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what is talmud torah ?

Jewish education
“Talmud Torah kenegegued Koulam” (M. Peah 1:1): The study of Torah is the greatest mitzvah.
The transmission is a central concern of Judaism. With its rites, practices and symbols, Judaism has educational tools on a daily basis. The first transmission is home and even if the parents have not received a Jewish education, their incentive and their involvement is essential to the growth of the child. The texts of Judaism talk about all matters of life. More than a religion, Judaism is a lifestyle and a philosophy that informs all areas of life. Our tradition contains treasures of wisdom and a lifetime is not enough to study them all. The study is considered an essential commandment of Judaism. Alongside parents, the Talmud Torah is a place of learning must.
And this study continues throughout the life delo mossif Yassif Hillel said: “He who does not increase his knowledge decreases it” (M.Avoth I, 13)
An awakening to the wisdom of Judaism
Three good reasons to join us
1. A Talmud Torah who prepares an egalitarian girl and boy at the bar mitzvah and bat
2. A Talmud Torah which combines the study of texts, tradition and innovation
3. A Talmud Torah consists of a teaching team around the world, linking learning to reflect and encourage diverse artistic expressions of Judaism
our mission
3 to 17 years, we welcome all children whose parents wish to give a Jewish education, in accordance with the practice and beliefs. Traditional texts, the Torah and the Talmud are studied in a respectful and critical and are a source of inspiration for everyday life. Students are encouraged to have original ideas on tradition and thus continue a comment millennium.
Who are we?
Careful dynamic and passionate team to route each child consisted of 10 professors and students from around the world (France, Israel, Algeria, Argentina, Italy, Morocco, Poland, Russia, Switzerland, U.S. A). Registration is open throughout the year.
Born 17 years ago the Talmud Torah Nitsa has already trained over 600 students.
What is our content?
Three fundamental points:
Hebrew: learning the language of our ancestors is essential for access to Jewish thought, ritual and prayer.
Knowledge of texts and ethics education: character study of the Torah and the Prophets, the discovery of rabbinic stories, discussions of the Talmud and Midrashim inspire and renew an essential ethical teaching everyday.
The study of the practices of parties, their ritual and Jewish philosophy: children learn through the history, practice and philosophy Jewish Jewish cycle time renewed for millennia.

Talmud torah levallois – mikve levallois

Best Ways to Know Israelis is here

A breathtaking location between the Mediterranean and Dead Sea atop the Judaean Mountains lays one of the oldest cities in the world, Jerusalem. Nicknamed Ir ha-Kodesh, Jerusalem serves as the official capital of Israel and is the largest city in the nation. Jerusalem and Israel have a holy connotation to three major Abrahamic religions namely, Judaism, Christianity and Islam. Israel, officially known as The State of Israel, is one of the major economies in the Middle East. It has land borders with Lebanon to the north, Syria to the northeast, Jordan on the east, the Palestinian territories of the West Bank and Gaza Strip to the east and west, respectively, and Egypt to the southwest. It contains geographically diverse features within its relatively small area. There are various reasons why Israel should be on your bucket list of travel and here we point out some of the reasons that would definitely be helpful.

Point A, when touring Israel it’s better to keep the speculations at bay and opt for a reputed Tour Guide in Israel and what will be helpful will be going through reviews of Israeli tour guides. Israel has always been a fascinating point for many for various reasons, and that stays at the top of many tourists. As mentioned above, this land is holy to many religions and it truly defines the meaning of secularism. A personal tour guide can be of immense help when you would be touring this land. Oren’s Way is a portal that offers help in the most unorthodox way as we are dedicated in making your trip memorable. We believe in going that extra mile, which will please you in all aspects of your trip to Israel. Oren’s Way can help you in your trip to Israel as a tourist or business propaganda. We are a private tour agency which specializes in designing guided tours in Israel. The entire tour itinerary is crafted uniquely. Oren is well-equipped with many languages that will reduce your hassle. The trip to Israel will be incomplete without travelling to the exquisite tourist destinations and mingling with the locals.

