On those occasions when Mr. MJW and I get to spend nights out on the town sans teenage daughter it sucks when the enjoyment is hampered by rude guests. For a cultural event, like a Jewish wedding (bar or bat mitzvah or other lifecycle), it can be difficult to know how to be a good guest. Especially, if you don’t know the minhag.  (Minhag are the customs and manners accepted at each venue!) Here are…

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One of my deepest held beliefs is the beautiful life cycle traditions the Jewish religion has.  Obviously, I love the traditions around weddings the most!  But, we also have beautiful traditions that are cause for celebration throughout our lives.  And we have rituals and traditions that bring us comfort when we experience a great loss in our lives. One of those traditions is a period of 30 days–it is known as Sheloshim, the first 30…

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A friend, Julie Lara, whose business it is to “help busy professionals take their careers and lives to the next level by making important changes in their appearance, behavior and communication skills,” made a post on Facebook about National Etiquette Week.  It reminded me of earlier this summer when I was lucky enough to enjoy Step-Mom night out twice in one week.  Both evenings, my enjoyment was slightly hampered by a rude guest!  One night…

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