Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Passover and Easter

This week we talk about spring, Passover, Easter and weddings.
Here is a site that gives ideas for Seder with the children:


Kosher food

? Passover
Passover (Hebrew,: Pesach,) It commemorates the story of the Exodus, in which the ancient Israelites were freed from slavery in Egypt. Passover begins on the 14th day of the month of Nisan in the Jewish calendar, which is in spring in the Northern Hemisphere, and is celebrated for seven or eight days. It is one of the most widely observed Jewish holidays.
In the narrative of the Exodus, the Bible tells that God helped the Children of Israel escape slavery in Egypt by inflicting ten plagues upon the Egyptians before the Pharaoh would release his Israelite slaves; the tenth and worst of the plagues was the death of the Egyptian first-born. The Israelites were instructed to mark the doorposts of their homes with the blood of a spring lamb and, upon seeing this, the spirit of the Lord knew to pass over the first-borns in these homes, hence the name of the holiday. There is some debate over where the term is actually derived from. When the Pharaoh freed the Israelites, it is said that they left in such a hurry that they could not wait for bread dough to rise (leaven). In commemoration, for the duration of Passover no leavened bread is eaten, for which reason it is called "The Festival of the Unleavened Bread". Matzo (flat unleavened bread) is a symbol of the holiday.
Historically, together with Shavuot ("Pentecost") and Sukkot ("Tabernacles"), Passover is one of the three pilgrimage festivals (Shalosh Regalim) during which the entire population of the kingdom of Judah made a pilgrimage to the Temple in Jerusalem. Samaritans still make this pilgrimage to Mount Gerizim, but only men participate in public worship.


Easter  or (among Eastern Orthodox) Pascha from Hebrew: Pesa ,is a Christian festival and holiday celebrating the resurrection of Jesus Christ on the third day after his crucifixion at Calvary as described in the New Testament. Easter is the culmination of the Passion of Christ, preceded by Lent, a forty-day period of fasting, prayer, and penance. The last week of Lent is called Holy Week, and it contains the days of the Easter Triduum, including Maundy Thursday (Holy Thursday in the Catholic Church), commemorating Maundy and the Last Supper, as well as Good Friday, commemorating the crucifixion and death of Jesus. Easter is followed by a fifty-day period called Eastertide or the Easter Season, ending with Pentecost Sunday. The festival is referred to in English by a variety of different names including Easter Day, Easter Sunday, Resurrection Day and Resurrection Sunday.
Easter is a moveable feast, meaning it is not fixed in relation to the civil calendar. The First Council of Nicaea  established the date of Easter as the first Sunday after the full moon (the Paschal Full Moon) following the March equinox.Ecclesiastically, the equinox is reckoned to be on 21 March (even though the equinox occurs, astronomically speaking, on 20 March in most years), and the "Full Moon" is not necessarily the astronomically correct date. The date of Easter therefore varies between 22 March and 25 April. Eastern Christianity bases its calculations on the Julian calendar whose 21 March corresponds, during the 21st century, to 3 April in the Gregorian calendar, in which the celebration of Easter therefore varies between 4 April and 8 May.
Easter is linked to the Jewish Passover by much of its symbolism, as well as by its position in the calendar. In many languages, the words for "Easter" and "Passover" are etymologically related or homonymous. Easter customs vary across the Christian world, but attending sunrise services, exclaiming the Paschal greeting, clipping the church and decorating Easter eggs, a symbol of the empty tomb, are common motifs. Additional customs include egg hunting, the Easter Bunny, and Easter parades, which are observed by both Christians and some non-Christians.


Why do we give eggs at Easter?
Easter is a Christian holiday. For Christians the custom of giving eggs at Easter celebrates the new life. Christians remembers that Jesus, after dying on the cross, rose from the dead. They believes that through his resurrection, Jesus defeated death and sin, and so he offers people the promise of eternal life, if they follow his teaching.
What was the first Easter egg like?
The first egg was given at Easter were birds eggs. These eggs were painted in bright colors , so it will give them further meaning as a gift. Today, we still paint bird eggs, especially chicken eggs.
An Anglo-Saxon legend - the Easter bunny and the eggs:
An Anglo-Saxon legend tells how the Saxon goddess Easter found a wounded bird and transformed it into a hare, so that it could survive the Winter. The hare found that he can lay eggs, so he decorated each one, and left them as an offering to the goddess.


A site that teaches how to decorate Easter eggs:                               


Why according to Judaism, it is forbidden to get married at Passover?
In the Jewish calendar, there are occasions when it is not customary to have a wedding ceremony. These dates are related to traumatic events that took place in the history of the Jewish people, on holidays or during fasting. One of them is the 50th day of the Omer (7 weeks between Passover and Shavuot). According to the Jewish tradition, at this time (during the Bar Kochva revolt), there was a killing of 24,000 students of Rabbi Akiva, and so, this is a mourning time. (you can see dozens of men wearing a beard waiting for the day they can shave again). 
Easter is in the spring, and like other Christian holidays, it can be found in their original ancient traditions and earlier than the period of Christianity.
 For example, Easter Bunny is related to the fact that the rabbit symbolizes fertility.
Some people who eat chocolate rabbits, symbolizing fertility and also spring. 
Unlike Judaism, it is customary to get married at Easter.


I wish you all a happy holiday
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Tuesday, March 12, 2013

wedding dress

This week we will talk about wedding dresses, where to buy them on insane prices or even second handed.
And of course warm recommendations of wedding dresses designers from Etsy.

