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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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 […]

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