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The Most Popular Jewish House Items


You might ask yourself, what does a Jewish home look like? What are the items most commonly found in a Jewish home? But like any home, we shape it in our own way, but our home also shapes us. Jewish-Americans account for 2% of the total population in America. That number is small and the reason why you might be interested in knowing what a Jewish house looks like.

Like any home, a Jewish home will have items that will serve as a connection to God. Every Jewish home has Judaica passed on from generation to generation or acquired through trips to Jerusalem, the holy city.


Upon entering a Jewish home, you will be greeted by a mezuzah. A mezuzah is a very religious parchment that is inscribed with religious texts. These texts are attached in a case to a doorpost outside a Jewish house, and it serves as a sign of faith in households.

But what really defines a home are books. In a Jewish home, the most popular “items” found are books. These books might be religious, or they might have no connection to Judaism. These items can be from both Jewish or non-Jewish authors. These can have various topics like literacy, history, Sabbath and other holidays, photograph books of Jews making their way to Israel, or they could be ordinary books like J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter. It doesn’t really matter what the books are, as long as there are books, lots and lots of books.


Other popular items found in a Jewish home are Havdalah candles, which are ceremonial candles that are used in celebrating Havdalah. Havdalah is the ceremony which marks the transition between the end of Sabbath and the beginning of the new week.  You can buy various Havdalah candles online at Jewish shop.

Another popular religious item is a Challah cover, which is an opaque cloth made from embroidered velvet, but any fabric can be used. Jewish people use Challah covers to cover the ceremonial bread at the sunset of the Sabbath meal. Challah covers the loaves until the Kiddush blessing has been recited over wine, be careful which wine.


Speaking of Kiddush, a Kiddush cup is also a popular item in a Jewish home. A Kiddush cup is a wine goblet, usually made out of silver, that is used to make Kiddush (to make a blessing over wine).


A popular item to be around during the festival of Hanukkah, and a game played during that festival, is Dreidel. Dreidel is a four-sided spinning top marked with the Hebrew letters Shin, Hey, Gimel and Nun, which read “A great miracle happened here” in Hebrew.

An Etrog is one of the four species along with lulav, Hadas, and Aravah used on the holiday of Sukkot. An Etrog is a lemon like fruit traditionally used along with the other three that are waved each day during the seven day festival of Sukkot.

A popular candelabra found in Jewish households is the Hanukkah Menorah. A Hanukkah Menorah is a nine-stemmed candelabra that is used for the holiday of Hannukah, and it is different from the seven-candles menorah used in the temple of Jerusalem.


Who to Inform About Your Change of Address?


The асt оf mоvіng іѕ ѕtrеѕѕful to ѕау thе least. Chаngіng уоur address tо your nеw home іѕ рrоbаblу оnе оf thе lеѕѕ ѕtrеѕѕful parts of moving соmраrеd tо having tо расk-uр a еntіrе hоuѕе.

Evеn ѕо, іt is nоt something tо dо lаѕt minute. It’s іmроrtаnt to make thе switch оf аddrеѕѕ before the mоvе оr еlѕе уоur mail wіll nоt follow уоu tо уоur nеw аddrеѕѕ.

Your bills, mоnthlу ѕubѕсrірtіоnѕ аnd what nоt wіll be ѕіttіng іn уоur former home аnd I dоubt уоu’d want tо mіѕѕ аnу рауmеntѕ.

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Hеrе аrе some tірѕ to be роѕіtіvе thаt уоur mаіl wіll be mоvіng along with уоu:

