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:

  • How do you serve so many guests?
  • What traditional Bar/Bat Mitzvah food should you serve?
  • Where 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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20+ Best Kosher for Passover Wines & Liquor for the Seder Table [Reviews] (2019)

Are you drunk yet?

Well, you’re gonna be soon enough…

Believe it or not – every person drinks (at least) 4 cups of wine during the Passover Seder… and I haven’t even included the drinks you drink after the Seder.

Passover is all about celebrating our escape from slavery – to freedom… and getting drunk together with our family and loved ones around the Seder table? Now that’s freedom right there!

So… the question is not if, but what wine you drink at the Seder table:

Do you drink the “good stuff” – high quality Kosher for Passover wines? Or do you drink the “nasty stuff”… you know, the kind of wine that tastes worse than Maror (did anyone say Manischewitz?).

That’s exactly why I created this Passover wine guide: to help you choose the former, rather than the latter.

Because guess what? Pesach happens once a year. The last thing you want to do is wreck it with an awful-tasting wine that a cat wouldn’t even touch with a ten-foot pole (not that it can grab a pole, but still). Read More…

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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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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