8 Easy [and Cheap] Sukkah Kits You Can Buy for Sukkot (2019)

Let’s be honest: not having your own Sukkah on Sukkot sucks.

You walk around the neighborhood and see your Jewish friends & neighbors all chilling in their Sukkah, having a good time…

You think to yourself: “Damn, I wish I had built my own Sukkah”…

How about we avoid that feeling, shall we?

Now, you may be wondering…

  • … Isn’t it hard to build a Sukkah?
  • … Doesn’t it cost a fortune?
  • … Doesn’t it take forever?
  • … Do I need to be a lumberjack to build one?
  • What if I fall down the ladder and break my pinky finger?

The answer to ALL of these questions (including the last one): No.

You see, up until a few years ago, I thought that building a Kosher Sukkah (aka a “Jewish tent”) was a huge chore, so I never bothered trying…

But then one year I mustered the courage and decided: “What the hell, let’s give it a shot. How hard can it be?”.

Turns out – VERY hard – if you’re building one yourself from scratch. But VERY easy – if you’re using a Sukkah kit. 

If you’ve got the right Sukkah building kit – it can literally save you hours (if not days) of total frustration.

Turns out, with the right kit, building a Sukkah is not that different than building Legos. And I trust you can handle legos, yes? Good – then you can handle building a Sukkah, even if you’ve never built one.

Now, the only question is you: How do you find the right Sukkah? 

Whether you’re looking for an affordable Sukkah or an easy-to-assemble Sukkah kit, the answer is the same: right here, right now.

Let’s begin…

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25+ Best Shofar Horns & Kosher Shofar Types from Israel [Kudu, Ram’s Horn & Exotic] (2019)

Tuuuuuu (Tekiah).

Tuuu-tuuu-tuuu-tuuu (Teruah).

Tu-tu-tu-tu-tu-tu-tu-tu (Shevarim).

Am I making a Shofar blast, or have I just lost my mind (or both?).

Yep, that’s indeed the “sound” of the Shofar – the famous musical Jewish horn we blow during Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.

But if you’re reading this – I bet you already knew that :)…

What you probably didn’t know, however, is that there are over a dozen Shofar types out there… and in this Shofar guide – I’ll reveal every one of them (and I’ll even tell where to get them!).

  • …We’ll start with the most common types of Shofar: the Ram’s horn Shofar and the Yemenite (Kudu) Shofar…
  • … Then, I’ll introduce you to rare, exotic Shofars that are almost impossible to find (don’t worry, I found some of them)
  • … Finally, we’ll see what happens when talented Jewish artists decide to decorate a Shofar and turn it into an artistic gorgeous masterpiece.

Excited? You should be!

Let’s blast!

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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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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:

  • How do you serve so many guests?
  • What traditional Bar/Bat Mitzvah food should you serve?
  • Where 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 food fest started…

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10 Classy Bar Mitzvah Shoes for a 13-Year-Old Boy (2019)

When was the last time you stepped foot (pun intended) in a shoe store?

I remember the days we had to walk all the way to the shoe store, try on 16 different pairs of shoes, only to notice the store owner slowly getting annoyed that we’re wasting their time… Until you eventually had to give in and buy a pair… not because you liked it, but because you felt bad for the store owner.

Thank Goodness – those days are long gone… because today, you can buy any pair of shoes without ever leaving your comfy chair (or bed? or bean bag?).

Including… your boy’s Bar Mitzvah shoes!

Wait. Did I just say boy’s shoes? I’m sorry, I meant man’s shoes.

Because guess what…? Your little “boy”? Not such a boy anymore…

The young man is about to celebrate his Bar Mitzvah – the day he finally transforms from a kid → to a young Jewish adult (at least according to the Torah… hold off on the alcohol there, fella).

One thing is for sure: a Bar Mitzvah boy deserves to show up to his big day wearing a pair of fancy shoes.

That’s exactly why I wrote this article – to help you find the shoes your boy is going to wear as he steps up to the Bimah – and fills you up with pride, joy, maybe even a few tears.

Note: For girl’s shoes – check out our list of favorite Bat Mitzvah shoes.

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10 Best Shabbat Hot Plates, Warming Trays & Blech for Shabbos [Reviews] (2019)

You’re preparing food for Shabbat…

Mmmm! It looks (and smells) yummy!

Too bad it’ll get cold by the time you sit down for your Shabbos or Yom Tov meal… Oy vey!

Unless…

Unless you get a Shabbat hot plate (or blech) that’ll keep your food warm, fresh and delicious for the entire Shabbat!

The Shabbat Plata (as they call it in Hebrew) is one of the most, if not THE most important items in a Jewish kitchen.

It’s not a question of if we should have one, it’s a question of which one…

And that’s exactly what I’m going to help you answer today:

Which Kosher hot plate should you get for Shabbos? 

Let’s find out, shall we?

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