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Question 19.16:
What would be a good housewarming gift for a Jewish friend?


The nicest housewarning gift would be a mezuzah, which Jews affix to the doorpost. If you don't have a Judaica store near you, you can order one through Take a look at You'll also need to get a mezuzah parchment, which they have available.

If that option doesn't work, consider a good Jewish book, or a gift certificate for a Judaica store. Both would allow the family to start a good Jewish library.

Lastly, if neither of those pan out, consider something nice for the house. If the family keeps Kosher, avoid getting items used for food, as you don't know if they could be made Kosher. However, other items, such as picture frames, plants, etc. are lovely.

Of course, the best gift is your good wishes and the knowledge that you are a friend. The handmade stuff is nice as well: knowing they'll be tired, offer to take them to dinner at a restaurant of their choice :-)

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