Forgotten Judaica

Bar Mitzvah Gifts

The Morrison siblings, Lisa van Allsburg, Laura Babai and David travelled throughout East and Central Europe and Israel, visiting museums, synagogues and being permitted to view private collections seeking the inspiration for items to add to the Forgotten Judaica collection. They discovered a wealth of beautiful master crafted pieces that could be reproduced in the time-honored manner and made available to clients who wish to own these lovely and functional pieces but also to give on special occasions as gifts.

Bar mitzvah gifts are to be cherished by recipients as memories of the momentous event when they become adults. Gifts from the Forgotten Judaica collection will be carefully kept to be used when these new adults eventually have their own homes and families.

Each and every piece of the Forgotten Judaica collection would make a most suitable and deeply appreciated Bar mitzvah gift. The exquisite carpets of Jerusalem tell stories with strong Jewish symbolism. Depicted are scenes from the Bible, some historic sites of the Holy Land and more recently the new identity of the Jewish people is unmistakably suggested. At the beginning of the twentieth century the Bezalel School of Arts and Crafts in Jerusalem produced incredibly lovely carpets many of which are exhibited in museums and cherished in private collections. The Forgotten Judaica collection’s reproductions of these Bezalel originals are woven and knotted by hand utilizing the highest quality handspun wool and natural dyes.

A Forgotten Judaica mezuzah as a Bar mitzvah gift would at a later time be attached to the door of a new home immediately proclaiming that the house was the home of a Jewish family. The traditional six centimetre kosher parchment scroll written by an experienced Sofer fits into a sleeve and comes with the nails and instructions for the attachment. Also included is a copy of the blessing which will be recited during the installation. A Passover Seder Plate is the jewel in the crown of the Forgotten Judaica collection and as a Bar mitzvah gift it would be joyously received.

Other items from the Forgotten Judaica collection which would be most acceptable as Bar mitzvah gifts are the spice boxes which when used would emit wonderful aromas. The Tzedakah box for the collection of coins or a pretty honey spoon would become familiar and much used pieces. A Talis clip or a Star of David necklace would be received with appreciation by a boy or a girl respectively. A truly lovely Bar mitzvah gift would be a beautiful Chanukah Menorah to be used each winter to remember the Maccabees and the miracle of such a small amount of oil lasting for eight days. Chanukah is the Festival of Lights and an attractive menorah in the home would lend beauty to the ritual lighting of an extra candle each evening until the eighth day when all eight candles glow triumphantly. The gift giver would most certainly be remembered fondly.

Forgotten Judaica’s superb Shabbat candle sticks and Shabbat Kiddush cups are an excellent choice for Bar mitzvah gifts. Both pieces from the collection will be used on the Friday evening when the family gathers together. A Bar mitzvah gift of a Yad or Torah Pointer from the Forgotten Judaica collection could perhaps be presented before the ceremony and used during the readings and for many years afterwards.



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