From the prevalent to the obscure, Jewish symbols are a part of the historic and religious expression of the Jewish religion. From the day you step foot in a Synagogue, attend Hebrew Sunday school or attend a Jewish day school, those symbols will be there, expressed in varying manifestations. Even those of us with limited exposure to Judaism can probably list the major ones. As Jews, we aren’t allowed to express our God or biblical characters in any physical/visual/artistic way. It’s instead these Jewish symbols that provide us a way to remember, to connect and to see who we are on a regular basis.
As Jews, we too have the duty to teach our children about who we are. Sometimes, it’s through these symbols that they can easily connect and remember. The question is, how do we go about teaching our children about these symbols and what they mean to us? The first step is in identifying the ones you want to teach. There are symbols that we use all year round and symbols that we connect to various important holidays. There are many symbols, certainly more than can be covered in one article.
Here are my top 5 Jewish symbols that you can start by focusing on.