Chillul Tefila Bifarhesia, as well as halachicly challenged verbiage and dress, are external manifestations of a critical lack of personal yiras shomayim which has lethal consequences.
I have found that most people handle mishloach manos in one of two ways: some people come up with a theme and then run around to find baskets, bags, and food to fit. Other people find a basket, tray or bag that they like and then build a theme around it.
In our home, mishloach manos is very simple – I go to Paperific and look for something to catch my eye. This year, I found wonderful inexpensive blue bags. I purchased packages of white tissue paper to put inside and decided that our theme will be Israel. What will go inside I don’t have totally worked out yet, but we all know how easy it is to find products made in Israel in Brooklyn stores.
For those of you still undecided on what to do this year, here are some products that will help you fill your Purim baskets.
Bakers Choice (OK, New Square Rabbinical Council, parve and dairy) is a Monsey based company that produces incredible baking products and toppings. Some of the wonderful products we sampled include crunches in flavors like hazelnut brittle and pistachio chips in flavors like peanut butter, white chocolate and regular chocolate chip, and sprinkles in chocolate and color. As many of you know, I have two wonderful grandmothers who love to bake. My grandmother in Boro Park makes a wonderful brownie that is rich and moist, and she only uses Baker’s Choice premium Dutch chocolate. So for all your baking needs this Purim – look for the Baker’s Choice products on your grocer’s shelf.
Mount of Olives Treasures (OK parve) produces organically grown herbal teas in Israel. Among the unique combinations of flavors they offer are green tea with jasmine, which restores and uplifts the spirits, and the chamomile with grapefruit, which has a comforting effect and is wonderful way to relax in the evenings. In our office, we fell in love with the Bethlehem Berry – a rich herbal tea made with white and green teas, a variety of berries, and olive, grape and pomegranate leaves. I have to say that the Bethlehem Berry is even better when mixed with the sweet apple spice – a delicious blend of apple, cinnamon, honey, orange peels and other flavors. The two combined make a delicious glass of tea that is both refreshing and relaxing. The tea bags come in a unique hexagon shape box with easy opening at the bottom so the tea bag slides out. There is also a beautiful gift box assortment and a way for schools/synagogues to fundraise. Mount of Olives Treasures products can be purchased on the web at www.mountofolivestreasures.com.
Sending mishloach manos to someone watching their sugar or carb count? Then pick up some packages of Sweet ‘N Low hard candy or wafer bars (Simply Lite Foods, OU dairy). The hard candies come in an array of mouthwatering choices. Some of those include butterscotch, which is made with real butter and bursting with flavor, fruits and cr?me, which are berries or orange with a hint of cr?me, butter toffee or chocolate caramel ‘n cr?me, or the incredible international coffee flavors – each one more delectable then the other. The wafer bars include chocolate or peanut butter and are a perfect crunchy snack.
Now this wonderful company also produces low carb energy bars under their Simply Lite label – some of the ones we sampled included caramel cream cups, apple crisp wafers, and a delicious white chocolate cappuccino bar. Don’t let the size of the bar fool you. They are filling and contain a nice amount of vitamins and minerals. All of the Simply Lite products can be found in major supermarkets and health food stores.
A Freilichin Purim.
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So here’s what most of you missed Monday night while you were at home being lazy. The Gush Etzion Wine Festival (have to work on the name) was held in Elazar, which at 20 minutes south of Jerusalem is no big deal to get to. Ten boutique wineries presented over thirty different wines in a setting [...]
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Makes 40-45 villain’s severed ears!
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We asked our writers and contributors to share some of their favorite “fruit” recipes for Tu B’Shevat.
Artisan gefilte fish.
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Goodbye humdrum. Hello, gorgeous!!
With the release of CHIC Made Simple, an all new cookbook written by food stylist, columnist and recipe developer Esther Deutsch, kosher food continues to blaze new trails, offering sophisticated, appealing recipes that are, (surprise, surprise!) both delicious and deceptively easy to prepare.
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The first few post-Pesach days are filled with the hurried rush to consume as much “chometz” as possible – and then the weight concerns begin. For some, the gut reaction (pun intended) is to stop eating – never a good idea. We all know that the best way to lose those extra pounds is by focusing on eating healthy.
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Is there a more perfect way to end your day then with a bowl of soup? They soup is comfort food – even during the summer months. So, how about sharing soup with a group of friends? That’s the idea behind a “soup soiree”. Click here for recipes and tips. Visiting Chicago or want to send [...]
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