Your Guide to Understanding Verses and Blessings Jewelry
Out of the many Jewish symbols, phrases, and motifs that can be found on jewelry, verses from the Tanakh, kabbalah, and traditional blessings are some of the most spiritual. Our full selection of verses and blessings jewelry includes more than 900 different rings, necklaces, bracelets, and other pieces that feature meaningful phrases that have been part of Jewish tradition for hundreds -- and sometimes thousands -- of years. Our collection includes jewelry suitable for men, women, and children of all ages, and all pieces are made in the Land of Israel by local artists.
Each verse and blessing means something different and has a different source. Some are meant to evoke love; others offer protection. There is no need to be an expert in Jewish verses and blessings or to be fluent in Hebrew to buy something with a traditional Jewish phrase or prayer on it. We have compiled this guide to help you understand the meaning behind our most popular verses and blessings jewelry and to offer some inspiration as you shop.
And once you learn more about the different types of blessings and special phrases that adorn Jewish jewelry, we also have a top ten list of some of our favorites pieces!
Shema Yisrael is the quintessential Jewish prayer, taken from the Book of Deuteronomy. It is the first one taught to children and is meant to be the last one said in our lifetime. The prayer of Shema marks the unique connection that the Jewish people have with God. Shema Yisrael jewelry features either the first two words of the prayer or the entire sentence from Deuteronomy -- some pieces are modern, some are simple, others luxurious, but each one is certainly meaningful.
Ana Bekoach is an ancient Kabbalistic poem written by Rav Nehunia Ben Hakannah and is said to be a prayer of protection. The first letter of each word in Ana Bekoach spells out the 42 letter name of God, and the poem is generally written out on seven lines, each line representing one day of the week. Ana Bekoach jewelry is believed to protect its wearer and bring good luck, and makes for a very meaningful gift.
Ani LeDodi V'Dodi Li is the ultimate Jewish love line, translating to "I am my beloved's and my beloved is mine." This phrase can be found in the Song of Songs to describe God's connection to the Jewish people, but also commonly represents the special bonds formed in romantic relationships, making Ani LeDodi jewelry a popular gift for significant others - and even great for a wedding or engagement ring. Whether you're celebrating a birthday, an engagement, Valentine's Day, a holiday, Tu B'Av, or just want something special and romantic to give your spouse or significant other, Ani LeDodi is a beautiful choice.
Eshet Chayil (Woman of Valor) is a classic Jewish hymn that is traditionally sung on Friday nights to honor the strong Jewish women in our lives. Originally written by King Solomon and found in the Book of Proverbs, the lyrics praise women who are strong, kind, and keep families running. Woman of Valor jewelry featuring the phrase Eshet Chayil or lines from the hymn are a perfect way to show your wife, daughter-in-law, or other special woman in your life just how much you value and appreciate them.
Each day in Israel and during the High Holidays everywhere else in the world, Kohanim (descendants of priests) perform the Priestly Blessing taken from the Book of Numbers, which is believed to provide protection over the entire community. The blessing can only be performed out of love toward one another. Priestly Blessing jewelry - said to provide protection over its wearer - is unique and has become increasingly popular over the years. Perfect for both men and women, Priestly Blessing jewelry is both beautiful and spiritually meaningful, with a special Biblical connection.
When traveling, according to Jewish tradition, one should say Tefilat HaDerech - the Traveler's Prayer, which comes from Psalm 91. The prayer is generally said when leaving the city limits or about halfway through your journey, whether driving in the car for more than an hour, or flying halfway across the world. Reciting this prayer is believed to keep you safe throughout your trip itself. Traveler's Prayer jewelry is just what the traveler in your life needs to keep them safe, whether they're driving, flying, biking, or sailing.
As Jews, we know that hardships tend to come and go, and we always know that this too shall pass and that we will live on. While this phrase is also popular in the secular world (both in Israel and elsewhere), Jewish folklore says it actually originates from King Solomon. In Hebrew, the phrase is Gam zeh ya'avor. This Too Shall Pass jewelry includes simple designs with Hebrew and English, as well as pieces that are more intricate and include gemstones, diamonds, and other pops of color.
In some households, there is the tradition to give the children a blessing either every Friday night before Shabbat dinner, or once a year on Rosh Hashanah. These blessings differ for boys and girls. For boys, the blessing says that they should grow to be like Ephraim and Menashe, the grandsons of Jacob. The girl's blessing offers hope that they will grow up to be like the matriarchs of Judaism: Sarah, Rivka, Rachel and Leah. Children's Blessing jewelry not only reminds your kids of the power role models in the Torah and Tanakh -- it's also a sweet reminder of your love for them and the importance of passing on Judaism from generation to generation.
Almost everyone has heard of the verses, "If I forget thee O Jerusalem, let my right hand forget its use" and "Pray for the peace of Jerusalem; may those who love you prosper" from the Book of Psalms. Jerusalem Blessing jewelry features one of these two meaningful quotes in silver, gold, or placed on Jerusalem Stone -- the same material that the iconic Old City buildings and streets, as well as the Western Wall, are made from. These pieces are perfect for anyone wants to keep the holy city close to their heart at all times, no matter where in the world they are.
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