Kosher Hand Written Mezuzah Scrolls @ Mitzvahland

Here at Mitzvahland, we welcome you to visit our store in person or online and view our vast selection of Mezuzahs and Mezuzah Covers. They are all handcrafted, unique and will surely make a lovely gift or personal addition to your home.

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What exactly is a Mezuzah and why are they of importance?

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Mezuzah is a portion of the Holy Torah hand written on parchment in the same manner and script as the Torah. The Mezuzah signifies the sanctity and blessing of the Jewish home. The Mezuzah may be inserted into any number of decorative Mezuzah covers. These covers come in a variety of styles and selection is dependent upon personal taste. But it is the scroll it contains inside that is the most crucial element. On this sacred scroll of parchment are inscribed two passages from the Torah, “Shema Yisroel” and “Vehaya” (Deuteronomy 6:4-9 and 11:13-21). The Shema prayer appears on one side on the parchment, and one of the names of G‑d, Sha-dai, appears on the reverse side. The name is an acronym for the Hebrew words which mean “Guardian of the doorways of Israel.” A Mezuzah on the doors of a home or office protects the inhabitants – whether they are inside or outside. This protection serves as a helmet, one protective veneer against all the surrounding dangers in our lives.

The scroll is the heart and soul of the Mezuzah so it is very important that it be Kosher. There is an ancient tradition that the Mezuzah protects the home in which it is placed and the people who live in that home. It is believed that the Mezuzah even protects the inhabitants when they are outside of the home. This protection only holds true if the Mezuzah is a Kosher one. If for some reason the Mezuzah becomes Pasul (not Kosher), the protection is no longer there.

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Delicately hand written on parchment by a professional sofer scribe. A Mezuzah has 713 letters. Every letter has numerous laws pertaining to its form. In order for a Mezuzah to be written in accordance with all of the laws, it must meet thousands of requirements. The scroll is put inside a Mezuzah cover to protect the scroll inside. Different sizes available to fit any Mezuzah case. Each Mezuzah scroll takes approximately three to five hours to write depending on the size of parchment and quality of writing on it. These beautiful Mezuzah parchments are perfect to put up on the doorpost of any Jewish home or business.

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Adorning your house with a Mezuzah is one of the most important Mitzvot passed down to the Jewish people through the Torah. A common misconception is that only the main entrance to the home requires a mezuzah. Of course, it is better to have one mezuzah on the front door than no mezuzahs, and if you only have one mezuzah, it should be placed on the home’s main entrance. However, to properly fulfill the mitzvah, every room in the house or office should have its own mezuzah. We carry a large variety of quality Mezuzah cases. Browse our selection to find the Mezuzah that you think works best with your personal style. All of all Mezuzahs have been crafted with the care that they deserve. Choose wisely for the Mezuzah that speaks to your soul.

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The gift of a Mezuzah is actually in keeping with the true spirit of Torah which is all about rededicating our lives to service of G-d. What better gift can you give than one which so perfectly expresses that holy connection?
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 – 5 reasons to have a Mezuzah on every door of your home – 

1. Bring blessing into your home. 

Throughout the ages Jews have known that having kosher mezuzahs on all of one’s doors is the key to bringing a special blessing and protection to the home. This is why when anything goes wrong in our home, the first thing we do is take the mezuzah scrolls to have them checked. In order to gain the full benefit of this Divine blessing, we must make sure we have a kosher mezuzah on every door which is obligated in one.

2. Show your Jewish pride.

It is one thing to have a mezuzah on your front door… but when you have mezuzahs on all of your doors, it is sure to be a conversation starter with people who visit your home. This is a great way to show your Jewish pride.

3. Educate your children.

Today, children are exposed to so many different ideas via television and the internet. In order to make sure to pass on the Jewish heritage to our children, we need to make sure that they have regular reminders that they are Jewish. When a child kisses the mezuzahs as he goes through the doors of his home many times a day, he is constantly reminded that being Jewish is important.

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4. Keep up the tradition.

Stop for a second and think about this: For 2,000 years, the Jewish people have been in exile in foreign lands. We have always been a minority and we have been persecuted throughout most of history. If any one of your ancestors over the course of those 2,000 years had decided to give in and assimilate into the majority culture, you would not identify as Jewish today. What kept them Jewish was observing the Mitzvahs of the Torah despite persecution. We who live in a free country should not be the first ones to abandon these traditions!

5. It’s a Mitzvah!

Last, and most importantly, it’s a Mitzvah. Mitzvah is usually translated as ‘good deed’, but in actuality, it means ‘commandment’. The commandments of the Torah are given for our benefit. When we keep them, it brings a blessing into our life. There are many commandments in the Torah, and they are all important but it is not an all-or-nothing proposition. Each Mitzvah has its own unique value. Once it has been performed, the light that it brings into the world can never be taken away.

