Ritual Items

There are few things that identify a Jew as quickly as a Kippa and some telltale Tzitzit strings. But the importance of Jewish ritual objects goes much farther than surface level appearance. Mitzvot (commandments) are at the core of the Jewish experience, being that they are opportunities to connect with God by fulfilling His Divine Will. In the constant quest to fulfill his Divine Will, we come across and interact with a countless amount of ritual items, including the Tallit, Tefillin, Kippah, Mezuzah, and so many more. Before you get to thinking that fulfilling one or two of these ritual obligations is enough, take a look at the words of the Sages in Pirkei Avot (Ethics of our Fathers): "be as careful with a minor mitzvah as with a major one, for you do not know the rewards of the Mitzvot." 

As we all know, "faith without works is dead," and Judaism takes that concept to a new level with the idea that "all your deeds should be for the sake of Heaven" (Pirkei Avot 2:12). We are commanded to align our intention constantly with the Divine, in every action that we take throughout the day. How much more so in relation to an action that is itself a Divine commandment! At Hatikva Fine Judaica, we strongly believe that having beautiful ritual items that you can be proud of serves to bolster a person's appreciation of the Mitzvah that they are performing. Our ritual items appeal to the physical senses as well as the spiritual, creating a full package which allows any Jew to engage in the age-old tradition of "Hiddur Mitzvah" (beautification of the Mitzvah).

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