ritual objects in judaism

Of the major world religions, Christianity and Judaism are likely the most similar. They both believe in one God, who is holy, righteous, and just, while at the same time loving, forgiving, and merciful. They share the Hebrew Scriptures as the authoritative Word of God. They have the same belief about the existence of heaven, the eternal dwelling place of the righteous, and hell, the eternal dwelling place of the wicked.

But there is something more about Judaism that interests me. And those are no other than their sacred things! Here are some of those.

 

Spikenard

Spikenard

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What I have here is called spikenard. It is a fragrant anointing oil which is from flowering plants. They are said to be sacred for the Jews because as mentioned in the Bible, they were more valuable than gold or silver. Messiah means the anointed one, right? It is because Jesus Christ is twice anointed with this oil of Spikenard.

 

Hanukkah or Menorah

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I would like to thank Joannah King for letting me borrow the oil and this pillow. But I am not focusing more on the pillow itself, instead, to the picture hemmed to it. It is a picture of one the Jewish sacred things, called Hanukkah or Menorah. It is composed of eight candles symbolizing eight-day Jewish holiday and another candle in the middle. It is also known as Feast of Lights or Feast of Dedication.

 

Kippah or Yarmulke

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Kippah is a Hebrew word for skull cap. Actually, Jewish girls are not wearing this cap. But I am excluded because I’m not a Jew. Jewish law requires men to cover their heads as a sign of respect or reverence to God, studying Torah, saying a blessing or entering a synagogue. By the way, I got this cap from my professor in Theology. Thank you, sir!

 

Tallit or Tzittzit

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Tallit or Tzittzit is another sacred thing that Jews wear. It is known as their prayer shawl which should be worn during all their prayers. They got this from the Bible which says, “They shall make for themselves fringes on the corners of their garments. And this shall be tzittzit for you, and when you see it, you will remember all the commandments of God, and perform them.”

 

Mezuzah

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On the doorpost of a traditional Jewish home, you will find this Mezuzah which designates the home as Jewish. For them, it is not a lucky charm but it symbolizes their connection to God and to their heritage. I got this Mezuzah and the previous thing, which is Tallit from Direk Enchang Kaimo. And the one beside me is Simone King, who collected them all. My heartful thanks to them!