Jewish? You need Judaica!
What does Living Jewish mean? There are
dramatically different ideas about how a Jewish life may be lived.
Orthodox Judaism adheres to the traditions of yore, the Conservative
movement believes that
laws may be changed with time, and the
Reform leave it up to the individual to choose the traditions they wish
to follow. There are a variety of practices between Judaisms branches,
and a myriad of traditions, customs, and quirky modes of observances.
But regardless of the denomination or
stream of Judaism, all embrace tradition to some degree, as well as
traditional holidays, customs, and rituals.
Judaica stores and outlets provide the
artifact for observing or participating in the traditions and rituals.
Living Jewish? You need Judaica!
Judaica stores and outlets carry a myriad of items that are necessary or
somehow relate to everyday Jewish Living. From prayer books, to
prayer shawls, to Shabbat Kiddush accessories.
Below is a limited list of items that can be bought at a Judaica store.
Mezuzah: (Lit. doorpost) A case affixed to the
doorposts of Jewish homes, containing a parchment with passages of
SHEMA (a prayer) written on it.
(Note: Your door needs a Mezuzah set, the CASE and the Scroll)
Tephillin/Tefillin: Phylacteries. Leather pouches containing
parchments with passages of the SHEMA, used to fulfill the directive
to bind the commandments to our hands and between our eyes.
Tzitzit: Large and small prayer shawls
Chanukiyah (Chanukah Menorah): The nine-branched Chanukah
menorah, different from the seven-branched candelabras often found
in synagogues and temples.
Shabbat Candle sticks:
At least two candles are lit by the women of the households,
representing the dual commandments to remember and to keep
the Sabbath. As part of the ritual, women wave their hands over the
candles, welcoming in the Sabbath.
Kiddush Cups: Friday
night and Shabbat day meals begin with the Kiddush (the
sanctification of the day). The Kiddush is recited while
holding a cup of wine or other grape juice.
Passover Seder Plates and Haggadahs: The plate displays the
symbols relating to the exodus of the Jews from enslavement by the
Egyptians to freedom. The haggadah is the book recited during the
Practical Advice - Questions You Want Answered -
And A Few Words of Caution
There are expert scribes who specialized in creating
Tefillin, Mezuzot, and other Jewish Ritual artifacts. There are
also rules and requirements, whether in size, type of material used
(parchment for mezuzot and tefillin, wool for the talit and tefillin
Be sure to purchase for well established vendors, and be sure to verify
the autenticity and "kosher" status of the objects offered for sale.