The Havdalah candle is comprised of two interwoven candle with the wick lit in each. The lighted candle symbolizes the light of Shabbat and the strands of the braid have been interpreted as the many types of Jews in the world.
A set of 6 wooden dreidels, each side of all of the dreidels bear a letter of the Hebrew alphabet; נ (Nun), ג (Gimel), ה (Hei), ש (Shin), which together form the acronym for "a great miracle happened there."
Used to celebrate the holiday of Hanukkah, cards are sent to friends and family with special greetings and messages.
Mezuzah Parchment and Case
A mezuzah is a piece of parchment, often contained in a decorative case, inscribed with specified Hebrew verses from the Torah scrolls. A mezuzah is affixed to the doorframe in Jewish homes, some interpret Jewish law to require a mezuzah on every doorway in the home apart from bathrooms and closets too small to qualify as rooms.
Rabbi Hand Puppet A puppet to introduce the Jewish religious faith leader to the children. The Rabbi serves the community as an educator, social worker, preacher and conducts prayer services.
The holiday of Passover is a historical and religious commemoration of the plight and freedom of the Jewish people during the time of Moses. The traditional meal held at this time, the Seder, is abundant with food symbolism in the form of the Seder plate, which has six elements, these are;
Vegetable (Karpas) - This part of the Seder plate dates back to a first and second century tradition in Jerusalem that involved beginning a formal meal by dipping vegetables in salt water before eating them. It is sometimes said that the salt water represents the tears our ancestors shed during their years of enslavement.
Shank bone (Zeroa) / Roasted Beet - The roasted shank bone of a lamb reminds us of the tenth plague in Egypt, when all firstborn Egyptians were killed. The Israelites marked the doorposts of their homes with the blood of a lamb as a signal that death should pass over them. The shank bone is sometimes called the Paschal lamb, with "paschal" meaning "He skipped over" the houses of Israel. In modern times, some Jews will use a poultry neck instead. Vegetarians will often replace the shank bone with a roasted beet, which has the color of blood and is shaped like a bone, but is not derived from an animal.
Hard Boiled Egg (Baytzah) - There are two interpretations of the symbolism of the hard boiled egg. One is that it is an ancient fertility symbol. The other is that it is a symbol of mourning for the loss of the two Temples, the first of which was destroyed by the Babylonians in 586BC and the second of which was destroyed by the Romans in 70AD. Hard boiled eggs were traditionally the food of mourners and hence they were an appropriate symbol for the loss of these sacred sites.
Charoset - Charoset is a mixture that is often made of apples, nuts, wine and spices. It represents the mortar the Israelites were forced to use while they built structures for their Egyptian taskmasters.
Bitter Herbs (Maror) - Because the Israelites were slaves in Egypt, bitter herbs are eaten as a reminder of the harshness of servitude. Horseradish - either the root or a prepared paste - is most often used.
Bitter Vegetable (Hazeret) - This piece of the Seder plate also symbolizes the bitterness of slavery. Lettuce is usually used, which doesn't seem very bitter but the plant has bitter tasting roots. When hazeret is not represented on the Seder plate some Jews will put a small bowl of salt water in its place.
Sammy Spiders First Hanukkah Book
Learn all about Hanukkah through the eyes of Sammy the Spider as he watches the Shapiro family celebrate each of the eight nights.
12 Oct 2016
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