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Jewish Symbols

Within Judaism there are numerous symbols. Each has its own history and meaning.


Jewish Symbols

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All Those Jewish Books: Solving the Puzzle

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From the moment the Israelites stood at Sinai, the Jewish people have been a literate society filled with volumes of laws and texts that illustrate our history and our destiny. Rachael introduces some of the most important books in the Jewish canon including, Torah, Mishnah and Gemarrah. Rachael answers the question, "if the Oral Law is supposed to be oral, why was it written down?"

Mezuzot: Its The Inside That Counts

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Next time you make contact with a mezuzah, understand the history and meaning behind the scroll.

Magen David: Not Just Your Average Star

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The identifiable Jewish symbol, the Jewish star has more history than you may realize. The beloved king certainly left a lasting legacy.

Lulav & Etrog: Seeking a Gender Balance

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The Lulav and Etrog are two symbols of the holiday of Sukkot that each hold many layers of symbolism. Put the two of them together and you create a entirely different symbol of gender balance.

Chamsa

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It's the Jewish hand symbol that we see in our homes and on key chains everywhere. But where does this symbol come from? What is its meaning? Dr. Rachael Turkienicz explains.

"Let Us Light These Lights:" Candles in Judaism

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Candles play a strong role in many Jewish rituals. From lighting two candles on Shabbat, lighting eight candles on Chanukah, or just having one "eternal flame" light in a synagogue sanctuary, light and fire have a significant meaning in Jewish ritual.

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