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?
  • 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 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.

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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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10 Best Sabbath Mode Refrigerators [Star-K] for Shabbos & Jewish Holidays (2019)

Remember the days you had to manually turn off the refrigerator lights before Shabbat?

Ugh…

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.

Let’s begin…

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10+ Bar/Bat Mitzvah Symbols & Signs (And What They Really Mean)

When you attend a Bar/Bat Mitzvah ceremony – you often wonder: “What the hell do all of these random symbols mean anyway?”

Random? That’s cute…

In Judaism, nothing is ever random. EVERYTHING has an underlying meaning… including the Bar/Bat Mitzvah symbols you often see in Bar/Bat Mitzvah ceremonies.

In fact, there are 4 levels of interpretation (also known as PaRDeS) in Jewish scripture used to discover the true meaning behind Jewish signs and symbols:

  • Peshat (פְּשָׁט): Simple, straightforward explanation
  • Remez (רֶמֶז): Hints – symbolic or allegorical
  • Derash (דְּרַשׁ): Deriving meaning through inquiry (by cross-referencing and analysis)
  • Sod (סוֹד): Secret, mystical interpretation

In other words – Jewish symbols sometimes have simplistic interpretations, and sometimes they have such deep, philosophical meaning that before you know it – you find yourself in a deeper rabbit hole deeper than the one Alice went through.

And guess what? The rabbit hole starts right here.

In a few moments – you’ll discover:

  1. What are the most common Bar & Bat Mitzvah symbols?
  2. What do they really mean?

Ready, Alice?

Let’s get to it…

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8 Best Shabbat Hot Water Urns & Dispensers for Shabbos (2019 Reviews)

What’s your cup of tea?

Is it maybe coffee?

Doesn’t matter… because on Shabbat, you can’t have either unless you have a Shabbat hot water urn.

You probably know that by now, otherwise you wouldn’t be reading this article looking for the best Shabbat hot water dispenser, now would you?

Well, since you’re here, let me help you find a hot water heater that will hopefully fulfill your desire for coffee/tea on Shabbat, and last you for many years.

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8 Best Shabbat Hot Water Urns & Dispensers for Shabbos (2019 Reviews)

What’s your cup of tea?

Is it maybe coffee?

Doesn’t matter… because on Shabbat, you can’t have either unless you have a Shabbat hot water urn.

You probably know that by now, otherwise you wouldn’t be reading this article looking for the best Shabbat hot water dispenser, now would you?

Well, since you’re here, let me help you find a hot water heater that will hopefully fulfill your desire for coffee/tea on Shabbat, and last you for many years.

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