What is "Birkat HaBayit"?
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.
As such, there isn’t one set text, but rather many versions of prayers and supplications for the well being of people who live there. Quite often, they use Jewish symbolism related to good luck and abundance, like hamsas, the seven species of Israel (especially pomegranates and grapevine), or images of Jerusalem. You can also find that some incorporate quotes from the Tanach (Hebrew Bible).
We don’t know exactly when the tradition started. Some say it originated from amulets against plagues and other dangers. Some see it as an idea that started within folk religiosity and beliefs in evil spirits and demons.
Birkat HaBayit as a gift
Birkat habayit is a wonderful idea for a gift. Be it a wedding, buying a new house, or any other occasion. It’s pretty common to have a few (I do!) so there shouldn’t be much worry that the maybe the person already has one.
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