Category Archives: Jewish Jewelry

Ana Bekoach: The Mystical Prayer

Dec 08, 2013  |  By Arik Barel
Ana Bekoach

The Ana Bekoach is a mystical prayer written in the 1st century by the great Kabbalist, Rabbi Nehunia Ben Hakannah, (who was also the author of “The Bahir”, one of the most important of all classical kabbalah texts). A prayer for Israel’s redemption from exile, the Ana Bekoach is composed from a unique formula of 42 letters written in seven sentences of six words each, letters which are also thought […]

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Shema Yisrael: A Declaration of Faith

Dec 01, 2013  |  By Arik Barel

Shema Yisrael Hashem Elokeinu, Hashem Echad (“Hear O Israel, the Lord is our God, the Lord is One”) (Deuteronomy 6:4) are the first words of the Jewish prayer known as the Shema Yisrael. The most famous of all Jewish sayings, no other prayer defines the essence of Judaism more than the Shema. It is the first prayer that a Jewish child is taught to say and the last words a […]

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The Chai: A Symbol of Life

Nov 24, 2013  |  By Arik Barel

Chai, which means “alive” in Hebrew, is one of the most recognizable and popular symbols of Judaism. Comprised of the letters Chet and Yud, Chai is a Hebrew word which has been transformed into a virtual sign, one reflecting Judaism’s most cherished value, the preciousness of life itself. The value of life has always been a central focus of Judaism, one that takes precedence (except in a few select cases) […]

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