Judaica Blog http://www.jjudaica.com/blog Jewish Gifts & Jewish Jewelry Thu, 09 Jun 2011 16:03:50 +0000 en hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.1.3 37% OFF Hand Knit Basketball Kippah http://www.jjudaica.com/blog/judaica-deal-jue-9th-hand-knit-basketball-kippa http://www.jjudaica.com/blog/judaica-deal-jue-9th-hand-knit-basketball-kippa#comments Thu, 09 Jun 2011 15:42:14 +0000 chaya http://www.jjudaica.com/blog/?p=531
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    Grab you hand knit basketball yarmulke for 37% OFF!

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    The Purim Story – Special Video http://www.jjudaica.com/blog/the-purim-story-special-video http://www.jjudaica.com/blog/the-purim-story-special-video#comments Tue, 08 Mar 2011 13:30:10 +0000 sharon http://www.jjudaica.com/blog/?p=517
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    I just saw this great video with the Purim story, made by Alon students. More than 100 actors, dancers and singers participated in this great Purim story video, which took place in here Israel, with it’s the beauty and vistas mostly in Alon mountains, and Jerusalem.

    Like it?!  Show the world the vibrant, energetic and happy Israel by spreading this post allllll over (leave us a comment)

    Happy Purim!

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    Shabbat Shuvah- Sept. 11, 2010 http://www.jjudaica.com/blog/shabbat-shuvah-rosh-hashanah-jewish-new-yea-2010 http://www.jjudaica.com/blog/shabbat-shuvah-rosh-hashanah-jewish-new-yea-2010#comments Fri, 10 Sep 2010 14:00:41 +0000 susanw http://www.jjudaica.com/blog/?p=336
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    Jewish New Year Wake up and smell the coffee!   A precious gift – the opportunity to do tshuva (repentance).

    The Sabbath (Shabbat) between Rosh Hashanah- the Jewish New Year and Yom Kippur is traditionally called Shabbat Shuvah, (Sabbath of Return) due to the special Torah portion that is read. The ominous beginning words Shuvah Yisrael “Return O Israel”, from the prophecy of Hoshea. It is also referred to as Shabbat Shuvah because it falls during the Ten Days of Repentance.

    The ten days  of repentance is a gift we receive from the Almighty G-D to give us the opportunity to repent in prayer, good deeds and charity. G-D made a promise with the forefathers thousands of years ago, and throughout history the Jewish people have sinned many times and still G-D gives us the opportunity personally and communally to repent with sincerity.

    As we all take this solemn critical period to self improve ourselves may we comprehend how each one of us is a part of a very special nation. The nation of Israel was given the Torah and the land of Israel. The gifts we were given were vast and valued. May we merit during the days of awe to really heed the Shofar and truly repent and return to G-D.

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    Jewish New Year Count Down http://www.jjudaica.com/blog/jewish-new-year-count-down http://www.jjudaica.com/blog/jewish-new-year-count-down#comments Mon, 06 Sep 2010 15:00:35 +0000 susanw http://www.jjudaica.com/blog/?p=373
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    Count Down to the Big Day?

    Rosh Hashanah thoughts…….

    Which day? To Rosh Hashanah 2010. During retail winter season we see in the news how many “shopping days left until the holidays”. During the Rosh Hashanah season we have the top 5 spiritual preparations and coordinating top 5 purchase items to prepare for a Sweet Jewish New Year.

    Rosh Hashanah is welcomed by the lighting of the holiday candles, prayer service men don a tallit and Kippah and a Rosh Hashanah celebratory meal is started with Kiddush.

    1. Add a set of adorable Pomegranate candle sticks to your Rosh  Hashanah theme.
    2. Choose a tallit to celebrate and enhance the spirituality of the Jewish New Year prayer service.
    3. Add a matching Kippah or choose from a huge selection of Kippot.
    4. Adorn your holiday table with a flowing wine fountain Kiddush set.
    5. Select from the many types of kosher wines available at www.Jjudaica.com

    Have a very Happy and  Sweet Jewish New Year.

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    Elul- A lover’s call for Peace. http://www.jjudaica.com/blog/elul-a-lover%e2%80%99s-call-for-peace http://www.jjudaica.com/blog/elul-a-lover%e2%80%99s-call-for-peace#comments Sun, 29 Aug 2010 15:16:52 +0000 susanw http://www.jjudaica.com/blog/?p=394
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    Elul- A month of reflection.

