How to Choose the RIGHT Bar Mitzvah Suit for a 13-Year-Old Boy (2019)

Your boy is about to celebrate his Bar Mitzvah… how exciting!

“Let’s raise a toast… L’chayim!”

Hold it there, chief! That’s not what the Torah means by “turning into an adult”. So please keep your boy away from the liquor cabinet for the next 8 years (or 5, depends where you live), m’kay?

What it does mean is that your boy is now subject to the Jewish commandments: he wears a Tallit, he puts on Tefillin every morning, he can participate in a Minyan… just like any Jewish man.

So what if your boy is still “in development”? So what if his voice is squeaky? So what if his facial hair is still nowhere to be found (that’ll come in due time, don’t worry)…

As far as the Torah is considered – your boy is now considered a Bar Mitzvah – which means he’s eligible to all of the rights and responsibilities as an adult… because he is an adult.

And as an adult – now’s the time to start dressing like one… now’s the time to get your boy a beautiful Bar Mitzvah suit – a suit that transforms a sweet “little boy” into a handsome young man!

But getting a suit isn’t the same as getting the right suit. Many parents wonder:

  • What suit should I get?
  • When should I get it?
  • How do I avoid a suit that’ll rip a hole in my wallet?

All fine questions… How about some answers?

Let’s go get em’!

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20+ Fun Bar/Bat Mitzvah Entertainment Ideas, Party Activities & Games (2019)

Look at these shy tweens… standing there on the sidelines with their phones, instead of gettin’ Jiggy with it on the dancefloor.

But hey… can you blame them?

  1. They’re growing up in a social media world. Who needs the “real” world?
  2. Most Bar/Bat Mitzvah parties, to put it lightly, aren’t all that entertaining (read: most of them are BORING)

And when you put those two together – don’t be surprised if the kids are more focused on taking selfies, posting them on Instagram and comparing who got more likes.

Bottom line – this isn’t the 90’s anymore. Kids these days have smartphones – and they’re not afraid to use it.

There’s no point in denying it: if you want your guests to actually have fun at your kid’s Bar/Bat Mitzvah party – you’ll have to raise the bar (pun not intended).

And that’s exactly where these Bar & Bat Mitzvah party activities come into play… Read More…

Mitzvah Project Ideas: How to Choose Your Bar/Bat Mitzvah Project (+ Examples)

Your child’s Bar/Bat Mitzvah is around the corner.

Everything is set for the big day…

All that’s left is to watch your “baby” turn into a young Jewish adult.

How exciting!

But wait a minute…

There’s one thing missing.

I mean, Isn’t the whole point of a Bar/Bat Mitzvah to celebrate their coming of age? The day they finally become accountable for their own actions and follow the Jewish Mitzvot (commandments)?

(Answer: yes)

And how do you introduce a Bar/Bat Mitzvah to Mitzvot?

With one BIG, meaningful & unforgettable Mitzvah… that’s how!

Introducing: The Mitzvah project.

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15 Gorgeous Bat Mitzvah Shoes for 12-13 Year Old Girls (2019) 

You got your girl a beautiful Bat Mitzvah dress

“That’s it. All done!”

Hold on there, missy… where do you think you’re going?

Aren’t you forgetting something?

Something like, oh I dunno… Bat Mitzvah shoes?

Unless you expect your girl to arrive at one of the biggest days of her life barefoot, or worse – wearing an old pair that doesn’t even fit her anymore (hint: don’t!).

There’s nothing worse than arriving at your own Bat Mitzvah ceremony wearing a million-dollar dress (figuratively speaking) with a pair of $1 dollar shoes (not-so-figuratively-speaking).

Oy vey, the madness!

How about we avoid that, shall we?

How about we look at a few stunning Bat Mitzvah party shoes that’ll make your daughter wish every day was Bat Mitzvah day…

Note: For boy’s shoes – check out our favorite, “kickass” Bar Mitzvah shoes.

