A Tour Through Gallery Judaica

A Tour Through Gallery 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.

The welcome addition of this online shop, in recent years, has allowed patrons from across the globe to enjoy the unique products which are lovingly picked by the family.

Whether you’re looking for a gift or an item for your own home, Gallery Judaica has it all.

The Shabbat category is among the most popular categories in Gallery Judaica.

There are many things we can say about the versatile Shabbat category, but one thing we cannot say about it, is that it’s easy to choose from, with so many unique options.

Full or beautiful Judaica products that can light up any home or place of business, the category is very well organized as it’s divided into subcategories for you to easily browse through.

Today, we want to take you on a tour into the depths of artisan Judaica, led by the clock.

Let’s imagine that it’s Friday afternoon, and your home, or an imaginary home we’re visiting for this tour,  is all ready for Shabbat - your family finished preparing everything, to make this Shabbat as perfect as usual. The smell of good food is coming from the kitchen, freshness and cleanliness is felt from your home and even from your clothes, the table is set and the living room is free from its weekday mess.

It’s almost time for Shabbat.

Looking around the house, what unique Shalom House items of Judaica are laying around to make it impeccable?

Well, since it’s the afternoon and Shabbat is just starting, it’s time to light the candles, as they rest on their candle holders, maybe a lovely set of crystal candle holders like these. Many families make it their habit to drop a coin to their tzedakah box, while lighting the Shabbat candles, and this tour of our imaginary home zooms in on the whimsical baseball tzedakah Box, which is a definite favorite among patrons.

An hour or so later, the tefilah is over, and the family gathers around the table to start the awaited evening meal.

The event is kicked off by our traditional songs, like Shalom Alechem, thanking the angels for escorting us on our way from synagogue, and Eshet Chail, showing our appreciation for the people who made this happy gathering possible.

After we sing, it’s time for Kiddush, and the Kiddush cup, perhaps a unique conical shaped kiddush cup, is already full of wine, waiting for the blessing.

At the head of the table we see the place reserved for our beloved Challah, with its plate, quite possibly this beautiful anodized challah board. Next to it is the Challah cover, let’s assume, for fun, that it’s this upbeat pink dots cover, and of course, the challah knife alongside it, all laid out and ready to carve the savory bread.

This imaginary tour has brought us almost to the first bite, we can smell the warm Challah and almost taste the soup. But wait! Before we taste, aren’t we forgetting something? It’s shabbat! We should cover our heads before eating - a red wire kepa is an interesting choice to match our shabbat outfit.

The clock has rounded itself, the window is showing the moon setting and sun rising, and behold! It's morning! We hope you’re well rested after this Shabbat night, because it’s now time to put on a tallit and head off to synagogue.

The clock continues its march, we enjoy our afternoon schlafstunde, and then pull out the colorful anodized aluminum Havdalah set, from this lovely Havdalah category, to give our dear Shabbat a proper farewell.

We hope you enjoyed spending this imaginary shabbat with us, since we’d now like to walk you through another very popular category - Jewish Art.

One of the greatest things about the jewish people is how versatile it is. Speak to a jew from the US, and a jew from India, and they’ll both tell you about similar yet different customs. We see different styles of the same prayer, different spices for the same food and different tunes for the same song.

This versatility, along the years, has made room for much creativity. Jewish art reflects the wide spectrum of origins, customs and habits of jews from all around the world.

Resuming our tour of the same home as before, let’s look around. Let’s explore its decorations and enjoy the wide array of styles which make up jewish art -

The wall over the dining room table, has the beautiful ABC of Life Platter, as it glistens in its place, lighting up the home. The dining room cabinet, with its glass doors, is where this family keeps their Tree of Life presentation piece.

We’re then led to the living room, we see a sofa, a carpet and a shelf, where the Bat Mitzvah sculpture is proudly displayed. The shelf below, is holding the Home Blessing bowl. The living room table is the home of the beautiful Shalom Al Israel Hamsa, which is known for being a conversation starter.

Let’s quickly jump into the kitchen, where a kind reminder to be good to others and do tzedakah is hanging, in the beautiful form of this Save one soul blessing. And to put words into actions, a pebble tzedakah box is set right below it.

Our tour ends by the door, where a framed Birkat Habayit is hanging, to welcome, or in our case, send visitors off with a smile.

And this concludes our tour of the Shabbat and Jewish Art categories, but it’s just a taste of the two.

Browsing through these two popular categories is like walking in an art museum, or in fact, through a hip gallery downtown.

Be your own tour guide and browse through our gallery, from the comfort of your home.

Marvel at the many unique items, all arranged into organized categories, so you could easily find the items for you, and bring the beauty of Judaica into your home.

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