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Holy Land travel guide - Part 2

A visit to the Holy Land should not be focused entirely on the religious-related sites, as Israel is a vibrant country with many cultural assets waiting to be explored and experienced by the traveler. That is why, this second part of the travel guide introduces the traveler to a different manner of traveling – not seeking to visit museums and [...]

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Holy Land travel guide - Part 1

A trip to the Holy Land is an opportunity to visit all those places referred to in the Torah, which have had a great role in shaping the Judaism one experiences today. However, a trip to the Holy Land can and should have two components: on the one hand visiting the religious-related sites and on the other, visiting museums, [...]

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Famous Jewish artists

Given that previous articles have dealt with a plethora of ancient or modern Jewish artists, the present article shall focus on contemporary ones. Analyzing the artists of a specific people is a rather difficult endeavor, due to the fact that there are so many areas to cover – music, theater, film, painting, sculpture, etc. As a result, the following paragraphs [...]

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Modern Jewish Art

Modern Jewish art is the art of the 19th century emancipation of the Jewish communities of Europe, a process which began in the Western parts of the continent. The efforts of crystalizing a Jewish identity at a time when religion no longer had the power to generate an identity from within managed to find a means of expression in [...]

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Ancient Jewish Art

While in other communities, ancient art consists of paintings on cave walls or any other surfaces and sculptures, in the Jewish case, such drawings and sculptures were considered to be interfering with the second commandment on the interdiction of “graven images of God”. Thus, ancient Jewish art was moved onto ceremonial objects which would be richly adorned with different traditional [...]

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Jewish Wedding Ketubah

Marriage is an important element both in the life of an individual, but also for the society at large, being also a highly significant tradition which helped advance the development of the latter. In some particular cultures, marriage has an even more enhanced role and it’s usually surrounded by its own aura. This is the case of Judaism, where marriage [...]

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Judaica Gifts

Looking for gifts is not particularly easy, as one has to take into consideration several elements such as the available budget, the occasion and the person who is to receive the gift. The latter is especially important, as one needs to know very well the receiver of the gift, his/her tastes and preferences, etc.In the past, it was common to [...]

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Hebrew Calligraphy

Calligraphy is an important part of the culture of those peoples having a specific type of writing. This is the case of the Hebrew calligraphy, where the letters are in fact symbols with specific meanings, which makes the culture even more enticing. However, when analyzing Hebrew calligraphy, one needs to focus not only on the symbolism of the calligraphy, [...]

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Education in Judaism

Education plays a very important role in the advancement of a culture, and this is especially true with regard to Judaism, which had to deal with division and hardship throughout its existence, and thus putting even more emphasis on the need of education within the society. When analyzing education in Judaism one needs to focus on how education was performed [...]

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The Significance of the Havdalah and the Havdalah Candles

Fire is one of nature’s greatest mysteries and this is an acknowledged fact in Judaism, which considers it one of nature’s basic elements. In the Kabbalah, the image of the colorful flame of a candle is considered to be a metaphor for the relation between God and man, the flame being a unique entity, however, changing its aspect all [...]

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