June 30, 2011

The Very Best Sheva Brachot Theme Ideas

If you’re hosting Sheva Brachot you want to make the evening memorable and fun – especially for the bride and groom.  These days Country themes “Countries” are good themes – you can do Chinese, Italian, Mexican, Israeli, American, Hawaiin – you can serve food connected to that country, decorate tables with flag colors.  If you want an informal and fun atmosphere guests can make their own felafels/taco’s etc!  If you […]
April 28, 2011

In memorium

“I am a repeat customer and once again Tali saved the day!  Recently I attended an emotional family gathering and I didn’t realize until a couple days prior to the event that I needed to deliver a speech at the event.   With very little time to write the speech, I remembered that Tali had assisted me with a speech several years ago.  I contacted Tali and she quickly returned my […]
April 13, 2011

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April 13, 2011

In the news

Tali is interviewed by Ha’aretz Debbie is quoted in Washington Jewish Week Wedding speech advice in JewishJournal.com
April 13, 2011

Blessing for affixing the Mezuzah

Before affixing a mezuzah to a doorpost, the following blessing is recited: Hebrew: ברוך אתה ה’ אלוקנו מלך העולם אשר קדשנו במצותיו וצונו לקבוע מזוזה Transliteration: Barukh ata Adonai Eloheinu Melekh ha-olam, asher kidshanu b’mitzvotav v’tzivanu likbo-a mezuzah. Translation: Blessed are You, Adonai our God, Ruler of the universe, Who sanctifies us with holy commandments and commands us to fix a mezuzah. If you have a number of mezuzah’s to […]
April 13, 2011

All about the Mezuzah

And you shall write [the words that I command you today] on the doorposts of your house and on your gates. -Deuteronomy 6:9, 11:19 On the doorposts of many Jewish homes, you will find a mezuzah. The word mezuzah actually is Hebrew for “doorpost”. The mezuzah is a constant reminder of God’s presence. What’s inside the Mezuzah? In the book of Deuteronomy (Dvarim). 6:4-9, God commands the Jewish people to […]
April 13, 2011

Bringing holiness and blessing to your new home!

If you’ve moved into a new home or new facilities, the best way to consecrate it with good intentions and blessings!  So go ahead and hold a Mezuzah Fixing ceremony or a Chanukat Habayit (House dedication). After everyone has assembled, greet your guests with a blessing of welcome. If weather permits, gather just outside your front door. Affix the mezuzah on the right side of your doorpost, about 2/3ds of […]
April 13, 2011

“Shtick”: a best friend’s guide to weddings!

On your best friend’s big day, you want to show him/her how much you care, how happy you are, and you also want to play a huge role in making wedding really really special. When I got married, the caterers made a huge mistake, and arranged the tables so that the all our guests were sitting opposite from where we had placed them. That means that the old people – […]
April 13, 2011

Planning a party in Israel – is it feasible?

Minor life-cycle celebrations are usually held at home. When it comes to more significant events, such as Bar or Bat Mitzvahs, weddings and golden anniversaries many Jews throughout America choose to celebrate in Israel. Their major desire is to achieve a personally meaningful experience, and also to support Israel, to cut down their guest list, to avoid social pressures and to minimize costs. Here are some points to consider when […]
April 13, 2011

Explaining the Ketuba:contract and blessing

  While the number of rituals for a Jewish wedding may seem countless, there are two that are essential – the erusin ceremony (in which the rings are exchanged) and the nesuin ceremony (in which the seven blessings are recited).  The first ceremony, constructed of nine simple Hebrew words, Harei at mkudeshet li b’taba’at zo, kdat moshe v’yisrael, translated as, “Behold, be consecrated to me according to the laws of […]