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Rosh Hashana to-do list – Buying Judaica Gifts

Posted by naama on August 22, 2010 under Jewish Jewelry, Judaica | Be the First to Comment

Jewish Holidays are always a reason for hustle and bustle. You either love it or hate it, but you definitely can’t avoid it – that’s just the way it is. This is especially the case before Rosh Hashana, the Jewish New year that’s right around the corner (Gefilte Fish anyone?). One of the items on practically every Rosh Hashana to-do list is “buy gifts”, Judaica gifts in particular.

Why gifts? Why now?

Silver & Gold Ruby Pomegranate PendantWell, the simplistic answer to “why gifts?” is “Hey, why not?”. But seriously, the reason that this time of year is a time for gift-giving stems from a long lasting Jewish tradition (Think Tevya). According to this tradition, before a holiday a man must buy his wife and children new clothes and jewelry to increase their enjoyment of the holiday. This is in addition to everybody eating special foods during bountiful meals.

The answer to “why now?” is “because it’s Rosh Hashana”. Since this holiday marks the beginning of the Jewish calendar year – it is considered the model for what the rest of your year will look like. So we try to make the holiday as happy and meaningful as possible, hoping that the rest of our year will be the same. Since Judaica gifts hold an extra special meaning, giving such gifts before the holiday is sure to affect the character of the upcoming year.

What to buy?

Buying gifts can be a real headache, but it doesn’t have to be. Today, you can shop for gifts online without leaving the comfort of your living room, have them delivered to your doorstep or to the recipient’s home, and there you go – one less thing to run around looking for. It’s as simple as that.

There are so many types of Judaica gifts to choose from – here are some of the best ideas:

  • Kiddush Cups – great for using on both days of Rosh Hashana, as well as on other holidays and during the rest of the year
  • Washing Cups – will definitely be used before each of the festive meals during the holiday, and before everyday meals too
  • Jewish Pendants – such as special ancient coin pendants or Star of David or Menorah pendants
  • Jerusalem Jewelry – that always connects us to the holiest of cities
  • Mezuzot – mezuzah covers for decorating the mezuzah scroll on any doorpost

How about something different this year?

If the traditional Judaica gifts don’t really grab you, here’s an idea that is unique and appropriate for both the holiday and for the rest of the year. Where can you find it? At Baltinester’s of course!

The item I’m talking about is a beautiful silver and gold Pomegranate pendant set with rubies. The pendant is not only a spectacular piece of artwork but also apt for Rosh Hashana because the pomegranate is one of the symbolic foods we eat and during the holiday. We even recite a special prayer over it: “May it be the will of our Heavenly Father that our merits increase like the seeds of the pomegranate”. Enjoy your shopping for Judaica Gifts, and have a good year – Shana Tova!

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