    Rosh Hashanah Reflections.

    The month of Elul can really be seen as the call for peace between man and G-D. The relationship between Hashem and the Jewish people is a loving  yet there 613 commandments to be observed.  The month Elul  אלול can be viewed as an acronym of Hebrew letters:

    א      אני

    ל   לדודי

    ו  ולדודי

    ל        לי

    shofar sfr001jjs Elul  A lover’s call for Peace.

    “I am to my Master as my Master is to me”. This acronym of letters can be interpreted in many ways as we approach the High Holiday season. Rosh Hashanah starts on the first day of Tishrai for two days September 8, 2010 commencing in the evening.

    The relationship of human beings and G-D has always been a loving yet complex arduous relationship. As a human being it is certainly not easy keeping promises or resolutions. Just look what happens to our diet or exercise plan. How long does the “good “behavior of a Jewish New Year resolution truly last?

    During the appropriately named month “Elul” which is prior to Rosh Hashanah gives us the astounding opportunity to be penitent in earnest. Renew our faith and relationship with G-D. The occasion for self reflection can also provide the opportunity to improve relationships between friends and family.

    In a way we can look at Elul as a gift from G-D.   Hashem gave us a month to reconcile our thoughts, review our “accounts” and prepare a plan of action for the approaching holy Jewish Holiday season. Upon reflection that a generous gift has bestowed upon us – the opportunity to improve ourselves we can improve our personal relations with the Master of the World.  As humans we aren’t in nature as forgiving in our frustrations and injustices to family, friends and business associates. We give one, two or threes strikes and as the saying goes “you’re out of the old ball game”.  Yet Hashem doesn’t treat the Jewish people in the same scrutiny that we treat others.  We are so lucky that each year we can to rejuvenate and cash in on a month of prospects. Each day as the Shofar Ram’s horn awakens us early in the morning we get the chance to make a “resolution for the day”. May the month of “Elul” resolutions earn each of us a Happy Healthy and Prosperous Sweet Jewish New Year.

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    Torah Bible Portion :Parshat Ki Tavo(Deuteronomy 26:1-29:8) http://www.jjudaica.com/blog/parshat-ki-tavo-torah-bible http://www.jjudaica.com/blog/parshat-ki-tavo-torah-bible#comments Wed, 25 Aug 2010 05:53:01 +0000 susanw http://www.jjudaica.com/blog/?p=333
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    Judaism greatest and mightiest leader spoke to the Jewish nation.

    The past week here in Israel (week of August 21, 2010) has reached peak temperatures that have not been seen since maybe the days of great leader Moses. Feeling the intense heat and humidity we can maybe relate to how arduous life was for the Jewish people in the desert. Yet to the heat there is an end; a break in the extreme high temperature. As to Bnai Yisrael  The Jewish people are about to be reminded as to the woes they endured in the desert and to the wondrous blessings to come.

    The greatest biblical (Torah) leader in Jewish history was Moses (Moshe).  In Parsha Ki Tavo Moshe directed the nation’s attention to the realities of what it meant to live in the land of Israel.

    The parsha has many topics that are relevant until today first fruits and donating at least 10% of one’s earnings to the poor. Both topics are special affirmation of G-D’s mastery over the land, and man’s responsibility to keep the commandments of G-D.

    Moshe reiterates to the Jewish nation that Israel (Jewish nation) is to keep the Torah and G-D guarantees us praise and true blessings for accepting the status  “highest of all the nations”. (26:19) Upon crossing the Jordon, the Jewish Nation will publicly declare its affirmation of G-D’s covenant by: inscribing the Torah upon twelve stones; building them as a monument; and the ceremony of blessings and curses that is to take place between the opposing mountains, Grizim and Ayval.  Moshe continues to remind the Jewish Nation of all the wondrous miracles G-D has performed over the past forty years. Moshe realizes the Jewish nation may be apprehensive to the future and reminds them that G-D stood with the Jewish people in the past, present and the future.

