Yom Kippur, apart from being the Day of
Atonement, is also the day to give and receive of gifts. The tradition
is in fact, an excellent way to strengthen relationships with your near
and dear ones. A present during the High Holy Days reflects the warm
feelings of the gift-giver.
Here we present you with some great gift ideas and suggestions. Go over
these and choose the right presents to hand over to your friends and
loved ones on Yom Kippur:
boards : These are popular gift choices, not only for Yom Kippur but
for any Jewish festival and even birthdays and weddings. These
attractive bread boards are also used in Shabbat ceremonies, the Jewish
day of rest during which three meals are eaten. Decorative Challah bread
covers are attractive gift choices for Yom Kippur, as the day ends with
the breaking of the fast.
candle holders : Beautiful candle holders of traditional golden
color, hand-painted and including crystal patterns are a rage these
days. These elegant gift items are an ideal home decor or judaica gift
for the holidays. Look for Star of David Candlesticks, Jerusalem fitted
Candlesticks, Aluminum Flower candle holders or Crystal Shabbat candle
cups : This is one more beautiful gift option for Yom Kippur. In
every Jewish home, Kiddush (traditional blessing and prayer said over
wine) is recited at the beginning of each Shabbat and Holiday meal.
Kiddush cups, available in practically any material, make wonderful
gifts and apart from holidays and festivals can also be used during
that shower blessings for home can make for attractive keepsakes. Look
for beautiful wall-hangings in either Hebrew or English. A popular wall
hanger of this type is the five-fingered 'Khamsa'. Known variously as 'Hamsa',
'Khamsa', 'Hand of Fatima', 'Eye of Fatima' or 'Hand of Miriam' it is a
symbol used in amulets, charms, jewelry, door entrances, cars, and other
places. It is supposed to be an ancient talismanic way of averting and
getting protection from the evil eye. It appears, often in stylised
form, as a hand with three fingers raised. It is also found sometimes
with two thumbs arranged symmetrically.
gift basket : A classic gift is the kosher gift basket! These
attractive cornucopias can be filled with caviar and crackers, cake and
cookies, coffees and teas, chocolates, and many other delectable sorts
of Kosher-friendly eats and drinks. Afterwards, the baskets can make for
lovely and useful keepsakes for friends and family.
Other popular gift ideas : Food and wine, harvest related items,
paintings, pottery and other art work, jewelry items (including amulets
and Judaica items) and gift articles tied to religion.