Perhaps you are not ready to keep all of the Mitzvahs just yet, but having mezuzahs on every door of your home is a one time expense which is a very good start in the right direction. Think of it as picking the low lying fruit first. Mezuzahs are also a great Hanukkah gift since they come in so many styles and colors that allow you to buy something that fits the taste of the recipient. Also since many people don’t have a Mezuzah on every door of their home, they can always use another one.

 

The Mezuzah is the perfect gift on so many levels:
  • Every Jewish home needs a mezuzah.
  • Mezuzahs come in many styles and colors unique to personal taste.
  • A mezuzah is a meaningful gift that is a symbol of blessing and protection for their new home
  • Every time they enter or exit their home for years or decades to come, they will see the mezuzah and remember your consideration for them.
  • A Jewish home should ideally have a mezuzah on every door. Each mezuzah is unique so even if they receive more than one, they can be used in doorways throughout their home.
  •  A decorative mezuzah with a kosher scroll can cost as little as $40 so there is a mezuzah within every price range.

At Mitzvahland we have a wide variety and selection of some exquisitely amazing and uniquely designed mezuzah cases to choose from! This makes a beautiful & meaningful gift all year round and for any special occasion. A mezuzah on every doorway of a Jewish home is a reminder of our faith in G-d’s unity in accordance with the commandment “You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.”  It is recommended each mezuzah should have a mezuzuh check once every three years. When a mezuzah is put up we sanctify our homes and everything in it. It is common to touch the mezuzah with our fingers and give them a kiss on the way outside of the house to remember G-d is everywhere, inside and outside of the home.

1190-2If you already have a cover and just need the scroll to go inside, choose from these kosher mezuzah scrolls. If you need a scroll with a case, go to the “Mezuzah Cover” page and you will be able to choose a mezuzah cover.

FAQ:

Question: I want to take down the mezuzahs in my home to have them checked, should I take them all down even though the home will be without Mezuzahs for some period of time? Answer: Although the obligation of the mezuzah on doors is a positive mitzvah that is in force every second ספר החינוך ומנחת חינוך מצווה תכג, still if one took them down for the sake of checking them it is impossible to say that they must put up a new one immediately in its place on the spot for the Poskim never mentioned such an idea. The problem of living in a room without a mezuzah is Rabbincal and they (the Rabbis said that we should periodically have our mezuzahs checked, the prohibition cannot apply in this case (Pischei Shearim p. 110). We must say that since one is involved in fixing, checking etc… they are definitely not transgressing on this positive mitzvah. Here is a 3 point summary on how one should act. 1) One should lechatchila (preferably) keep up some mezuzahs constantly during a mezuzah checking, one is enough. This means that you can give the mezuzahs to be checked in 2 installments, if possible this is most preferable. 2) If they are all down for checking purposes it is best to have them back as soon as possible, however they may be down for up to a week ( since this is the standard time give or take when it takes a little longer than usual but is still in the norm) for a owned home in Chutz learetz (the Diaspora) and any type of home in Israel. 3) For a rented home in Chutz Learetz (the Diaspora) it is best to follow preferably as stated in 1 and 2, however in a pressing case up to 30 days maximum (Chovas Hadar p. 7). Much thanks to Rav Moshe Weiner for his Halachik guidance in this Teshuva.

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Havdalah Sets

havdalah1 A set which is used during the Havdalah service which is a series of blessings recited to mark the end of the Shabbat or a holiday during which work is prohibited.  The prayer marks the distinction between the holy Shabbat and the other days of the week.

The Havdalah Set includes a Kiddush Cup, a Candlestick to hold the Havdalah Candle and a Spice box, which are used when recited the different blessings, as well as a Tray.

At Mitzvahland you can purchase different types of Havdalah Sets made of nickel, pewter and ceramics.  In addition, you can purchase the individual Havdalah items, such as the Kiddush Cup, the Candlestick and the Spice box, separately.  Also available at Mitzvahland are a large selection shabbat candlesticks, kiddush cups, and havdalah candles..160-_Prayer_Havdalah_Set

