Handpicked: Our Favorite Seven Species Gifts from Israel
The Seven Species are each mentioned in the Tanakh and were all important at one time or another in many parts of the texts. 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 are considered an important symbol of Eretz Yisrael, the Land of Israel.
Many of the motifs that serve as creative inspiration for Judaica artists - such as pomegranates, honey, figs, and olives - are among the Seven Species of Israel, or שבעת המינים (Shivat HaMinim) in Hebrew. In addition to pomegranates, honey, figs, and olives, there are three more agricultural products from the Land of Israel that make up the Seven Species: wheat, barley, and grapes.
We have rounded up ten of our favorite Seven Species products from our vast selection of home décor, Judaica, jewelry, and other gifts that are inspired by these special fruits and grains. Like every product we carry, each of these items was created by local artisans in the Land of Israel - just like the Seven Species!
This 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.
Designed by Israeli favorite 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 that is printed in both Hebrew and English and includes the traditional blessings said after lighting Hanukkah candles, plus the famous tune Maoz Tzur!
This vibrant, bold, modern challah cover features an artistic depiction of each of the Seven Species. Inscribed in Hebrew with the words L'kavod Shabbat and Yom Tov, this challah cover will brighten any Shabbat or holiday celebration. Designed and made in Jerusalem, this gorgeous piece is the work of Barbara Shaw, an Israeli designer famous for fusing Jewish tradition with a fresh, modern style - and this challah cover is no exception!
Bring the light of Shabbat and the Land of Israel into your home with these elegant Shabbat candlesticks. Featuring the Seven Species in a cut-out style, these candlestick holders are a stunning combination of ancient Jewish tradition and modern contemporary design and would make the perfect addition to your home or a wonderful gift for someone special.
Crafted from wood and aluminum, this mezuzah features colorful illustrations of the Seven Species. Designed by Dorit Judaica, this mezuzah case is the perfect way to bring a piece of the Land of Israel and Biblical tradition into your house to make it a Jewish home. Please note that a scroll is not included with the mezuzah but can be added to your order.
Delicately handcrafted and painted in Jaffa, this ceramic plaque depicts each of the Seven Species alongside their Hebrew and English names. A work of the studio Art in Clay, the plaque glazed at a high temperature and features 24K gold decorations, all combined to create a truly stunning and special work of art. The plaque can be hung on the wall or can be placed on the accompanying stand, and comes with a unique serial number and stamp of authenticity on the back.
Made from sterling silver, this Kiddush cup and saucer boast a modern hammered motif and are adorned with a gold-colored copper pomegranate design. This gorgeous piece of Shabbat and holiday Judaica is the work of Yair Emanuel, a Jerusalem-based artist who graduated from the prestigious Bezalel Academy of Art and frequently uses the Land of Israel as an inspiration for his designs.
These vibrant and colorful Shabbat candlesticks feature a Seven Species design that was hand-painted with a brush using acrylic colors and then lacquered, with a brass insert for the candle itself. Another amazing piece of Judaica created by Yair Emanuel, these candlestick holders are a lovely way to add a touch of color and meaning to your Shabbat celebrations.
This gorgeous challah cover from acclaimed Judaica artist Yair Emanuel is made from raw silk are appliqued and attached with embroidered depictions of the Seven Species. Crafted in Jerusalem, it will 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 set is decorated with an elegant floral design and can be opened into two candleholders that fit tea lights. Whether you're hiking, on a business trip or just spending Shabbat out of town, this set of travel candlesticks is a must-have for anyone who is always on the go and wants to have a piece of Eretz Yisrael with them everywhere.