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Judaica Art

Recent years have shown a growing popularity of Judaica artworks all around the world. Many of the best known names in the field of Judaica art live and work in Israel. Judaica art has become a center of gravitation for contemporary Judaica artists drawn to the fascinating and ancient world of Jewish faith and culture. These contemporary Judaica artists elegantly deliver the 2000 years old Jewish heritage with their own imagination, while adding a modern twist. Judaica art makes a wonderful source of original Jewish gifts that carry symbolism of the Jewish culture. Here at Canaan online bring you an exclusive collection of unique Judaica artworks by Israel's finest artists.

The origins of Judaica art can be traced centuries ago. The bible (the book of Exodus) tells us about a Hebrew craftsman named Bezalel who made handcrafted religious objects. Throughout history Judaica art has become a wonderful way for Jewish people to express their love and admiration for religious ritual : this way away to show that God's commandments are accepted with love and not as a burden. Judaica art has also allowed the believers to express their fascination with the world of aesthetics and beauty. Many people around the world, even non-Jews, collect Judaica artworks, whether for religious purposes or as part of their art collections.

What does Judaica art include? Judaica art covers many kinds of ceremonial objects. Judaica means everything that is related to Judaism. When we say Judaica art, we refer to a wide range of religious objects used in religious rituals. This group also includes ornamental objects that include Jewish motifs, such as Jewish jewelry accessories. Most common Judaica items in the religious objects category include: Hanukkah menorahs, Mezuzah cases, Passover Seder plates, Shabbat candlesticks and much more. The field of Judaica art has responded to changing social norms. For example, Judaica artworks today give a special place to women. And so we can find Judaica artists who design special Tallits (Tallitot) for women and new feminist ritual articles, such as Miriam's cup that celebrates the significance of women in the bible.

Judaica art is a field that keeps on growing and developing. Thanks to modern technology, there is a wide array of Judaica artworks accessible almost everywhere around the world. Today Judaica artworks decorate many Jewish homes, in contrast to only few decades ago, when they could be found mostly in synagogues. As Judaica artworks have become more wide spread and more affordable, Judaica art has become a great source of ornamental objects that people decorate their home with. In Judaism in particular there are many ceremonies and traditions to recognize, and so Judaica makes the perfect way to enter religion into our life with our admiration for beauty. Many people like to collect Judaica items in a particular category such as Hanukkah menorahs or Seder plates.

People enjoy purchasing Judaica items because it enrich religious rituals and home interiors. In keeping with the Jewish principle of Hiddur Mitzvah, Judaica artworks became a way of embellishing and beautifying Sabbath and holidays. Hiddur mitzvah reflects the Talmudic idea that God's commandment should not only be observed, but also glorified. According to Jewish tradition, it is a high merit to keep ritual objects as beautiful as possible in order to glorify God's commandments. As a result, Judaica artworks have produced religious objects such as decorative Shabbat candlesticks to welcome Shabbat the queen with glory. As you will soon discover, Judaica art often incorporates traditional Jewish motifs. The most popular motifs are the Star of David and Hamsa hand which can be found on numerous Jewish jewelry accessories, but also on religious objects such as menorah or candlesticks. You can also find motifs that represent of the land of Israel, such as the landscape of Jerusalem, the seven species that the land of Israel was blessed with.

Israeli Judaica art has gained a world-wide reputation for its unique handmade products. In the last decades, Israeli Judaica has transformed from tourist gifts to works of art. In the field of world Judaica, Israel artisits are recognized for being the producers of some of the most popular Judaica items for customers from all over the world. Artists, such as Yair Emanuel and Ester Shahaf are leading designers in the field of Judaica. Israeli Judaica is unique because it brings together many elements while satisfying the nostalgic craving for our ancient heritage. These elements include western and modern influences that express the Israeli multicultural society.