New Pattern: Doll Size Kippah
Baby and Kids / Hanukkah / Holidays

New Pattern: Doll Size Kippah

As I write this, my thoughts are filled with the just-finished festival season and a new collection of holiday memories: a chilly Rosh Hoshanah Tashlich ceremony at Manhattan’s East River, a quiet Yom Kippur, and Sukkot’s scents of etrog and myrtle. Even as I hold on to fresh memories of these autumn festivals, my mind … Continue reading

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For Brides, Pilgrims, and a Certain Angel: The Wreath as a Jewish Decoration and Symbol
Shavuot / Symbols / Weddings

For Brides, Pilgrims, and a Certain Angel: The Wreath as a Jewish Decoration and Symbol

Wreaths are not a major motif in Judaism, but Jews used wreaths as holiday decorations and wedding accessories even in antiquity, when the Temple stood in Jerusalem. Although today wreaths are strongly associated with Christmas, Jews made wreaths for Shavuot and other festive occasions before the birth of Jesus. And as a symbol, the wreath … Continue reading