Jewish Journal


November 28, 2010




It’s once again, that time of year when all things traditional are in vogue—the week-end for family reunions, preparing the Turkey feast, the football games and shopping on Black Friday.

But I always wondered why it’s called Black Friday. To me, it conjures up visions of a tragic day.  And on this Friday, for me, it was kind of Black.  Well, not really Black, it was actually a fun day.

I was invited to a Mah Jongg game with a group of former students on Friday and I was eagerly anticipating reconnecting with them and to see how well they had progressed.  It was a happy reunion and after exchanging the news about family and friends we settled down to the game.

We played most of the afternoon and much to my surprise, delight and applause, they won most of the games.  I finally won one game out of the dozens we played…  But I received the most wonderful compliment.  They all warmly thanked me for teaching them and all agreed “They had a great teacher”. It was very gratifying to see how well they played.  It was a really fun afternoon.

Since the season of giving is upon us, let me give all of you, my readers, a warm and grateful Thank You.  I wish you all Happy Chanukah, Merry Christmas and a Joyous Kwanza.

Til next time…




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