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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Jewish tradition tells us, that right after we wake up, we should thank God for giving us our souls back. The prayer Modeh Ani is quite often the first one a child learns, and as such is a popular art to decorate a kid’s room with. It’s a lovely idea for a gift to the parents of a newborn or for a housewarming.
Shema Israel is one of the two most important prayers in Judaism. Taught from a very early age, is often referred to as the Jewish faith credo. The most famous is the first verse:
שְׁמַע יִשרָאֵל ה’ אֱלהֵינוּ ה’ אֶחָד
Shema Israel, H’ Elohenu, H’ Echad,
Listen, O Israel, Hashem is our God, Hashem is One.