Inspired by the colors of our mezuzah case collection we created a color coordinated story where traditions, and jewish culture meet color and interior design. Below is the result we got!
Tefillin; a set of small black leather boxes containing scrolls of parchment inscribed with verses from the Torah are worn by Jewish males for the first time at age 13 when they do their Bar Mitzvah. Observant Jews fulfill the mitzvah of wearing tefillin during weekday morning prayers.
On Shabbat, the two challahs placed on our festive tables represent the double-portion of manna that fell on Friday, the heavenly bread that fed Jewish people during their 40 years in the desert.
For the most strictly observant, even the way the challah is cut is symbolic: Although the knife is on the table, it is not used, as the Bible recounts that the patriarch Abraham, tested by God, did not use the knife on his son Isaac. Instead the bread is torn after the blessing is said.
On Rosh Hashanah, we eat symbolic foods such as apples dipped in honey to evoke a "sweet new year".
“Not being beautiful was the true blessing. Not being beautiful forced me to develop my inner resources. The pretty girl has a handicap to overcome.” Golda Meir
Common features of a Jewish wedding include a ketubah (marriage contract) which is signed by two witnesses, a wedding canopy (chuppah), a ring owned by the groom that is given to the bride, and the breaking of a glass.
We make wine out of the fruit of the vine. The Kiddush sanctifies the holy Shabbat and Festivals, and we make a Blessing over a cup of wine at all festive occasions in Jewish life, such as a Brith and a wedding.
The finest dishes, silverware and tableware are used for Shabbat meals. In many homes flowers are placed on the table to add their flash of color. They also reflect the beauty of God's world, created in six days before He "rested" on the seventh day, Shabbat.
According to the Talmud, the universe is made of seven heavens (Shamayim)
The star of david is a symbol of Judaism, as a religion, and of the Jewish people as a whole. Its is thought to be the shield (or at least the emblem on it) of King David.
In the past, people had to immerse in the Mikveh to enter the Temple. However, nowadays we still use the Mikveh:
- For Jewish women to achieve ritual purity after menstruation or childbirth
- For Jewish men to achieve ritual purity
- As part of the traditional procedure for conversion to Judaism
- To immerse newly acquired utensils used in serving and eating food.
The State of Israel chose the olive leaves around the Menorah as its emblem. The olive leaves symbolize peace, as this is the wish of our state. The olive symbolizes light, as the oil produced from the olive lightened the Menorah in the Temple.
It is traditional to light bonfires on Lag BaOmer eve. It commemorates the immense light that Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai introduced into the world via his mystical teachings.
It is traditional to consume pomegranates on Rosh Hashana. Its numerous seeds symbolizes fruitfulness. It is said to have 613 seeds, which corresponds with the 613 commandments of the Torah.
The custom of wearing costumes on Purim is an allusion to the nature of the Purim miracle, where the details of the story are really miracles hidden within natural events.