  • Onсе you gеt уоur nеw аddrеѕѕ and dауѕ before thе mоvіng dаtе, tаkе a quick trір tо thе post оffісе аnd take a few mіnutеѕ to fіll оut thе US postal ѕеrvісе’ѕ official change оf address form. The form is аlѕо knоwn аѕ PS Fоrm 3575. If you dоn’t ѕее thеm around thе роѕt оffісе, juѕt аѕk the ѕtаff whо can аѕѕіѕt уоu.
  • Wrіtіng down thе оld and new аddrеѕѕеѕ on thе form іѕ еѕѕеntіаl but іt іѕ аlѕо іmроrtаnt to rеmеmbеr tо аdd thе names оf anyone else who will bе mоvіng. It’ѕ nоt оnlу уоu whо receive thе mаіl; уоur wіfе, husband оr сhіldrеn receive ѕnаіl mаіl tоо.
  • If you can’t mаkе іt to the роѕt office durіng оffісе hours, you саn аrrаngе tо have уоur mаіl forwarded аt уоur оwn соnvеnіеnсе – online оf соurѕе. Yоu just hаvе to соmрlеtе a ѕhоrt fоrm аt thе US postal service address change online and then уоu’rе аll set.
  • Tаkе note that thе change оf аddrеѕѕ fоrm іѕ temporary. Fіrѕt сlаѕѕ mаіl such аѕ уоur mаіl іѕ forwarded tо уоur nеw address fоr a уеаr. Pеrіоdісаlѕ ѕuсh as newsletters аnd magazines аrе only forwarded for 60 dауѕ. Aftеr thе еxріrаtіоn оf the fоrwаrdіng period, your mаіl wіll bе sent tо thе dead-letter rооm аt the post оffісе оr to your рrіоr residence. to keep receiving your mail, уоu nееd tо sent оut change оf аddrеѕѕ саrdѕ to еvеrуоnе уоu dо business. Thе cards аrе аvаіlаblе аt thе post оffісе fоr free.

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  • For university or college ѕtudеntѕ who are grаduаtіng оr mоvіng аwау for the summer, check with thе residence оffісе оr саmрuѕ mаіl service tо іnԛuіrе оn the mаіl fоrwаrdіng роlісіеѕ so you’ll соntіnuе tо receive уоur mаіl.
  • Fоr thе bіllѕ that уоu rесеіvе frоm уоur utilities, сrеdіt саrd company оr іnѕurаnсе provider, уоu саn update уоur аddrеѕѕ information еіthеr on their website or uѕuаllу thеу hаvе a section to сhаngе thе аddrеѕѕ in thе mаіl that thеу ѕеnd.
  • Yоu саn get lоѕt іn thе ѕhufflе so kеер trасk of who you’ve gіvеn уоur nеw аddrеѕѕ tо and whо соuld роѕѕіblу ѕtіll nееdѕ іt. A сhесklіѕt of the соmраnіеѕ ѕuсh аѕ thе IRS, рhоnе and utіlіtіеѕ соmраnу whо nееd your address nоt to mеntіоn, уоur friends and rеlаtіvеѕ whо want tо keep in соntасt wіth уоu.

Taking Care of Cut Flowers

Flowers are the things that give life to our house, and the things that make people happy. Flowers are very much important because of what they are. Whenever you purchase flowers, they will be most likely cut off from their root system. So it’s safe to say that they will perish quickly if you do not take care for them properly. There are ways in which you can preserve cut flowers, and you can follow this guide in order to find out how to extend their lifeline.

Get a Clean Vase

One arch enemy to the flower is bacteria and fungi, so you don’t want to contaminate the fresh water where you will be placing your new flowers.  Make sure to properly clean the vase before putting water inside.

Preparation is Key

Before placing the flowers in the vase, make sure to remove at least 3 to 5 centimeters of the stems at an angle. Make sure to do this underwater by either cutting them in a water-filled basin or by holding the stems under running water. It’s important that you make clean cuts instead of crushing or burning the stems.

When you finish cutting the stems, make sure to remove all leaves that are close enough to the water. In the case of dealing with flowers which have a tendency to ooze milky fluids, like poppy and poinsettia, make sure to place the bottom 5 cm of its stem into boiling water for at least 10 seconds before placing it to the vase. This will extend the vase life of the flowers. This is the best way of caring for cut flowers who ooze milky fluids.

In the case of using floral foam, make sure to place the foam in the vase so it can sink naturally. If you push the floral foam into the vase, you are effectively shortening the vase life of the flower, because it traps the air in the vase.



Many flower arrangements die off slowly because you are not watering the flowers properly. Cutting the stems under water will keep the air out of the stems, and will keep the xylem and phloem working together more efficiently.

When making a vase solution, use demineralized water from the supermarket to avoid white deposits around faucets and kettles. Another great tip when making vase solutions is to use hot water (but not too hot).


Even though cut flowers are cut off from their root system, they are still living things, and they still require nutrients in order to maintain their color and overall appearance. When in a vase you can supply the flower with everything it needs.

Using lemon-lime soda is a good additive for keeping the flowers healthy for longer periods of time. Avoid using diet sodas because of the sugar, and avoid colas as these tend to have too much acid in them.