Apart from the package guided tour in Israel, Oren’s Way also offer flexibility to suit the needs of business owners. If you are a businessman on a business trip to Israel, you might need a private guide in Israel. As a private guide, Oren knows a lot about Israel and can also work as an interpreter for you. The fluency of the guide will help you in many ways on your trip to Israel. Since the language barrier has been removed, you can focus on your business prospect. After your business proposal is successfully completed, opting for an individual guide in Israel for a private tour of Israel can make the trip worth remembering. Oren provides good pick up and drop off facility from the airport and hence, searching for a taxi will not be a hassle for you anymore. Oren is not just knowledgeable, but friendly and active also. If you opt for an individual guide in Israel, the guide will be assigned to you at any time of the day to suit your convenience. The individual guide in Israel, which is Oren himself, will provide you a private tour in Israel and will tour along with you in the city and make sure you are not lost anywhere, literally and figuratively. Oren’s Way also helps you in setting the mood right for the Israeli ambience. Since, we are talking about business class people and Oren has a way around them, thanks to his own acquaintance with all the ‘Business Factors’. Business trips are different from the joy trips that many tourists come in for and a deep understanding of the amount of uncertainty makes Oren the best choice for the Israeli scenario. These business trips often tend to be mundane and the relief is the nature itself. Oren is someone who knows this fact and the tour is planned accordingly. When you go in for the royal treatment, you would find yourself in places that will enhance the Israeli feel you have been looking for. Being a reputed tour guide in Israel, Oren has his way with other services as well. Now, this is something that would come in handy, definitely. There are ‘connections’ with other service providers, such as VIP services at Ben Gurion airport, that include waiting for guests before they set foot outside the plane, and accompanying the guests through Passport Control and Baggage Claim – until Oren greets them by the car, and then take them to their hotel or directly to the meeting. The access to all types of vehicles, such as luxury cars, vans, minibuses and large buses – all according to the required specifications and needs, is a serious deal-sealer. The only thing is cleanliness and some discipline. We have been hearing that ‘Cleanliness is Godliness’ and Oren believes in abiding by this Universal law. Plus, who doesn’t like a clean car to travel in! There is another rule; however, that says ‘No Smoking’. Smoking is a vice that needs to go (I am not going to give a morale speech on that) as soon as possible. It will hamper your health and even leave a foul smell in the car that would spoil the entire extravaganza of the brilliant Israel tour.

Well, hey, this is the business tour ideas, but we have great tours that are customized to your needs taking into consideration you want to go for the Jewish tours or Christian Tours. There is also the option to go for the Bar/Bat Mitzvah ceremony and get to know the local customs. You would be easily convinced to hire Oren as your personal tour guide if you go through the reviews of Israeli tour guides. Oren’s way is a step ahead of the curve and will surely present you with the special treatment that you deserve.

At Oren’s Way, I provide private cars or vans for families and business people with an emphasis on religion and guest schedules. The traveler then can find share and book the tour guide Israel like Oren Sollel who is a perfect guide.

Twelve Natural Remedies For Depression

Feelings whether bad or good ARE feelings. When you feel, you are ALIVE.

When you resort to an anti-depressant you may not feel sad or depressed but you also won’t feel happiness, joy or playfulness either. Depression expresses itself in many different ways; not wanting to go out; being extremely sad for a long period of time; just can’t enter into the spirit of things; all seem hopeless; easy chores become huge burdens; the world seem threatening and unsafe. There are as many opinions as to the cause of depression as there are psychiatrists in the world, however it is generally agreed that the main CAUSE of depression is actually STRESS.

The dictionary defines stress as: “Physical, mental or emotional strain or tension.”

There are many natural non-drug remedies to help one deal with physical, mental or emotional strain or tension. Here are some suggestions that maybe helpful. I have listed 12 ideas that will eventually (if followed) take you out of the abyss you mat sometimes feel you are in.

But before we even begin, let me ask you a few questions. Please answer these honestly: Do you want to feel better? Do you believe you CAN get better? Are you willing to do what it takes to feel better (as long as it makes sense to you)? If the answer to these questions is “yes” then, read on. Now back to you.

Here are the suggestions:

BODY HEALTH – A primary cause of prolonged depression is possibly an undiagnosed health condition. When one is depressed, it is a good idea to see a medical doctor and get a full medical check up to ensure that any possible health conditions are diagnosed and properly handled.

