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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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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12 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… Read More…

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+ 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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