Couldn’t make it to Meron? You CAN enjoy Lag Ba’omer at home too!

Get into the spirit, Lag Ba’omer is in the air! Even the weather is cooperating. No need to look at your neighbors heading off to the airport with envy, you’ll be having a great time here at home!

There are so many ways to make Lag Ba’omer an exciting day for you and your family.

History and Reason for Celebration

First we need to understand what it is that we’re celebrating on Lag Ba’omer. In short, R’ Shimon Bar Yochai was one of the 5 disciples of Rabbi Akiva that remained alive after the great plague that killed 24,000 of his students. Rabbi Shimon brought the Holy Zohar to the world, which contain the deepest wisdoms of kabbalah, and on the day of his death, we celebrate the LIGHT of Torah he brought down.

Celebrating with Fire

Lag Ba’omer is synonymous with bonfires. Children and adults alike spend the days leading up to this day by collecting and building a bonfire that will be the pride of the neighborhood. Have you ever competed with other children to see who can build the biggest fire? At any age, there is a special excitement when the wood is lit and the whole crowd bursts into song, singing Amar Rebbi Akiva and Bar Yochai. Prepare the hot dogs, marshmallows, and of course skewers! (Of course, keep a special eye on your children when they get anywhere near fire. There’s nothing joyful about getting burnt. And watch out for those rusty nails 🙂

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A more contemporary way to “fire up” the day is having a barbeque. Bring out the grill, the steaks and the lemonade! Turn on the music, it’s been a long while since we have last been allowed to hear it. And if the weather is really nice, how about some water fun? Fill up a kiddy pool and play bob the apple. How about a water balloon fight?

 

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Join the pilgrimage to the park! Frolic on the grass, play a spirited game of ball, ride your bike, then sit down for a well-deserved picnic lunch or dinner on the grass. Be sure to prepare a pretty basket with all the supplies needed so that your time spent with family is relaxed and unpressured. Spread a blanket on the earth for a cozy feel and distribute pre-wrapped sandwiches for the least mess. Pack lemonade in small water bottles, enough for everybody. No more spills! Don’t forget napkins, plates and utensils.

If you’re feeling really adventurous, you can pull out your bow and arrow and practice sharp-shooting. This is to symbolize that a rainbow never came out in the time of Rabbi Shimon. Set up a target and show off how far you can shoot! See a friendly frum family near you? Challenge them to a tournament!

 

Simchas

The days of Sefira are days of semi-mourning. When Lag Ba’omer comes around, Simchas are back in full swing! The music is booming, 3 year upsherin picold children are getting their first haircut, and countless couples are walking down the aisle to their chuppah. Whatever the simchah is, live in the moment! Enjoy it fully and be an active participant. Invited to an ‘upsherin’ party? Can you prepare royal icing cookies in the shape of a little boy? Present your host with an adorable home-made treat. Check out this blog by Esther O Design  for instructions on how to make these adorable cupcakes. Have a baking party with your children, you’ll never believe how much fun it could be!

 

Tish

Looking for something different? Head over to a chassidish rebbe’s tish! On a regular yom tov, it’s hard to go when you cannot drive. Now, on Lagsatmar bonfire Ba’omer, you will see unbridled joy and unparalleled dancing. You might even get to see a bonfire that can rival the size of the main fire on the mountain of Meron.

 

Parades

Chabad is known for its Great Parades! 770 Eastern Parkway and its surrounding blocks turns into fairgrounds with thousands of kids and adults participating in the revelry of the day. In the past, entertainment included such high profile entertainers as singers MBD and Benny Friedman. There were people riding on horseback, a marching band, clowns, acrobats and many other delightful sights and sounds. The shining faces of all participants make this the joyful place to be. Find out if there will be a parade in your area this year, if not, maybe you and a few of your friends can put something together? The hard work will pay off in sweet memories that will last a life time.

 

EZKosher.com

Whether you make a barbecue, have a picnic or join a parade, we hope you will experience the joy of the day. Remember to visit EZKosher.com for all your food supplies, you’ll be surprised at the variety and availability you can find.

 

An Exciting New Feature Coming To EZKOSHER: The Picking APP

Newsflash! EZKOSHER is about to reach a whole new level of efficiency and convenience! With a whole team of developers working day and night to roll out this new feature, we can say that launch time is getting really close!

I spoke to Mr. Koplowitz at EZKosher (Director of Development) to get the full scoop.

 

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Leiby Koplowitz at the interview

Interviewer: So what’s all this buzz we’re hearing about the Picking App? Can you explain in a few words what it is?

Mr. K.: We are very excited to finally be up to the final stages of preparing the state of the art picking-app. It is a superior marvel of technological advancement, sure to make waves in the grocery industry. We are all familiar with orders that arrive with missing items, or items differing from what we ordered. With the picking app, such frustrations will be a thing of the past.

Interviewer: Sounds like sci-fi to me! So how exactly does it work?

Mr. K.: The people in the store who are responsible for picking the order, called Pickers, will be getting sophisticated tablets loaded with this new technology. Each order will appear on the tablet, with all items categorized in logical order. For example, all refrigerated items will be grouped together, in order to make the process of loading the shopping cart more efficient. As the picker places each item in the cart, he will scan the barcode and it will have to match according to what the customer ordered. The picker will also have to verify the correct quantities with the app. No more only getting 4 yogurts when you ordered 14!

Interviewer: Wow! I can really see how this will benefit our customers. Humans are humans after all, and this app sounds like it will prevent human error. Are there any other special features in this app that you can tell me about?