EXERCISE – The body is there to be used. The more you use it the happier it becomes. Treat it as you would treat your car. If a car doesn’t move for more than 2 weeks the battery may die. You don’t have to be fanatic about it. Just take a brisk walk every day for at least 20 minutes. Feel your heart pumping and your lungs expanding. Walking is not just for the body but for the soul as well. Look around you as you walk, notice things in your neighborhood that you have not noticed before, smile to a neighbor passing by even if you have to force yourself to smile. With exercise it is important to eat healthy; get rid of all the junk food, processed food, candy etc. I’m sure you know what’s healthy and what not. Just be moderate in what you eat. Ensure you get a good night’s sleep.

DO SOMETHING FOR YOURSELF THAT GIVES YOU PLEASURE – Every day do something for yourself with the intention of lifting yourself up. Make a list of things that make you happy. Choose one of them for that day and do it. The next day you can choose the next thing and so on. I’m sure that once you sit down and write all the things you like to do that make you feel happy you will end up with quite a long list.

UNHEALTHY RELATIONSHIPS – Sometimes one rotten apple can spoil the whole barrel… sometimes there are more than one. The most important action you can take is to ensure you are surrounded by positive relationships. Look around at all your relationships and determine which one makes you feel good and which makes you feel bad. Spend most if not all of your time with those relationships that make you feel good and avoid and/or get rid of those relationships that make you feel bad.

ADOPT AN ANIMAL – If you don’t have a pet, this is a great time to adopt one. Animals are wonderful to have around. They need love, which I’m sure you have lots of, and care. When your attention goes outward, away from your own troubles, your mood will improve. You will find yourself uplifted and extroverted.

PLANTS – get new plants whether for decoration, or for food; make an herb garden. You can grow them in your yard or on your balcony if you live in a condo or an apartment.

REARANGE YOUR HOUSE – The first thing to do is to go through your wardrobe and get rid of old clothes and clothing accessories and shoes that you haven’t worn for 3 years. Donate it them to worthy organizations. Do the same with other items in your house. Once you are done with that, go to the next task, which is to rearrange your living quarters. Move things around; change the arrangement of your living room, move pictures around or put new ones on instead.

SET SHORT AND LONG TERM GOALS – It is very important to plan things for the future. Do you remember the excitement and expectation you had before an important event you knew was coming? You may have prepared months for that event. Go back to the time when you planned for something in the future, whether it was a birthday party, a play you participated in, Bar/Bat Mitzvah, confirmation, wedding, and birth of a child. Now where was your attention during that period of time? Was it in the past? Present? Or future?

Yes, it was a little on the present and LOTS in the future, right? Make a short-term goal first. Let’s say a goal for the next week. Think of something special you would like to do, a place you would like to visit, a person you would like to spend time with, invite people over for dinner, etc. Put it on your calendar for the following week and DO it. Repeat this every week. Then when you are up to it, make long-term plans such as a trip out of town, tickets for a play? Musical? Opera? Etc.

GIVE TO OTHERS – Now that you treated yourself, the next thing to do is to think of others. We are most happy when we help another. Make a list of people you know and care about. Next to each name, write a few things you know would make them happy. Once you are done with the list, pick one person and do something for them that they would like. I know that my sister’s mood improves when I call her. I know that a good friend of mine just loves hiking with me. I know that my husband loves when I wake up before him and prepare him a nice breakfast.

DONATE AND OR VOLUNTEER – As I mentioned before, when we give we are happy. We feel worthy, valuable and needed. For an immediate action find a group or a cause that need donations, whether it is for Third World country, animals, elderly, education etc. Find things that you are passionate about and donate to them. Whether it is volunteering for one day a week, a few hours a week, just START. Make sure you have a certain day and hour of the day that is devoted for that purpose. The more active you are the happier you will be and your morale WILL improve.

JOIN A CLUB – It is very important to be connected to people and specifically those that you can share the same reality with. There are lots of groups and clubs out there that will appeal to you. There are singing clubs, hiking clubs, reading clubs, and so forth, you name it. Just decide what group you would feel most comfortable with and join them. Expand your circle of acquaintances. Make sure these are fun and exciting groups not those who dwell on depression and bad times. You want to be away from those.

FOLLOW YOUR DREAM – You may have always wanted to be a singer, actor, doctor, athlete, writer etc. Never give up your dream; even if you are not going to do it for a living–who cares. Just get yourself on the line of where your passion is. If you always wanted to be a writer, just start writing. Don’t be hard on yourself and don’t seek ‘opinions’ or approval from others. Believe in yourself and do what feels right to you. If you always wanted to be an actor and never pursued it then take acting classes; participate in a local theatre play. No matter how big the step you take, just take the first step and then the second and you soon be walking and running.

