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Where to find the perfect Jewish gifts

Date Added: May 17, 2012 03:53:37 PM
Author: MIchael Ehrenthal
Category: Shopping: Antiques and Collectibles

These experiences and elements of the Jewish tradition have been preserved for thousands of years and today they are more relevant than ever. Secularization and globalization notwithstanding, these symbols that are used as Jewish gifts have impacted modern society across the globe in major ways as Judaism succeeds in preserving its religio-cultural identity. The symbols of Judaism have been commonly referred to as Jewish gifts. It has been an unbroken tradition to exchange ritual objects and symbolic Jewish jewelry that bring religion and art together, and thus celebrate the richness of the Jewish culture. This practice has given rise to the development Judaica art and jewelry. In recent years Judaica artists have created a vast selection of Jewish gifts , from small rings decorated with Jewish motifs to impressive and elaborate Hanukkah menorahs and Seder plates. Jewish gifts today merge the ancient heritage with fresh, modern spirit. Contemporary Judaica artists offer unusual and bold interpretations to traditional religious symbols. Thanks to them, we can find mezuzahs in vibrant colors or Seder plates in metallic designs. These Judaica artworks cross the boundaries of what was used to be thought of as purely religious objects that need to be simple and grave. Now, we can find flower-shaped Shabbat candlesticks or a mezuzah designed as a spaceship. In effect, modern Judaica artwork and jewelry design make a strong case for the relevance of Judaism in the modern world. Jewish gifts include more than ritual objects. For example, the Hamsa Hand is a symbol that has been widely adopted by Judaism and used by Jews to this day. The Hamsa Hand is believed to draw positive energies and good luck and ward off any evil. You will find the Hamsa Hand on jewelry accessories, key chains and a wide variety of other decorative objects. Jewish gifts also bring together the western and eastern worlds. You will find them among the Jewish people spread throughout Europe, North America and Arab countries. Thus, Judaica art often gives special attention to diverse cultural influences. "Judaica recalls ancestral customs and ceremonies from many centuries of Jewish life all over the world," says Michael Ehrenthal of Moriah Galleries in New York City. Ehrenthal points out that before the mid-19th century, when European Jews were excluded from crafts guilds, most ritual objects were made by Christian artisans for their Jewish customers. Once Jews were permitted to work with precious metals, a number of notable Jewish artisans emerged, and their work is highly coveted today. When the Hanukkah holiday in December approaches, Jewish families prepare menorahs — traditional nine-candle candelabra — in preparation for the eight-day Festival of Lights. While menorahs are the best-known form of Judaica, this category also includes many other ceremonial objects, such as spice containers, Sabbath candleholders, mezuzah cases, seder plates, Torah pointers, and kiddush cups. You will find all these at Moriah Galleries, easily the largest repository of the perfect Jewish gifts and the finest antique Judaica. For pricing and further information please contact Moriah Galleries by phone (212-679-7400/212-679-7410), email (mogall@verizon.net) or visit its showroom at 230 Fifth Ave., Suite 1311, New York City, NY. You may also visit http://moriahgalleries.com/ for more information on Jewish gifts, Judaica gifts and antique Judaica.