Mr. K.: As a matter of fact, yes there is! When a store is out of stock of a certain item, they can either exchange it for a similar one or leave it out. In the past, this could have caused some invoice confusion. With this app, a clearly detailed description will show up in real time on the customers’ invoices. This will make our invoicing process much clearer and easier to understand for all of EZKosher’s customers! And talking about real time,  customers will soon be able to receive notice of the times their items were picked. That will give them a clearer idea of when their order will be on the way.

Interviewer: It sounds like a LOT of work went into developing this app.

Mr. K.: You bet. We have top programmers working on this for months, laboring to get each detail working just right.

Interviewer: So here’s the big question: When will this app actually be launched? I’m sure our customers are waiting with bated breath.

Mr. K.: We are B”H in the final stages of testing. We don’t have an exact ETA yet, due to the hundreds of small details that still have to be put in place, but were holding sooner rather than later. (At the very latest, it will be in less than 2 months)

Interviewer: I can’t wait to see it in action. To summarize – The picking app will:

  1. Prevent forgetting items when picking the order
  2. Prevent pickers from placing the wrong quantities of items
  3. Clear up any confusion on the invoices regarding exchanged items or items that are out of stock
  4. Updates on Order Status in real time.

We will keep you posted on any more exciting updates as we get them!

History and examples of the ever popular term EZ

Do a search for the term EZ on google. There are over 385 MILLION results! When did that moniker become so popular? What does it signify?

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There are over 385 MILLION results! When did that moniker become so popular? What does it signify?

EZ Origin

Where does the phrase EZ come from? Obviously it comes from the word EASY, which conveys: comfortable, quiet, tranquil. The original origin is a French Word AISIER, which means: put at ease, facilitate. It made its way into our lanuguage, and morphed into the word ease. From there, it was a hop, skip and jump to our popular EZ.

Popular uses of the word EZ:

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E-ZPass, of course, is the most famous use of the word E-Z. With the invention and proliferation of E-ZPass lanes, there is no longer any need to fumble for change while holding up traffic at the toll booth. E-ZPass has reduced pollution brought about by idling cars, and has reduced toll-booth traffic delay by 85%! That is a savings of over 2 million vehicle hours per year.

It’s no wonder then, that the term E-Z brings good feelings of efficiency, modernity, and power. You can’t help but look pityingly at the long line of primitive cars inching their way up to the toll-booth cash lane, as you zip through the E-ZPass lane with nary a wait.

The E-ZPass term was trademarked by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey in 1994.

Since then, there was a explosion of new companies and stores, both locally and nationwide, that saught to jump on the success of E-ZPass. There are almost 7,000 trademarks registered with the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) which include the term EZ in its name.

EZ Examples

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EZ-Robot is a company that makes Robotics easy! Ever wanted to create your own robot? EZ-Robot lets you invent and build your personal robot without having to know programming. These robots are assembled with ez-bits using clip’n’play technology for endless configurations by consumers. Check it out at https://www.ez-robot.com/

 

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Get on the water today with EZ Waves!

Itching to go fishing? Want to relax on the placid blue waters of a calm lake? Check out EZWaves.net! EZ Waves is a matchmaker that brings guests to the water by pairing up clients and captains. They do the background research to provide you with a list of captains and boats that you can choose for your next excursion.

Happy sailing!

 

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Even the government has jumped on the bandwagon!  eZ-Audit.ed.gov is a web based paperless single point of submission for financial statements and compliance audits for public schools. They claim that “submissions through eZ-Audit will allow for more rapid and efficient processing by the Department of Education (ED) and therefore provide you with immediate feedback”. Being that Government Bureaus often get bad rap for being very s-l-o-w, we can only hope that this process is truly ez-ier!

 

 

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The proprietors of EZKosher.com saw the need to make Kosher shopping EZier. Too much time and effort is spent driving, finding parking, and standing at crowded checkout lines for grocery shopping. They conceptualized a dream of having your groceries arrive at your door with a click of a button. Check it out. It’s that EZ! Big-Red-Shop-Now-Button.png

 

Disposing the Post Pesach Poundage – Kosher Dietetic Foods

It was a wonderful holiday. We spent time with our families, had a long chol hamoed to enjoy, visited many new places, and ATE LOTS OF FOOD! (it aint just potatoes and eggs anymore!)

With all the seudos and it’s delicious food behind us, (in us?) it’s time to step on the scale. (A novel way to do it without any heart palpitations is to just step up, and step off, all while keeping your eyes closed! So you can boast, I didn’t gain any weight J.)

This article is not here to tell you, do exercise and eat better. Although you really should!

I did my exercise by digging through all the food EZKOSHER has on its website, and built a list of specific Kosher food that will help you lose weight. As each person has their own diet guru and methodology that they swear by, I included a sampling of many popular diets. Happy Losing!

 

Low Carb :

Carbolicious Bread
Carbolicious Bread
Smart Carb Low Carb Cookies
Smart Carb Low Carb Cookies

Low Fat:

Hatov Small Curd Cottage Cheese Low Fat
Hatov Small Curd Cottage Cheese Low Fat
Mehadrin FitnFree Light Vanilla Yogurt
Mehadrin FitnFree Light Vanilla Yogurt

Low Calorie Diet:

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Mauzone Mania Chocolate Rasberry Fiber Fruit Tarts

Gluten Free Diet:

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Goldbaums Brown Rice Pasta

Juice Diet:

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Bolthouse Farms Carrot Juice

Water Diet:

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Glaceau Smart Water

Seafood Diet:

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Dagim Sole Fillets

Mediterranean Diet:

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Leiber’s Extra Light Olive Oil

Vegetarian Diet:

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Bodek Lunch Box

Organic Diet:

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Heinz Organic Tomato Ketchup

Which diet works for you? Please let us know in the comments section below. And remember to shop for all your dietetic (and all the cheating!) food on EZKOSHER.com. Look out for Dietetic Tags on products…coming soon!