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Weddings are about the simcha, not the money!

The natural progression of wedding planning dictates that somewhere along the way you should register with some big box store to take the fun out of gift giving. The first time I heard about wedding registries, I really didn’t believe it, what was the point of getting a gift if you knew what you were [...]

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AllJewishLinks.com Newsletter Issue # 10 December 28, 2011

1,500 Jews attended a candle-lighting ceremony at Berlin’s Brandenburg Gate, to commemorate the first of eight nights of Hanukkah, according to the Chabad Movement they stood together singing the Hanukkah hymn “Maoz Tzur”, the Jewish residents, tourists and VIPs of Berlin celebrated the victory of light over darkness in a country that, tried to annihilate [...]

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Why Chanukah Is Not “the Jewish X-mas”

“Rabbi, is Hannukah the Jewish X-mas?” Richmond Rabbi Yechiel Baitelman is frequently asked that question about the annual eight-day Jewish festival that this year began last night. The first thing the rabbi says in response is that Hannukah began about 400 years before the birth of J., in whose name X-mas was first celebrated. So [...]

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Can you please support my darned advertisers

Chanukah is coming up and you know what that means? Yes, you have to buy Cool Judaica and funny Jewish gifts for peeps. So do me a favor and click those links and buy something so the fine folks from Pop Judaica and Modern Tribe don’t pull their ads. In all honesty, I don’t make [...]

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Crocheted T-Shirt Yarn Basket For Holiday Giving

Crocheting with t-shirt yarn is so much fun, and lucky for me I happened to have a few balls of t-shirt yarn on hand. I whipped up this basket quite quickly, which qualifies it as a great green gift for those on your list who’d appreciate such a rustic vessel. I think it would be [...]

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There’s So Much I Don’t Know About Jews and Sports

There’s So Much I Don’t Know About Jews and Sports

I have a confession to make. I just took the MJL quiz about Jews and Sports and only got 7/10. I should be embarrassed about that, but the truth is, it’s a miracle that I got seven right. And I won’t even tell you how many I got right the first time I took the [...]

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Summer Crafts: Printing On Tissue Paper

I love tissue paper, and realized this morning that it would be great to print on, namely really for the kids to print on, as a nice little crafty activity. Afterwards of course, the tissue paper can be used for a myriad of craft projects or even as beautiful wrapping paper. I am aware that [...]

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Choosing to Be an Ethical Parent

Oh, if there were only a list of good and right things that as parents we would be required to incorporate into our child’s upbringing.  A small, neatly written list attached to one of those adorable baby toes would be so convenient. So you were given this incredible gift (the baby) and perhaps people threw you [...]

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The Purpose of Sitting Shiva

Shiva is the Jewish period of mourning observed the first week after the funeral of a parent, spouse, sibling, or child. From the time of death until the conclusion of the funeral, the primary focus and concern is on the care of the deceased and the burial preparations. Once shiva begins, the focus shifts to [...]

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And The Winner Is…

And The Winner Is…

Thank you all who entered the Yo! Yenta’s Gone Nuts Chanukah Contest with your tales of gift-giving gone oh-so-wrong. If the folks at Oh Nuts! would let me reward all of you, I would—even those freaks who say they don’t like chocolate. El Yenta Man and I had a quite a few chuckles sifting through [...]

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Hanukkah and Generosity

Hanukkah is a time of giving. It is during this time of the year that we give gifts to friends and share our blessings to our favorite charity. You don’t have to go far if you want to show generosity and share your blessings this holiday season. You can start your good deed within your [...]

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Feliz Hanukkah! Celebrating Hanukkah in Argentina

Hanukkah is celebrated by all Jews around the world. In North America and Europe, Hanukkah is usually celebrated during winter time. In Argentina, however, Hanukkah is celebrated during summer. Here’s how you can celebrate Hanukkah in Argentina: There are a number of kosher restaurants in Argentina so you can celebrate a sumptuous Hanukkah meal with [...]

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Hanukkah Gifts for Mom and Dad

Hanukkah is a popular gift-giving holiday. It is during this time when parents prepare special gifts for their children. As we celebrate Hanukkah this year, why not return the favor and give a memorable gift to your parents that are sure to paint smile on their faces. Here are some tips in choosing a good [...]

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Greet Your Loved Ones by Sending Hanukkah Cards

Aside from giving gifts, sending greeting cards during Hanukkah is also a thoughtful way to show your loved ones how much you care. Hanukkah for this year starts from December 1 to 9, 2010. Make sure that you send out your Hanukkah card in time so that it will arrive to the recipient within the [...]

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Finding a Judaica Store Selling Hanukkah Gift Items

Hanukkah is a time of gift-giving and those who want to stick to Jewish traditions choose to give Jewish items bought from Judaica stores. Looking for the perfect Jewish gift can be difficult especially if you do not have any idea where to buy one. If you are new in a place get directions to [...]