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    Rosh Hashanah – Pomegranates Part II http://www.jjudaica.com/blog/rosh-hashanah-pomegranates-part-ii http://www.jjudaica.com/blog/rosh-hashanah-pomegranates-part-ii#comments Thu, 19 Aug 2010 16:10:14 +0000 susanw http://www.jjudaica.com/blog/?p=329
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    Health professionals truly believe and recommend possible medial improvements by drinking a cup of Pomegranate fruit juice each day. Pomegranates may assist in health factors such as; diabetes, common cold, heart disease, prostate cancer, reductions in melanomas and so much more.  Opening a Pomegranate may be tricky. Sliced in half Pomegranate should be placed in cold water. The Pomegranate then should easy to handle.

    In 2010 there were 23 clinical tests for Pomegranate’s benefits that were processed and registered with the National Institute of Health. Pomegranate’s benefits were performed to see substantiate potential benefits in the areas of prostate cancer, diabetes and the common cold. Why the hype, the attraction and need to write and investigate the Pomegranate fruit? Hopefully Pomegranate’s benefits will be officially confirmed in the near future.

    A custom among small children in Israel and throughout the world of Hebrew school or Jewish day schools is the counting of the “Rimon” or Pomegranate. The Torah or Holy Bible has 613 commandments or good deeds. Teachers and parents encourage Pre-school age children to count the seeds in Pomegranate. To see if anyone can find a Pomegranate with 613 seeds to correlate to the 613 commandments.  A 613 seeded Pomegranate has yet to be found, but the challenge is symbolic to show the importance of this lucky talisman of good luck.

    Luck, mystics, amulet, good luck charm are a central theme among artists in Israel and the Middle East. Why? Pomegranates are rumored to bring fertility, health and endless luck.

    Most homes throughout Greece, Middle East and Israel have multiple Pomegranate items adorning the walls, Pomegranate earnings, Pomegranate necklaces hanging Pomegranate amulets in a car, Pomegranate candle sticks and Pomegranate Kiddush cups. Happy Sweet  Jewish New Year (Shana Tova)from (www.JJudaica.com).

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    Torah Bible Portion: “Parashat Ki Teitzei” http://www.jjudaica.com/blog/torah-bible-portion-parashat-ki-teitzei http://www.jjudaica.com/blog/torah-bible-portion-parashat-ki-teitzei#comments Wed, 18 Aug 2010 18:00:30 +0000 susanw http://www.jjudaica.com/blog/?p=313
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    Returning Objects to their Rightful owners

    “If you see another person’s animal, you shall not hide from it; you must return it to the owner. If the owner is not known to you, then you should bring the object into your house, where it shall remain until the owner inquires after it, and you will return it to him. So shall you do for his donkey, his garment, or any lost article that you may find…” (Deut. 22:1-3)

    Traveling by bus this week to Jerusalem I met a charming older lady “Esti” and started a conversation Esti was accompanied by her two stunning granddaughters age 8 & 6.  The granddaughters started telling me they were on their way to meet the head bus manager for the buses. They explained that an hour ago their grandmother “Esti” forgot her pocketbook on the bus. Esti explained to the bus depot manager what happened. He quickly called the driver to stop and inspect the bus. The Driver – Yossi, said “Betach” –“Sure it’s here”. Yossi said he would be returning to the station within two hours and Esti can come and get the bag after a quick identification to what’s in the bag.

    This heartwarming and happy tale coincides with this weeks Parsha Ki Teitzei theme of returning lost objects to their owners. This weeks Parsha – Torah portion Ki Teitzei is packed with over twenty themes.  The mitzvah- good deed to return lost objects is one that can be taught to young children and carried throughout life to help one another.

    Jewish Torah law 613 commandments “mitzvoth” require one to find the rightful owner, not hide from finding the owner and actively seeking the owner through means of hanging signs, internet postings or even communal announcements.

    When a person loses something, even a trivial item like a junk pair of sun glasses it causes some distress. Even more distressing is losing one’s wallet.  Jewish law doesn’t subscribe to finders keepers losers weepers, the Torah actually rewards with a Mitzvah for finding the owners to a lost item.

