10 Memorable Judaica Shop Jewish Gifts and Jewelry From Israel that say "Mazal Tov"!!
Here is a useful list of "10 Judaica Gifts for Every Occasion" that is good to have nearby as a handy reference whenever the Jewish holidays or other family celebrations come around so that you can be prepared with the perfect item that will touch the heart of someone. That is why this suggestion list could also be known as "How to Create a Lasting Memory (Remembered for Generations to Come) with a Special Gift from Israel".
Jewish holidays and traditional family celebrations are good times to enjoy being together and to share our feelings as well as our appreciation for others by exchanging special Jewish gifts that show our love, support and appreciation for our family and friends.
The tallit is one of most popular Jewish Gifts and it is given traditionally to boys before their Bar Mitzva. A tallit is a Jewish prayer shawl with knotted fringes or tzitziot attached to the corners of the garment on each of the four sides. A tallit (or talit / talith) is also called a tallis (or talis) and is often made from lamb's wool or a combination of pure wool and other types of kosher fibers, but it may also be made from lightweight silk or acrylic fabric as well. The designs on the shawls come in a wide variety of colors and styles and may also include decorative images or blessings in printed patterns or embroidered designs.
The prayer shawl must have tzitziot fringes that are tied in a certain way with special knotted tassels and then attached to the shawl correctly in order for it to be kosher. The commandment to wear a tallit shawl with kosher tied fringes comes from the Book of Numbers and it has a special meaning for every Jew.
"Speak to the children of Israel and bid them to affix fringes (tzitziot) to the corners of their garments... that you may look upon them and remember all the commandments of the Lord."
A tallit shawl is an excellent choice as a Jewish gift before a holiday or other special festivity and will be a meaningful item that can literally last a lifetime. If you are looking for the perfect Jewish gift for a wedding or other family celebration, a tallit is often used as part of the canopy and is often worn under the chuppah (wedding canopy) as well. A kosher Jewish prayer shawl that is made in Israel is truly a treasured personal religious item and can be a superb present for any occasion and an eloquent way to express your feelings. For a Jewish gift from Israel with true spiritual significance and personal meaning, a tallit is a popular gift and a lovely item that can become an all time favorite.
A mezuzah is a kosher parchment wrapped inside of a mezuzah housing that is placed on the right side of the door frame at the entrance to the house and between the rooms in a Jewish home. A kosher mezuzah klaf parchment scroll or attractively designed mezuzah housing is an ever popular Jewish gift that will become an unforgettable gift from Israel with both sacred meaning and artistic beauty. Mezuzah housings may be made from transparent glass or plexiglass in order to see the scroll wrapped inside or may also be made from wood or metal construction with artistic designs and other engraving or ornamental decorations on them. The scroll must be hand written by a qualified scribe on parchment and is often sealed inside the housing in protective plastic wrap after being checked to make sure that it is kosher. The housing can be opened to place the written and sealed klaf inside with the Hebrew "Shin" that is written on the outside of the rolled scroll lined up with the "shin" on the outside the the mezuzah housing. The housing should have the correct size in order to contain the rolled up scroll comfortably inside with no space for it to move up or down.
The Jewish mitzvah to fix a mezuzah onto the doorposts of the home appears in Deuteronomy 6:9 as a part of a well known biblical commandment commonly referred to as the "Shema". In that passage, G-d reminds us to keep His words constantly in our minds and in our hearts by attaching them onto the doorways of our home.
"And you shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates."
A mezuzah klaf scroll and a mezuzah housing can be purchased together or separately and can be a great way to extend your blessings to loved ones and family with a Jewish gift that literally has been on the doorpost of Jewish homes from generation to generation since Biblical times.
3. Star of David Necklace
The Star of David is one of the oldest and most sacred symbols to Judaism and a Star of David necklace is a timeless Jewish gift that is always popular and well received by all. From the youngest to the oldest member of a Jewish family, everyone loves to wear a Star of David necklace and they come in an wide array of artistic layouts and styles designed to fit every taste. The Star of David symbol or "Magen David" as it is known in Hebrew means literally "a shield of David" and it is mentioned in the Jewish Siddur. A Star of David amulet pendant necklace is a powerful piece of kabbalah jewelry and an excellent item to own or to give as a truly memorable Jewish Gift.
In the Kabbalah, the Jewish mystical spiritual texts teach that the world was created by G-d using seven foundational emotional attributes represented by the symbol of a Star of David. The seven channels or "sefirot" were included in the creation of our world and are comprised of six outer peaks protruding from an inner center. The seven divine attributes are listed here in Hebrew and English: "Gevurah" - Strength, Restraint / "Tiferet" - Harmony, Throne of Glory / "Chesed" - Kindness, Loving-Kindness / "Hod" - Majesty, Splendor / "Yesod" - Foundation / "Netzach" - Perpetuality, Perserverance / "Malchut" - Kingdom, Royalty .
Whether it is the mystical meaning of the Star of David or the closeness to Israel or Judaism that it represents, a Star of David necklace is an excellent Jewish gift for any age and a good choice for any holiday or celebration.
