Judaicapedia: What is the Tree of Life?

Tree of Life

The Tree of Life often inspires multiple pieces of Jewish jewelry and Judaica, but what does the Tree of Life represent? The Etz Hayim as it is called in Hebrew, is a mystical tree located in the Garden of Eden, along with the Tree of Knowledge, which would have given Adam and Eve eternal life had they not eaten from the Tree of Knowledge. The Jewish Tree of Life has become an ancient symbol representing a deep rooted faith that cannot be moved.

Although the Tree of Life will forever refer to this meaningful and spiritual tree, it today also refers to the Torah. When brining out the Torah scroll in synagogue, many have the tradition to sing a song but the Etz Hayim which include the line, “Etz Hayim hi lamachazikim bah, v’tom’cheha m’ushar” which means “It is a tree of life for those who hold fast to it, and those who uphold it are happy”. The Torah is like the Tree of Life, in that we need people to learn it and we need those who will support those who are learning. We need people who can fit into both these categories to not only keep our tradition alive, but to keep this version of the Tree of Life alive. Also, the wooden dowels that the Torah scroll is wrapped around is called the “Etzi Hayim” – the “trees of life”,

In Kabbalah there is something called the Tree of Life, which is the structure behind the 10 sefirot. Sefirot are emanations or attributes through which G-d reveals Himself to the world and continues to constantly create it. The 10 Sefirot include; Keter (divine intellect), Chochmah (wisdom), Binah (understanding), Chessed (kindness), Gevurah (strength), Tiferet (beauty), Netzach (eternity), Hod (splendour), Yesod (foundation) and Malchut (kingship). Each one is written on a disk and arranged in a tree-like formation and connected by “branches”, which is why it is called the Tree of Life. Kabbalah Tree of Life

This symbol has inspired many Tree of Life gifts such as inspiring Tree of Life jewelry including Tree of Life necklaces, Judaica, and even Jewish art. It is a way to show your faith and a way to inspire belief. Whether it be in the shape of an actual tree or in the mystic Kabbalah Tree of Life, these are precious pieces made with love and care, as the Tree of Life deserves to be represented in the best way possible. The Tree of Life is nothing ordinary and every home deserves to have something inspired by this Etz Hayim.