House Blessings

A home is a place of significance in any culture, and especially in the Jewish tradition, and so it should come as no surprise that house blessings are among the most popular and important pieces of Judaica.

Home blessings in both Hebrew and the vernacular languages of different nations are a great way to do this, giving your place of residence an unmistakable piece of Judaica which in turn links you to the greater Jewish community near and far, past and present. These house blessings are generally engraved with a traditional Jewish prayer focused on home and family. There are several different blessings which may be employed here. The Shema Yisrael is, of course, one of the most important invocation in all Judaism, connects back to both Israel today and in Biblical times, and is featured engraved on many home blessings today. The Birkat HaBayit is another popular home blessing, which to “Let no sadness come through this gate” and that one’s home instead “be filled with the blessing of joy and peace.” Both of these prayers, along with others, are featured on many home blessings, and represents the hope and communal spirit so characteristic of the Jewish community.