Category Archives: Judaica

The Seder Plate: Symbols of Freedom

Feb 12, 2014  |  By Arik Barel

The Passover Seder plate (ke’ara) is a special plate containing six symbolic foods used during the Passover Seder. Each of the six items arranged on the plate posses a special significance which teach us timeless lessons of the Jewish people’s physical and spiritual Exodus from Egypt. Many decorative and artistic Seder Plates sold in Judaica stores have containers intended for the various symbolic foods. Let’s understand what they really mean: […]

Category  : Holiday Gifts, Judaica   

The Tallit: An Evolution in Style

Jan 27, 2014  |  By Arik Barel

Biblical Source The tallit, which is arguably the most iconic symbol of Jewish identity, is ironically not mentioned by name in the Bible. So where does it come from? In the Book of Numbers, immediately after the sin of the spies, G-d commands Moshe to teach Bnei Yisrael about the mitzvah of tzitzit: “Speak to the children of Israel and say to them: They shall make for themselves fringes on […]

Category  : Judaica   

Shabbat Candles: An Eternal Flame

Jan 20, 2014  |  By Arik Barel

“‘And G-d blessed the seventh day.” With what did he bless it? With the Shabbat candles”. (Midrash Bereishit Rabbah 11:2.) According to Jewish tradition, the first woman to light Shabbat candles Sarah, the wife of Avraham, who would light candles on the eve of the Shabbat in their tent, and the candles would miraculously burn from one Friday to the next. When Sarah passed away, these flames candles were extinguished. […]

Category  : Judaica