The Fragrance of Havdalah The Havdalah set is as necessary in our homes as the holy Shabbat candles—the latter shepherds in the Shekinah, and the former bids her farewell. Many believe that on each Shabbat, G-d provides us with two souls. Saturday at twilight, when three stars appear in the sky (weather permitting) the end of Shabbat is near. It is now time for the Shabbat bride to take her leave as we prepare for the forthcoming workweek. We breathe in the fragrant mixture of spices, in hopes of gathering strength and comfort until G-d returns our second soul to us the following Friday. Additionally, inhaling these distinctive spices (Jewish smelling salts) grounds us in the world G-d has created for us, by speaking to our earthly souls and senses. Friday evening, when the Sabbath bride is ushered in, we light two Shabbat candles. Conversely, only one double or quadruple-wicked braided candle is set alight on Havdalah— when the Shekinah departs. One braided candle gives off a more compelling glow than does the same number of single-wicked, regular candles. Therefore, the braided candle is representative of both the diversity and unity shared by Jews around the world. Despite the fact we Jews find ourselves scattered about Israel and the Diaspora, we as Jews are eternally connected by, and through, our common Jewish heritage.

Raw Silk Kippah

At Mitzvahland we carry Beautiful Raw Silk kippot lined with a white lining and are made with six panels. Vey elegant and stylish, they have an eyelet in the lining for a clip to keep your kippah in place. Buttons and Special Trims are available. Also, Personalization is included with a minimum order.
A well known question I have been asked on several occasions is what is a kippah and why is it worn? The answer is quite simple, just as a kippah is worn above the head it is a reminder to keep jews aware that there is one master of the universe who remains always above us and observes our thoughts, speech, and actions every moment of the day. A kippah is also a way to distinct jews from non-jews and help prevent assimilation.
It became a Jewish custom to the point that according to the majority of halachic authorities, it is mandatory. One should, therefore, not walk or even sit, bareheaded. Small children should also be taught to cover their heads.

 

Pesach Gifts & Learning

Looking for a HaggadahSeder PlateMatzah plate/ cover, Pesach Music and many more good gifts for the holiday? Look no further! With a nice selection Mitzvahland is your one stop judaica shop for all your Pesach needs!

seder plt 2Pesach is a very special time to have friends and family over to celebrate the redemption of the jewish people from slavery in the land of egypt. It is one of the most widely celebrated jewish holidays and commemorates the biblical story of Exodus. The festival of Pesach is accompanied by a beautiful seder meal which symbolizes the events that happened and recreates them for each individual jew to share, experience, and internalize our connection with G-d almighty and the miracles he performed for us.The special foods we eat on Pesach are also food for thought. Every item on the Seder plate abounds in meaning and allusion. The maror represents the bitterness of the slavery in egypt. The charoset is the same color as mortar the jews would use to build storehouses in egypt. The karpas which is a vegetable gets dipped in to salt water and represents the tears and hardships of the struggle the jews went through in egypt. The zeroah, a pascal lamb (shankbone) represents the “Pesach sacrifice”. The beitzah (hard-boild egg) represents to festival sacrifice and is used to remember we still are mourning the temple’s destruction in Jerusalem. seder plt

In judaism, every practice holds a deeper teaching, dimension, and/ or meaning. So why is the holiday called Pesach (Passover)?? The answer is the word Pesach stems from the hebrew word “pasach” which means “passed over”. G-d had too the lives of all the firstborn of egypt in a plague but he passed over all the houses of the jews and spared the lives of the jewish firstborn. On Pesach we have what is referred to as a seder meal. What does the word seder mean? The simple meaning of the word means “order”. During the seder meal we use a book called a “Haggadah” which contains the text of the seder and instructs us how to conduct the seder meal and tells the story of the miraculous events that happened.
Walking through the waterPesach is known as “the season of our liberation”. The reason for this is because the exodus from Egypt is not only an event that took place in ancient times. It is a reminder that each and every jew has their own Egypt to break free from. What does that mean exactly? Lets starts here, the word Mitzrayim (Egypt) in hebrew means “narrowness”. In Egypt our way of life was narrowed down to harsh back breaking physical labor every day. We were slaves to task masters assigned by pharoah and our ability to serve G-d  was constricted due to these circumstances. The physical liberation of Egypt is parallel to our spiritual limitations and boundaries within every jew. Meaning we all have limitations that hold us back from doing more and bettering ourselves in our divine mission. Lets be real, carrying out the Torah for its own sake in a strange and foreign land to make this world a holier and brighter place is not an easy assignment. The liberation from Egypt reminds us that we have the ability to rise to the occasion, strive to reach higher in our service of G-d, and go above and beyond ourselves to do mitzvahs which bring light in to the world. In this sense we tap in to the part of ourselves that Egypt can not even keep trapped. we tap in to the jewish soul which is a part of G-d above that knows no boundaries and remains limitless. In doing so, we break through our own personal constrains which limit us and we free ourselves from the “Egypt” within. This is the deeper message of Pesach and one of the reasons jews throughout history have stayed alive and withstood the test of time.
matza-ovenThe festival of Pesach contains within it specific restrictions associated with it. One of the most well known ones is eating unleavened bread, called matzah. This widely spread custom originates in  the story of Pesach where it states that the Hebrew slaves fled from the land of Egypt in a hurry and in doing so, their bread didn’t have time to rise. So you may ask the quesion, what really is matzah? The answer is quite simple, matzah is a kind of bread that is made without yeast and not allowed to rise, so we eat it in remembrance of the events that took place on our way out of the land of egypt to bring these happenings and experiences to life.

