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).
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, our dear Mr. skeptic couldn’t be more wrong…
In fact, blue and white are not just the traditional colors of Hanukkah; they’re the traditional colors of the Jewish tradition itself…
Remember the days you had to manually turn off the refrigerator lights before Shabbat?
I remember I had to unscrew the lightbulb, cover the switch with scotch tape and find all sorts of creative (read: annoying) workarounds.
Well, not anymore!
Thankfully, some of the biggest refrigerator brands came to the rescue and created Sabbath mode refrigerators to make our lives much easier.
In fact – the only problem now is that there are too many Sabbath mode fridges to choose from.
Everyone is throwing buzzwords, deals, coupons our way – all in the attempt to catch our attention.
- Where do we even begin?
- How do we know which refrigerators are truly Kosher?
- What does Sabbath mode and Star-K even mean?
I spent 3 days writing this monster guide – to help you find the answers to all those questions and to help you find a brand new Sabbath mode refrigerator that’ll serve you well for MANY years to come.
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?
… And what’s the deal with the whole “multiple of 18” thing?
Don’t worry, this article will get rid of all your confusion…
The table is set…
The candles are lit…
Shabbat is officially in! Now, go grab a plate and enjoy a delicious Shabbat dinner with your family after a long week.
HOLD ON there tiger! Aren’t you forgetting something?
- First, we do Kiddush and drink Kiddush wine.
- Then, we do Hamotzi and eat a piece of Challah.
- … And only then, we get to sink our teeth into the yummy Shabbos food!
Today, we’ll focus on the second part – the Challah… specifically, the Challah boards. Because you need to serve the Challah somehow, right?
But I’m not here to help you find just any Challah board (you don’t need my help for that)… Instead, I’ll help you find beautiful, modern Challah boards that you wouldn’t find in an average Jewish kitchen. Because who the hell wants to be average?
Shabbat is nearly over…
But before we say goodbye, we get one final opportunity to pay our respect to the Sabbath.
The Havdalah ceremony – where we thank God for distinguishing between the sacred, and the ordinary (that’s the actual Havdalah blessing, by the way).
Now, you could simply light a Havdalah candle, quickly recite the blessing and “get it over with”. Or, you could take your time, invest in a proper Havdalah set you can continue using every single week, and transition to the new week peacefully.
What is a Havdalah Set?
A Havdalah set is a special kit that includes the items needed to perform the Havdalah ceremony. Havdalah sets typically come with a spice box, Havdalah candle holder and Kiddush cup.
If the second option sounds better, then sit tight – because I’m about to show the most beautiful Havdalah sets you have ever seen…
- … You’re cooking Shabbat dinner…
- … Mmmm… the delicious aroma fills the entire house…
- … You’re lighting the Shabbat candles; Shabbat is now officially in!
Time to enjoy your Shabbat dinner together with the family… can you pass the Hummus, please?
HOLD IT! Aren’t you forgetting something?
Kiddush comes first, silly! Go ahead and pour the wine into the Kiddush cup (make sure you fill the cup to the end)!
What’s that? You don’t have a Kiddush cup? What a coincidence! I just happened to create a huge list of beautiful, modern Kiddush cups!
OK, OK, enough with the silly jokes :). Let’s go find you a lovely Jewish wine cup, shall we?
Every Jewish parent would agree: getting your son’s first Tefillin (and Tallit) for his Bar Mitzvah is incredibly exciting…
That is – until you start researching the different types of Tefillin and what Tefillin you should buy… From that point, It doesn’t take parents more than a few minutes to realize: “damn, buying a Tefillin is more complicated, expensive, and dangerous than I thought.”
- You hear words you’ve never heard before… (Tefillin Peshutim? Tefillin Dakkot? Tefillin Gassot?)
- You wonder why prices vary so much… (and why they’re so damn high!)
- You’re trying to figure out the difference between Ashkenazi Tefillin and Sephardic Tefillin…
Confused? I don’t blame you…
That’s exactly why I wrote this Tefillin buying guide: to help you clear out the smokescreen, tell you everything you need to know about Tefillin, and even help you buy the best Tefillin set for your son’s Bar Mitzvah (or even for yourself).
Let’s get started!
Etrog – the famous yellow citron Jews use during Sukkot – is the “richest” (and most expensive) of the Four Species.
And I’m not just talking rich in taste (Etrog Jam anyone?), but also rich in cost.
The question is: how do you protect such an important Jewish symbol?
Don’t worry, there’s no need to call the Secret Service or anything like that… an Etrog box would do just fine (it might even take a bullet for the Etrog).
Etrog boxes are special containers (often made of silver) that Jews use to protect the Etrog during Sukkot.
Not only are Judaic Etrog boxes one of the most popular Sukkot gifts people bring to the Sukkah, but many of them also turn into Jewish heirlooms passed along through the generations (particularly the silver and sterling silver Etrog boxes).
You’ll even notice that some of them look like treasure chests taken from straight King Solomon’s castle, so it’s no wonder…
Don’t believe me? See for yourself…
Sukkot – the holiday where we leave our cushy home and dwell for 7 days in a Sukkah (don’t worry, you’re still allowed inside the house during that time… unless you did something naughty).
We eat, sleep and decorate our Sukkah for the Jewish feast of Tabernacles (or the feast of booths) – just as our Jewish forefathers did during the Exodus.
But what if we’re invited to someone else’s Sukkah? Well then… whether you’re planning to sleep in their backyard or you’re just invited for a meal, one thing is for sure: you should NEVER arrive empty-handed.
The real question is: what kind of gift do we get our lovely Sukkot host/hostess?
That’s exactly what we’ll answer today. By the time you leave this guide, you’ll have a list of unique Sukkot gift ideas at your disposal. Guaranteed!