Category Archives: Jewish Jewelry

The Power of the Hamsa

Nov 19, 2013  |  By Arik Barel

A Hamsa is the classic ancient symbol of protection. While its origins remains shrouded in mystery, it is recognized today as a popular decorative motif in Jewish art and jewelry. Let’s take a deeper look: Origin This symbol shaped like a hand, with three extended fingers in the middle and a curved thumb or pinky finger on either side has for thousands of years been used by the peoples of […]

Category  : Home Decor, Jewish Jewelry   
 

Meaning of the Star of David

Oct 10, 2013  |  By Arik Barel

Today, the Star of David is the premier Jewish symbol. Along with being the centerpiece on the flag of Israel, the six-pointed star (hexagram), made of two interlocking triangles, has long been a popular decorative symbol on all sorts of Judaica, jewelry and art. Because of its geometric symmetry and aesthetic appeal it’s easy to see why, but what does this symbolism represent? Let’s look at 7 interpretations, corresponding to […]

 

Hanukkah: What Are We Celebrating?

Oct 06, 2013  |  By Arik Barel
Karshi Menorah

Hanukkah is the Jewish “festival of lights”, celebrated for 8 days and nights by lighting a menorah in each Jewish home. Full of its own traditions, customs and foods, it is arguably the most universally celebrated Jewish holiday. But, what exactly are we celebrating? History Like most Jewish holidays, Hanukkah is based on a paradigmatic event in Jewish history. Long ago, the Land of Israel was ruled by the Greeks. […]

Category  : Holiday Gifts, Jewish Jewelry, Judaica