Handpicked: Our Favorite Seven Species Gifts from Israel
The Seven Species are each mentioned in the Hebrew Bible as special foods indigenous to the Land of Israel. According to the Mishnah, only the first fruits from harvests of the Seven Species could be brought to the Temple as offerings. Today, the Seven Species are an integral part of Israeli and Jewish cuisine and holiday celebrations, and are considered an important symbol of Eretz Yisrael, the Land of Israel.
These special species of produce - pomegranates, figs, dates, olives, wheat, barley, and grapes - are commonly featured as decorative motifs on Judaica and Jewish art, particularly on Rosh Hashanah gifts and housewarming or wedding gifts. Adorning your home with the Seven Species is a beautiful way to connect to the Land of Israel and to our Biblical tradition!
We have rounded up ten of our favorite items from our collection of Seven Species gifts made by Israeli artists and uniquely inspired by these special fruits and grains. Find your favorite, just in time for Rosh Hashanah 2022!
This colorful wool tallit (prayer shawl) features an elaborate tapestry of rich colors and stunning designs, including Jerusalem's famous architecture that is surrounded by carefully woven renditions of the Seven Species in vibrant colors. Available in a range of sizes, this tallit is created by Talitnia, Israel's biggest tallit producer which traces its humble beginnings back to Tikochin, Poland in 1898. This Jewish prayer shawl is perfect for a teen celebrating their bar or bat mitzvah, or as a gift for anyone who loves the Land of Israel.
Unsure of your tallit size? Check out our sizing guide here.
Designed by famous Israeli artist Yair Emanuel, this Hanukkah menorah resembles a pomegranate tree adorned with golden leaves, blossoms, and fruit. In addition to being a gorgeous Hanukkiah to use during the Festival of Lights, this menorah doubles as an elegant piece of art that can be displayed on a bookshelf, in an office, or elsewhere in your home year-round. This menorah also comes with a free Hanukkah blessings pamphlet in both Hebrew and English, and can be purchased together with beautiful handmade candles from the mystical Israeli city of Tzfat.
For a wonderful blend of Biblical tradition with contemporary Israeli art, you can't go wrong with this beautiful pomegranate mezuzah case from religious designer Dorit Judaica. Made from lightweight acrylic and aluminum, it features a vibrant pomegranate motif set against a striking red background and topped by the Hebrew letter Shin to represent one of God's Divine Names. A kosher mezuzah scroll can be purchased at an additional cost. This magnificent mezuzah makes a wonderful gift for a housewarming, wedding, holiday, or any other special occasion!
Want to know what makes a mezuzah kosher? Read our guide here.
Teach the little ones in your family about the Seven Species with this fun and educational puzzle! It's made right in Israel out of recyclable, laser-cut wood, and features puzzle pieces for each of the seven special fruits and grains, along with their names and explanations of their significance in both Hebrew and English. It'll make a thoughtful gift for a child or grandchild, and is beautiful enough to display as a work of art when not in use.
For a truly unique way of incorporating Biblical tradition into your home and your holiday traditions, have a look at this Seven Species kiddush cup set by the renowned Israeli designer Yair Emanuel! Made of sturdy stainless steel and displaying a beautiful hammered finish, this exceptional Kiddush cup comes with a Seven Species motif of your choice - either grapes or pomegranates, made of elegant gold-colored copper.
Delicately handcrafted and painted in the family-owned Israeli studio Art in Clay, this ceramic plaque depicts each of the Seven Species alongside their Hebrew and English names. The plaque is glazed at a high temperature and features 24K gold decorations, all combined to create a truly stunning and special work of art. The artwork can be hung on a wall or placed in its accompanying stand, and comes with a unique serial number and stamp of authenticity on the back, along with an informational booklet about the artists.
Another beautiful piece by Yair Emanuel is this stainless steel kiddush cup and saucer set, boasting a modern hammered motif and adorned with a gold-colored copper grapevine design. One of the seven species with which the Land of Israel is blessed, grapes represent beauty, joy, and tradition, in addition to being the key component of wine - making this set a beautiful and meaningful piece of shabbat and holiday Judaica!
These hand-painted, wooden shabbat candlesticks feature a colorful scene by Yair Emanuel incorporating the Seven Species: wheat, barley, pomegranates, dates, figs, olives, and grapes. The candlesticks' chic, wavy sides come together to create a unified design, and the outsides are lacquered so they're waterproof and hand-washable. A gorgeous, eye-catching addition to any Jewish home, it will be a festive reminder of the Land of Israel every time you light your shabbat candles!
This gorgeous challah cover from acclaimed Judaica artist Yair Emanuel is made from raw silk and embroidered with colorful depictions of the Seven Species, along with the Hebrew words Shabbat VeYom Tov (Shabbat and Holiday). Designed right in the Holy City of Jerusalem, it's sure to brighten up your every shabbat and holiday meal, in addition to being a vibrant and beautiful work of art.
Crafted from silver plated pewter, this pomegranate-shaped shabbat candlestick set opens up into two candleholders that fit tea lights, and is perfectly compact for small apartments or on-the-go travel. It's also adorned with a beautiful floral design and accented with Swarovski crystals in your choice of red or blue. Beautiful, convenient, and practical, this set will lighten up your shabbat and remind you of the Land of Israel wherever you go!