Pomegranates Suck at Peeling and Opening but Are Symbolic of….

14k pomegranate jewelry

Pomegranates are a Biblical fruit, with visual imagery and symbolism up the wahzoo.  

Truth be told, it is a gorgeous piece of fruit.  It truly is.  


Poetry is written about, heck, Alef Bet even made jewelry out of it!  See the photo above.  Rose 14k gold set with brilliantly shining rubies.  Drop-dead gorgeous.  


But, let’s talk reality.  It is so hard to open, peel and eat that is it really worth the trouble?


There is a tree in my backyard loaded with pomegranates.  Remind me to look for a picture.  The fruit is so loaded on the tree, it touches the floor.  No joke.  The squirrels adore it, and last year the tree-rats were in heaven.  For some reason, they left this year.  Guess they found a sweeter home.

Really, why was this tasty and healthy-full of nutrients- fruit so hard to eat!!!

To peel it is a challenge, to seed it –OMG!  See this bowl below, time consuming mess.  The clean up was a disaster.  I have to wear an apron so my clothes won’t stain.


But, this next picture below is great.  Maybe my favorite of all.  The shot is set up, the coloring is phenomenal and the juice…. the burgundy shade is perfect and the sprig of rosemary in it….. should I go on?  You know there is a splash of liquor in there too, right? Then glance back up at my mess.

That is a real picture.  



Anyhow, my fruit is organic.  

Back to the beauty of pomegranates though in all reality…

It does make gorgeous jewelry, right?




Stackable Rings Trend Here to Last


Fashion is ever changing and not remaining in one place for too long. It’s a rare thing when something stays on trend for longer than a season or two but when it does then you know that it’s probably one worth participating in. The stackable ring trend is one of those long lasting trends, and I am SO happy about that. People are still showcasing their stacked rings on multiple Pinterest boards, blog posts, and in magazine articles. 2016’s trend of stackable rings is not going anywhere in 2017.

November 16, 2013 - Blog posts shooting with Elisa Dahan for Infashionated.com

Ring Stacking How-to:

Try starting with a delicate and/or sparkly ring as the foundation? But don’t stop there, Alef Bet Jewelry offers a wide variety of rings that are perfect options for the stackable ring trend. From high-end to low, stackable rings are making their mark. Many fashion experts suggest an anything-goes mentality that employs a selection of varying sizes, shapes and colors. While another advises choosing one metal (gold, rose gold, silver or platinum) or one color and then playing with textures. But I believe you the only rule is – there are no rules! This is fashion and fashion should express you and your beautiful personality! So no matter how you stack, strive for a cohesive look that makes you feel good.

Don’t forget to check out our website and Instagram feed for even more inspiration!



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Why is this Night Different From All Other Nights?

Passover begins at sundown, Friday April 6, by the secular calendar for 2012 CE. Long before Dr. Atkin’s carb-free regimen, observant Jews have abstained from eating leavened bread in order to keep the feast called Passover—only matzo, which contains no yeast.

At the Pesach Seder, three matzo have a place of honor on the table, regally, and somewhat cryptically, kept in a linen bag. The Seder climaxes with the eating of a broken piece of matzo, called the afikomen”.


There is mystique, mystery, possibly misunderstanding, lots of discussion and scholarly argument about the meanings and origin of the afikomen tradition.

Some traditions encourage hiding and ransoming the broken piece, rewarding the children who find it. In some parts of the world, a bit of the afikomen is preserved, kept as a talisman against (you guessed it) the evil eye, even tossed into the sea to calm the waves before ocean-travel.

Let’s start with the obvious: the word itself. Like many other words in our vocabulary—let’s say, “Sephora”—it may “sound” like Hebrew. In context, we may think it’s Hebrew—sounds good, as in,  “Please allow me to introduce Miss Sephora Bindefeld of Great Neck, New York.” 

But unlike “Sephora”, which is a completely made-up word (kudos to those clever marketing people!), afikomen is a Greek word. Depending upon who you ask, this Greek word means literally “nothing”, or “what comes after”, or something else entirely. For the record, Christian scholars who study Greek give the word a specifically Messianic interpretation.

Most people would translate “afikomen” as “dessert”, because this is how it’s used at the Seder table: “Bring out the (flourless) dessert!”.  (For all the moms and other Passover bakers out there, check out these flour-free, Passover-perfect dessert recipes from smittenkitchen.com: http://smittenkitchen.com/2008/04/17-passover-dessert-ideas/)

A more complete reference is the law of Passover: “Ein maftirin ahar he-pesah afikomen”, usually translated as “One may not eat dessert after the Passover offering.”

