Passover in a Nutshell

Feb 17, 2014  |  By Arik Barel

The festival of Passover commemorates the emancipation of the Israelites from slavery in ancient Egypt. At the same time it serves as metaphor for the freedom of every individual from his own personal Mitzrayim (constraints) in order to transcend the self. By following the special traditions of Passover, we have the ability to not only relive and experience the miraculous Exodus from bondage that our ancestors experienced, but for at […]

Category  : Holiday Gifts   

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 Essence of Kabbalah

Feb 05, 2014  |  By Arik Barel

“Kabbalah” (literally “receiving”) is the name given to the realm of Jewish mysticism. Although its origins are rooted in deep antiquity, going back more than four thousand years, for most of history the actual wisdom of Kabbalah remained virtually hidden from humanity, selectively passed down from teacher to student. Today, while the teachings of Kabbalah are available to the masses like never before, the common understanding of Kabbalah is still […]

Category  : Judaism