A Jewish folktale holds that the wisest of kings, King Solomon, felt his most trusted minster, Benaiah ben Yehoyada, needed a lesson in humility. So one day, he asked his minister to find him a ring that he could wear for Sukkot that could make a happy person sad, and make a sad person happy. King Solomon doubted that his minister would be able to ever find such a ring, and surely not in such a short amount of time.
Yesterday marked the end of Shavuot. A significant but somewhat enigmatic holiday, Shavuot celebrates the receiving of the Torah from God. The festival is celebrated with all-night Torah study sessions, re-visiting of the Ten Commandments, and a hearty dairy feast.
According to oral traditions and legends, the holiday marks a day of revelation for the Jewish people. A time in history — more than 3,000 years ago, having experienced collective epiphany, the Jews made an everlasting covenant with God. The holiday is an annual reminder of this covenant to accept Him as the sole deity and follow His laws as spelled out in the Torah.
In Hebrew, Shavuot means “weeks” and is sometimes referred to as the “Feast of Weeks”. This is probably because the festival marks the end of a seven week period after Passover during which the Jewish people prepared themselves to receive the Torah. Part and parcel of the Torah are the oh-so famous Ten Commandments.
But did you know that these ten are just a fraction of the 613 commandments mentioned in the Torah?
Commandments, also known as “mitzvot”, are the cornerstones of Jewish religious and cultural life. When it comes to commandments, much like any modern hot list, there are “DO’s” and “DON’Ts”. Surprisingly there are 248 “Do’s” and a whopping 365 “Don’ts” — one for every day of the year.
In today’s over-saturated, over-stimulated, and largely secular society it’s easy for the sacred teachings to fade into the background of the daily grind. Keep the teachings close to your heart with a simple and beautiful reminder of a Western Wall collection necklace.
As you browse the site, you’ll find many gorgeous necklaces with Jewish sayings and symbols. May they serve as powerful reminders to always receive and practice the teachings of the Torah.
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