Passover Gifts & Learning

Looking for a Haggadah, Seder Plate, Matzah plate/ cover, Passover Music and many more good gifts for the holiday? Look no further! With a nice selection Mitzvahland is your one stop judaica shop for all your Passover needs! seder plt 2Passover is a very special time to have friends and family over to celebrate the redemption of the jewish people from slavery in the land of egypt. It is one of the most widely celebrated Jewish holidays and commemorates the biblical story of Exodus. The festival of Passover is accompanied by a beautiful seder meal which symbolizes the events that happened and recreates them for each individual jew to share, experience, and internalize our connection with G-d almighty and the miracles he performed for us. The special foods we eat on Passover are also food for thought. Every item on the Seder plate abounds in meaning and allusion. The maror represents the bitterness of the slavery in egypt. The charoset is the same color as mortar the jews would use to build storehouses in egypt. The karpas which is a vegetable gets dipped in to salt water and represents the tears and hardships of the struggle the jews went through in egypt. The zeroah, a pascal lamb (shankbone) represents the “Pesach sacrifice”. The beitzah (hard-boild egg) represents to festival sacrifice and is used to remember we still are mourning the temple’s destruction in Jerusalem.  seder plt

In judaism, every practice holds a deeper teaching, dimension, and/ or meaning. So why is the holiday called Passover (Pesach)?? The answer is the word pesach stems from the hebrew word “pasach” which means “passed over”. G-d had too the lives of all the firstborn of egypt in a plague but he passed over all the houses of the jews and spared the lives of the jewish firstborn. On Passover we have what is referred to as a seder meal. What does the word seder mean? The simple meaning of the word means “order”. During the seder meal we use a book called a “Haggadah” which contains the text of the seder and instructs us how to conduct the seder meal and tells the story of the miraculous events that happened.
Walking through the waterPassover is known as “the season of our liberation”. The reason for this is because the exodus from Egypt is not only an event that took place in ancient times. It is a reminder that each and every jew has their own Egypt to break free from. What does that mean exactly? Lets starts here, the word Mitzrayim (Egypt) in hebrew means “narrowness”. In Egypt our way of life was narrowed down to harsh back breaking physical labor every day. We were slaves to task masters assigned by pharoah and our ability to serve G-d  was constricted due to these circumstances. The physical liberation of Egypt is parallel to our spiritual limitations and boundaries within every jew. Meaning we all have limitations that hold us back from doing more and bettering ourselves in our divine mission. Lets be real, carrying out the Torah for its own sake in a strange and foreign land to make this world a holier and brighter place is not an easy assignment. The liberation from Egypt reminds us that we have the ability to rise to the occasion, strive to reach higher in our service of G-d, and go above and beyond ourselves to do mitzvahs which bring light in to the world. In this sense we tap in to the part of ourselves that Egypt can not even keep trapped. we tap in to the jewish soul which is a part of G-d above that knows no boundaries and remains limitless. In doing so, we break through our own personal constrains which limit us and we free ourselves from the “Egypt” within. This is the deeper message of Passover and one of the reasons jews throughout history have stayed alive and withstood the test of time.
matza-ovenThe festival of Passover contains within it specific restrictions associated with it. One of the most well known ones is eating unleavened bread, called matzah. This widely spread custom originates in  the story of Passover where it states that the Hebrew slaves fled from the land of Egypt in a hurry and in doing so, their bread didn’t have time to rise. So you may ask the quesion, what really is matzah? The answer is quite simple, matzah is a kind of bread that is made without yeast and not allowed to rise, so we eat it in remembrance of the events that took place on our way out of the land of egypt to bring these happenings and experiences to life.

Hanukkah For Kids

When its time for Hanukkah there are plenty of ways to help kids understand the real meaning and essence of the holiday. There are a lot of small Chanukah gifts to help young minds know the story of Hanukkah and enjoy the light of the holiday.

