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MEZUZAH

The mezuzah is traditionally affixed to the doorposts of Jewish homes. In recent years it has also become a piece of jewelry to wear around the neck as a symbol of Jewishness.

Learn more about the message of the mezuzah here.

SIDDUR

The Siddur is the Jewish prayer book. Many prayers of our Siddur are as old as Solomon’s Temple. The Psalms were the “prayer book” of Israel in the days of the kings and the prophets. The Sh’ma was taught to Israel by Moses himself. However, it was only after the Exile that the prayer service as we know it began to take shape.

Explore the world of the Siddur in this article.

TALLIT AND TZITZIT

Visit a Saturday morning synagogue service, and you will notice that all the men and many of the boys are draped in white, fringed prayer shawls that are bordered with either blue or black stripes. The prayer shawl is the tallit. The tasseled fringes on the tallit are the tzitzit.

Explore the meaning of this ancient garment in this article.