Popular Judaica Gifts
Judaica describes religious items for use in celebrating Jewish holidays or themed art. Passover is the only Jewish holiday that is primarily celebrated with a service at home, not at synagogue. Hamsas are often embellished with prayers of a protective fashion. Hamas makes great Jewish gifts for all occasions. Perfect for engagement, wedding, anniversary, and housewarming gifts for your friends.
Published on: Mar 4, 2016
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Popular Judaica Gifts
Written by: Joy Schonberg
Judaica describes religious items for use in celebrating Jewish holidays or
Here are some essential Judaica Items:
Mezuzah: A beautiful, small case (could be made of any material) containing Judaism’s most
sacred prayer the Sh’ma.
Kiddish cup: A unique goblet used during the prayer over the wine as we usher in each holiday,
from weekly Shabbat to special holidays.
Menorah: A 9(8) branch candelabrum used for Chanukah festivity. Holds eight candles and the
shamas (helper candle) which is used to light the other ages.
Shabbat candlesticks is a set of candlesticks which is used to hold the two candles we light to
usher in Shabbat weekly. This is reserved for women and during the lighting of the Shabbat
candles is the best time to pray for whatever one needs… Jews NEVER blow out candles,
whether Shabbat or Chanukah candles; They let them burn out themselves. These candlesticks
are perfect wedding, housewarming, and Bat Mitzvah gifts for Jewish friends.
Seder plate: Passover is the only Jewish holiday that is primarily celebrated with a service at
home (the Seder), not at synagogue. The Seder plate is the centerpiece of our home celebration,
holding all of the important items used during the service. Seder plates have sections to hold the
items, but they can be as varied in design (glass, metal, ceramic, bone china; traditional, classic,
contemporary) as their owners. Perfect for engagement, wedding, anniversary, and
housewarming gifts for your Jewish friends.
Elijah’s cup: The prophet Elijah is said to visit each Seder and we fill a special cup of wine and
set it in the centre of the table for him to drink from when he arrives. Elijah’s cups make a lovely
Spice Container: Usually in the shape of a tower, containing sweet smelling spices. This is
used in the Havdalah ceremony every week when the Sabbath goes out at dusk and is symbolic
of having a sweet week.
Kippa or Yarmulke: A thin, slightlyrounded skullcap traditionally worn at all times by Orthodox
Jewish men is called a Yarmulke and it is sometimes adorned by men (and some women in
Conservative and Reform communities) during services to show devotion to God. It makes a
Tallit: The Tallit is the prayer shawl worn by men during services.
Hamsa: A handshaped amulet which is used for protection by both Jewish and Muslim people, it
is shaped in the form of a symmetrical hand, with thumbs on both sides. The Hamsa is used to
ward off the evil eye and can be found at the entrances of homes, in cars, on charm bracelets &
chains and more. In Jewish use, Hamsas are often embellished with prayers of a protective
fashion. Hamas makes great Jewish gifts for all occasions.
For more details, please visit: Judaica Arts Gallery from Joy Schonberg.