Hanukkah Colors: The True Meaning Behind Blue & White (and Silver)

If you walked into a Jewish home during Hanukkah (please make sure you’re invited to one… otherwise that’s called “breaking and entering”), odds are you’ll see two colors stand out: blue and white (sometimes silver).

Blue and white are the traditional colors of Hanukkah. You’ll see them on anything from Hanukkah decorations, Hanukkah gifts, even modern Menorahs

What’s the deal with these colors?

A cynical fella might think: “It’s probably a way for Jews to keep up with Christmas”. Well, Mr. skeptic, you couldn’t be more wrong…

Blue and white aren’t just the traditional colors of Hanukkah… they’re the traditional colors of the Jewish tradition…

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40+ Elegant Hanukkah Decoration Ideas, Ornaments & Party Supplies (2019)

Look outside… What do you see?

Christmas trees, shiny lights, reindeers flying over your head…

Say what you will about Santa – he sure knows how to throw a party.

Let’s be honest: as pretty as a Menorah may be (and there are quite a few gorgeous Menorahs out there), it doesn’t stand a chance against Santa and his army of elves.

It’s no wonder Jewish kids (heck, even adults) feel like “second best” on Hanukkah. Can you blame them? While everyone is out there celebrating Christmas under the Christmas Tree, opening presents, having a jolly good time – Jewish kids have to settle for the “crumbles”.

Question is: what can we Jews do to make Hanukkah at least as appealing (or dare I say, even more appealing)?

I’ve got two words for you: Hanukkah decorations.

Not just any decorations… I’m talking unique Hanukkah supplies and centerpieces; the kind that make kids (and adults) jump out of bed in the morning!

That’s why for this year’s festival of lights (”2019”), I decided to create a MONSTER guide (it took me almost a week to create it, btw) to help Jewish families decorate their home for Hanukkah and turn their house into one gigantic Hanukkah treat! 

Mark my word – by the end of this guide, you’ll have enough Hanukkah decoration ideas to last you for a lifetime. 

OK, enough babbling, let’s get this party rolling!

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Bar/Bat Mitzvah Gift Amount 2019: How Much Money Should You Give?

How much money should you give for the upcoming Bar Mitzvah?

The million-dollar question (pun intended)…

… What’s too much money? What’s too little?

… Can you give a Bar Mitzvah or Bat Mitzvah gift instead?

… And what’s the deal with the whole “multiple of 18” thing?

Don’t worry, this article will get rid of all your confusion…

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20+ Cool & Easy Sukkah Decorations + Craft Ideas for Sukkot [2019]

Sukkot is (almost) here…

We sit in the Sukkah for 7 days – just like our Jewish ancestors did in the desert after they left Egypt.

How exciting!

Or is it…?

Well, that depends:

  1. … Is your Sukkah so boring and dull that you can’t imagine spending 7 minutes inside, let alone 7 days?
  2. … Or is it so fun, beautiful and appealing that you could easily stay there all day, every day? (and forget all about your cozy little bed?)

If you like the sound of the second one – then you’re in the right place!

In this guide – not only will you learn how to decorate a Sukkah… but you’ll also discover the best Sukkah decorations that’ll convince your friends & family to flock over to your Sukkah (and not run off to your neighbor’s Sukkah instead).

Pssst: I might even show you how to make the kids do most of the work while you’re chilling on the beach drinking Mojitos (just kidding… or am I? 😈).

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20+ Unique Rosh Hashanah Table Setting Ideas, Decorations & Centerpieces (2019)

Pop quiz:

  • How do you decorate your table for Rosh Hashanah?
  • How do you give your place a warm, spiritual Rosh Hashanah atmosphere your guests will LOVE?
  • How do you make sure your guests start off their new year with a sweet “apple & honey taste”?

Smartass Answer: Well, you could serve apples & honey 😏”

Haha, very funny (NOT)!

You obviously want, could and WILL do better than that… I guarantee it!

By the time you finish reading this guide, you’ll have everything you need to set the best Rosh Hashanah table in the entire neighborhood…

Sound good?

Great! Let’s get to it then!

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15+ Unique Rosh Hashanah Favors & Party Supplies for the Jewish New Year (2019)

Decorating your Rosh Hashanah table is great and all…

But what happens when the dinner is over? That’s it? Party over? 

It’s one thing to send your guests home with their tummies full. But if you really want them to remember your Rosh Hashanah dinner – even after the wine wears off – you’ve got to give them really good reasons to remember it… 

Did I say good reasons? I meant really good Rosh Hashanah favors

These unique party supplies and giveaways will guarantee that your guests will remember your Rosh Hashanah dinner party long after the Shofar blowing.

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25+ Traditional Rosh Hashanah Gift Ideas for the Jewish New Year (2019)

Another year has passed… can you believe it?

It seems like last year’s Rosh Hashanah was just yesterday, yet here we are again!

Well, what are you waiting for? Go grab a seat at the dinner table… on the menu: Gefilte Fish, Apple & Honey,  and some fish head. Mmmm sounds yummy (not)!

HOLD IT. Aren’t you forgetting something?

Don’t tell me you’re planning to arrive at a Rosh Hashanah dinner table empty-handed…

Oy vey! That’s not very “Jewish” of you, now is it? 

You better load up on a few Rosh Hashanah gifts for your loved ones, quick… Otherwise, you might discover a fish head with your name on it (you know, mafia-style)!

Now, you may be wondering: What’s an appropriate gift you can bring to the Rosh Hashanah dinner table?

Hold your horses apples, honey… You’re about to find out!

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How to Choose the RIGHT Bar Mitzvah Suit for a 13-Year-Old Boy (2019)

Your boy is about to celebrate his Bar Mitzvah… how exciting!

“Let’s raise a toast… L’chayim!”

Hold it there, chief! That’s not what the Torah means by “turning into an adult”. So please keep your boy away from the liquor cabinet for the next 8 years (or 5, depends where you live), m’kay?

What it does mean is that your boy is now subject to the Jewish commandments: he wears a Tallit, he puts on Tefillin every morning, he can participate in a Minyan… just like any Jewish man.

So what if your boy is still “in development”? So what if his voice is squeaky? So what if his facial hair is still nowhere to be found (that’ll come in due time, don’t worry)…

As far as the Torah is considered – your boy is now considered a Bar Mitzvah – which means he’s eligible to all of the rights and responsibilities as an adult… because he is an adult.

And as an adult – now’s the time to start dressing like one… now’s the time to get your boy a beautiful Bar Mitzvah suit – a suit that transforms a sweet “little boy” into a handsome young man!

But getting a suit isn’t the same as getting the right suit. Many parents wonder:

  • What suit should I get?
  • When should I get it?
  • How do I avoid a suit that’ll rip a hole in my wallet?

All fine questions… How about some answers?

Let’s go get em’!

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