July 18, 2012
Bat Mitzvah Twirl

BATgirl – Wave your flag!

I started the BATmom blog almost a year ago and this year has been filled with learning, traveling and celebrating.  Our celebrations culminated in very special family Shabbat, a Jerusalem Scavenger Hunt with BATgirl’s friends, and a very small and intimate celebration with our family and friends who know and have a connection with BATgirl. At this evening BATdad and I presented to BATgirl the Bat Mitzvah Box (beautifully decorated […]
December 6, 2011

This week I was at a beautiful baby girl ceremony.

My friends Shani and Ilan wanted to celebrate the birth of their second daughter, their fourth child. This ceremony was particularly pertinent because it took place on the baby’s 31 day of life, 31 days after Ilan’s father had passed away. Yes, the beautiful blessing was born the same hour that Ilan’s father left this world. My husband and I came early, as I had a work meeting and was […]
November 15, 2011

The all important 3 M’s of Bar/Bat Mitzvah gifts

When we BM parents were growing up, a very common bar or Bat Mitzvah present was a fountain pen. Hence the joke went, when the bar mitzvah boy got up to speak to the synagogue, he would say, “Today I am a fountain pen.”  But times have changed, and perhaps the line can be adapted to read “today I am an ipod”.  Bar Mitzvah presents fall into 3 general categories […]
September 27, 2011

A guide to Jewish wedding dancing!

The Jewish wedding is a real Simcha – a joyful occasion – and it is even considered a mitzvah for the guests to add even more joy to the happiness of the bride and groom on their wedding day.  Since the earliest of times, the Jewish people have celebrated special moments in song and dance, and Jewish weddings are no exception. Jewish Circle Dancing and the Hora No Jewish wedding […]
September 8, 2011

Lyrics to Dip Your Apple- The Ein Prat Fountainheads

  New school year, new Jewish year, new beginnings, new hopes, new starts, new chances!  How wonderful that we have the chance to wipe the slate clean and start afresh.  To my husband, children, family and friends-  may your new beginnings open the doors to the richest blessings! Enjoy the Fountain Heads, lyrics below: From Batmom, the surprising Superhero!           Tekia, shevarim, terua x2  (sounds of […]
July 28, 2011

Batmom Blog: The grinch who stole the Bat Mitzvah!

This week Bat Mitzvah Mom, Alissa, is our guest blogger. A mother and a daughter’s idea of a Bat Mitzvah seems to be two different things.  Huh?  At least in my family it is!  You see I’m a Jewish mom who used to teach 6th grade Hebrew school for goodness sake.  For years I taught with the aim to inspire Bnei Mitzvah to continue their Jewish heritage and to be […]
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

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 […]