You can use flower preservatives if mixing your own solution is not your thing. These preservatives can be found in supermarkets and florists. These commercial solutions, may not last as long as homemade solutions, but they are cheap and convenient solutions. All you have to do is follow the directions from the packaging and your flowers are good to go.

Avoid using vinegar and aspirin in your vase, as they are generally bad solutions and ineffective for the overall health and vase life of your flowers.

Treat Your Flowers Well

The only tip you need that your flowers will love is to treat them well. Flowers like cooler temperatures because higher temperatures tend to degrade cut flowers. Make sure to avoid putting the flowers next to heaters, or next to heat-generating appliances that will shorten the vase life of the lowers. Cutting your flowers gently will also increase their life, almost as much as the water you are giving it.

Helpful Information About Choosing A Plumber For Gas Fitting

When you have appliances that require the use of gas in your home, then a licensed gas fitter must attend to service related queries, as unlicensed gas work is hazardous and illegal.

A qualified gas fitter or plumber can assess all your appliances and connections and ensure that they are safe to use and not posing any potential danger to you or your family.  But what are the considerations when you’re looking for a gas fitter to repair and maintain your gas appliances?

Informational Tips On How To Find A Reputable Gas Fitter:

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How do I know that I am dealing with a reputable gas fitter?

A gas person is a professional that specialises in installing and servicing gas appliances and fixtures in industrial, commercial and residential areas. Apart from maintenance, they can also assist you with installing burners, valves, regulators and gas meters. You’ll often notice advertisements of plumbers that advertise plumbing as well as gas fitting services.

However, you must be careful when picking plumbers Sunshine Coast to assist you, as gas fitting is a separate occupation that requires different qualifications and training than plumbing. Therefore, it is crucial that the relevant plumbing company has the necessary qualifications and are certified to do a gas fitting including other related services.

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What are the services that a gas fitter can assist you with?

  • Reading and interpreting specifications, drawings, and plans.
  • Measuring and marking locations where the gas equipment is to be found.
  • Testing pipework that is used for gas appliances.
  • Installation of gas pipes.
  • Installing equipment and appliances that are using gas to operate.
  • Installing flues for gas equipment.
  • Installing gas pressure regulating and detection systems.
  • Giving clients guidance on using and maintaining their gas appliances accurately.
  • Installation of LPG systems in boats or caravans.
  • Servicing and maintaining gas appliances and equipment.
  • Maintaining ancillary equipment and pipes that are relevant for safe operating of items that make use of flue gases.

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Choosing a gas fitter

  • Always find out if the gas fitter you are considering using, have the necessary license and qualifications to provide gas fitting services. Make sure they can present the right type of license for your requirements.
  • Ideally, the gas fitter must be able to provide 24/7 assistance in emergency situations such as leaking gas and splitting pipes.
  • It is always commendable to get at least three quotes from separate companies to ensure you are choosing the best one to do your gas appliance installation or maintenance. It’s not advisable to pick necessarily the cheapest one, as is much more appropriate to choose a company that can do the installation as prescribed and has your family’s safety in mind. When the installation is not done properly, you may be confronted with unsafe conditions later on, because dealing with volatile materials such as gas can become dangerous when not handled correctly.

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How much will I pay when hiring a Gas fitter?

Gas fitters charge per hour, and you are looking at approximately $50 to $90 hourly, depending on the region and location of your property. There will be an extra charge for products or materials used.

Your Quick Checklist When You’re Moving to a New Home


Moving is like a complicated machine with many parts, but with the proper organization, it works seamlessly. You need to do a lot of things when moving, not just packing up, boxing your stuff, and transporting it across town. In this post, we’ll go through what you need to get done.

Change Your Address

Updating your address is essential to ensure you get your bills on time at the right address. We know that no one likes receiving bills, but everyone has to pay them. Make sure you update your address with companies you do business with.

And, don’t forget to update the various state agencies as well while you’re at it.

You can call the contacts yourself, or, if you don’t have time, use something like the US mailing change of address service.


Make Sure You Confirm All Dates

If you’ve sold your home, confirm precisely when you need to be out of the property. When can you move into the new one? On what day do those dates fall? If it’s a weekday, you might need to take leave to ensure that you can help with the move or be there when the movers arrive.

Be sure to check, and then recheck and confirm all dates for the move, your leave, and the moving company‘s arrival.

