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Netilat Yadayim cups available at Amazon

Netilat Yadayim cups available at Amazon

Close to a hundred different styles of Netilat Yadayim cups are listed on Amazon. You can find everything from simple plastic negel vasser cups for under $10 to many stainless steel, aluminum and acrylic (lucite) washing cups in the $25-$50 range, and at the upper end, some fabulous handmade ceramic washing cups priced over $70. Amazon washing cups: Word to the wise Many of the Netilat Yadayim washing cups for sale are Amazon are not such great finds, and are available elsewhere for less, even if you factor in the shipping. However, for those diehard Amazon buyers, I suggest you...

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Netilat Yadayim washing cup: Does the cheap plastic type do the trick?

Netilat Yadayim washing cup: Does the cheap plastic type do the trick?

We have always had cheap plastic netilat yadayim washing cups around the house in a variety of colors. Most synagogues, religious schools and yeshivas in Israel have them, and if they are not chained to the sink, they are invariably "borrowed" by kids, who make off with them for use in all types of pressing endeavors.But then one day I happened to be in the lobby of an upscale hotel in Mamilla, a few blocks from the Old City, and while I was waiting for one of the hotel guests to come down, I stepped into the men's room. Alongside was a fabulous sink...

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Leather Havdalah Set

Leather Havdalah Set

Havdalah sets are typically made of some sort of metal. But leather? Is there such a thing as a leather Havdalah set?

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Shabbat on the Egyptian border

Shabbat on the Egyptian border

Typically Shabbatot when a soldier is stuck at a base are days they try to forget. But there was one Shabbat, at a hot, dustry base on the Egyptian border, that I sometimes drawn on for inspiration, 25 years later. I was a few years after regular service, doing my annual reserve duty stint, this time on a desolate post alongside a disused border crossing, not so far from Nitzana. I don't remember why it was ordained as such, but for some reason I was stuck doing interminable eight-hour shifts in a high guard tower a stone's throw from the border,...

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Where to buy a challah cover in New York and New Jersey

Where to buy a challah cover in New York and New Jersey

We've compiled a list of Judaica shops in New York and New Jersey that sell challah covers. About a dozen are currently marked "Temporarily Closed," presumably due to COVID-19 limitations. All of the Judaica superstores are located in Brooklyn, with almost a half-dozen smaller Judaica shops in Lakewood.  Judaica World329 Kingston Avenue, Brooklyn, NYA dozen faux leather challah covers priced at $175 to $300 The Judaica Place1917 AVE M (Between east 19th and Ocean Ave) in FlatbushLarge selection priced between $18 and $290, made by Galilee Silk, Alexander Gallery, Karshi, Yair Emanuel and Majestic Giftware, Ronit Gur, Waterdale Collection Mekor Judaica1973...

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