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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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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16 Modern & Personalized Challah Covers [Bread Covers] for Shabbat (2019)

Everything is ready for Kiddush.

The wine is poured…

The Challah is ready for Hamotzi…

But wait a sec!

What about the Challah cover? You almost forgot, didn’t you?

Just kidding… if you’re reading this, you probably haven’t forgotten…

Since you’re looking for some covers for your hot & delicious Challah, what do you say we take a look at a few modern Jewish bread covers that will make your Shabbat table look amazing?

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20+ Best Authentic & Modern Tallit Prayer Shawls from Israel (2019)

I remember the first Tallit prayer shawl I got…

It was on my Bar Mitzvah.

I opened my Tallit bag for the first time, and there it was: a gorgeous Tallit with blue, white and gold stripes, with the Tzitzit blessing written in Hebrew on the Atara.

That was almost 20 years ago, and I still wear the same Tallit every morning when I pray Shachris (!).

Why am I telling you this story?

Because I want to illustrate how much of an impact one authentic Tallit can have if you choose correctly.

And that’s exactly why I wrote this – to help you choose correctly…

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7 Stunning Shabbat Tablecloths & Jewish Table Settings – Made in Israel (2019)

What makes a great Shabbat dinner?

The gathering, the blessings, the food…

Here’s the thing though: NONE of that matters if you’re environment isn’t neat, clean and relaxing – which is the whole point of Shabbat.

So today, I’m going to talk about something that may sound a little boring, and therefore easy to overlook: the Shabbat tablecloth.

Trust me, as simple as it may seem… a beautiful, festive Shabbat table setting can do wonders for your dinner table. It makes Shabbat that much more enjoyable, and we all deserve to fully enjoy Shabbat.

Now, are you ready to choose your brand new Jewish tablecloth?

Let’s get to it…

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25+ Beautiful Modern & Contemporary Jewish Mezuzah Cases from Israel (2019)

What’s the first thing you do before you enter a Jewish home?

You hang a Mezuzah of course…

It’s the main event of a Jewish housewarming, where the Rabbi blesses the Jewish door ornament and the new Jewish home.

This brings us to the main question:

“What kind of Mezuzah case should I get?”

Excellent question!

The short answer? a modern Mezuzah case.

The long answer? Keep on reading and I’ll show you the most beautiful modern Mezuzahs you can get for your own home AND for your Jewish friend’s home…

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15 Beautiful Modern Challah Boards & Challah Trays – Made in Israel (2019)

The table is set…

The candles are lit…

Shabbat is officially in. You can relax now and have Shabbat dinner with your family after a long week.

Hold on there tiger! First things first:

  1. First, we do Kiddush.
  2. Then, we do Hamotzi.
  3. …And only then, you can dig into the delicious food.

Now, for a proper Hamotzi, you need a proper Shabbat Challah tray, right?

So today, I’m going to help you find a brand new modern Challah board that makes your stomach even more excited than it already is …

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20+ Best Modern Havdalah Sets & Jewish Spice Boxes from Israel (2019)

Shabbat is almost over.

A new week is upon us…

How do you make the transition?

With the Havdalah, of course…

In the Havdalah blessing, we thank God for making a distinction between the sacred, and the ordinary.

Now, you get to decide: would you like the last Shabbat ritual to be special, or ordinary?

The answer is clear…

And for the last Shabbat ritual to be special, we need a special Havdalah set…

Good news – in this article, you’re going to find just that

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10 Beautiful Bar Mitzvah Tallit Sets the Boy Will Never Forget (2019)

I remember the day my parents got me my first Tallit for my Bar Mitzvah…

A week before my 13th birthday, my dad walked into my room with a Tallit bag in his hand and said: “Son, I’ve got a surprise for you”.

He opened the Tallit bag – and out came this gorgeous Blue & White Tallit with golden accents on the stripes.

I was awestruck.

My dad said: “here try it on”.

I recited the Tzitzit blessing and put on my Tallit for the very first time.

That’s the first time I saw my dad with tears in his eyes (even though he won’t admit it).

Fast forward almost 20 years later (boy. I’m getting old) – and I still remember that day as if it were yesterday, AND I still wear that very same Tallit every morning when I pray Shacharit.

Needless to say – getting a young man his first Tallit for his Bar Mitzvah is a BIG moment.

And today, I’m going to “pay it forward” and hopefully help you and the Bar Mitzvah boy be as lucky as I was.

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