Jewish Gifts and Judaica Arts Attract Interest

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Jewish Gifts and Judaica Arts Attract Interest By: Joy Schonberg Judaism as practiced and expressed through Judaica arts and gift items is attracting the interest of more and more people. Those of Jewish ancestry who have strayed into other cultures and religions in their previous lives are turning back to their roots by acquiring Jewishinspired arts and gifts to renew their devotion to Judaism. Even nonJewish people are showing their fascination with Judaica arts and gifts as evidenced by the brisk sale of these items in stores located in largely nonJewish neighborhoods. This phenomenon could be attributed to the religious renaissance that all the lawlessness and inequities in the world have given rise to.

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Judaism as practiced and expressed through Judaica Arts and gift items is attracting the interest of more and more people. Those of Jewish ancestry who have strayed into other cultures and religions in their previous lives are turning back to their roots by acquiring Jewish-inspired arts and gifts to renew their devotion to Judaism.

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  • Jewish Gifts and Judaica Arts Attract Interest By:JoySchonberg JudaismaspracticedandexpressedthroughJudaicaartsandgiftitemsisattractingthe interestofmoreandmorepeople.ThoseofJewishancestrywhohavestrayedintoother culturesandreligionsintheirpreviouslivesareturningbacktotheirrootsbyacquiring JewishinspiredartsandgiftstorenewtheirdevotiontoJudaism.EvennonJewishpeople areshowingtheirfascinationwithJudaicaartsandgiftsasevidencedbythebrisksaleof theseitemsinstoreslocatedinlargelynonJewishneighborhoods.Thisphenomenon couldbeattributedtothereligiousrenaissancethatallthelawlessnessandinequitiesin theworldhavegivenriseto.
  • WeseepeoplefromallsocialclassesandculturestryingtolearnmoreaboutJewishlife andgetconnectedtotheirforgottenheritageinamoreintimateway.Weevenhearof someHollywoodcelebritiesjoiningJewishconvertsandreturnesstogodeepintothestudy ofKabbalah.KabbalahisanancientJewishwisdomthatrevealshowtheuniverseandlife work.Mostofusatsomepointfeelthatfulfillmentiselusiveandtheressomethingmissing inourlives.ThroughthestudyofKabbalah,welearnhowtoachievefulfillmentandserenity. Eachoneofusdesiresfulfillmentandjoywhichcouldexplaintheinterestmanyarenow givingtoJudaismanditspromiseofspiritualrichnessanddeliverance.Apartfromthe studyofKabbalah,worshipintheoldestofallknownreligionsispracticedwiththeaidof synagogueitems,JudaicaartsandJewishgifts. TheworldofJudaicaencompassesvirtuallyallpossibleobjectspertinenttoJudaism.It comprisesmainlybutnotexclusivelyofarticlesthatareinseparablepartsofthereligion, suchastheJudaicaTallit.ThisistheprayershawlthatJewishmenwearwhentheypray accordingtotheircustom.MostAshkenaziJewsweartheTalliteverydayoncetheyget married,whileSephardicJewswearitdailylongbeforetheytietheknow,usuallyoncethey turn13yearsoldattheirBarMitzvahs.
  • AnotherJudaicaobjectthatisnotonlyanintrinsicpartofJudaismbutalsoimmensely popularinJudaicastoresistheMezuzah.Thisisascrollenclosedinanelaborately designedcaseonwhichiswrittenreligiouspassagesfromaJewishholyman.Hence,the Mezuzahismostlyattachedtodoorpostsofhousestosignifythehomeownersreligiosity andalsotowardoffevil.SomeMezuzahcancostaprettypennydependingondesignand make. DecorativeMezuzahsarenottheonlyexampleoffundamentalreligiousitemsthatJudaica offersinanarrayofcolorsandstyles.ThereisalsothefamousKippah,knownbyits YiddishtermYamaka.ThisisthesmallskullcapJewishmenwearontheirheadsatall timessymbolicoftheirsubjugationtoGod.JudaicastoresofferKippahsinmanydifferent colors,sizes,shapesandmaterials. JudaicaoffersanythingfromvitalritualitemstoantiquejewelryofJewishmotif,Jewishart andJudaicagifts.Jewishgiftsareinexhaustible,withnewitemsinundatingtheJudaica marketconstantly. Giftgivingisawonderfulwaytoincreasethesenseofclosenessbetweenfamilyand friends.GiftsaregivenoncountlessoccasionsinJudaismfoodpackagesonPurim,gifts onHannukah,milestonegiftsforgirlsandboysreachingBatandBarMitzvah,giftsfor newlymarriedcoupleswhoaresettinguptheirhome,andsomanymore. Apartfromthepleasureofgivingandreceivingagift,JewishgiftsandJudaicagiftshave anadditionalaspectofbeingdeeplymeaningfulandoftenbeingitemsthatarepassed fromgenerationtogeneration,strengtheningthechainofJudaismwithinthefamily. Judaicaitemsthataregivenaspresentstodaybecometheheirloomsoftomorrow KiddishCups,Mezuzahs,ShabbatCandlesticksandPassoverSederPlatesareall examplesofitemsthatarepassedonfromfathertoson,frommothertodaughteroverthe generations,appreciated,cherishedandadmired.
  • JewishJewelryisacategoryofJewishgiftsthatisdevelopingandgrowingatan astonishingspeed.Fromtraditionalsymbols,suchastheStarofDavidandChaisymbols tothemorecontemporaryKabbalahandHamsa,JewishJewelryisapopularwayfor JewishpeopletodisplaytheirJewishprideandsenseofunity.Rings,pendants,earrings, pinsandnecklacescanbefoundinanarrayofstylesinourJewelrycollections,madeofa varietyofmaterials,silver,gold,ceramic,plasticresinsandothers. Formoreinformation,pleasevisithttp://joyschonberg.com/.