Are you a Mah Jongger?

       I’m not sure if that is technically a correct word in English, but maybe I can start that.  When I was young, I remember my mother talking about Mah Jongg.  I’m not sure if she ever played it, or if she just liked saying the words. 

       But if you are a player or interested in learning about the game, you have your chance at the Museum of Jewish Heritage, through February 27 (my birthday, in fact!).  

       The Project Mah Jongg website describes the game: “Since the 1920s, the game of mah jongg has ignited the popular imagination with its beautiful tiles, mythical origins, and communal spirit.  Come learn the history and meaning of the beloved game that became a Jewish-American tradition.” 

       The game was reportedly created in China by Confucius about 500 BC, and the tiles represent the Confucian values of benevolence, sincerity, and filial piety.  In fact, the name itself means sparrow, and Confucius reportedly was fond of birds.  I won’t try to explain the intricacies of the game here, primarily because I don’t know them.  But you can find out for yourself at the Museum.  More info is at

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Randolph Mase, Fiction Writer 

My Novels:

Death on Broadway

Death Beneath the Streets

Death in Central Park

Death in The Cloisters (under construction)

Nathan Hale


4 Responses to “Are you a Mah Jongger?”

  1. ZeroSum Ruler Says:

    When I was a kid, I had a comptuer Mah Jong game that was called (I think?) Taipei and that, at the end if I finished matching all the tiles, I’d get a fortune. I miss the fortune with the version I have now.

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