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Heirloom quality challah cover

Heirloom quality challah cover

I guess you could describe this challah cover in one word: "Wow." I keep coming back to the photo, and just gaze at it, wondering how the embroiderer at Kaftor Vaferach manages to get so much detail in. To get a good look, you have to view it on the manufacturer's website, here. Kaftor Vaferach is a veteran high-caliber textile and embroidery maker located in Jerusalem. They use very good quality velvet and offer a number of very successful designs. Most challah cover makers seem to be on one end of the spectrum or the other: (1) very colorful designs on satin or silk and...

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Keeping Shabbos: A word for beginners

Keeping Shabbos: A word for beginners

Is keeping Shabbos for me? What is the meaning of Shabbos? What's it all about? Here's a very brief, succinct primer from an unpublished book by Moish Slobodkin of Jerusalem: Without Shabbos you are not really living. Without Shabbos you are not quite a Jew, you are a sort-of Jew. On Shabbos it is an extremely important mitzvah to feast on special foods that your soul loveth: salmon perhaps, wonderful salads, special pastries, everyone’s different, something special likhvod Shabbos kodesh, something with which “to honor the holy Shabbos.” If you can’t afford special food, borrow and have faith that the...

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Blessing the children on Friday night

Blessing the children on Friday night

Let's start from at the end. My father has often said that he really feels Shabbos is over right at the end of Havdalah, when the Havdalah candle gets extinguished, with a quiet hiss, in the Havdalah wine. The beginning of Shabbos also has powerful moments. Sometimes you feel it while singing Lecha Dodi during Kabbalat Shabbat in shul. Sometimes you feel it as you stroll home. And many feel it when when giving the customary Friday-night blessing to their children. As you lay a hand on your child's head, your heart fills with hopes for the future...of a blessed...

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Gray leather challah cover

Gray leather challah cover

Over the past few years leather and faux leather challah covers have been gaining momentum. Today I came across this attractive leather challah cover on a Judaica blog: The blogger said it's made by Yair Emanuel. That made sense, since Yair Emanuel works a lot with pomegranate motifs and likes to use color liberally. The only thing is I couldn't find it on Yair Emanuel's repository of challah cover product photos, and when I sent a question their way they wrote back to me, "Not our item, sorry." So now it seems to be a bit of a mystery who...

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Gabrieli's hand-woven challah covers and stain-proof tablecloths

Gabrieli's hand-woven challah covers and stain-proof tablecloths

If you like natural fabrics, take a look at the nicely crafted, understated look of the hand-woven challah covers and tablecloths made by Gabrieli.  Gabrieli has been a leader in handwoven tallits in Israel for several decades, and a lot of people dropping by their shop just a half a block away from Zion Square (down that narrow promenade behind the bank, Rechov Yoel Solomon) are tempted to buy one of their handwoven tablecloths, who's big claim to fame is that they are stain-proof. I think they even guarantee it. They offer over a dozen tablecloth designs, and a half dozen challah...

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