For many Jewish kids, Hanukkah is one of their most favorably celebrated times of the year. There is no school in session and their relatives come to visit, plus they are given Jewish gifts; doesn’t get better then that! As you start to do your Hanukkah shopping for this special time of the year, don’t forget to also buy fun Judaic toys for your little ones.

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For example, these cute little menorah finger puppets are a great way for kids to get an engaging hands on learning experience about Hanukkah and the oil for the menorah that kept burning all through the holiday.

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If finger puppets don’t spark your child’s interest, a toy menorah building block set will give them some insight on the story of Hanukkah plus loads

of playtime! Menorahs and Menorah candles are also great gift ideas. Kids love taking turns lighting the candles and the different candles you get compliment your menorahs. It can be fun doing a different color each night, but some families like to stick to traditional white Hanukkah candles.

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Don’t forget to provide driedels and more entertaining presents children can have fun with and enjoy a great time this Chanuka. With a wide selection of dreidels to choose from that come in so many varieties, small dreidels, big dreidels, glass dreidels, wood dreidels! There are all kinds of Dreidels for the kids to enjoy and start spinnin’!

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hanukkah-geltin-search-of-chanukah-gelt-chanukah-jewish-journal-vjapojpqA highly popular and favorable Hanukkah gift for children is tasty chocolate coins (gelt). These also come in an assorted variety of packages and sizes. But in the end, they’re all yummy and will bring a smile to any child’s face! To remember the high point of Jewish freedom, and the great victory symbolized by the Maccabee coin, many parents give kids Hanukkah Gelt (money) on Hanukkah. Sometimes it is given as a reward for Torah learning. On the fifth night your luck is soaring high! It’s a special time for giving (extra) Chanukah gelt, since now the majority of candles on the menorah are lit. Hanukkah gelt comes in handy to give a little extra charity. Invest in a worthy cause. Hanukkah is a special time to give lots of charity. This shows that we are truly grateful toHashem for all that He has done for us. (On Friday we give charity before menorahs candle lighting.)

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For the young ones, select from a variety of fun puzzles and activity kits. Educate them on this wonderful holiday with a variety of children’s books for all ages. Throw in a coloring book too so they can learn and have fun at the same time. No child will be able to resist the allure of chocolate. Gold coins are a staple but you can also find Hanukkah cookie cutters and dreidels filled with jelly beans!!

So if you are searching for the perfect fun-filled and educational Chanukah gifts for children this year Mitzvahland has many wonderful gifts to choose from! Try creative activities such as The Chanukah Foam Mosaic Craft Kit, Create Your Own Beeswax Candles Craft Kit, and Dreydel Making Craft Kit. Theres are a good amount of dreidels to choose from, menorah candles to light, and the kids will love putting up the Chanukah banners and decoration kits all available at Mitzvahland today!!!

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In honor of the miracle which occurred with oil, it is traditional to eat foods fried in oil. Potato latkes (pancakes) topped with applesauce and “sufganiot” (Israeli-style doughnuts) are favorites. Hanukkah is a special time for family and friends to get together. You can be a part of it! You can make a party of your own this Hanukkah. Invite lots of friends. Serve refreshments. Make blessings on the food. Learn TorahSing Jewish songs. Give charity, and pray that Moshiach should come right away!

Music and DVDs will get them in the Hanukkah spirit. With so many wonderful choices, you can truly make this a special day for your kids. Don’t forget that Mitzvahland has plenty of gifts for adults too. Can’t decide? Choose a gift certificate so they can pick out the perfect Jewish Gifts!

 

 

Chanukkah For Kids

When its time for Hanukkah there are plenty of ways to help kids understand the real meaning and essence of the holiday. There are a lot of small Chanukah gifts to help young minds know the story of Hanukkah and enjoy the light of the holiday.

For many Jewish kids, Chanukkah is one of their most favorably celebrated times of the year. There is no school in session and their relatives come to visit, plus they are given Jewish gifts; doesn’t get better then that! As you start to do your Chanukkah shopping for this special time of the year, don’t forget to also buy fun Judaic toys for your little ones.

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For example, these cute little menorah finger puppets are a great way for kids to get an engaging hands on learning experience about Chanukkah and the oil for the menorah that kept burning all through the holiday.

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If finger puppets don’t spark your child’s interest, a toy menorah building block set will give them some insight on the story of Chanukkah plus loads of playtime! Menorahs and Menorah candles are also great gift ideas. Kids love taking turns lighting the candles and the different candles you get compliment your menorahs. It can be fun doing a different color each night, but some families like to stick to traditional white Chanukkah candles.