Ruti Yudovich recently released her first novel, I Hate to Say Goodbye, based on her early years in Israel. She is also the author of a two-part, self-teaching educational book entitled the joy of Hebrew. For more information visit at: http://www.ihatetosaygoodbye.com and FB at: http://www.facebook.com/ihtsgb?ref=hl

Celebrate Your Daughter’s Life with a Charm Bracelet

She’s your princess. And whether she’s eight or 18, you may have noticed your daughter is growing up way too fast. Just yesterday, she was the chubby baby who provided hours of fun and sleepless nights. Today, she’s still providing the laughs and plenty of sleepless nights as your daughter grows into a young woman. You may obsess about whom her friends are, how well she’s doing in school, and what course she’ll take in life. She may be your princess forever, but she’s not a baby anymore.

Perhaps you want to show your daughter that you recognize she’s growing up. Maybe you’re searching for a way to express pride and support for the person she’s becoming. Many parents look to jewelry in such situations. There’s nothing more exciting for a girl or young woman than to receive a special piece of jewelry from her parents, and nothing represents that token of love and sentiment quite like a charm bracelet.

The Charm Bracelet Comes of Age
For centuries, charms were considered a kind of talisman to ward off evil or to bring about good luck. Using wood, stones and gems, the wearers of such charms carried them in a special bag or around their neck or wrist. In the 20th century, World War II servicemen purchased trinkets for their sweethearts back at home. These charms were fashioned after landmarks such as the Eiffel Tower to represent the liberation of cities like Paris. Over the decade, charm bracelets then evolved into a coming-of-age symbol for girls turning 13. Nearly every middle class family presented their daughters with a charm bracelet on her 13th birthday. Bracelets charms were chosen to represent the young woman’s interest and hobbies. Later, she added a charm for her “Sweet 16th” or wedding.

Today’s charm bracelets come in a range of styles and designs. Some prefer the traditional charm bracelet in sterling silver or gold with bracelets charms that dangle from the wrist. The Italian charm bracelet has been a popular form of jewelry worn by many young women. Rather than dangling, these bracelets charms snap into place along a modular bracelet.

Perhaps most popular are the Danish-inspired charm bracelets featuring sterling silver and gold chains as well as bracelets charms. Designed to express individual style and taste, the bracelet’s threaded sections allow bracelets charms to be added or changed, depending on the wearer’s preference. They twist and rotate slightly with the wrist’s movement. Bracelets can also be decorated with enameled bracelets charms, Murano glass beads, and precious and semi-precious stones. When combined together, the charm bracelet creates a ring of beauty around your daughter’s wrist, reminding her of the love and support surrounding her life.

Occasions for Giving a Charm Bracelet
There are a variety of special occasions in which to present your daughter with a charm bracelet. Here are just a few inspired ideas:

Birthdays
Obviously, birthdays are the perfect opportunity to celebrate your daughter’s day with a charm bracelet. Why not place it in a new jewelry box to replace the one she’s had since she was little? Mark her entrance into the teen years with a colorful bracelet that can be added to as the years go by. A charm bracelet for her “Sweet 16” or 18th birthday can include a special, more expensive charm to represent the priceless treasure she represents to the family. Include grandparents or aunts and uncles in the gift giving as well, allowing them to choose a special charm to mark the occasion.

Bat Mitzvah or Quinceanera
Various cultures celebrate the coming-of-age for a young woman with special celebrations such as the Bat Mitzvah (the Jewish celebration for girls of 12 years of age) or the Quinceanera (Latin American celebration for girls of 15 years of age). In the South, young women and their families often participate in cotillion, or “coming out” party to polite society. These, as well as other coming-of-age markers, are an ideal occasion to present your daughter with a charm bracelet.

Graduation
Graduation from high school or college is another perfect occasion for the giving of a charm bracelet to your daughter. Choose bracelets charms to remind her how much she means to you and how proud you are of her accomplishments. Charms can be added as she reaches new milestones in her life.

