In recent years Judaism has seen an immense worldwide-growth in popularity. More and more people of diverse levels of religiosity are attempting to learn about Jewish life and feel more connected to their heritage. Even some of Hollywood’s most famous luminaries have been known to study Kabbalah, Jewish mysticism. Some celebrities, such as Gwyneth Paltrow and Zooey Deschanel have even converted to Judaism. In addition to many people turning to Jewish literature in order to better understand the religion, many decide to practice it with the aid of Synagogue Items. For this purpose, many inquirers choose to visit a Judaica store.
Shopping Jerusalem is here to offer you the top Judaica products at a simple click of a button. The most popular items that fly off the shelves and are also the top picks for the Sabbath, the holiest day of the week for Jews, are skull caps- otherwise known as kippot, phylacteries- otherwise known as tefillin, prayer shawls, kiddush cups, Shabbat candlesticks and Shabbat candles & more. Hanukkah is one of the most popular festivals to celebrate so things like Hanukkah Menorahs, Hanukkah candles as well as Hanukkah decorations and Hanukkah gifts are must-haves. Jewish candles are available in the Havdallah sets & candles &gallery and mezuzhasand Seder plates are also items that every Jewish home requires all year round and on Passover respectively.
The Mezuzahis an intrinsic part of Judaism and so it is immensely popular in Judaica stores. Contrary to popular belief, mezuzah is not the outside holder, also known as mezuzah case; rather, it is the scroll within the case.On the scroll are passages carefully written by a professional scribe. Although the mezuzah’s true significance is in the scroll, people pay great attention to the mezuzah case and its appearance, and some pay exorbitant prices for striking cases to adorn their doorposts.
Decorative mezuzahs are not the only example of fundamental religious items that Judaica offers in an array of colors and styles. Take the famous skull cap, also known by its Yiddish term yarmulke or yamaka. This is the small skull cap Jewish men wear on their heads at all times. Since the days of old, Jews wore head coverings symbolic of their subjugation to God. Thus,the yarmulke became a regular part of the Jew’s attire. However, Jews, like all people, have different styles and tastes when it comes to aesthetics. Thus, every Jewish store offers kippahs in numerous colors, sizes, shapes and materials. Certain types of kippahs have even become identifiable with specific sects of Judaism. For example, a black velvet Kippah is normally associated with Haredi Jews. It is no wonder, then, that several Judaica stores specialize solely in kippahs!
Judaica offers anything from vital ritual-items to antique Jewish Jewelry, Jewish art, and, of course, Judaica gifts. The latter category is inexhaustible, with new items inundating the Judaica market constantly. Tip-of-the-iceberg examples are ornamented candlesticks, Star of David key chains, and even T-shirts.
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Judaica is what we’re all about here at Shopping Jerusalem. Judaica has a long history and tradition that marches hand in hand with the broad, wandering history of its creators. Today, Judaica is created all across the world and is a mouse-click away from your own home and celebration. The goal at Shopping Jerusalem is to bring the world’s Judaica to one place where you can comfortably find exactly what fits your needs.
What is Judaica?
Judaica is the term which defines all marketable products related to Judaism. The most popular of these is of course the Hanukkah menorah recognized across the world as a Jewish symbol. Other notables include prayer shawls, skull caps, Shabbat candlesticks, Kiddush cups, mezuzahs, dreidels, shofars, and seder plates; just to name a few.
There has always been a market for Judaica among Jewish populations. The belief that a high commandment is exalted when using higher quality objects, has led to huge demand for a wide variety of Judaica items. Here at Shopping Jerusalem we’ve put the many different sources of Judaica together for your shopping convenience.
Judaica, like almost any other product is highly preferred in the richest materials possible but Jewish history also has a say in the most attractive pieces of Judaica. Silver is generally considered the best of Judaica for its cultural significance. When picturing the wandering, displaced Jew, most imagine him/her going as light as possible with only his/her most prized possessions. The most famous of these items were silver Shabbat candlesticks: worth both spiritual value and large amounts of money.
Now there are several designers of rich items of silver Judaica. Hadad Brothers and Hatzorfim are two of the most commonly recognized and featured at Shopping Jerusalem. However, Judaica can be made of nearly any material. These include products of beautiful glass, prayer shawls of silk, or mezuzahs of wood.
Also unique to Judaica is the array of designs used to enhance the beauty of these pieces of cultural significance. Most motifs are also closely connected to Judaism and include the well-recognized Star of David, the Hanukkah menorah, pomegranates, or elaborate drawings of Jerusalem.
These decorations are where the artistry of Judaica comes in. Well recognized artists such as Yair Emanuel splash images of their own unique views of Judaism and its important symbols on all sorts of Judaica products. The Yair Emanuel prayer shawl is an excellent example of an artist’s unique spin on an art form of ancient tradition that is Judaica.
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