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    Rosh Hashanah – Pomegranates Part I http://www.jjudaica.com/blog/rosh-hashanah-pomegranates-part-i http://www.jjudaica.com/blog/rosh-hashanah-pomegranates-part-i#comments Tue, 17 Aug 2010 18:00:07 +0000 susanw http://www.jjudaica.com/blog/?p=262
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    Rosh Hashanah – The Jewish New Year is -September 8th, 2010 at sundown. Throughout the world there are many symbolic items to represent the Jewish New Year.  Honey, Challah (sweet egg bread) and the thousands of year old Pomegranate fruit all some examples of nostalgic items that are eaten or blessed on the New Year. In addition to eating yummy Pomegranate fruits are the adorning of the home with Pomegranate’s.  Pomegranate tradition has become a pivotal decorating device throughout the modern home in many Jewish homes. Pomegranate decorating is observed by all levels of religiosity and in homes of non observance.  Pomegranate is truly a piece of wonderment and art.

    The Pomegranate season has been used by many writers as a source of inspiration and motivation. Oscar Wilde A House of Pomegranates and Nathaniel Hawthorne’s short story The Pomegranate Seeds. Stories of hope, magical luck and possible “powers of protection” were written for the Pomegranate fruit.  The earliest recorded writings for Pomegranate’s were written in the Bible – Exodus, describing Pomegranate adornments on the robe of the High Priest. Pomegranate are integral part of Middle Eastern culture.

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    Ashton Kutcher’s Visit to Kabbalah Center in Israel http://www.jjudaica.com/blog/anston-kutscher-visits-kabbalah-center-in-israel http://www.jjudaica.com/blog/anston-kutscher-visits-kabbalah-center-in-israel#comments Thu, 12 Aug 2010 16:00:50 +0000 susanw http://www.jjudaica.com/blog/?p=284
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    Rosh Hashanah- “The Jewish New Year” and Kabbalah “time of spiritual awakening”.

    Ashton Kutcher a Kabbalah follower visited Israel and attended the birthday bash for founder of the Kabbalah Jerusalem Center Rabbi Shraga Berg.  Kutcher attended the party with fellow famous actors Bruce Wills, Demi Moore and daughter Scout Willis.

    Kabbalah seems to be the 21st century new age movement for spiritual and personal growth. Kabbalah – The new age movement has reached over three million people worldwide. Hollywood actors have joined the Kabbalah new age movement including; Ashton Kutcher, Madonna, Donna Karen, Mick Jagger, Roseanne Barr, Rosie O’Donnell and Britney Spears.

    Kabbalah is Hebrew for “that which was received” aims to help work on the inner workings of the soul and of the divine worlds.  Kabbalah is being sought as a relationship builder to the Divine and within ones personal self. Kabbalah described as the enigmatic and mystical “learning’s” of the world. Kabbalah explores the nature of G-d and the universe. Traditionally Kabbalah could only be taught to Jewish men over 40 who had spent their lives studying Judaism. Kabbalah is now taught to men, women, young and old.

    Kabbalah essentials include:

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    Rabbi Berg- the “birthday boy” started the center years ago with a perspective that Kabbalah was open for all regardless of social standing and could be taught simply. Kabbalah is based on the Zohar, an ancient text, intense and multifaceted, that contains a mystical debate of what G-D is. Rabbi Berg opened the Los Angeles Kabbalah center in 1984 and the parade of stars followed.

    Kabbalah simply put is not a religion although more of a guide to real life questions. Why was I born? How can I be happier? How to achieve health? How to achieve wealth, personal contentment real pleasure and genuine happiness? Kabbalah is multi faceted and mysterious yet attainable. The many worldwide Kabbalah centers reach out to all those who embrace the divine in His 72 names and want to help those seeking life answers to life questions.

    Anston Kutcher and his fellow Hollywood friends seem to agree there is something soothing, peaceful learning and practicing Kabbalah.  Kabbalah seems to be heartening and cheering to all those reaching out to embrace the love and warmth Kabbalah offers. Mediation, prayer, charitable deeds and acts of kindness are some of the fundamental values.  Strategically said the act of giving ones time at a children’s hospital can be felt ten fold back in good and happy vibes. Giving charity helps one to truly appreciate one’s talent and own materialistic accomplishment and not seek to be excessive.

    Kabbalah mantra and principles are basic tents of those praying for a Happy, Healthy and Prosperous Rosh Hashanah- Jewish New Year. Kabbalah centers will hold services for the Jewish New Year. Shofars  and Pomegranate Talit will adorn the worshipers.


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