Bible-Inspired Home Decor Buying Guide
It isn't unusal to see Biblical themed home decor in a Jewish home as it has become a part of the Jewish culture. Incredible designs for candlesticks, menorahs, mezuzahs, figurines, and more have been created by incredible Israeli artists with a passion to incorporate Judaism into art. The art was inspired by different stories and symbols seen throughout Jewish history, starting as early as Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, the first story in the Torah. Enjoy discovering what beautiful Jewish pieces you can decorate your home with!
Kotel (Western Wall)
The Western Wall, or the Kotel as it is called in Hebrew, is one of the holiest places in Judaism, which is why so many artists feature it in their pieces, even if it is just the stones like with these Danon mezuzahs. There is plenty of wall art to choose from, including paper-cuts, paintings by Zina Roitman, Hamsas featuring the ancient wall, and handmade plaques with the famous words of "if I forget thee, O' Jerusalem". As for Judaica, there are beautiful silk challah covers and an Elijah cup for Passover that bring this incredible wall just a little bit closer to home. Just as Jerusalem deserves a place in everyone's heart, the Kotel deserves a place in everyone's home.
Lion of Judah
The Lion of Judah not only represents the tribe of Judah, but also the kings of Israel and Jerusalem, which makes David Gerstein's Jerusalem Lion sculpture the perfect representation. A number of artistic hand-painted shofars also feature the Lion of Judah. It is said that when Mashiach -Messiah- comes, the shofar will blast and it is also said that Mashiach will be from the tribe of Judah. The lion has also made its appearance in a number of symbols and signs, like the first Zionist Congress and this paper-cut marking East, the direction in which one should pray. There are also stunning challah covers, plaques, and miniatures featuring the mighty Lion of Judah.
The beloved story of Noah's Ark is a favorite especially when it comes to children. The animals and rainbow make for great children's items like a tambourine,, but also allows them to become more connected to Judaism through brightly colored Judaica such as tzedakah boxes and mezuzahs. There are also jewelry boxes that are great for any girls first jewelry box, featuring the animals walking up to the ark. For something you would want to display in your home, there is a beautiful painting by Gregory Kohelet and a stunning Armenian Ceramic plate featuring the ark floating during the flood.
Pomegranates often make an appearance on Jewish art and Judaica pieces as they are one of the Seven Species meaning they have been growing in Israel for thousands of years. Pomegranates make for fun home decor and artists have taken this beautiful fruit to the next level by turning it into Havdallah candles, honey dishes for Rosh Hashanah, napkin holders, and candlesticks. The wall art incorporates the pomegranate into other Jewish designs like the Star of David, Hamsas, and Hebrew letters or includes the famous blessings like with this Art in Clay plaque. Of course, you will also find the ruby red fruit standing on its own with ceramic replicas, like this smooth pomegranate.
Possibly the most famous story in the Torah is the Ten Commandments as it shows the basic ten laws of Judaism. These important stones have been turned into art by artists all over Israel, some keeping to the stone look with Jerusalem Stone and others like Victor Shrem and Marc Chagall have painted these powerful tablets. Ofek Wertman, an Israeli artist who is influenced by pop-art and graffiti, has turned this story into a fun trivet to have. There are also a number of gorgeous Jerusalem stone Hanukkah menorahs and Shabbat candles made out of Jerusalem Stone, like this candle-set with triangles and this arched menorah.
Tree of Life
Tree of Life home decor is common but still incredibly special. The Tree of Life is in the Garden of Eden and has become a symbol in Judaism. The tree is portrayed in a variety of beautiful pieces of art and Judaica like these mezuzahs by Orit Grader, and most pieces allow you to choose the color you like. From beautiful paper cutouts by David Fisher like this vertical one to s sculpture with a Psalm or a stunning Agayof Design tzedakah box, any of these would look magnificent in your home. There are also handmade ceramic pieces by Art in Clay for a non-traditional look featuring this ancient tree.