20+ Best Bar Mitzvah Invitations for Your Boy’s Big Day (2019)

Your little boy is turning 13…

Time sure flies, doesn’t it?

I bet you still remember him crawling on the floor… now all of a sudden, he’s all grown up.

OK, enough with the nostalgia! Let’s get back to planning your boy’s Bar Mitzvah!

At this point, I’m guessing you:

Great! Now, all you need is…  guests!

After all, it’s kind of pointless to go through all this trouble if you don’t have any guests showing up!

Well… today we’re going to make sure your guests show up in droves!

How?

By sending them a unique Bar Mitzvah invitation they won’t be able to say “no” to!

Ready? 

Let’s go customize some invitations!

Good News! We managed to get exclusive discounts on some of the invitations – especially for Amen V’Amen readers! Look for the special coupons sprinkled around the article. I don’t know how long they’ll last though (they might be gone by the time you’re reading it)… so you better act quick. You’re welcome 🙂

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Passover Shopping & Grocery List: The Only Pesach Shopping List You’ll EVER Need (2019)

Preparing your house for Passover ain’t no easy feat.

  • … Kashering the kitchen (and getting rid of Chametz)
  • … Getting your family & friends (just the best friends) a lovely Passover gift
  • … Preparing an awesome Passover Seder

Obviously, to host a Passover Seder (let alone survive the 8 days of Pesach) – you first need to get right Passover food & groceries.

Today, we’ll do just that… or to put it differently: we’ll take the whole Passover shopping off our (Seder) plate 🙂

But be careful…

Just because it’s Passover, doesn’t mean you have to get carried away and spend money like you’re in Congress.

You don’t have to buy every item on the Passover shopping list. In fact, you shouldn’t buy every item on the list. Doing so might lead us to the untold “11th plague of Egypt” – bankruptcy.

How about we avoid that, m’kay?

Remember: Buy what you need, NOT what you can.

OK… now that we’ve set some ground rules, let’s go shopping!

Important

  • Read the label. Most Passover groceries (with a few exceptions) require a special “Kosher for Passover” Hechsher/certification (i.e OU-P, KFP, KP). Make sure to read the label before you put anything in that shopping cart!
  • Some groceries contain Kitniyot – which most Orthodox Ashkenazi Jews consider prohibited on Passover. If you don’t eat Kitniyot on Pesach – double check to make sure what you’re buying doesn’t contain Kitniyot.
  • When in doubt – ask your Rabbi. Different Rabbis may hold different views on what’s allowed and what’s not… So, if you’re uncertain whether something is prohibited or not in your community – ask thy Rabbi

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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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30+ Unique Passover Gift Ideas for a Delightful Pesach Seder (2019)

The Passover seder is approaching.

Excited? You should be!

You finally get together with your family and loved ones around the Seder table – drinking wine, eating Matzo balls (or Gefilte Fish ?) and having a jolly good time!

But before you start jamming to “Ma Nishtana”, you might want to get your loved ones a cool and appropriate Passover gift that’ll get rid of that bitter Maror (bitter herbs) taste from their mouths.

Trust me – the last thing you want to do is arrive at your hostess’s Seder table empty-handed. You don’t exactly have to be Brittish to realize: that’s bloody rude!

So, without further ado…

Here are Amen V’Amen’s favorite Passover gift ideas for Pesach 2019 that’ll make even the evil Pharaoh jealous (serves him right, after the way he treated our forefathers).

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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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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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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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