The Meaning of Popular Jewish Symbols

The Jewish religion is full of symbols and religious items that hold within them deeply meaningful messages, values and ideas. Some of the symbols are centuries old whereas others have become popular only in recent decades. Each and every one of them represent part of the Jewish journey; part of the incredible history of this tiny people that have always been small in number yet have always been highly influential as far as world history is concerned. We’ll present a number of these Jewish symbols and their meanings in an attempt to give the reader a glimpse of the richness of the Jewish tradition. Continue reading

The Blessing of the New Home in Judaism

Pirkei Avot, commonly known by its English name Ethics of the Fathers, is a collection of ethical teachings and maxims of Rabbis from the Mishnaic period. Pirkei Avot appears in the tractate of Avot in the Talmud and is unique in the way that it is the only tractate in the Talmud that deals solely with ethical and moral issues and not legal ones. Continue reading

Mezuzah

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