One of the ways that the Christian faith celebrates commonality with the Jewish faith is that we share the first 39 books of our Christian Bible — which the Jewish faith refers to The Torah (The Law, The Prophets, and the Writings).
Within those 39 books, historical truths are revealed that are beautifully applicable to our lives today. Christian Gifts Place is happy to offer unique .925 Sterling Silver Jewelry to help commemorate some of these beautiful treasures that can be found in our Bible.
MIZPAH is mentioned for the first time in the Bible in Gen 31, when Jacob and Laban at Gilead swore a covenant as witness before a cairn of stones saying, “The Lord watch between me and thee when we are absent one from another”. Mizpah of Gilead became the “blueprint” for more places called MIZPAH in the Scriptures. Mizpah jewelry was popular with the Victorians in the nineteenth century, often taking the form of a heart broken in twain, to be shared between two friends or lovers who are temporarily parted. Today, Mizaph takes on many meanings – but, in Hebrew, literally means watch-tower. As such, it has adopted a more general meaning, ‘may God watch over you’. This contemporary interpretation is elegantly engraved, carrying this generous sentiment into the 21st century.
BASHERT means ‘destiny’ or ‘soul mate’. The partner in life each of us is predestined (by God) to discover, our soul mate, in Yiddish is said to be our bashert. May God’s Divine Providence lead you to find your bashert. This delightful sentiment has been appropriately engraved on a broad ring of contemporary form in an Ashkenazi Jewish script of the sixteenth or seventeenth century, to create a modern piece of jewelry for the romantic at heart.
The SHEMA is considered the most important prayer in Judaism, it is both an affirmation of faith and a declaration of belief in one G-d. The entire Shema (or sh’ma) consists of the daily prayers that commences with Shema Yisrael and comprises Deuteronomy 6:4-9, 11:13-21, and Numbers 15:37-41. This unusual pendant has been finely engraved with the first line of the V’ahavta (Deuteronomy 6:5), from the first portion of the prayer. The two letters ayin E and dalet D are enlarged in the first sentence, together form the word eid, meaning witness, a testament to the sovereignty of God. In English: And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. And these words that I command you today shall be in your heart. And you shall teach them diligently to your children, and you shall speak of them when you sit at home, and when you walk along the way, and when you lie down and when you rise up. And you shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be for frontlets between your eyes. And you shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.
ANI L’DODI – I am my Beloved’s, and my Beloved is mine. “Ani L’Dodi…” is the most well-known quote from “Shir HaShirim”, or “The Song of Songs”, written by King Solomon (Song of Solomon 6:3) in the language of a beautiful, romantic declaration between a husband and wife, as an allegory for the love between the people of Israel and their Lord.
SHEKEL Jewelry – adapted from a coin in the collection of the Jewish Museum, NY. In 66 CE(Common Era in lieu of AD), the Jews rebelled against Roman rule and began to mint their own coins, called shekels, as a sign of their independence. The coins mounted in this jewelry were cast from a half-shekel in The Jewish Museum collection which dates to the first year of the revolt. The imagery and inscriptions are entirely Jewish in nature: a chalice with an ancient Hebrew inscription denoting the date and denomination; and a branch with pomegranates, one of the Seven Species of Israel, surrounded by the inscription, ‘Holy Jerusalem’.
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