The First Job or Marriage
Now that she’s really grown up, a charm bracelet is a tasteful and beautiful gift to give the daughter who has landed her first big new job or is preparing for marriage. Host a special brunch or dinner in her honor and surprise her with the gift. It will be a wonderful reminder to her as she launches into her new career. Include other family members, especially prior to a wedding. Imagine her joy as she wears her charm bracelet down the aisle, decorated with charms that her family has lovingly and carefully chosen.

Lewis Jewelers is proud to carry the full line of Pandora Jewelry . Pandora charms, Pandora bracelets and Pandora beads are only a part of the collection. For more information, Lewis Jewelers, 2000 West Stadium Blvd., Ann Arbor, Michigan, 48103, 877-88-LEWIS or visit the website.

Hebrew for Your New Year’s Resolution

Its Chanukah Time! Have you figured out what youre going to give during each night of Chanukah? Maybe, youre just going to give a gift on the First and Eighth day of the Holiday, but even then, what are you going to give? WellWhy not Hebrew?

Hebrew..!? Yes, Hebrew! I have spoken to many people, men and women, who have become very rusty in their Hebrew. For some, the last time they read anything in Hebrew was for their Bar/Bat Mitzvah: in some cases, going back 40 or 50 years ” Oy! Its time for a refresher course ” AndI have the programs for you

HebrewResources.com offers several products, which work well for adults and children. The first program in their series is “At Home with Hebrew”. It teaches how to read and recognize all the Hebrew letters and vowels, along some basic vocabulary (both modern and biblical).

The next stage in learing is to learn conversational skills, and this can be accomplished with “Hebrew Kindergarten”. This program assumes a person can read and at least sound-out the letters already. It then teaches the most common vocabulary used at the kindergarten and first grade level of reading. Even adults must learn to walk before they run.

Something very special is Shirei Ha-Shabbat. This program teaches the basics of Jewish Liturgy for Shabbat. Again, this program assumes you already some basics about Hebrew grammar. The program highlights Shabbat Liturgy with two cantors from the Ashkenazi and Sephardi traditions. Its fun, delightful, and educational!

The cantor chosen for “Songs of the Sabbath” is really amazing. You can click buttons on the computer to hear the parts of the prayers, either word-by-word, or line-by-line, or you can hear the entire song at once.

The gift of Hebrew makes the perfect gift for those preparing for Bar/Bat Mitzvah. Perhaps you are planning on a trip to Israel in the coming year? Whether youre a beginner or not, these programs will get you ready for your trip.

Believe or not, Jews are not the only people learning Hebrew. Many Christians today have a growing interest in the original language of the Bible, and many are learning the basics of Jewish practices to better understand the Bible. It has been said that “all translations are commentary”, meaning that any English translation of the Hebrew scriptures cannot help but have ideas of the translator behind it.

Whether you celebrate Chanukah or Christmas, consider giving the “gift of Hebrew”. Any of the above tutorials can keep a student busy for months, so they are truly gifts that give all year round. Even if you miss the winter holidays, you can start Hebrew as a New Years resolution, or any time of the year.

Complete audio and video demos available at our Learn Hebrew website.

Rabbi Yitzhak Miller the Cyber Rabbi

Connecting. Caring. Understanding. Empathizing. Being a mensch. These are the hallmarks of being both a good Rabbi and an effective Rabbi. When Rabbi Yitzhak Miller set out to use 21st century technology to reach both Jews and people interested in Judaism, the greatest challenge was not the webcams or video-

Conferencing; not how to provide Jewish Education classes or guidance for people exploring Conversion to Judaism; not how to provide Bar Mitzvah lessons or Bat Mitzvah

Lessons; not how to be a Rabbi for a wedding or officiate a baby naming ceremony. No, the greatest challenge of being a “CyberRabbi” is how to not only utilize, but to transcend the technology-to truly be “in contact.” The old ad used to say “Reach out and touch someone.” That’s the goal here: to touch hearts, minds, and souls, not only in person, but by phone, webcam, or video conference-and to use every tool available to connect people to each other. Providing services is easy; connecting with people is not. Rabbi Yitzhak Miller’s website contains an array of useful information about Judaism-whether someone is looking for a wedding Rabbi or a Rabbi for a Bar Mitzvah or Bat Mitzvah; whether they’re having an interfaith wedding or a Jewish wedding; whether they seek Jewish Education or Spiritual

Counseling; whether they want to study Mussar, Jewish Philosophy, Jewish History, or Jewish Theology; whether they have a bris coming up or they’re considering conversion to

Judaism. As he says in his introductory video-there are two things that are more important than any other piece of information on the website-Rabbi Yitzhak Miller’s phone number and

email address – 831-594-YITZ and RebYitzi@yahoo.com.

