Jewish customs, religious articles, art holidays and gifts
Judaica is the collective name for historical and literary materials related to Judaism, Jewish culture, and customs. It includes Jewish books, Jewish studies, Jewish religious artifacts, holiday celebrations, and in fact, anything pertaining to Judaism. Judaica also refers to gifts that are related to Jewish culture and religion. Three thousand years of Jewish culture across the world have produced a rich variety of religious items, artifacts, literary productions, music and art.
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Some Jewish Holidays
Purim .- Celebrates the rescue of Persian Jews 2,300 years ago by Queen Esther with a carnival and noisemakers [March].
Passover (Pesach) -Passover signals the birth of the Jewish nation, and recalls the Exodus of the Israelites from slavery in Egypt. It celebrates early spring harvest, and has become a vehicle for giving children and families the elements of Jewish identity, as well as perpetuation of the Jewish national spirit which is inseparable from the value of freedom that is embodied in this holiday. It usually falls in April, often coinciding with Easter.
Hannukah- Hannukah celebrates the rededication of the temple in Jerusalem after the Maccabees in 164 BCE won it back from the Syrian Greeks. For the eight evenings of the festival, candles are lit on a special eight-branched candlestick, one on the first evening, two on the second and so on. It usually falls in December, often coinciding with Christmas. More about Hannuka
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