Notify the Gas and Power Company

Why pay for extra gas and power when you’ve moved out? Be sure to have them disconnected on the day you leave. And be sure you arrange for utilities in the new house on the day you move in.

You don’t want to spend the whole day working hard to move your items only to find that you can’t have a hot shower or a cup of coffee when you want to relax.

Check Out the Movers Carefully

We’ve all heard the horror stories. How about movers that give you a great quote initially only to tack on extra fees later on? Sometimes they hold your items ransom to extort the extra money out of you and, sometimes, they’re just con artists who steal your stuff.


Make sure that the company has a good reputation online before trusting them with anything. Find out:

  • What vehicle they’ll use to move your items.
  • Where the company will store them
  • And what the extent of the company’s insurance is in case anything goes wrong.
  • Exactly what the terms of the contract are.

What Are Your Responsibilities When Leaving the Old Address?

Do you have to have the carpets professionally cleaned, for example? If you’re selling, do you have any responsibilities as laid out in the contract? If you’re renting, what do you need to do to get your security deposit back?

Change the External Locks at the New Place

When you move into a new home, you can never really be sure who has keys for it. It’s a good idea to get the locks changed when you move in. That way, you know who has the keys. If you rent, you need the landlord’s permission and may have to pay for it.

But, from a safety perspective, it’s a small price to pay.

That’s about all for now. Good luck with your move and we hope it goes smoothly for you.


Tools You Need To Clean Your House

Cleaning your house on a regular basis is pretty important for your health, the health of people around you as well as the general looks of the interior. But, as you might know, it isn’t the most interesting thing to do in the free time? It takes hours, and it is energy demanding as well. Nobody will volunteer to do it unless it is necessary. If you want to read some home cleaning tips, click here.

Yes, sometimes it can be relaxing, but taking into consideration that you have to do it at least a few times a month, it is wise to find ways to make it more effective. And the first step to that is getting the right cleaning equipment. Right cleaning equipment contains a good batch of white towels and microfiber cloths, brushes, spray bottles, white vinegar, cleaning solutions, and all the other tools that you might need in the process. Having everything that is needed will save you the much needed time, and we guarantee that you will get better results. But, what are the few essential tools that you need (other than cloths, towels, sponges, etc.)? Let’s take a look!

The Essential Tools For Cleaning Your House

As mentioned above preparation is the key so if you get everything in time chances are house cleaning could even be kind of cool.

  1. The first and foremost is a vacuum cleaner. This beautiful device, made to perfection, is there to save you the troubles of all the dust, crumbles, leftover food or anything lying on your floor. Agencies like SwiftClean suggest a vacuum cleaner as a #1 must have! Regularly vacuuming a few times a week (it won’t take more than 15-20 minutes) will be of great help and you will feel like your house is brand new again.
  1. Similar to the first one investing in a good hand vacuum will save you time and energy. Instead of swiping dust and crumbles from stoves and tables using microfiber cloths or towels, just vacuum it up using this conventional and simple invention. Of course, it is wise to wipe the table once you are done, but the hand vacuum will do everything beforehand.
  1. The thing you have to own especially if your ceiling is highly positioned is the ceiling fan cleaning brush. This will reach those hidden dust spots, and thus lower the risk of allergies. Getting an extension dusting kit is a good choice as well!
  1. One of the most important tools to have is a mop, and believe us investing in a steam mop is the way to go. You can use this one to remove stains from floors, and walls and the power of the released steam will do everything for you. Instead of wiping those grease stains and spots by hand, fall in love with this device!
  1. Last, but not least we would recommend you to get a lint roller. This one doesn’t only pick up the hair of your cat or dog from furniture, but can sweep all that dust, leftover crumbs or even broken glass from the floor. Believe us, this small investment will pay off multiple times!

What If You Don’t Like To House Clean

Okay, although it is pretty clear what do you need and how to do it, you can still be against cleaning yourself for whatever reason, and that is absolutely fine. That is why agencies such as SwiftClean (situated in Santa Barbara) offer great house cleaning services. They will do everything in a matter of hours, and are relatively cheap as well. From your bathroom and kitchen equipment to the living room and entrance everything will shine bright like a diamond. No dust, no crumbles, no allergies – lovely!


At the end of the day, whether you will be cleaning by yourself or hiring an agency, it is significant to remember the importance of the same. Remember, a clean environment is a healthy and good environment!

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