Hanukkah is a very important holiday that bids us to reflect on the history of the Jewish people and the holy city of Jerusalem. This yearly observance encourages not only reflection on the past - it commemorates the Maccabean victory over the Seleucids and the redediation of the temple - but also a reflection of the present and future. Our history is at once a touchstone to which we continually return with gratitude and a text that must be constantly reevaluated in the light of our present identity. In the same way, our Hanukkah objects provide us with an opportunity to both commemorate and reinterpret.
This carefully curated collection of Hanukkah gifts includes all the essential ritual objects, as well as books of blessing and educational materials, activities and recipes. While the games and activities can help enrich the time you spend with your loved ones this coming Hanukkah, our artisan items are not only beautiful but also rich in significance. Our extensive selection of menorahs, dreidels, and other Hanukkah gifts constitute a wide range of materials and styles, each of which highlights a different aspect of Jewish History. The references are not only to the ancient Maccabeans but also the various eras of Jewish Diaspora and their unique aesthetic qualities. The vast array of styles and materials explore for example the Jewish presence in Greece as early as 100 BCE, the medieval Jewish experience in Holland, as well as the 18th century lives of Jews in Germany. In addition, there are number of creations from contemporary Israeli artisans, an essential component of our culture that relies on motifs and materials to articulate our present-day relationship with our ancient past.
In this way, a carefully selected Hanukkah gift can be both elevate the observance of this vital celebration but also provide an occasion for reflecting on the reemergence and evolution of Jewish identity over time.