What is a Mezuzah?
A Mezuzah is a small scroll of parchment that is inscribed with the first two paragraphs of the Shema prayer. It is placed inside an often decorative case and attached to the right-hand doorways in Jewish homes. Continue reading
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What is a Mezuzah?
What are Tzedakah Boxes?
Tzedakah Boxes are commonly translated as Charity Boxes. First of all, that is a mistranslation, an understandable one but still incorrect. The root of the Hebrew word Tzedakah is Tzedek meaning Justice. Judaism views giving to those who are less fortunate than you as a form of justice, not an act of charity. Charity denotes a generous action done out of the kindness of one’s heart. Continue reading
You’ve been invited out for a meal or two or even an entire Shabbat, Friday is drawing nearer and you suddenly realize that you have nothing to bring your hosts- what to do?! We recommend stocking up on a bunch of beautiful Judaica gifts which you can then whip out at your convenience. That way you’ll never have that last minute rush before Shabbat which usually ends in buying something over-priced, totally useless that screams last-minute.com. No, a bunch of withered flowers, calorific-laden desserts and boring bottles of wine don’t exactly broadcast originality. Continue reading
“A land of wheat and barley and grapes and figs and pomegranates, and land of olive oil and dates.”
Seven agricultural products are listed in the Bible as being special to the Land of Israel. Although these species no longer dominate the diet of people living in Israel these species still characterize the local landscape and are widely used in the Israeli diet. In biblical times the species were the staple foods consumed by the people in the land. In modern times only wheat is a staple but the fact that these species continue to dominate the landscape accentuates a sense of continuity between Biblical Israel and Modern Israel. Continue reading
Ester Shahaf has a background in the theatrical arts with a degree from the University of Tel Aviv in Theater and Costume Design. Today, Ester creates and sells jewelry and Judaica from her hometown of Binyamina, Israel and enjoys resounding success both in Israel and abroad. Continue reading
If one observes a religiously-observant Jewish family with children as they enter and exit their house, one may notice that family members touch the right-hand doorpost of the entrance to their house whenever they enter and exit the house and immediately after raise their fingertips to their lips. Little children will often request to be lifted up to the doorpost to kiss the skinny, oblong box that rests on it. For those unfamiliar with Judaism this site is certainly a strange one. Continue reading
Dead Sea cosmetics are primarily skin care products for everyone, men, women and children. One company does have foundation and powder for face makeup, but everything else is related to skin, nail and hair care. These products are made with minerals from the Dead Sea, the most saline body of water in the world. It has such a high mineral content, only one form of bacteria can survive in the water, and nothing else. This accounts for the name of the lake. Continue reading
Although the Jews have been scattered all over the world, they have been able to preserve their Hebrew symbols. Distance has not been able to create a barrier as these Hebrew symbols are used to bind the Jewish people together no matter where they are. The history and faith of the Jewish are linked to the symbols they use to identify and unify them as a people.
Here are several significant Hebrew symbols which are recognized by every Jew all over the world.
The Symbol of Chai
The Book of Psalms
The Ten Commandments
The 72 Names of God
It is evident that these Hebrew symbols play a significant part in the life of the Jewish people because they have been able to bear the test of time and can still be found in the homes of many Jews and they are also being worn by Jews as well. These symbols are incorporated in a wide range of Hebrew jewelry worn by Jewish men and women all across the globe.
What is a Bar Mitzvah?
Bar Mitzvah is also used to describe the event that many of these boys will hold to celebrate their “coming of age” even thought strictly speaking it refers to their status. Even if a boy does not have a special ceremony or event to celebrate their coming of age, he will still automatically become Bar Mitzvah.
What is the mystical reasoning behind the Bar Mitzvah status?
Furthermore, there is a well-known rule in the Talmud that a commandment performed by one who is commanded to uphold it is considered greater than the commandment performed by one who isn’t obligated to do so. This is because when told to do things people have a natural aversion to do so. To overcome this aversion shows maturity and this is what the Bar Mitzvah celebrates- the stage of obligation.
Calling up to the Torah
The Bar Mitzvah will then read a portion from the Biblical prophets and after services a small buffet is often held that begins with a blessing over the wine.
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