How Much Should I Give For A Bar Mitzvah Gift?

When a Jewish boy turns 13-years-old he has a “bar mitzvah”, whether or not the event is marked with a ceremony or celebration. According to Jewish custom this means that he is considered old enough to have certain rights and responsibilities or suit for the upcoming wedding this summer. (source: about.com).  I actually know quite a bit about bar mitzvahs.   When I turned the age of 13, my friends, family, and distant relatives I saw once upon a family reunion showed up to hear me belt out a poorly sung haftorah.  I can remember the long hours of practice and study it took to be able to read my portion of the Torah on that special day.   I also have vivid memories of the food, the dancing, and the gumball filled Pepsi bottles we gave to each of the kids.    With today’s Bar Mitzvahs reaching prices of epic proportions, people often wonder how much they should give when attending a ...

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Tired Of Mass Produced Junk: Try Etsy!

Just what the heck is Etsy?   At  www.etsy.com, you will find the antithesis is of all the websites selling brand new TV’s, clothes, and all the other mass-produced junk we buy. With Etsy, what you will find are lots original handmade goods, vintage items, and some of the most original pieces you will find on the internet for your purchasing pleasure. You really can’t find this stuff anywhere else. Why’s that? Because at Etsy, the focus is on changing the way commerce works, with real artists and jewelry makers and other creative types selling their letterpress calendars, ginger-lemon soaps, pearl pendant necklaces, and much, much more.  I almost purchased a vintage Star Wars t-shirt and a pair of really cool Apple cufflinks on my first time through the site.  Etsy is creating a new economy with real relationships between the shoppers and the creators. So you can chat with the designer who made the perfect pendant for your girlfriend, or ...

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