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The Menorah

The menorah originated as a seven-branched candelabrum carried by the Israelites through the Sinai desert as part of the equipment for the Tabernacle (forerunner to

Magen David ('Star' of David)

The six-pointed star known as the Star of David (magen david) is actually a relatively new Jewish symbol, closely associated with the establishment of the

How to Crochet a Kippah

Crocheting kippot (the plural of ‘kippah’) is a creative and enjoyable art. With relatively little practice, you can create beautiful and original kippot. There are infinite possibilities

Head coverings

HEAD COVERINGS FOR MEN: Yarmulke – Kippah – Skullcap – Hat ‘One should not walk bare-headed (the distance of) four cubits.’ ‘Small children should (also)

Chai – the number 18

The Hebrew word chai means ‘life’ in English. Judaism places great value on life and the word ‘chai’ has become symbolic of that value and

Candlesticks

The candle is very significant in Jewish life. Fire is one of the basic elements of the world. It is frightening, as well as warm

Jewish Symbols in the Home

A number of Jewish symbols are commonly found in a Jewish home. MEZUZAH ‘Mezuzah’ is the name given to the parchment scroll that is attached

Overview of Jewish Symbols

CANDLESTICKS The candle is very significant in Jewish life. Fire is one of the basic elements of the world. It is frightening, as well as

Jewish Symbols

Welcome to the Jewish Symbols section of our website. To learn about a Jewish symbol, please click on a link in the Table of Contents

'Major' and 'Minor' Fast Days

Over the course of a Jewish year, there are a number of fast days. Two of these fast days, Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement) and

Food for Purim

Hamantashen This is probably the most popular food eaten on Purim. It is a triangular, three-cornered pastry that is usually filled with either a poppyseed

The Megillah

The Scroll of Esther – ‘the’ Megillah, or Megillat Esther The Megillah, also known as Megillat Esther or the Scroll of Esther, tells the story

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