Judaica Arts Makes for Great Religious Gifts

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To about 15 million Jews all over the world, religious devotion goes hand in hand with their attachment to judaica or the Jewish art objects that embody the spiritual and ethical principles of Judaism, the religion as old as humanity itself. The uniquely crafted Jewish arts and artifacts serve as markers that Judaism is practiced in a place of worship.

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  • 1.JudaicaArtsMakesforGreatReligiousGifts by:JoySchonberg Toabout15millionJewsallovertheworld,religiousdevotiongoeshandinhandwiththeir attachmenttojudaicaortheJewishartobjectsthatembodythespiritualandethical principlesofJudaism,thereligionasoldashumanityitself.TheuniquelycraftedJewish artsandartifactsserveasmarkersthatJudaismispracticedinaplaceofworship. Similarly,youcanbesureitisaJewishfamilythatdwellsinahouseadornedbyplentiful judaicaobjects. ItsanageoldtraditionandpartofreligiousbelieffortheJewishfaithfultogivejudaicaas presenttofamilyandfriendsnotonlyduringreligiousholidaysbutforalsoforritual purposes.WhenaJewpersoniswelcomedtotheadultworld,forexample,amitzvahis performedwiththemostbeautifulJewishartobjectthatcanbefound.Thebeliefisthatthe moreexceptionaltheartobject,themorepraiseworthyitbecomesbeforetheeyesofGod. BecauseJewishartobjectsarecloselyidentifiedwiththisreligionandwayofthinking, theseobjectsarealsoofferedaseverydaygiftstofamilymembersandfriendsifonlyfora

2. demonstrationofthoughtfulness.Boththegestureandthegiftskeeppeopletogether,in touchwiththeirJewishroots.Thegiftsarealsoawayofexpressingloveandesteem,not tomentionrespectforJewishritualsandbeliefs. TherearemanyJewishgiftitemsdesignedforabarmitzvahwhichincludetallit,teffilin, shofar,MenorahandChallahcloth.ForPassoverSederholidays,thereareMatzahplates andotherreligiousarticles.ThebusiestperiodforJewishgiftgivingisRoshHashanahor theJewishNewYear.ItfallsonthefirstandseconddayoftheJewishmonthofTishrei. Jewishartobjectsthatarereligiousincharacteraremostlyusedinhomes.Theseinclude Jewishcandles,Jewishprayershawls,Shabbatcandles,challahplatesandchallahtrays. CandlesplayanimportantroleinJudaism.Whilesomearemerelydecorativetheystill makegreatJewishreligiousgifts.Chanukah,thefestivaloflights,iscommemoratedbythe lightingoftheeightJewishcandlesonthemenorahwiththeninthcandletheassistant. Thehavdalahcandleisbraided,usuallyaboutafootlongusedattheendofShabbat. HandinhandwiththeimportanceofJewishcandlesarecandlesticks.TheMenorahholds ninecandles,eighttocommemoratethedaystheoriginaloillastedandonehelpercandle usedtolightthoseeight.TherearealsospecialcandlesticksusedintheShabbat.Jewish candlesticksarepopularasweddinggifts. 3. Aseverydaygifts,Jewishjewelryandsouveniritemsareingreatdemand.Anyreputable judaicastorehasjewelsdecoratedwithaMagenStarofDavid,ChaiorHamsa.People buythesejewelrypiecesasgiftforalovedoneoranaccessoryforthemselves. 4. HereareotherJewishartandreligiousobjectsthatareyoursfortheasking: JewishprayershawlsTallitsorTalisarewornduringmorningprayers,Saturday servicesandonholydays.JewishprayershawlsareamongsomeoftheJewishreligious itemsthatmakegreatgifts,particularlyforbarmitzvahs.Therearemanydifferentstyles anddesignsofTalis. ChallahtraysAloafofchallahisoneofthesignatureJewishfoodsatShabbatand holidays.Loavesofchallahcanbebroughttothetableandservedonchallahtraysmadeof silverorceramics. ChallahplatesManyJewishhostessesliketosetthetablewithchallahplates.Often thesechallahplateshaveJewishreligioussymbolsonthem. JudaicaartsAntiqueJudaicapaintings,Judaicalithographs,Kiddushcups,Spice boxes,Chanukahlamps,Passoveritems,Torahornamentsandarchaeologicalitems.