April 2, 2012

Judaica: Symbols of the Past Decoded

Posted in gift ideas, Gifts, jeweler, jewelry, judaica, rose diamonds tagged , , , , at 10:42 pm by rosediamonds

Disclaimer: I do not pretend to be an expert in the world of Judaica, so as usual, I went to the library.  Regardless of your religion, I think it is fascinating to understand the history behind ancient symbols–all the better to recognize them.

 

Just in time for Passover: Judaica Decoded.

 

 

Chai-Popular to Jewish tradition, the chai is a symbol of well being and best wishes.  The word chai means “alive,” “life,” or “living.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Menorah-Meaning candelabra.  The seven branched menorah was the centerpiece of the tabernacle during the Israelites’ 40 year journey through the wilderness, and of the First and Second Temples in Jerusalem.  Menorahs are lighted to celebrate Chanukah.  This symbol represents the remembrance of the great miracles that God performed.  Menorahs may have 6,7, or 8 branches.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mizpah-To remember the agreement between Laban and Jacob in the Old Testement, the Mizpah is two halves of a coin each worn by a friend to show their friendship.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Star of David-The six pointed star is the central symbol for Judaism.  In 1948, it became the central image in the flag of Israel.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

12 Tribes of David Star of David-This Star of David includes symbols for the 12 tribes of Israel, formed by Jacob’s 12 sons: Joseph, Benjamin, Reuben, Simeon, Levi, Judah, Issachar, Zebulun, Dan, Napthtali, Gad, and Asher.  Before his passing, “Jacob summoned his twelve sons and spoke to them…and blessed them each according to his blessing.” (Genesis 49:28)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chamseh/Hamsa-Meaning “Hand of God,” the chamseh is very popular in Morocco.  It is shaped like a human hand and known for warding off evil.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mezuzah-A Mezuzah is often fixed to the doorpost of a Jewish home or worn around the neck.  The first two paragraphs of the Shema (Deut 6:4-9; 11:13-21) are inscribed on a parchment and inserted into the container.  The Mezuzah is a reminder of God’s presence everywhere and also serves as protection for the home.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kiddush Cups: Kiddush meaning sanctification, is the prayer recited over a cup of wine in the home and synagogue. The kiddush is recited on the eve of the Sabbath or festival before the start of the meal, since one should not eat on these occasions before the Kiddush has been recited.  Traditional and modern kiddush cups are for Shabbat, Jewish holidays, and Celebrations such as Weddings, and Bar/Bat Mitzvah.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tallit Clips:  Tallis clips for Men and Women have  Judaic designs.   These clips are used with the prayer shawls/tallit.

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4 Comments »

  1. Rick Greenberg said,

    How can I find out the cost and size of the white gold Chai? Thank you.

    • rosediamonds said,

      Chais come in a variety of sizes and designs. Just off the top of my head, There are some (1/2 inch) that are $225, and medium ones (1 inch) for $530. There are also diamond options, light weight options, and sterling silver options as well. Let me know if you would like more information about these choices.

  2. Jennifer said,

    Can you tell me the price of the silver Star of David tallis clips? Thanks.

    • rosediamonds said,

      I wish I could. I no longer have access to these in the picture. We can make similar ones using pendant components.


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