Jewish Holiday Shop

You’ll find that in the Judaica Specialties’ Holiday section there are plenty of holiday and ritual items that will bring felicity and cheer to any simcha.

Judaism, a faith that greatly honors tradition, is comprised of several holidays around which the Jewish calendar spins. These holidays help commemorate the historical events that transpired to ensure the freedom of the Jews from oppression and also encourage hope for the future.  The new year begins with Rosh Hashanah; one of the holiest days of the year. One of the most important observances of this holiday is hearing the sounding of the shofar in the synagogue.

Another popular observance during this holiday is eating apples dipped in honey, a symbol of our wish for a sweet new year.  We carry a lovely assortment to adorn your holiday table.  Many men choose to select a new tallit, kipot for this holiday.  Rosh Hashanah is also the sweet celebration of the New Year, when Jews look forward to a year of rejuvenation, inspiration, and blessing. The ten days following Rosh Hashanah are known as the Days of Awe, and are used in preparation for Yom Kippur, or the Day of Atonement.  

During this time Jews are asked to reflect upon their sins before God. Yom Kippur is a day of fasting, and traditionally Jews follow the laws of the Shabbat  The purpose of Yom Kippur is to bring about reconciliation between people and between individuals and God. According to Jewish tradition, it is also the day when God decides the fate of each human being.  

We have puzzles for both Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur  that allows children to visualize some of the symbolism associated to each holiday. Sukkoth, or The Feast of the Tabernacles, occurs four days after Yom Kippur, and commemorates the wanderings of the Israelites, which begins with the exodus from Egpyt. Many men choose to select a new tallit, kipot for this holiday.  Purim is one of the most joyous and fun holidays on the Jewish calendar. It commemorates a time when the Jewish people living in Persia were saved from extermination. 

In addition, we are commanded to send out gifts of food or drink, and to make gifts to charity. The sending of gifts of food and drink is referred to as shalach manos.  Among Ashkenazic Jews, a common treat at this time of year is hamentaschen  (lit. Haman's pockets). These triangular fruit-filled cookies are supposed to represent Haman's  three-cornered hat.  

Passover is a highly religious holiday that commemorates the Jews’ flight from Egypt and the protection that G-d granted them as they fled their enemies, and is honored by participation in the seder meal. The Seder is a ritualistic service performed in the home, when symbolic food is presented and eaten while the Haggadah, is read.  Dad is at the Seder table weaving stories rich and magical about the plagues of Egypt and G-d’s fulfilled promise to lead His people to freedom.  Passover is my personal favorite holiday.  I love all the tradition associated with it.  Probably the most significant observance related to Pesach involves avoiding chametz.  

This commemorates the fact that the Jews leaving Egypt were in a hurry, and did not have time to let their bread rise. It is also a symbolic way of removing the "puffiness" (arrogance, pride) from our souls. The grain product we eat during Pesach is called matzah. Matzah is unleavened bread, made simply from flour and water and cooked very quickly. This is the bread that the Jews made for their flight from Egypt.  So look through the categories and find that ideal Seder plate, matzah plate, covers a wide assortment of hostess gifts and gifts for the children to bring when you are invited to a Seder meal.  

Hanukkah, often spelled Chanukah, Judaism's eight-day "Festival of Lights'' commemorating the Maccabees’ victory over a larger Syrian army in 165 B.C.  You know the feeling. Your family is gathered around the menorah, watching the children spin a dreidel in the gently glowing candlelight. Latkes that were fried and holiday treats send sweet smells wafting through the rooms of your home, reminding you of past celebrations and memories of childhood. Golden light shimmers from the heart of home, that magical, inescapable glow of companionship and familiarity that holidays seem to spark in us all.  

Another festive occasion is that also focuses upon making merry is the celebration of Chanukah, Hanukkah or the Festival of Lights.   On Chanukah we celebrate the miracle that occurred when the Jews repossessed their temple and rededicated it with an eternal flame that burned on one day’s worth of oil for eight full days.  Our large selection of menorahs, include traditional style as well as contemporary. Select from Gary Rosenthal, Shardz, Tamara Baskin and others. Dreidels abound! Collector dreidels from Quest, glass, metal, discounted bulk dreidel and even a Mah Jongg dreidel.   

Your head will "spin" with our assortment.  Hanukkah is a major gift giving time of year and Judaica Specialties will not let you down with an assortment second to none!  We have kitchen ideas including oven mitts, spreaders suncatchers, teapots, decorative flags, waterglobes,serving plates and more.