Source: via Rae on Pinterest
A wedding dress or a wedding gown is a clothing worn by the bride during her wedding ceremony. Color, style and ceremonial importance of the gown can depend on the religion and culture of the bride and groom. In Western cultures, brides often choose a white wedding dress, which was made popular by Queen Victoria in the 19th century. In  eastern cultures, brides often choose red to symbolize auspiciousness

Everyone who came to choose a wedding dress , knows that it is not so simple.
You can easily be confused with the options: from a designer's personal design , or secondhand wedding dresses at affordable prices. Classic, vintage, or layered dresses are some of the huge selection bridal dresses are available on the market.
Proven effective method to deal with the process of choosing the dress , is to set a budget. Obviously, specially designed dress by designer, cost a lot more than the one derived from a catalog and was made according as your size by the local dressmaker. Second handed dresses or gowns can be purchased through various online sites, and their price will be more reasonable. Setting a  budget for the wedding dress, will help you focus your search to a more relevant options.
The next step is to decide on your preferred style. Designers (assuming that you want a personal design) specialize in different styles. You should spend some time searching the web and watch catalogs of wedding dresses. Today, in the Internet age, there is no need to go to the store to see the models. There are plenty of websites that offers catalogs, including previous seasons, and allows brides to focus on their options

Retro fashion is around us, and we're going back in time. We can choose to stay with the retro style , which was worn on special occasions such as the eighties, seventies, sixties, and so on. However, Vintage Bride Dresses privileged decades from the twenties to the fifties. The design must be flattering, feminine, classic or romantic.
When Wedding dresses became to a vintage
Second hand stores became the focus of pilgrimage, as long as they kept the same special wedding dresses, at almost one hundred years. Wedding dresses , that moved among the family from mother to daughter, and have a distinguishe history. The combination between the old and the new still maintain the same unique motives of the dress.
How does a vintage wedding dress looks like?

The various fabrics in shades of cream, Off-white, and also the smoky tones or peach colors.
The fabric should be silk, lace, chiffon and even embroidery and pearls combination between the canvases.
Second-hand or dressmaker ?

It is likely that a rent or purchase of a vintage dress is more expensive than a dress sawn by a seamstress. But there is not always an option to replicate the authenticity.  You can always copy...



When I was looking for a wedding dress,
I did not know where to look.
Our budget was low, so I decided to look for something cheaper.
 Id rather buy then rent a dress from a Bridal Salon.
I turned every possible shop and looked at all the white dresses, and when I said, maybe we can get married in this dress, immediately the seller raised the price...

So I found an amazing second hand store in Tel Aviv called "Obsession" unfortunately, it is no longer exists.

There was a selection of second handed wedding dresses, and many amazing vintage items at very low prices.

The sellers name was Shoshie, and she also did the repairs and sewing. 
Because that the price was so low, I allowed myself to buy two wedding dresses - one for the wedding and one for the party …
In summary:
  ... My husband Spent more money and he just bought a suit and shoes
So girls, there is always another way ...
Good luck...
Me, and my wedding dress: 

How to buy a dress online?
1. Before you start looking for a supplier, you need to decide on the cut, style, color, and materials. This data can help you choose the perfect model for you, from thousands of wedding dresses you will see.
Be patient, because all the search for the perfect wedding dress, takes time.
Tip: Try dresses that you have at home, and stick with that figures that’s flattering.
If you are not anti - Bridal Salons, I would recommend you go and try some models. You may be surprised.

2. Set a budget. The Internet offers a wide range of prices, and so you should not deviate from that, the web search meant to save money.
Tip: don’t  buy a dress that costs less than $ 300. There is a big chance that you will get a dress made ​​out of low quality.

3. Contact with an experienced dressmaker so she\he will measure you. You must bring a sketch or a photo printed of the dress you selected. Tell her if you purchased a corset dress or not.
Tip: I don’t recommend taking self measurements / according to manufacturer's directions. You don’t  have sufficient training in this area.
Another tip: Lingerie measurement should the same lingerie that you use on the day of the event.

4. Just in case, check with your seamstress whether she is willing to make repairs for you, when the dress arrives. Even if the dress looks perfect in pictures , you will probably have to make minor repairs
Tip: Ask for a quote to shorten the length of the dress, small repairs in the chest and shoulders.
5 .After you've reviewed several vendors, you must check out some technical details:
A. Is the dress ready or tailor-made for you specifically, color, type of the fabric, sewing manner, style, etc.)
How long does it takes to sew the dress (probably new dress will be ready by -   3-4 weeks)  .
Professional provider will show you the original works and the process .
Since it is difficult to rely on a computer screen, check if the supplier is willing to send you a fabric sample for impression before booking, with no obligation.

The shipping costs and the delivery time to Israel ($ 60-80 a reasonable cost, reasonable time 7-14 business days).
   There's a chance you'll have to pay the customs tax in your country. They range around 30% of the dress.

Find out details about the supplier, look in the forums, read feedbacks.6
Call and speak to a real customer service. Rather than virtual.
Tip: If you find  supplier without feedback, it will be suspicious.
The only alternative to Feedback is to show wedding pictures from real customers.
7.Think of the exact schedule, which will include the ordering process of the dress, preparation, delivery and the time needed for repairs. You do not want to be without a dress on your wedding.

8. The dress you will get might be fake. Global brands or counterfeit designers dress. You do not necessarily get the worst forgery
The question is how important it is to you. Original dresses can be found on eBay, but they will cost between $ 1,000
. To $ 5000 and they have their own original manufacturer labels
Payment Process.9
 There are quite a few options to pay for your dress online and not only through your credit card (PayPal,, Google Checkout.).
 I would recommend you to open a PAYPAL account

Find out what is the return policy on the site, search for the relevant information page: Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ).
Tip: Ask for original receipt from the supplier, for the full amount as well as payment via email. If the dress does not arrive or not what you've ordered, it will help you claim compensation.



Wedding dresses within excellent prices.
These amazing dresses belongs to a leading designer  on Etsy.

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