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20+ Best Bat Mitzvah Gift Ideas for a 12-13 Year Old Girl (2019)

Can you believe the little girl is celebrating her Bat Mitzvah?

Time sure flies, doesn’t it?

Tell me about it…

I remember my Bat Mitzvah as if it were yesterday (we’re talking almost 17 years ago… yikes!).

… The party (especially my awkward dance)

… The trip I took to Israel that summer

… The gifts I got for my Bat Mitzvah (the special ones, anyway)

Noticed how I highlighted the “gifts” part? That’s because today’s topic is… Bat Mitzvah gifts!

More specifically…

  • “What’s an appropriate gift for a Bat Mitzvah?”
  • “What are the absolute best Bat Mitzvah gift ideas that SHE will remember 17 years from now?”
  • “How do you avoid choosing yet-another-average present she’ll never actually use?”

Forget about those cliche presents most guests will bring (c’mon, you know it’s true).

I want you to feel proud when you hand over your present.

I want you to witness her big, authentic smile when she opens her Bat Mitzvah present (or at least get an exciting phone call the next day).

THAT’S exactly the type of gifts I’m about to show you in this Bat Mitzvah gift guide…

Also Recommended: The coolest Bar Mitzvah gifts for a lucky Jewish boy.

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Bar/Bat Mitzvah Invitation Wording: Unique Samples + Examples (2019)

What’s the recipe for the “perfect” Bar/Bat Mitzvah?

Unfortunately, the answer is a little more complicated than “Add two cups of sugar, 2 tomatoes, a pinch of pepper and bake till golden brown” (what the hell am I baking?!)…

And I’m sure as hell won’t bother answering it in an article about Bar/Bat Mitzvah invitation wording… that’s a topic that can fill an entire book.

But one thing is for sure: no matter what you do – you can’t celebrate your child’s Bar/Bat Mitzvah without guests.

And unlike your neighborhood Pizza shop – you’re not just inviting any guests… you’re inviting friends, family and loved ones…

So with all due respect to Luigi and his delicious Kosher Pizza – the last thing you want to do is invite your guests with a generic Bar/Bat Mitzvah invitation that looks (and sounds) like those Pizza advertising flyers you end up throwing in the trash (sorry Luigi).

No…

You want your guests to look forward to your child’s Bar/Bat Mitzvah… 

How do you do that?

  1. Choose a beautiful Bar Mitzvah invitation design (or Bat Mitzvah invitation if it’s for your girl’s Bat Mitzvah) that matches the party theme.
  2. Write the invitation text. That’s exactly what you’ll do today (you don’t have to reinvent the wheel – just copy the examples in this guide)!
  3. Send em’ out

Easy-peasy, right?

OK, enough babbling… let’s go draft (and craft) a beautiful invitation!

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Passover Preparation: A Quick & Easy Checklist to Prepare for Pesach (2019)

“Passover is almost here… and I haven’t even started preparing!”

“I hate preparing for Passover. I always get so stressed out!”

“DON’T TALK TO ME RIGHT NOW! I’M BUSY!”

Do any of these sound familiar?

If you’re anything like me – it probably does.

Growing up, the day we were preparing for Passover always felt like we’re preparing for war.

And the funny thing? Passover is supposed to be about celebrating our escape from slavery to freedom… Yet, it always seemed to me like the exact opposite: the road from freedom to slavery.

So… how do we avoid falling into that trap this upcoming Pesach?

How can we prepare for Passover, without losing our cool (or our minds) in the process?

Easy: simply follow a Passover preparation plan that’ll walk you through each step – one step at a time.

Good news! I happened to create a simple Passover preparation checklist you can follow – that’ll help you do just that! (no need to buy me a Passover gift… this one is on the house 🙂 )

Important: Before we begin – keep in mind that I’m not a Rabbi, nor do I play one on the internet. If you’re unsure whether something is allowed or prohibited – always ask your Rabbi just to be safe.

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