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Fine Judaica Blog

Here at Shalom House, we handpick our unique Judaica products for you to enjoy. Each of the luxurious items you see on our site comes with a story, deep with meaning, from the realms of our Jewish heritage and time-old tradition.

This section holds our blog posts, where we share with you, our trusted followers, the narratives behind our versatile categories of exclusive Judaica items. Read the posts below to learn more about how our products relate to and can enhance your everyday Judaica experiences.

Jewish Art - Tale as Old as Time

By: Shalom House Fine Judaica

It has been a few thousand years since the days of the Torah, when the handy Israelites turned into the innovative jewish people we know today. Reading the stories of the Torah, our scripture, we see many expressions of the Israelites’ creativity, which has characterized us all through history. Looking for examples? We’ve gathered a few.

A Tour Through Gallery Judaica

By: Shalom House Fine Judaica

Looking for fine judaica? You’ve come to the right place! Shalom House Fine Judaica is one of the oldest Judaica stores in the United States. Located in the west San Fernando Valley, the family Owned and Operated store was established in 1971. Since the 70’s, it has become well known for bringing the finest in Judaica from Israel and around the world.

It's time to plan a wedding, and this listing has EVERYTHING YOU NEED!

By: Shalom House Fine Judaica

What is it about weddings that gets us so excited? We love going to weddings, and the thought of planning one, really gets the blood pumping. For those who are on the planning side of the event, there's just so much to get done, and it's ever so exhilarating! Our experience as guests in weddings has taught us many important lessons that we would like to apply when planning a wedding ceremony and party;

Anniversaries Keep the Love Alive

By: Shalom House Fine Judaica

Remember your special day with your loved one? Your wedding day, whether it was 20 or 2 years ago, remains a significant milestone in your life and relationship. Our wedding day is special to us, no doubt. But why is that? The answers are many, but the first that comes to mind, is that our wedding day was the day that we started a new phase in our life. The day we were united with the person we chose to spend the rest of our life with.

Celebrating Passover

By: Shalom House Fine Judaica

In just a few weeks, we will be celebrating passover, or as we like to call it, pessach. We hope more families will be able to celebrate pessach together this year, following last year's restrictions. Spirits are high as we're all getting in the mood for this special holiday! Pessach is one of our most beloved holidays, as it comes with so many cool built in features 

Torah Pointers and Challah Knives with character

By: Shalom House Fine Judaica

Often times these objects that remind us of home, the ones that become so dear to our hearts over time tend to seem insignificant at first. You may have never noticed until you got older that the textile your family used on Shabbat to cover the challah resembles the same one of another Jewish family across the globe. 

Candle Holders are Your Way to Welcome the Shabbat!

By: Shalom House Fine Judaica

Shabbat is a special day for us, the jewish people. It's our time to rest and take time to reflect on the week we had. During shabbat we often enjoy quality time with our family and dedicate it to special activities that have been patiently waiting for shabbat, all week long. 

Challah plates make a wonderful gift

By: Shalom House Fine Judaica

Can you smell that sweet scent of bread, rising through the air? But wait, what day is it today? It's Friday, which means that smell isn't just plain bread. It must be our delicious challah! What is it about that delectable bread, that makes it so special to us? Well, let's start from the cultural reference, looking around the world.

Hanukkah marks the Festival of Lights!

By: Shalom House Fine Judaica

What a wonderful holiday to celebrate during this unprecedented time.  Bringing light and hope into the world. This is a special holiday to celebrate at home with the family.  Lighting your Hanukkiah- Hanukkah Menorah and placing it in the window for all to see not only brings light into your home but puts light out into the world!

Hanukkah marks the happy ending for 2020!

By: Shalom House Fine Judaica

It's almost time to say goodbye to 2020!

The streets are getting festive, end of year holiday sales are all around us, the kids are starting to learn Hanukkah songs at school and all around, it seems like this revolution around the sun is nearing to a close. As we bid our farewell of the last 365 days, let's pat ourselves on the back.

Did you ever wonder why we care so much for Shabbat?

