How Jewish Artefacts Build a Jewish Home
November 8, 2019
From Challah covers to Jewish tableware sets, Jewish household is relic for beauty and craftsmanship. 2000 years ago, when Jews moved from farming to craftmanship, they have gifted the world with some of its most revered and beautiful artefacts.
Jewish habits and rituals are attested to by Jewish craftsmanship and objects–whether a practising Jew or an observant one, you will always find such beautiful relics. Beauty is praised and celebrated in the Jewish faith, and that has shaped Jewish crafts and objects down to the kiddush cup to Shabbat tableware sets.
The Jewish traditions have built a wealth of crafts and ceremonial things that are adorned in homes.
Jewish Passover and the Tradition
Did you know that the initial two nights of the time of Passover, Jewish families and friends come together for an elaborate feast called Seder?
Beautifully laid out table covers; silverware and candlesticks are all part of the ceremonial objects. The mail has the story of the exodus from Egypt is read out loud.
They also perform the narrative with the rituals of that time. The vegetables are then slowly dipped in saltwater that symbolizes the tears of the Jews and the bitter herbs symbolize the hardship of Jews.
All are eating commemorating the journey of Jews and the Jewish faith.
A Seder plate is carefully laid on the table sets that contain the Passover meal food. All food has a symbolization the bitter times when Jews were bound to forceful labour as slaves in Egypt. Every object in the Passover meals stands for the Jewish faith and its endurance.
One of the most important things that a Jewish household does is take out all leavened food form the house. It is known as Chametz. It is done right before the holiday starts and leavened food will not be consumed during the ceremony and full Passover time.
However, instead of bread, you will find that Jewish families choose a flat-ish bread called Matzo. This symbolizes the story and journey how Jews had to leave Egypt in haste. There was no time for the cooked bread to even rise.
It was also easier to carry for travelling and persecuted Jews.
The typical Passover meal menu will have the following;
- Matzo Kugel (A Matzo and Apple pudding)
- Fish Patties poached and known as Gefilte Fish
- Matzo Balls in Chicken soup
Even children play a vital role in the Passover customs. To the point, that at a time during the meal, the youngest child in the table recites the questions that answer what makes the Passover night different from the rest of the nights.
The above are just small description of the purity and detailed symbolization of Jewish objects in ceremony down to the tableware sets to the food that is prepared. The carefully crafted rituals are all embedded in the Jewish faith as their adoration for God is.
And, that is the beauty of a religion that has given the world so much.