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Honoring Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg: May Her Memory Be a Revolution!

Honoring Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg: May Her Memory Be a Revolution!

On the first night of Rosh Hashanah, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has passed away.

Whenever a Jewish person passes, we remember them by saying “may their memory be a blessing”. We should use the same phrase in relation to Justice Ginsburg to honor her Jewish identity. But I, as do many more, feel that “blessing” just won’t cut it. It’s too soft, too mild. To truly celebrate the legacy of Justice Ginsburg, we need to do more – in her name.

Let’s Decorate the Sukkah!

Let’s Decorate the Sukkah!

Each fall Jews build strange-looking booths and move in for a few days. Anyone who builds a sukkah, puts an effort to decorate it. Each one is unique, showing how special different families are or what’s the tradition they are part of.
Check out a few ideas to make your sukkah truly beautiful and unique!

Jews for Biden B”H 2020 Merchandise

Jews for Biden B”H 2020 Merchandise

I care deeply about what is going on the other side of the pond. I can’t vote, but I can support those who can. I’ve prepared merch that can help you show your political stand for a democratic change. I believe Donald Trump is the worst possible person holding such an important position. I hope for change and a more just, kind, and equal world.

I’ve created a few simple designs which celebrate the art of typography and are fun to encourage fellow Jews to vote for Joe Biden and Kamala Harris.

Tikkun Olam: Healing the World

Tikkun Olam: Healing the World

Tikkun Olam is an idea that has evolved over the years. Its roots reach deep into the Kabbalistic teachings of the Rabbis, and relates to “repairing the World”.
In the tractate Sanhedrin, the Rabbis discuss the question of why the humanity was created starting with just one person – Adam. Why not create all the nations and groups right away? One of the answers given was, “so that no one would say, ‘my father was better than your father, my tribe is better than your tribe’ because we are all brothers and sisters of the same father”.

Team Imahot! Who Are the Jewish Foremothers?

Team Imahot! Who Are the Jewish Foremothers?

In Jewish tradition, the first three generations of Abraham’s family are extremely important. Abraham was the first to hear the voice of God calling him to go to the Land of Canaan. God’s promise of making a huge nation of him was what started the Jewish nation. In a way, Abraham and Sarah were the first Jewish people.

Forefathers (Avot) and foremothers (Imahot) play a significant role in religious Jewish life. They aren’t limited to their stories in the Torah, but rather are evoked in many prayers, teachings, and blessings. Their lives serve as a source of wisdom and learning opportunities.

Hamsa: a Unique Jewish Talisman

Hamsa: a Unique Jewish Talisman

Hamsa (חַמְסָה) is a symbol, or an amulet in the shape of a hand. It is recognized as a symbol of God’s protection against the evil eye (ayin ha-rah) – hence there is often a shape of an eye in the middle of it. It’s a popular amulet across the Middle East and the Maghreb and can be seen used in decorations and jewelry. It also sometimes called the Hand of Fatima, the Hand of Mary or the Hand of Miriam.

Birkat HaBayit: Jewish Blessings for the Home

Birkat HaBayit: Jewish Blessings for the Home

Birkat HaBayit means Blessing for the Home. You can often see wall art or smaller plaques near the entrance or windows with Hebrew or Hebrew and English text praying for the prosperity of all who live there.

The tradition of placing blessings in our homes is surprisingly not that old. Through the ages, there always have been a variety of amulets used among the Jewish people, but a blessing for the home seems to be a pretty recent phenomenon. 

Shiviti: Mixing Visual Meditation, Mysticism, and Art

Shiviti: Mixing Visual Meditation, Mysticism, and Art

Shiviti (sometimes pronounced “shivisi” in the Ashkenazic tradition) is a name given to a group of liturgical art incorporating a verse from Psalm 16:8. They are made as visual meditations and reminders of the constant presence of God. Its purpose is to inspire one to create an appropriate spiritual attitude (kavannah) when praying.

Jewish Prayer: Bedtime Shema for Children

Jewish Prayer: Bedtime Shema for Children

Do you want to know what the Bedtime Shema for Children is? A beautiful Hebrew prayer and fantastic collection of liturgical art – perfect for your child’s room or for a gift.

Full Rainbow of Colors for the Pride Month!

Full Rainbow of Colors for the Pride Month!

Colorful and cheerful designs celebrating non-heteronormative Jewish folks. In this post you will find great items for Jewish LGBTQ+ folks and all the allies. Wear a rainbow t-shirt, drink from love affirming coffee mug, sleep under unicorn-adorned duvet, or send a supportive greeting card.