One Jewish gift that is especially popular as a Bar Mitzva gift are Tefillin. Because the obligation of laying tefillin rests upon the male after reaching the age of thirteen years tefillin are something that every Jewish male requires. Also known as "phylacteries" which is taken from ancient Greek, meaning "to guard or to protect", the purpose of tefillin is to help control a person's worldly desires and encourage spiritual development. Tefillin are two small black boxes attached to leather straps that contain scrolls of parchment inscribed with specific verses from the Torah. Kosher tefillin have scrolls that are hand written by a qualified orthodox scribe. One tefillin box is worn on the head and one tefillin box is wrapped on the arm and they are worn by Jewish males during daily weekday morning prayers. "And it shall be for a sign for you upon your hand, and for a memorial between your eyes, that the law of the LORD may be in your mouth; for with a strong hand did the LORD bring you out of Egypt" - Exodus 13:9
One Jewish gift that is truly memorable to give as a special judaica present the whole year round for nearly every Jewish celebration is a menorah. The nine-branched menorah, or "Hanukiah" that is used to light candles during the holiday of Hanukkah, also known as the "Festival of Lights". Hanukkah is observed by the lighting of candles, adding one additional candle for each of the eight nights and lighting an extra candle called a shamash, a candle used for the purpose of lighting the other candles, and given a special place, usually above the other candles on the menorah. According to the story of Hanukkah that is in the Talmud, during the re-dedication of the Holy Temple following the victory of the Maccabees, there was only enough pure consecrated olive oil left to fuel the eternal flame in the Temple for the length of one day but miraculously, the oil instead burned non-stop for eight consecutive days. Hanukkah commemorates the re-dedication of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem and a menorah is a judaica gift that will touch the heart with memories of that miracle in Jerusalem for years to come.
6. Evil Eye Jewelry
One fashionable gift from Israel that is also a popular Jewish gift for many is evil eye jewelry. This may includes different types necklaces, bracelets or rings with lucky eye amulets or hamsa pendants for success, good luck and protection from the Evil Eye. These are believed to be powerful amulets for good luck that are also quite lovely and a pleasure to have with you always. The eye-charm is considered to be effective in warding off the influence of envious gazing. According to this ancient tradition, the wearer of a "lucky eye" or other type of evil eye jewelry gains protection from the destructive powers of the Evil Eye, helping to prevent disease, poverty, accidents or other misfortune from befalling the individual. For a Jewish gift that is popular in Israel as well as with many Jews of Sephardic heritage, evil eye jewelry is unique, trendy and attractive.
The Hamsa is an ancient symbol picturing an opened hand with a palm and five outstretched fingers and is often displayed with the fingers pointing up as well as being displayed with the fingers facing down. The hamsa symbol is popular on necklaces and bracelets and often has a eye on it to show its protective nature. A hamsa hand or "protecting hand" is believed to be a way of averting and getting protection from the evil eye, or in general, as a way of summoning assistance from the "Hand of G-d". The hamsa (root means "five") symbolizes the Creators protective hand. According to tradition, the hamsa increases protection from the destructive powers of the Evil Eye, thus preventing disease, poverty, accidents or other misfortune from befalling the wearer. Hamsa hands are always popular items from Israel and are comforting to have for yourself and also make excellent Jewish gifts that can provide a powerful blessing for success, good luck and protection from the Evil Eye.
A kippah is a head covering worn by Jewish men that fulfills the traditional requirement that the head be covered. The kippah has some powerful references in Talmudic literature, where it is associated with a sincere reverence for G-d. In Kiddushin 31a - R. Honah Ben Joshua declares that he "never walked four cubits with his head uncovered . . . Because the Divine Presence is always over my head. The Kippah signifies our awareness and submission to the presence of the Holy One Blessed Be He.
Whether a it is worn everyday or only on special holy days, a kippah is an excellent choice as a Jewish gift that can provide a meaningful way to send your blessing and best wishes.
9. Hebrew Jewelry
Hebrew jewelry with Hebrew phrases or blessings that are etched into the design are often the most original and inspiring types of Jewish gifts that can be appropriate items for any occasion. Whether you are looking for a inspirational present that will be personal and meaningful to the receiver or are looking for a judaica gift from Israel that is both simple and classic, Hebrew jewelry comes in a wide variety of necklaces or bracelets that are both eye catching and unique.
Jewelry may include Hebrew phrase like "Shema Israel" meaning "Hear, Israel, the Lord is our G-d, the Lord is One." or may contain Jewish quotes, prayers or Kabbalistic blessings.
10. Kabbalah Bracelet
One trendy item that has become quite visible on many celebrities as well as being as classic Jewish gift for anyone that has been to Israel is a red Kabbalah bracelet. According to Kabbalistic tradition, by tying a red string around ones wrist, the red string bracelet wearer gains additional protection from the destructive powers of the Evil Eye, hopefully helping to divert disease, poverty, accidents or other potential mishaps from befalling the individual. A Kabbalah red string bracelet is believed to assist ones chances for success and good luck while offering protection from the dangers of the Evil Eye.
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