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Hebrew & Other Jewish Languages

The original language of the Jewish people is, of course, Hebrew, the language in which the Jewish Bible is written. Hebrew is an unique language

Yad

The pointer, or yad, was developed for utilitarian reasons to aid in reading the Torah. It is called a yad, which literally means ‘hand’, as

Tzizit

“G-d spoke to Moses, telling him to speak to the Israelites and have them make tzitzit on the corners of their garments for all generations.

Tefillin

“Bind [these words] as a sign on your hand, and let them be an emblem in the centre of your head.” Devarim (Deuteronomy) 6:8 “You

Tallit (Jewish Prayer Shawl)

“G-d spoke to Moses, telling him to speak to the Israelites and have them make tzitzit on the corners of their garments for all generations.

Shofar

The shofar is a polished ram’s horn used in Jewish services at certain times of the year; in ancient times, it was used to summon

Mezuzah

A mezuzah has two parts: a parchment scroll on which specified Biblical verses are hand-written, and a protective case for the scroll. The mezuzah derives

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 kippotΒ (the plural of ‘kippah’) is a creative and enjoyable art. With relatively little practice, you can create beautiful and originalΒ 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) be

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

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