The design use Hebrew words such as “ahava” meaning “love”, or “ga’avah”, or “pride” in English. There is also the simple, yet crucial Torah quote Love Your Neighbor as Yourself. Of course, we couldn’t miss unicorns!

Jewish Prayers: Shema Israel – the First Paragraph

Jewish Prayers: Shema Israel – the First Paragraph

Shema Israel is one of the two most important prayers in Judaism. In contrast to the other one, Shemone Esre, it was not composed by the Sages but comprises of three quotes from the Torah (Pentateuch). The most famous is the first verse of this prayer: Shema Israel, Adonai Elo-heinu, Adonai Echad, “Listen, O Israel, Adonai is our God, Adonai alone”. If you are interested in art dedicated to this verse alone, please jump over to this post.

The first paragraph of Shema is usually the first prayer a child learns. It describes the obligation to read the Shema and to educate the next generations. It also proclaims the commandment to love God with all we have and are.

Modern Jewelry Judaica

Modern Jewelry Judaica

Lockets, pendants, or rings are a beautiful idea for a gift. Mother’s Day, bat mitzvah, birthday, an anniversary, or simply another Shabbat together. You might find a pendant with a quote your loved one adores, a description of valor, or an expression of gratitude or congratulations.
The platform Zazzle offers pendants – round and square, silver plated or sterling silver, and gold-platted. There are also lockets in silver or silver platted. There is a choice of bracelets and bracelet charms. And let’s not forget about the gents! There are fantastic suit shirt cuff links.

Shavuot Greeting Cards

Shavuot Greeting Cards

Send your loved ones a card they will cherish! Wish “Shavuot sameach” (or a more general “chag sameach”) and bring a smile on their faces. You will find designs decorated with watercolor flowers, wheat, and barley imagery or Hebrew quotes from the Book of Ruth.

Face Masks with Jewish Themes

Face Masks with Jewish Themes

Care for yourself, care for others – wearing masks is going to be a part of our lives for the foreseeable future. You can be a responsible citizen and spread a good message as well! On the masks you can see below are fitting designs – expressing wishes of refuah shlema (full recovery) to people are around, as well as ones dedicated to Shabbat or Shavuot. There are also the ones with mazal tov and the call to love your neighbor as you should love yourself.

Hebrew Expressions: Todah Rabah

Hebrew Expressions: Todah Rabah

Show your gratitude – to your parents, teachers, neighbors, nurses, doctors, significant others, and whoever else made a positive impression on your life. In Jewish tradition, the idea of hakarat ha-tov, or “acknowledging the good” that others did for us is a mitzvah. We are told to be aware of all the good others do for us (directly or indirectly).

Hebrew Expressions: Refuah Shlemah

Hebrew Expressions: Refuah Shlemah

Let your friends and loved ones know you think about them in their sickness. Sends words of prayer – either the basic “refuah shlemah” which means “[I pray for your] full recovery”, or the longer quotes from Jewish prayer for the sick. Some are taken from the prayer Misheberach, others, from the Shemone Esre (Amida) prayer.

Hebrew Expressions: Mazal Tov

Hebrew Expressions: Mazal Tov

Get ready for graduations, baby births, new jobs, bat and bar mitzvahs, and many more happy occasions! Send wishes or buy a sweet decorative gadget to congratulate someone and celebrate together the happy moment.
Find items to decorate your home for a graduation party and similar festivities.

Mizrach

Mizrach

For thousands of years, the Jewish people face Jerusalem when we pray. First, it was towards the Holy Temple, the holiest place on Earth. Then, when the Jews dispersed all over the world. But whenever we moved to, we faced toward Israel. In Europe, it meant the general direction of the East or “mizrach” in Hebrew.

Shabbat Candles Blessings

Shabbat Candles Blessings

The time of lighting the Shabbat candles is magical. Traditionally, this mitzvah (commandment) is the domain of women. After preparing for the day, the whole family stops and welcomes the Shabbat Bride. The candles are lit, and one lifts hands and covers the eyes. Now is the time to recite the blessing over lighting the Shabbat candles. After it is said, one takes their hands away and sees the light anew.

Around the Shabbat Table

Around the Shabbat Table

What would be a Shabbat meal without lovely challot under a beautifully decorated cloth? And you can’t cut them on a random board, can you? I’ve prepared a huge (and still growing) collection of challah covers, cutting boards, serving platters in addition to napkins and tablecloths.