Another reading is more to the effect of “Do not go out after eating the Paschal lamb.” Okay, wait a minute. You may be thinking to yourself, Hey, I’ve been to a lot of Seders, and we’ve never eaten lamb, although Moses makes reference to the traditional sacrificial lamb whose blood was used to mark the doorways, protecting the families within. You know the story by now.

But lamb was edited out of the Seder menu after the destruction of the Temple. Now matzo stands in its place, since without the Temple, proper sacrifice could not be offered.

Some scholars draw on the interpretation of Rav, who wrote that the phrase means that after the Passover meal, one should not wander from group to group. Rashi interpreted this to mean that we are commanded not to take our utensils from the table and go off for a nosh, elsewhere.

Oy, the opinions. There are more esoteric interpretations, too. Shemuel and R. Yochanan, for instance, describe the word as meaning “mushrooms for me and pigeons for Abba” (?), dates, “parched ears” (which we’re thinking is like toasted wheat and barley…), and nuts. Finger-foods? Snacks? You decide.

In modern times, this familiar Talmudic passage has also been interpreted as a reference to a slightly different Greek word, “epikomazein”, transposed into Hebrew as “epikoman”. This may refer to the fact that the Hellenic Greeks were terrific partiers, and frequently stopped by the homes of friends after dinner for a few goblets of the grape, maybe some ouzo, some dancing, a few laughs.

Here’s a sharp division between the Hellenic world and the Hebrew world. Passover is not the time, the Talmud tells us, for getting rowdy.  Although Passover is absolutely a time of joy, the holiday keeps its solemnity. It is a time to connect with the Almighty—a different sort of celebration.

 Okay, right now I happen to be swooning over the recipe for Chocolate Caramel Crackers made with matzo on www.smittenkitchen.com. It’s frum-yum, but indeed, the last taste in our grateful mouths at the end of the Seder is the taste of matzo—an “olive-sized” bite, as the Talmud tells us. Not dessert in the conventional sense. It indeed is sweet, not literally but symbolically, and, it’s a mitzvah—a commandment.

I’m still thinking about those mushrooms for me…. and pigeons for Abba.

L’chaim ! Next year in Jerusalem!

Feeling Lucky? Feeling Fortunate?

Maybe it’s just the smell of Spring in the air, or the time spent with family during the Spring holidays, but we’ve been thinking about the idea of “fortune” this week.

Good fortune necklace
Fortune jewelry

We use the word “fortune” the way we use the word “luck”—we have both good and bad “fortune” and “luck”.

From fortune-tellers and fortune-cookies, human beings have always been obsessed with this idea of “fortune”.  In this sense, “fortune” is used in the context divining the future. In our more suggestible moments, we look to a Magic 8-Ball, or read the patterns of swirled coffee-grounds and tea-leaves, cards, creases in the palms of the hand, cowrie shells, and a
thousand other “methods” for telling us what will happen next. And hoping for
the best.

We may also use the word to mean a large sum of money– “I spent a fortune on that dress”. Using the word “fortune” to mean material wealth suggests that we got rich by being lucky.

We may in fact plan, strategize, invest, scrimp, save and work very hard to collect our cash and goods. But they can vanish in the wink of an eye, i.e., a bad divorce-settlement, or worse. The latter half of this is definitely “bad fortune”.

As modern people, we want to feel that we control our destiny. Do we? Our persistent interest in fortune and luck suggests that there is a cosmic wild-card which may be played at any time. Our fortunes may reverse in a heartbeat, in spite of all our planning, fretting, bitten fingernails and sleepless nights.

In fact, the popular game-show, “Wheel of Fortune”, finds its roots in ancient Rome: Fortuna was an especially fickle goddess, who became associated with a revolving wheel, because no one’s fortune, or luck, is always constant.

Like the classic Sinatra song goes, ” you’re ridin’ high in April, shot down in May. That’s life!”

It’s human nature to want to protect our wealth, our health, our well-being, and to protect our loved ones in the same way. Some of our most popular designs literally feature the word “protection”. Others protect the wearer symbolically, with the Shield of David (Mogen David), the hamsa, the eye. If you’re feeling really lucky, wear them all!