold to vait”

    In Mah Jongg, “de... read on

  • Decisions, Decisions!  How to Find a Hand

    By Elaine Sandberg

    July 5, 2010 | 12:17 pm

    This article will deal with the “trauma” of finding a hand—a distressing and frustrating part of the game for many beginning players and sometimes even for more experienced players, as well.

    In front of you are thirteen assorted tiles of different numbers, Suits, sometimes... read on

  • Rack your tile—- the controversy

    By Elaine Sandberg

    June 28, 2010 | 3:54 pm

    I had a distressing call from a former student of mine, telling me that one of her “play-mates” was continually complaining that she was “picking and racking too fast”.. that she didn’t have a chance to call for a tile.  She added that nobody else in the group complained... read on

  • “Mahj”—A cry heard ‘round the world

    By Elaine Sandberg

    June 24, 2010 | 6:28 pm

    Well maybe not around the World, but it’s heard in living rooms, dens, in rec rooms, in tournament rooms, conventional halls, on ship board—all over America.

    Mah Jongg is once again sweeping the country, knowing no geographic, age, sex or ethnic boundary, much as it did in the... read on

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A kid from Brooklyn, a graduate of Syracuse University and an immigrant to California via Palo Alto, San Juan Capistrano, finally, Los Angeles, I have been here for the past 15...

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