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.
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.
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.