By: Shalom House Fine Judaica

There's a children's song in Hebrew, we believe the whole world should know, or at least the whole Jewish world - it addresses the important topic of "Who loves the Shabbat". After reviewing a number of family members like Imma and Abba, and announcing that they are amongst those who love the Shabbat, the wise song eventually draws to the inevitable conclusion that Everyone loves the Shabbat!

Prepare your home and heart for Sukkot

By: Shalom House Fine Judaica

What's your favorite memory of Sukkot? Looking back at memories of past High Holidays, we have many good experiences to recall. Our expectations of the coming holiday are often related and built upon those fond memories. Sukkot is a favorite holiday among many, since it's a special time. Family and friends come together, and we don't just sit and eat inside the house! 

Time to get ready for Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur!

By: Shalom House Fine Judaica

Chodesh Tov, Happy Elul. Actually, when it comes to this special month of Elul, we should probably greet each other with a more introspective blessing, such as - Have a reflective month, but somehow, we don't see that catching on, so have a good and healthy Elul! . 

Your kindness goes a long way

By: Shalom House Fine Judaica

Remember that time you moved? Maybe even those several times? Moving can be quite a hassle. The end result of having a new place to live in, with an endless supply of potential adventures and memories, is well worth it, but the process itself is a complicated ordeal.

How are you doing?

By: Shalom House Fine Judaica

We live in strange times, don’t we? We hear from our elders that the world used to be a simpler place. Looking back into childhood memories, we can clearly pick up on all the things that change, and it’s easy to see how our parents, looking back, had an entirely different view of the world.

A once in a lifetime Bat and Bar Mitzvah!

By: Shalom House Fine Judaica

When you look up "Bat and Bar Mitzvah" , you get many online results. Explanations, traditions, venues and drasha ideas all come afloat. The first search result tells you that Bat and Bar Mitzvah is a Jewish coming of age ritual for boys and girls.

While this definition is basically true, it lacks so much of what makes Bat and Bar Mitzvah so special.

Most cultures have their own coming of age rituals, which are also called Rites of Passage. It's interesting to take a moment and step aside, disassociating ourselves with all we know, the sacred beliefs and traditions we grew up into, and look at our lovely Bat and Bar Mitzvah ritual from an anthropological point of view.

Judaica Jewelry – A Celebration of Jewish Heritage

By: Shalom House Fine Judaica

Jewelry is the most universal means of expressing something special, maybe to indicate belonging to a group or as a symbol of individuality, to pronounce your social status or to enhance your own or someone else’s inner beauty, or, perhaps, simply to show your love for another. And the notion of jewelry is old, truly ancient, predating history itself. Archeological digs in the caves of our prehistoric ancestors tell us of jewels created roughly 100,000 years ago. These first jewels were made of animal bones, stones and wood, and were of a more practical nature, helping “cavemen and women” to secure their clothing or connect pieces of leather. Archeological evidence shows, however, that our predecessors soon began using these trinkets to adorn themselves and as ornaments.

The Joy of Shavuot

By: Shalom House Fine Judaica

It's the final countdown! Just like the song says, we countdown to Shavuot!

The Feast of Weeks, or Pentecost as it was used to be called in English, is the holiday at the end of Sefirat HaOmer. Shavuot marks the conclusion of the seven week counting of the Omer, which starts right at the end of Passover. 49 days where the jewish people makes sure to count, mention which day of the count it currently is, at the end of the day, after the evening's prayer.

Why do we countdown from Passover to Shavuot?

Good day, you Wonderful Giver!

By: Shalom House Fine Judaica

We here at Shalom House, think that the fact that you say 'Good Morning', means you're a good person.

Why? Because it means you wish others well.

Your 'Good Night' holds much meaning, your 'Shabbat Shalom' comes from the bottom of your heart. 

You truly want the person next to you to have a 'Happy Holiday'.

When wishing well to others, both sides benefit - the person wishing, or blessing, is filled with the warmth of a true intention, and the person being blessed, feels touched by the love of another.

Fill up your four cups, it's time for Passover!

By: Shalom House Fine Judaica

We like to say that we slave to prepare for this holiday and are freed during the Seder, same way as our ancient ancestors were. This holiday beats all others when it comes to planning ahead. Are you entertaining or going to someone else's house for Seder? Have you thought of what to cook? What will you wear? Which room will you clean first and which last? You know how important the order of room cleaning is, since we don't want anyone spreading hametz crumbs all over a room we already declared as chametz free.