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Hanukkah Gift Giving

Hanukkah gets a lot of attention, and has become so centered and almost focused around gifts. Many Jews have expanded the gelt giving tradition to a gift giving tradition, especially because of its timing and proximity around Christmas season. Gift giving is a well kept tradition in Christmas and celebrating it without gifts is like [...]

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Kever Rachel

There is a certain mysterious aura about Kever Rachel. What is the magnetic pull that draws so many Jews to pray there? Why was Rachel not interred in Me’arat Hamachpeila? According to Rashi, she was buried on the way so that the Jews being led to exile could pray at her grave. In Parshat Vayeitzei, [...]

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Gift Giving Ideas for Your Boyfriend or Girlfriend

Giving gifts is a tradition during Chanukah. The gift giving tradition of Chanukah is a way to show your love and care for your loved ones. When choosing Chanukah gifts for your boyfriend or girlfriend, your gift can convey a lot of message on how you value your relationship. It can sometimes be difficult to [...]

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Make a Family Tradition for Chanukah

Just like other Jewish holidays, Chanukah is a holiday which is full of traditions. Most of these traditions like lighting the Chanukah menorah and saying Jewish blessings are based on religious history while some traditions were created to add fun to the celebration of Chanukah. Create your own Chanukah family tradition which you will pass [...]

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Hanukkah: A Family Celebration

Hanukkah is not just a great time to remember God and appreciate all the blessings he has given us but is also a perfect opportunity to spend quality time with our family. There are many activities that the family can do during Hanukkah. Even the basic Hanukkah traditions like lighting the candles and saying the [...]

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Chanukah Gifts for Your Pets

Who says Chanukah gifts are only for people? Giving gifts to our loved ones during Chanukah is now part of the modern Jewish culture. Your pet dog or cat is also a part of the family so why not include him or her in your family’s Chanukah celebration. Here are some tips. Buy a dog [...]

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Chanukah and Tzedakah

Chanukah is a time to give gifts to our loved ones. Chanukah is a special holiday which is often celebrated with dreidel games and lively parties. For many Jewish parents, the Festival of Lights is also the perfect time to teach their children generosity and to share blessings received by God. Some families give tzedakah [...]

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The Story of Hanukkah Gelt

Gelt is a Yiddish word which if translated means “money.” Hanukkah gelt is distributed to children during Hanukkah celebrations. Grandparents would usually give gelt in amounts of small coins. In Israel, gelt is known as dmei Hanukkah. Legend has it that the Hasmoneans minted national coins to celebrate their freedom from the ancient Greeks. It [...]

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How Hanukkah Came About

Chanukah or Hanukkah is one of the biggest Jewish celebrations. It celebrates the rededication of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem in the 2nd century BCE. Chanukah is celebrated for eight days, starting on the 25th day of Kislev based on the Hebrew calendar. This is around November to December on the Gregorian calendar).  The Hebrew [...]

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Misloach Manot for Purim

Giving food baskets to friends and loved ones is one of the major customs of Purim. This customs started as an act to make sure that every home’s table had food for Purim feast. Nowadays, giving food baskets is an act of friendship and is done to strengthen the bond of the Jewish community. Before [...]

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Some Random Thoughts on My Daughter and Son-in-law’s Upcoming Chasanah

Some Random Thoughts on My Daughter and Son-in-law’s Upcoming Chasanah

Tonight’s the big night and we are grateful to Hashem for this joyous occasion. Here are some random thoughts: - It is possible to go from engagement to Wedding date in under 10 weeks - Getting your response cards in early is really appreciated - Sending a check with the response card, if you’re planning [...]

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The “Jewish Christmas” Dilemma – Understanding the Significance of Hanukkah

Oftentimes, Hanukkah is associated with the celebration of Christmas. Many believe that Hanukkah and Christmas are two similar celebrations mainly because they are celebrated at almost the same time and because Hanukkah is called the Festival of Light. Some Jewish parents are tempted to turn Hanukkah into a holiday that’s similar to Christmas. This can [...]

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Bar Mitzvah Cards – Memorable Keepsakes

In every Jewish boy’s life, the coming of age ceremony when he turns 13 years old is a huge milestone. The bar mitzvah is celebrated with a moving ceremony where the boy becomes a full member of the Jewish congregation followed by a party to commemorate the occasion. Inviting all family and friends is the [...]

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To make a kiddush Hashem or just do the right thing – that is the question

To make a kiddush Hashem or just do the right thing – that is the question

In yeshiva I found a wallet while riding my bike once, after telling someone, I forget who, possibly a beis medrish guy – he told me some shocking news. He told me that there was a whole gemara about not returning things to non-Jews and not giving them gifts, I was shocked and super happy [...]

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Jewish Housewarming Gift Ideas

A simple and symbolic gift is still the best to give when invited to a Jewish housewarming. The idea of giving presents during housewarming is to give your wishes of hope for a peaceful, happy and prosperous future for the new resident. Giving bread, salt, and sugar is a traditional gift you can give. This tradition symbolizes that [...]

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