Passover Preparation: A Quick & Easy Checklist to Prepare for Pesach (2019)

“Passover is almost here… and I haven’t even started preparing!”

“I hate preparing for Passover. I always get so stressed out!”

“DON’T TALK TO ME RIGHT NOW! I’M BUSY!”

Do any of these sound familiar?

If you’re anything like me – it probably does.

Growing up, the day we were preparing for Passover always felt like we’re preparing for war.

And the funny thing? Passover is supposed to be about celebrating our escape from slavery to freedom… Yet, it always seemed to me like the exact opposite: the road from freedom to slavery.

So… how do we avoid falling into that trap this upcoming Pesach?

How can we prepare for Passover, without losing our cool (or our minds) in the process?

Easy: simply follow a Passover preparation plan that’ll walk you through each step – one step at a time.

Good news! I happened to create a simple Passover preparation checklist you can follow – that’ll help you do just that! (no need to buy me a Passover gift… this one is on the house 🙂 )

Important: Before we begin – keep in mind that I’m not a Rabbi, nor do I play one on the internet. If you’re unsure whether something is allowed or prohibited – always ask your Rabbi just to be safe.

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Passover Cleaning: How to Clean Your House for Pesach [Checklist] (2019)?

“What’s the thing you hate the most about Passover?”

Most Jewish women give the same answer: Passover cleaning.

It’s hard enough preparing everything else for Passover… but when it comes to the cleaning – it feels like climbing a mountain that has no top (and Moses isn’t even there waiting for us!).

And you know what’s funny? It’s not even the actual cleaning that’s the problem (I actually don’t mind the cleaning – as long as I have my awesome Spotify playlist playing in the background). It’s the overwhelming feeling of not knowing what to clean, how to clean or where to even begin!

Today, you’re finally going to kiss that horrible feeling goodbye! Because I’ll tell you exactly what, how and where to should clean to make your house spotless and Chametz-free!

Ready?

Let’s go show that Chametz who’s boss!

Important: Before we begin – keep in mind that I’m not a Rabbi, nor do I play one on the internet. If you’re unsure whether something should be cleaned or you should clean it – always ask your Rabbi just to be safe. Read More…

30+ Classy Mishloach Manot Ideas [Gifts + Gift Baskets] for Purim (2019)

What’s your favorite part of Purim?

Usually, there are three possible answers to that question:

  1. Send/receive Mishloach Manot baskets
  2. Dress up in cool Purim costumes
  3. Send/receive Purim baskets while dressing up in cool Purim costumes

Hmm… it seems that there’s only one answer after all…

In Purim, we give Mishloach Manot as a sign of friendship, unity, and care to the people around us. Every Jew is required to send a Shalach Manot to at least one person.

Luckily though – we care about more than just one person… so more often than not we end up sending several Shalach Manot to the people we love.

Therein lies the secret of this special Mitzvah: the more we give to others ⇒ the more love we spread ⇒ the more love we get back in return.

It’s a beautiful cycle of joy and caring – that becomes stronger and stronger the more we give.

And today, you’re going to start off that cycle with the best Mishloach Manot & Purim gift ideas for our family, friends & loved ones…

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20+ Best Hilarious Purim Costume Ideas for Kids & Adults (2019)

You think Halloween is cool?

Pff…Give me a break!

Purim, aka “the Jewish Halloween”, is WAY cooler! (I’m Jewish… so of course, I’m biased 🙂 ) 

Especially if your kids capture everyone’s attention with a unique Purim costume that makes everyone else’s costume look like a joke.

And that’s exactly what this article is for – to make sure the kids dress up as their favorite characters and have a blast this Purim.

What about the adults? I’m not letting you off the hook that easily… We’ll make sure you suit up properly for Purim and set an example for the little ones.

After all, adults are just kids, only taller.

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100+ Unique & Emotional Bar/Bat Mitzvah Candle Lighting Songs: The Complete List (2019)

At what point during the Bar/Bat Mitzvah ceremony do the tissues come out (emotional tears, not sad tears)?

Believe it or not – it’s often during the Bar/Bat Mitzvah candle lighting ceremony.

But for that to happen – you need:

Believe me – you don’t want Justin Bieber playing when you invite your grandma to light a candle (just saying…).

You want a song that:

  1. They like (or at least don’t hate)
  2. Matches the personality of the person
  3. Is appropriate for the occasion (I don’t care how much you like Busta Rhymes. It ain’t gonna happen!)

Well, lucky for you – I’ve gathered the most popular candle lighting ceremony songs all into one place – so you don’t have to spend hours scouring the web trying to assemble a song list.

Remember: These are just recommendations… if you know what songs Grandma likes, what song makes auntie Bracha laugh (or cry), or what boy-band your cousin Rachel was addicted to as a teenager (Nick from Backstreet Boys! I Love You!) – choose them!

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Yummy! The Best Traditional Bar/Bat Mitzvah Food (+ Menu Ideas)

Your guests came all the way to celebrate your child’s Bar/Bat Mitzvah… you’re not going to let them starve, are you?

Of course not! You’re like a Jewish mom hosting a Shabbat dinner: feeding and taking care of everyone!

Except…

This time – you’ve got a little more than a few guests on your hands. You’ve got dozens, if not hundreds (or if you’re a Russian Oligarch – thousands) of guests to feed!

Now. The only question (OK, 3 questions) is:

  • What traditional Bar/Bat Mitzvah food can you serve your guests?
  • How do you serve so many guests (hint: buffet, food stations or plated [or a combination])?
  • Where you can you find the best Bar/Bat Mitzvah menus you can use as inspiration?

Those are big questions.

Well, guess what? I’m going to help you answer each and every one of em’!

Excited? You should be!

Let’s get this foodfest started…

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20+ Best Bar Mitzvah Gift Ideas for a 13 Year Old Boy (2019)

A 13-year-old’s Bar Mitzvah is a BIG deal:

… The Torah reading…

… The dancing…

… And of course, the real highlight of the night: his brand new Bar Mitzvah gifts!

If everything goes according to plan – the young man will remember this day for the rest of his life. 

The best part?

You get to be a part of that memory… So let’s make it a good one, shall we?

In this gift guide – you’ll find out:

  • … What’s an appropriate gift to give a Bar Mitzvah boy?
  • … What gifts should you NOT give him under any circumstance?
  • … How you can guarantee that your present stands out (read: doesn’t suck)

That’s exactly why I wrote this Bar Mitzvah gift guide: to help you find the very best Bar Mitzvah gift ideas every Jewish boy will be lucky to get on his special day (I know I would)…

Ready?

Let’s begin…

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