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Don’t forget to provide driedels and more entertaining presents children can have fun with and enjoy a great time this Chanukkah. With a wide selection of dreidels to choose from that come in so many varieties, small dreidels, big dreidels, glass dreidels, wood dreidels! There are all kinds of Dreidels for the kids to enjoy and start spinnin’!

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hanukkah-geltin-search-of-chanukah-gelt-chanukah-jewish-journal-vjapojpqA highly popular and favorable Chanukkah gift for children is tasty chocolate coins (gelt). These also come in an assorted variety of packages and sizes. But in the end, they’re all yummy and will bring a smile to any child’s face! To remember the high point of Jewish freedom, and the great victory symbolized by the Maccabee coin, many parents give kids Chanukkah Gelt (money) on Chanukkah. Sometimes it is given as a reward for Torah learning. On the fifth night your luck is soaring high! It’s a special time for giving (extra) Chanukah gelt, since now the majority of candles on the menorah are lit. Chanukkah gelt comes in handy to give a little extra charity. Invest in a worthy cause. Chanukkah is a special time to give lots of charity. This shows that we are truly grateful toHashem for all that He has done for us. (On Friday we give charity before menorahs candle lighting.)

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For the young ones, select from a variety of fun puzzles and activity kits. Educate them on this wonderful holiday with a variety of children’s books for all ages. Throw in a coloring book too so they can learn and have fun at the same time. No child will be able to resist the allure of chocolate. Gold coins are a staple but you can also find Chanukkah cookie cutters and dreidels filled with jelly beans!!

So if you are searching for the perfect fun-filled and educational Chanukah gifts for children this year Mitzvahland has many wonderful gifts to choose from! Try creative activities such as The Chanukah Foam Mosaic Craft Kit, Create Your Own Beeswax Candles Craft Kit, and Dreydel Making Craft Kit. Theres are a good amount of dreidels to choose from, menorah candles to light, and the kids will love putting up the Chanukah banners and decoration kits all available at Mitzvahland today!!!

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In honor of the miracle which occurred with oil, it is traditional to eat foods fried in oil. Potato latkes (pancakes) topped with applesauce and “sufganiot” (Israeli-style doughnuts) are favorites. Chanukkah is a special time for family and friends to get together. You can be a part of it! You can make a party of your own this Chanukkah. Invite lots of friends. Serve refreshments. Make blessings on the food. Learn TorahSing Jewish songs. Give charity, and pray that Moshiach should come right away!

Music and DVDs will get them in the Chanukkah spirit. With so many wonderful choices, you can truly make this a special day for your kids. Don’t forget that Mitzvahland has plenty of gifts for adults too. Can’t decide? Choose a gift certificate so they can pick out the perfect Jewish Gifts!

 

 

Chanukah for Kids

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When its time for Hanukkah there are plenty of ways to help kids understand the real meaning and essence of the holiday. There are a lot of small Chanukah gifts to help young minds know the story of Hanukkah and enjoy the light of the holiday.

For many Jewish kids, Chanukah is one of their most favorably celebrated times of the year. There is no school in session and their relatives come to visit, plus they are given Jewish gifts; doesn’t get better then that! As you start to do your Chanukah shopping for this special time of the year, don’t forget to also buy fun Judaic toys for your little ones.

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For example, these cute little menorah finger puppets are a great way for kids to get an engaging hands on learning experience about Chanukah and the oil for the menorah that kept burning all through the holiday.

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If finger puppets don’t spark your child’s interest, a toy menorah building block set will give them some insight on the story of Chanukah plus loads of playtime! Menorahs and Menorah candles are also great gift ideas. Kids love taking turns lighting the candles and the different candles you get compliment your menorahs. It can be fun doing a different color each night, but some families like to stick to traditional white Chanukah candles.

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Don’t forget to provide driedels and more entertaining presents children can have fun with and enjoy a great time this Chanuka. With a wide selection of dreidels to choose from that come in so many varieties, small dreidels, big dreidels, glass dreidels, wood dreidels! There are all kinds of Dreidels for the kids to enjoy and start spinnin’!

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hanukkah-geltin-search-of-chanukah-gelt-chanukah-jewish-journal-vjapojpqA highly popular and favorable Chanukah gift for children is tasty chocolate coins (gelt). These also come in an assorted variety of packages and sizes. But in the end, they’re all yummy and will bring a smile to any child’s face! To remember the high point of Jewish freedom, and the great victory symbolized by the Maccabee coin, many parents give kids Chanukah Gelt (money) on Chanukah. Sometimes it is given as a reward for Torah learning. On the fifth night your luck is soaring high! It’s a special time for giving (extra) Chanukah gelt, since now the majority of candles on the menorah are lit. Chanukah gelt comes in handy to give a little extra charity. Invest in a worthy cause. Chanukah is a special time to give lots of charity. This shows that we are truly grateful toHashem for all that He has done for us. (On Friday we give charity before menorahs candle lighting.)