Why are these the most important? Because whether you’re looking for Bar Mitzvah tutoring or Bat Mitzvah tutoring; ideas for a mitzvah project or a holocaust project; an interfaith Rabbi or a wedding officiant; Torah learning or Basic Judaism-all of these services start with one fundamental thing-a connection. Whether Synagogue Rabbi or

CyberRabbi, connecting with the community is what it’s all about. Rabbi Yitzhak Miller’s work shows that even for a 4000-year-old tradition, the web is a powerful and effective tool, but just that-a tool. Anchoring these tools with the soul of a Rabbi-no matter what the technology-that remains the key. It’s amazing how little changes over the years…

For questions, contact Rabbi Yitzhak Miller (http://digg.com/users/rabbimiller) at RebYitzi@yahoo.com

Looking for Gift Ideas for Campers? Guard Alaska Bear Spray for Camping Is Just the Thing

Looking for gift ideas for that special someone on your list? Does that special someone enjoy the great outdoors via hiking or camping? If you answered yes to both of these questions then I think I might just have the perfect gift idea for that person but I will need to ask one last question to be sure. Does that special someone enjoy being dragged out of their tents by their skulls and ripped to shreds by a half-ton grizzly bear? If you answered no to this last question than I am quite certain that I have the perfect gift to give this special someone and that gift is Guard Alaska bear spray.

Guard Alaska is far and away the most effective means of self-defense against a bear attack. Guard Alaska bear spray is the only bear spray so effective that it’s been registered by the EPA as a repellent for any and all types of bears. Considering there are a total of 8 different species of bear in North and South America alone this fact should help give you peace of mind no matter where you decide to set up camp.

Guard Alaska is also environmentally safe and contains no ozone depleting chemicals. This is another reason it makes such a great gift idea for campers considering the fact that most wilderness lovers will not be into destroying the very thing they love. This bear spray is also entirely safe as it does not contain any flammable chemicals (better to enjoy the woods than burn them down).

Guard Alaska bear spray is currently endorsed by the prestigious Alaska Science & Technology Foundation, letting you know that this spray is effective and, very importantly, completely safe for bears. Now I know what you are saying, how can it be effective if it doesn’t harm the bear? What I mean by “safe” is that there will not be any lingering or long lasting side effects associated with this defensive spray. However, when the bear is initially sprayed it will burn like holy hell and this is where it becomes effective. The spray causes such immense temporary pain that the bear will most often turn tail and run (which is also a good time for you to depart the area yourself). This pain eventually subsides however and no permanent damage is done to the bear. I love this fact because we humans share this world with the bear and should be respectful of that fact.

So if you have a birthday, anniversary, Bar Mitzvah, Bat Mitzvah, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Christmas, Easter or any other event where you need to give a gift coming up and don’t know what to get, consider Guard Alaska bear spray for camping or hiking.

Stay Safe,

Carl Vouer

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Your Gifts Ideas Questions Answered

Gift giving has been an activity throughout human history. Gifts can have different meanings based on the people involved or the occasion. Sometimes, it is difficult to know what the right gift would be.

With a general idea of the concept of gift giving, we hope to give you a better understanding of what gifts are so that you can come up with some great gift ideas for the special people in your life.

What occasions and customs in the U.S. traditionally involve giving gifts or gift exchanges?

A number of occasions and celebrations call for gifts. On a birthday, the person having the birthday receives gifts, often including a cake or some sort of dessert. During the Christmas holidays, people often exchange gifts, sometimes receiving them supposedly from Santa Clause.

At a wedding, the couple receives gifts, usually for their home, and provides food and drinks at a wedding reception. On the solemn occasion of a funeral, visitors often bring flowers and the family of the deceased gives refreshments.

After a birth, the parents receive gifts on behalf of the newborn child. Students at an academic milestone such as a graduation often receive gifts in congratulations.

On Father’s and Mother’s Day, parents receive gifts from their children. It is a tradition also for guests and hosts to exchange gifts at parties.

Where are some good places to go for gift ideas?

