The Black History of TammuzThe 17th day of Tammuz is a date when Jews the world over fast and lament to commemorate the many calamities that have befallen our people on this ominous day.
A day when Moses descended from Mount Sinai and, on seeing the Golden Calf, broke the first set of tablets carrying the Ten Commandments.
And in the year 586 BCE the walls of Jerusalem were breached after many months of siege by Nebuchadnezzar and his Babylonian forces.
Even in modern times the blackness of the 17th day of Tammuz persisted. In 1391 more than 4000 Jews were killed in the Spanish Inquisition and in 1559 the Jewish Quarter of Prague was burned and looted.
Yet, according to the Mishna, the 17th of Tammuz will be transformed in the messianic era in a day that shall be joy to the House of Judah, full of gladness and cheerful feasts.
Erev Shabbat Candlelighting
Candlesticks at Etz-Ron
Etz-Ron has candlesticks in many sizes, all with the beautiful wooden mosaic enhancement. If you are on the go, check out "Shabbat to Go", the Etz-Ron Shabbat Travel Candlesticks complete w/ carry bag!
Challah. The Sabbath BreadAccording to most authorities, the origin of the use of the challah on Shabbat and the chagim was attributable to the Book of Leviticus 24:5. The Children of Israel were commanded to set aside from the bread they baked a small portion of dough (challah) for sustenance of the Priests.
After the destruction of the Second Temple, even though the Priests no longer carried on their former Temple duties, challah continued to be taken by those who baked bread.
Etz-Ron Shabbat Challah Boards
A well received wedding gift, or a beautiful addition to your own shabbat table, the Etz-Ron Mosaic Challah Board is always a hit! Now in two sizes!
Also new is the Mosaic Challah Board w/ Knife and Bracha featuring a Sheffield steel knife seemlessly set into the board with a brass display of HaMotsei Lechem men HaAretz in Hebrew letters, as well as Etz-Ron's signature mosaic strip.
Spice Boxes for HavdalaOriginally, spices were distributed throughout the home after a meal to dissipate food odors.
An alternate explanation is that spices are intended to raise spirits and offset the sadness which often sets in at the end of the joyous Sabbath Day, when the problems of everyday life have to be faced once again.
Nowadays, instead of spreading spices around the house, they are placed in a Spice Box which is passed around for all to sniff after the blessing has been recited.
Spice Boxes at Etz-Ron
The Small Mosaic Spice Box is great for the home. If you want something bigger, and perhaps with a personalized dedication take a look at the Synagogue Sized Spice Box w/ Logo . Here at Etz-Ron, we have no trouble taking any logo and recreating it in wood!
If you want fancier yet, take a look at the grand Silver and Wood Spice Box, an idea of what can be created using silver and wood! Etz-Ron is always ready to work with you to create your special object of Judaica which can become a family heirloom.
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Special RequestsGot an idea for something different. Your own design? I'm happy to oblige with any individual request for items not featured in our existing collection. Just visit the Contact Amy link on the bottom of this page. I'd like to hear from you.
And when you next visit Beer Sheva don't forget to visit me at the Etz-Ron Studio where you'll find me hard at work and where you can purchase any of my products at the Studio Shop.