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 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.
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!
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.
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.
Torah (and the whole Tanach, or, Hebrew Bible) is an unending source of wisdom and inspiration. Adding to it the beauty of the Hebrew language, and we have the perfect art for any Jewish home or institution. Great ideas for your own space or to present as a gift.
The designs are available as wall art and home decor (including bedding, pillows, blankets, clocks, and more). You will find a vast choice of clothing, accessories (jewelry, bags, scarfs, phone cases, etc.), and stationery.