The consumer culture has made it easy for people to let other people know what they want, so really it’s not going to be too difficult to get gift ideas, especially for special occasions like weddings or the birth of a child.

Many stores have gift registries where people participating in a celebration such as a wedding can register for the types of gifts they would like to receive. For example, a couple soon to be married can go into a store like Target or Bed, Bath and Beyond and register for household items that would be helpful as they start their life together.

This registry or wish list process also helps to ensure that guests of the wedding don’t buy too many of certain items. You only need so many coffeepots in a house!

A number of consumer-oriented websites have similar tools. For example, Amazon.com will make suggestions about complementary items or other products you might view on the website.

What about religiously related gifts?

At some point in your life, you or your child may be invited to a religious celebration. For example, it has become common today in the United States for some Jewish families to celebrate bar or bat mitzvah.

Interestingly enough, such celebrations have only become common in the past century-before that, they were nearly unheard of! The bar mitzvah is the celebration of a Jewish boy coming into adulthood at the age of 13.

The bat mitzvah is for girls at the age of 12. It has become traditional for guests to bring gifts to the reception party. If you want to give the celebrant a gift related to his or her religion, be sure to know something about the person’s faith. Usually, the gifts given are like any 12 or 13-year-old child’s birthday party gift.

Has Christmas always been about gift giving?

Yes and no. The Christian Bible tells that on the first Christmas, wise men brought gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh to the infant Jesus. This has become one of the bases for the exchange of gifts in modern Christmas celebrations.

However, it is interesting to note that two of the gifts, frankincense and myrrh, were used in preparing a body for burial. These symbolisms are overlooked today with the commercialization of Christmas.

Today, especially in developed Western countries, people are encouraged to purchase gift upon gift for their friends and family. This is a relatively new tradition, dating only to the nineteenth century.

However, figures now associated with Christmas gifts, such as Santa Claus, have been around for a few more centuries. So, has Christmas always been about gift giving? Yes, but originally it would have been a gift to God of religious devotion, not necessarily economy-boosting consumption.

What about shopping on the Internet?

The Internet is a very useful resource for finding gifts for friends and family members. It has become one of the central places of retail, and minus the wait for shipping, it tends to be less stressful than going to a shopping center.

You may be only a few clicks away from finding the perfect gift for someone. You can even send an email asking what the person would like and just copy and paste the response into a Google search to find the item.

Some Internet-based shops will even send the gift directly to the recipient and possibly wrap it for you (for a fee, of course!).

Be sure when purchasing a gift online that the website is secure, because you will have to use a credit card. For as wonderful as gift giving can be, remember that being with someone in person is the greatest gift of all.

Gifts don’t always have to be purchased. You just might be the gift someone needs.

Mike Selvon has some informative creative gift articles for the creative mind. Find out more about the gift ideas common questions at his resourceful site. We appreciate your feedback at our gift ideas blog where a free gift awaits you.

Four Great Bar Mitzvah Presents One Can Give

If you have time to attend a Bar Mitzvah, you may think of offering the celebrant a Sacred Scripture with Hebrew and English versions, custom-made jewelry, gifts with religious meanings, as well as something in line with the birthday celebrant’s interests.

A Bar mitzvah refers to a memorable occasion in Jewish man’s life. It is known as a symbolic event which is ordinarily marked the boy’s 13th year with a massive celebration including the boy’s parents, family, friends and other loved ones. Giving gifts is also included in this affair and if you are attending a Bar mitzvah, you might give the celebrant anything to give your assistance and love for him. Here a fewUnique Bar Mitzvah Gifts:

Sacred Scripture with Hebrew and English versions

A Holy Bible is a significant part of the Jewish faith so a Sacred Scripture can be a timely and meaningful present. Some of the Jewish young man are taught Hebrew language so it’s essential to offer a Bible with both English and Hebrew versions of its texts. Add a much more mermorable touch to the gift by creating a front cover having an inscribing of the celebrant’s name and the date of the celebration. You may also pick Bibles which are personalized or bound in leather to make the giftpresent more special.

Custom made jewelry

Another wonderful present that will definitely last for years to come is a piece of personalized jewelry with details that commemorate the important celebration. You may offer a watch, ring, necklace or bracelet to the birthday boy that is inscribed with his name or with traditional Hebrew sayings which include “mazel tov,” that could be loosely interpreted to mean “good luck,” or even having traditional emblems like the Star of David. You could give jewelry made of silver or gold and adorned with precious stones to make it even more exceptional.