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For the young ones, select from a variety of fun puzzles and activity kits. Educate them on this wonderful holiday with a variety of children’s books for all ages. Throw in a coloring book too so they can learn and have fun at the same time. No child will be able to resist the allure of chocolate. Gold coins are a staple but you can also find Chanukah cookie cutters and dreidels filled with jelly beans!!

So if you are searching for the perfect fun-filled and educational Chanukah gifts for children this year Mitzvahland has many wonderful gifts to choose from! Try creative activities such as The Chanukah Foam Mosaic Craft Kit, Create Your Own Beeswax Candles Craft Kit, and Dreydel Making Craft Kit. Theres are a good amount of dreidels to choose from, menorah candles to light, and the kids will love putting up the Chanukah banners and decoration kits all available at Mitzvahland today!!!

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In honor of the miracle which occurred with oil, it is traditional to eat foods fried in oil. Potato latkes (pancakes) topped with applesauce and “sufganiot” (Israeli-style doughnuts) are favorites. Chanukah is a special time for family and friends to get together. You can be a part of it! You can make a party of your own this Chanukah. Invite lots of friends. Serve refreshments. Make blessings on the food. Learn TorahSing Jewish songs. Give charity, and pray that Moshiach should come right away!

Music and DVDs will get them in the Chanukah spirit. With so many wonderful choices, you can truly make this a special day for your kids. Don’t forget that Mitzvahland has plenty of gifts for adults too. Can’t decide? Choose a gift certificate so they can pick out the perfect Jewish Gifts!

 

 

The Sound Of The Ram Horn

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The Ram Horn is an instrument from ancient times, according to tradition it is created from a rams horn. Each Ram Horn is made in a different shape and size. The blowing of the Ram Horn is mainly held during the Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur services. A verse in the Torah states, “The blast of a Shofar emanating from the thick cloud on Mount Sinai made the Israelites tremble in awe” (Exodus 19:16).

One of the first instruments used in Jewish music is the Ram Horn. The Ram Horn has not changed in more then 5,000 years and was used to announce the start of a war or the end of one. The Ram Horn was also sounded at the giving of the ten commandments at Mount Sinai for all to hear.

When the Beit Hamikdash was built in Jerusalem, the Ram Horn was sounded. On Rosh Hashanah and fast days the main services were conducted with the sounding of the Ram Horn. When we hear the Ram Horn, we should pray for the rebuilding of the 3rd Beit Hamikdash.

In these days there is a mitzvah to listen to the blasts of the Ram Horn but If a person hears the Ram Horn blast without intention of doing the mitzvah, then there is no filfillment in the obligation of the mitzvah to hear the Ram Horn. There are at least Thirty shofar blasts required to fulfill this important mitzvah. The Ram Horn blasts are also a big reminder for us to wake up. For the whole world at large and in particular for the generation of jews to wake up from the deep spiritual slumber placed upon us, to unite from the four corners of the earth and fulfill our heavenly mission we have been divinely appointed to carry out. 

The sounding of the Ram Horn is heard to remember the Ram Horn of the ram when Ytzchak was bound up on the alter, offering his life to G-d, instead a ram was sacrificed in place of Yitzchak. We face a similar situation today just in a different time and place. When we make sacrifices to sanctify the name of G-d through our actions, the merit serves as a shield of protection and may aid us for a greater and better outcome. When we hear the Ram Horn blasts a sense of fear strikes within us which turns in to humility to humble ourselves as we stand before of our creator. “If the shofar is sounded in the city, will people not tremble?” (Amos 3:8)

Each time the Ram Horn is sounded it penetrates through our souls and bring to mind repentance. The Ram Horn blast awakens us to accept God as our king and the all encompassing king of the universe, as it says in Tehillim (Psalms) 98:6, “With trumpets and the sound of the Ram Horn make a call out before the King, God”. This will motivate us to desire the ingathering of the Exiles which will be brought forth with the sounding of the Ram Horn. At that time, Jewish unity and the bond between jews and the land of Israel will be fully established.

The day of Rosh Hashana (the new year) is the day of appreciating who God is. We then internalize that appreciation and understanding of G-d being king so that it becomes a living, practical part of our everyday reality.

For a lot of us, the thought of a “king” brings to mind images of a greedy and power-seeking ruler who wants to take control of his kingdom for selfish aims.

