20+ Beautiful Modern Challah Boards, Trays & Plates – Made in Israel (2019)

The table is set…

The candles are lit…

Shabbat is officially in! Now, go grab a plate and enjoy a delicious Shabbat dinner with your family after a long week.

HOLD ON there tiger! Aren’t you forgetting something?

  1. First, we do Kiddush and drink Kiddush wine.
  2. Then, we do Hamotzi and eat a piece of Challah.
  3. … And only then, we get to sink our teeth into the yummy Shabbos food!

Today, we’ll focus on the second part – the Challah… specifically, the Challah boards. Because you need to serve the Challah somehow, right? 

But I’m not here to help you find just any Challah board (you don’t need my help for that)… Instead, I’ll help you find beautiful, modern Challah boards that you wouldn’t find in an average Jewish kitchen. Because who the hell wants to be average?

Let’s begin…

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

Shabbat is nearly over…

But before we say goodbye, we get one final opportunity to pay our respect to the Sabbath.

How?

The Havdalah ceremony – where we thank God for distinguishing between the sacred, and the ordinary (that’s the actual Havdalah blessing, by the way).

Now, you could simply light a Havdalah candle, quickly recite the blessing and “get it over with”. Or, you could take your time, invest in a proper Havdalah set you can continue using every single week, and transition to the new week peacefully. 

What is a Havdalah Set?

A Havdalah set is a special kit that includes the items needed to perform the Havdalah ceremony. Havdalah sets typically come with a spice box, Havdalah candle holder and Kiddush cup.

If the second option sounds better, then sit tight – because I’m about to show the most beautiful Havdalah sets you have ever seen…

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30+ Modern Kiddush Cups, Sets & Wine Fountains for Shabbat (2019)

  • … You’re cooking Shabbat dinner…
  • … Mmmm… the delicious aroma fills the entire house…
  • … You’re lighting the Shabbat candles; Shabbat is now officially in!

Time to enjoy your Shabbat dinner together with the family… can you pass the Hummus, please?

HOLD IT! Aren’t you forgetting something?

Kiddush comes first, silly! Go ahead and pour the wine into the Kiddush cup (make sure you fill the cup to the end)!

What’s that? You don’t have a Kiddush cup? What a coincidence! I just happened to create a huge list of beautiful, modern Kiddush cups!

OK, OK, enough with the silly jokes :). Let’s go find you a lovely Jewish wine cup, shall we?

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20+ Beautiful Etrog Boxes for Sukkot & Your Judaica Collection (2019)

Etrog – the famous yellow citron Jews use during Sukkot –  is the “richest” (and most expensive) of the Four Species.

And I’m not just talking rich in taste (Etrog Jam anyone?), but also rich in cost.

The question is: how do you protect such an important Jewish symbol?

Don’t worry, there’s no need to call the Secret Service or anything like that… an Etrog box would do just fine (it might even take a bullet for the Etrog). 

Etrog boxes are special containers (often made of silver) that Jews use to protect the Etrog during Sukkot.

Not only are Judaic Etrog boxes one of the most popular Sukkot gifts people bring to the Sukkah, but many of them also turn into Jewish heirlooms passed along through the generations (particularly the silver and sterling silver Etrog boxes).

You’ll even notice that some of them look like treasure chests taken from straight King Solomon’s castle, so it’s no wonder…

Don’t believe me? See for yourself…

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25+ Best Shofar Horns & Kosher Shofar Types from Israel [Kudu, Ram’s Horn & Exotic] (2019)

Tuuuuuu (Tekiah).

Tuuu-tuuu-tuuu-tuuu (Teruah).

Tu-tu-tu-tu-tu-tu-tu-tu (Shevarim).

Am I making a Shofar blast, or have I just lost my mind (or both?).

Yep, that’s indeed the “sound” of the Shofar – the famous musical Jewish horn we blow during Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.

But if you’re reading this – I bet you already knew that :)…

What you probably didn’t know, however, is that there are over a dozen Shofar types out there… and in this Shofar guide – I’ll reveal every one of them (and I’ll even tell where to get them!).

  • …We’ll start with the most common types of Shofar: the Ram’s horn Shofar and the Yemenite (Kudu) Shofar…
  • … Then, I’ll introduce you to rare, exotic Shofars that are almost impossible to find (don’t worry, I found some of them)
  • … Finally, we’ll see what happens when talented Jewish artists decide to decorate a Shofar and turn it into an artistic gorgeous masterpiece.

Excited? You should be!

Let’s blast!

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13 Colorful Bat Mitzvah Tallit Prayer Shawls & Feminine Tallit for Girls (2019)

12-13 years ago your little girl was born.

Now? She’s about to transform into a young woman.

Time sure flies, huh?

Tell me about it… I still remember my Bat Mitzvah ceremony as if it were yesterday (and it’s definitely been more than 12 years ago, believe-you-me)!

And guess what? I’ll ALWAYS remember my Bat Mitzvah (as long as I stay healthy, Amen V’Amen)… it’s, hands down – one of the most special days in a Jewish woman’s life.

Ehm… What was I saying?

Oh right! Finding a Tallit prayer shawl for the young girl!

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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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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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10 Beautiful Bar Mitzvah Tallit & Tallit Sets for Boys (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. Not only do I remember it… I still wear that very same Tallit every morning when I pray Shacharit.

Needless to say – getting your young man his first Tallit for his Bar Mitzvah is a big moment both of you won’t forget for a very long time…

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

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