There are also ways so many great Christmas flower arrangements but seldom do we find something that is not trying too hard to be a blue version of a Christmas bouquet. Basically, we are always looking for something simple and lovely. This FTD Flowers Joyful Inspirations Flowers by Vera Wang is our go to Hanukkah centerpiece this season. As usual Vera Wang does lovely like no other. Continue Reading →
For years I have been sending out wishes of sweet blessings filled with abundant joy and peace to friends and family as we prepare to celebrate another religious holiday, the Jewish New Year, Rosh Hashanah. But in all truthfulness, for the last few years, I have gotten lazy. Rather than planning ahead and keeping an eye out for the perfect L'Shanah Tovah greeting card months in advance as I did in my youth, I have waited until the last minute and ended up sending blah picture-less emails with a line or two of text. If I was feeling particularly industrious and creative, I colored the text blue.
This year I found an amazing company, PurpleTrail.com that not only has lovely selection of elegant Jewish New Years cards, they encourage their visitors to personalize their cards by adding photos, moving and changing text, and even adding embellishments and background images. And best of all, Purple Trail offers the choice of mailing your cards, printing your cards at home, or emailing them! And now for the clincher — you can send online invitations or eCards for FREE to up to 50 email recipients! If you want to send your card to more than 50 email addresses or would like to add music to your card, simply join one of Purple Trail's membership clubs — all very, very reasonably priced.
Wishing you a Happy and Healthy New Year – L' Shanah Tovah
In secular society, January 1st is the official start of the new year but for Jewish people world wide, Rosh Hashanah marks the new year and new beginnings. For me, Rosh Hashana is one of my very favorite Jewish holidays. It is generally celebrated in September or early October (I can't give you an exact date since the Hebrew lunar calendar is only 354 days verses 365 days in the solar calendar so the days don't line up the same every year. For example, Rosh Hashana 2015 begins on the evening of September 13th whereas next year the holiday starts on the evening of October 2, 2016.) and more or less coincides with the onset of a new school year. Growing up, when we went back to school shopping we also picked up a new Fall outfit for the High Holidays. To this day I buy a school calendar (September – September) rather than the traditional January to January calendar – it is more organic, it is more intuitive. Continue Reading →
I really can't believe it, today we received our first Hanukkah party invitation of the season and it is only mid October. Here's the kicker – we are already booked! The fact is that this year (2013) Hanukkah coincides with Thanksgiving and if you are even thinking about having a party, you really need to send out the invitations ASAP! Hanna is going to be so disappointed since we have attended her party every year for the last 2 decades but have 30 out of town guests expecting to be entertained that weekend. We highly recommend asking around to see if maybe this year you are better off hosting your Hanukkah holiday party on Sunday early evening rather than Saturday night. My gut is that you will have significantly fewer conflicts.
Update >> Chanukah 2014
This year Hanukkah begins on Tuesday, December 16 and ends the evening of Wednesday, December 24. This means that we only have one weekend this year to host our Hanukkah parties this year so be sure to get your invitations out early before someone else books the Saturday night or Sunday.
The featured invitations are still among our favorites but there a few new Chanukah party invitations this year we want to add to our list of Best Hanukkah Party Invitations Continue Reading →
As your family gathers around your table – or the table of someone dear – celebrate the start of the Jewish New Year with The Fruit Company's Apples & Honey Gift Box. Packed with the biggest, freshest, unblemished Fuji apples, classically tart Granny Smith apples, juicy Jonagold apples and sweet Blackberry Honey. Finally a perfect gift to welcome the sweet year ahead! Have this apples & honey gift box delivered directly to the dinner hosts on Erev Rosh Hashana. If it is easier, you can also have it delivered to your house and bring it with you along with a honey dish set and a lovely hand written New Year greeting card.
Order this thoughtful Apples & Honey Gift Box today so it will be delivered on time and to avoid the overnight delivery charge You will be able to choose your delivery date upon check-out. Remember this year Erev Rosh Hashana, is on Wednesday September 24, 2014. Yom Kippur Break the Fast is on Saturday October 4, 2014.
As an aside — we have given and received gifts from The Fruit Company on numerous occasions. In all honesty, we think this is possibly the very best fruit company in the country and we have tried a lot of them!
It must be the weekend because we are on quite the wine roll – first Portuguese wines and now kosher Israeli wines. This email from Judaism.com just appeared in our inbox. As you know, we are always suckers for a cause and the fact that now through August 30, 2014 Judaism.com will donate 5% of your order to the families of Israeli fallen soldiers pushes this to the top of our to do list. With this incentive, we encourage all of you who are planning on hosting family and friends for Rosh Hashana, Yom Kippor, or Sukkot to stock up on wines from Israel. Plan ahead and buy now! All Judaism.com wines are Kosher. They stock delicious table wines, kiddish wines, dessert wines, sparkling wines, cooking wines and even wine gift sets.