They only turn 12 once

By: Shalom House Fine Judaica

She's such a great girl, isn't she? He's such a good boy, I know.

Soon you won't be able to refer to them as kids anymore, it's time for their Bar and Bat Mitzvah!

You remember the day they were born, you might even recall their parents as kids, and now these kinderlach are all suited up to join the burden of the Mitzvahs with all the excitement that comes with it.

Several cultures and religions have their own version of Bar and Bat Mitzvah. Tracing these different traditions back, reveals that there's something very special about that age - 12 for girls and 13 for boys. It's the time where kids grow up, leaving behind their time playing with toys on the rug.

Ketbuah – The Ultimate Marriage Vows

By: Shalom House Fine Judaica

Love is in the air, the groom is just “a bit” nervous, the bride is pensive, and the parents on both sides are beaming. The ceremony begins, emotions are high, and everyone is waiting for those unforgettable moments – the ring, lifting of the bride’s veil so she may sip of the wine and, of course, the dramatic breaking of the glass, marking the end of the nuptials and the beginning of a new life, together. But then, in the middle of the Huppah (the name of the traditional Jewish wedding canopy and also used to refer to the ceremony itself), the Rabbi unfurls the Ketubah and reads through it as if nothing else matters.

Wall art for Soul Art

By: Shalom House Fine Judaica

Why do we decorate our homes? Why do we diligently go from store to store, wearing out our heels, in search of decorative items to place on our walls?

Many of us don’t even spend much time in our home, but still, we put much thought into what our private space will look like, because it changes the way we feel.

They way we feel when we’re at home, and the way we feel about our home are strongly affected by the experiences we have while there, at home. We all want to feel safe at our homes, so we have our locked doors and gates.

What you might not know about our favorite day of the week

By: Shalom House Fine Judaica

As one of Judaism’s central themes and considered holier than all other days of the week or year, save for Yom Kippur, much and more has been said about Shabbat. From the Torah providing two distinct reasons to keep the Shabbat (mentioned later on) and Shabbat being mentioned numerous times throughout the sacred texts, to the formation of countless Shabbat related symbols and artifacts and onto fervent scholarly and political debate spanning the ages (an entire tractate of the Talmud is dedicated to Shabbat).  Up to this very day, there are few topics in Judaism that have captured our collective consciousness more than the last day of the week.

Celebrating God’s Greatest Gift. Honoring Life with Symbols of Jewish Heritage.

By: Shalom House Fine Judaica

Life. Perhaps more than any other religion, life sits at the heart of Judaism, valued above all. In fact, Chazal (the Jewish Sages) state that safeguarding life comes before any other mitzvah, basing this (amongst others) on Leviticus 18:5: “Ye shall therefore keep My statutes, and Mine ordinances, which if a man do, he shall live by them: I am the LORD.” Naturally, it follows that the Jewish faith offers an abundance of lifecycle events to celebrate our existence, as well as opportunities to mark life’s non-religious moments in a Jewish fashion. 

It’s that time of year! Can you feel it?

By: Shalom House Fine Judaica

Hanukkah is right around the corner and the excitement is starting to bubble up to the surface.

The traditional story of Hanukkah is a truly inspiring one; Filled with bravery, tragedies and miracles, it proudly teaches us that we should always trust Hashem. From the Hanukkah story, we learn that when we put our faith in the creator, good things happen. Good things like awesome Hanukkah parties and being saved from vengeful enemies. If our tradition teaches us one thing, it’s that united together we are strong. 

The Ketubah, Much More than a Contract

By: Shalom House Fine Judaica

The Ketubah, the ancient Jewish “marriage contract” that, in a sense, formalizes the bond between man and wife, has and continues to be a central part of any Jewish wedding. Historically and traditionally, the Ketubah is a binding legal document that records a groom’s obligations to his bride, including in the case of his death or divorce. Today, more liberal Jewish thinking opts to move away from the traditional texts, preferring Ketubot (plural of Ketubah) that are even handed towards both the groom and the bride and are based in the view of marriage as a pact of love and partnership, not a legal instrument.