According to judaism, a king is the most of dedicated of servants to the people. The top priority of the king is to make sure the people in his kingdom are happy and living in peace and unity. The laws and decrees he orders are necessary for the better care of the people and not for any selfish reasons (see Maimonides, Laws of Kings 2:6).

On Rosh Hashana we accept God as the one and only King over us and all his people. When Adam was in the garden of eden his first action was to accept G-d as king of creation. The Ram Horn represents this act not just to ourselves, but to the world.

Maimonides adds one important qualification: It isn’t enough that G-d is my King alone. If all of humanity doesn’t recognize G-d as King, then there is something lacking in my own relationship with G-d. Part of my love for the Creator is to help guide all people to an appreciation of Him. Of course this is largely an expression of my deep caring for others. But it also affects my own sense of G-d’s all-encompassing Kingship.

For great deals on quality Ram Horn‘s come check out the store Mitzvahland (16733 Ventura Blvd, Encino 91436) in Los Angeles or for some of the stores online selection CLICK HERE > 

The Sound Of The Shofar

ShofarThe shofar is a jewish instrument from ancient times, according to tradition it is created from a rams horn. Each shofar is made in a different shape and size. The blowing of the shofar is mainly held during the Rosh Hashsanah and Yom Kippur services. A verse in the Torah states, “The blast of a shofar emanating from the thick cloud on Mount Sinai made the Israelites tremble in awe” (Exodus 19:16).

One of the first instruments used in Jewish music is the shofar. The shofar has not changed in more then 5,000 years and was used to announce the start of a war or the end of one. The shofar was also sounded at the giving of the ten commandments at Mount Sinai for all to hear.

When the Beit Hamikdash was built in Jerusalem, the shofar was sounded. On Rosh Hashanah and fast days the main services were conducted with the sounding of the shofar. When we hear the shofar, we should pray for the rebuilding of the 3rd Beit Hamikdash.

In these days there is a mitzvah to listen to the blasts of the shofar but If a person hears the shofar blast without intention of doing the mitzvah, then there is no filfillment in the obligation of the mitzvah to hear the Shofar. There are at least Thirty shofar blasts required to fulfill this important mitzvah. The shofar blasts are also a big reminder for us to wake up. For the whole world at large and in particular for the generation of jews to wake up from the deep spiritual slumber placed upon us, to unite from the four corners of the earth and fulfill our heavenly mission we have been divinely appointed to carry out. 

The sounding of the shofar is heard to remember the shofar of the ram when Ytzchak was bound up on the alter, offering his life to G-d, instead a ram was sacrificed in place of Yitzchak. We face a similar situation today just in a different time and place. When we make sacrifices to sanctify the name of G-d through our actions, the merit serves as a shield of protection and may aid us for a greater and better outcome. When we hear the shofar blasts a sense of fear strikes within us which turns in to humility to humble ourselves as we stand before of our creator. “If the shofar is sounded in the city, will people not tremble?” (Amos 3:8)

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Each time the shofar is sounded it penetrates through our souls and bring to mind repentance. The shofar blast awakens us to accept God as our king and the all encompassing king of the universe, as it says in Tehillim (Psalms) 98:6, “With trumpets and the sound of the shofar make a call out before the King, God”. This will motivate us to desire the ingathering of the Exiles which will be brought forth with the sounding of the shofar. At that time, Jewish unity and the bond between jews and the land of Israel will be fully established.

The day of Rosh Hashana (the new year) is the day of appreciating who God is. We then internalize that appreciation and understanding of G-d being king so that it becomes a living, practical part of our everyday reality.

For a lot of us, the thought of a “king” brings to mind images of a greedy and power-seeking ruler who wants to take control of his kingdom for selfish aims.

According to judaism, a king is the most of dedicated of servants to the people. The top priority of the king is to make sure the people in his kingdom are happy and living in peace and unity. The laws and decrees he orders are necessary for the better care of the people and not for any selfish reasons (see Maimonides, Laws of Kings 2:6).

On Rosh Hashana we accept God as the one and only King over us and all his people. When Adam was in the garden of eden his first action was to accept G-d as king of creation. The shofar represents this act not just to ourselves, but to the world.

Maimonides adds one important qualification: It isn’t enough that G-d is my King alone. If all of humanity doesn’t recognize G-d as King, then there is something lacking in my own relationship with G-d. Part of my love for the Creator is to help guide all people to an appreciation of Him. Of course this is largely an expression of my deep caring for others. But it also affects my own sense of G-d’s all-encompassing Kingship.

For great deals on quality shofars come check out the store Mitzvahland (16733 Ventura Blvd, Encino 91436) in Los Angeles or for some of the stores online selection CLICK HERE >