Presents having spiritual meanings

Bar mitzvahs are essentially religious event, so presents which have Jewish implications are great. You can offer a yarmulke or kippa, which is a skullcap that Orthodox Jewish men commonly wear to comply with the required head covering. You can create this present more personalized by making an embroidery on it which features the young man’s name or decide on a design or color which suits his preference. Alternately, you could choose to offer a mezuzah case, which is a decor used which has prayers or piece of parchment which highlights Hebrew lines that is place over a door. Another gift suggestion might be a Jewish prayer shaw or a tallit. Tallit refer to the stuff which are popularly given at bar mitzvahs and you might opt to either give a traditional tallit or a contemporary and personalized one.

Any items associated with the birthday celebrant’s likes

You could even opt to offer a present to the birthday guy that will help his hobbies and interests. Boys with the age of 13 have a wide variety of interests. You may ask the celebrant or his guardians for suggestions on what he may like to accept. It migth be a musical supply if he is fond of music, or gadgets, clothing or even sporting equipment.

There are no required presents to offer at bar mitzvahs thus you could select any gift you think will absolutely reflect your views for the celebrant.

Written by Danica Reynes. For more suggestions on Unique Bar Mitzvah Gifts, make a visit at http://www.lifeonrecord.com/Mitzvah.htm

Read Through This Article To Learn More About Selecting A Bat Mitzvah Gift

Picking Bat Mitzvah gifts means opting for something which signifies a once in a lifetime moment for the recipient. It’s presented at a time of great religious importance but, also, an occasion of cultural importance and an instant that divides childhood and also adulthood. Bat and Bar Mitzvah symbolize accepting one’s place among the adults in the Jewish community. This step needs to be honored with a gift in keeping with the many levels of significance it holds.

The initial thing to consider, as you choose the Bat Mitzvah gift you’ll give, is the same as with any gift. Take into consideration the recipient. What are her interests? Is she a volunteer with any charitable organization? Or, is there an item from a Judaica store that she might find important as well as useful? These are some of the more common starting points for choosing a gift and perfectly in keeping with Bat Mitzvah gift etiquette. If you’d like to be more creative, you might consider the Torah or Haftorah reading she will be giving. Whilst the Torah reading is determined by the date on which the girl becoming Bat Mitzvah is reading, the Haftorah teaching is up to her. The choice of such a text is often deeply personal and a gift that corresponds to that is a meaningful and also considerate choice.

For instance, think about the frequent selection of text from the Book of Ruth. The story of Ruth is amongst kindness, loyalty and also giving. The concept of Chessed, treating others with beneficence, is also a key to understanding the text. So, why would this be an ideal reading? Many girls choose this because of identification with Ruth and a wish to embody the devotion she shows her mother-in-law, Naomi. And, in keeping with this emphasis, a present of a charitable contribution or a thoughtfully picked item of Judaica would be a beautiful gift. If the receiver wears them, decorative tallit clips or a kippah. If you are a person who knits or crochets, a handmade tallit or kippah would be a truly one-of-a-kind gift. Any of these presents would be certain to please a girl who is devoted to ideas of kindness and loyalty.

If, as is often the case these days, the Bat Mitzvah recognizes herself as a feminist, she might be choosing a Haftorah teaching in keeping with those beliefs. If she plans to read something from the Tribe of Dinah or from the Five Books of Miriam, you’ll definitely know where her beliefs lie. If you are selecting a gift for a young feminist, you would do well to give her subscription to a feminist magazine or a literary work by a Jewish feminist author. The Red Tent, for example, by Anita Diamant, sparked a resurgence of interest in the lost voices of Jewish women and is a really popular gift.

Now, if you are like many people, you may still feel at a loss in regards to what gift to give at the Bat Mitzvah service you are invited to. So, your question concerning Bat Mitzvah gifts money, “How much money to give?” still needs answered. At a Bat Mitzvah, cash gifts are obviously always appreciated as they can be utilized for anything the girl receiving those needs or perhaps wants. It’s a good idea to present such a gift later than the ceremony or directly to the Bat Mitzvah’s parents. They may see that the cash gift is directed to a charitable organization if need be, or deposit it in a suitable savings account. As Bat Mitzvah gifts, money can feel impersonal.

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