Pomegranate or in Hebrew singular Rimon and plural Rimonim are a very beautiful and symbolic fruit that is praised in the bible just as it is today. Pomegranate trees are prevalent in Israeli gardens. In biblical times the opulent pomegranate was used for making wine and seasonings. It was appreciated for its aesthetic qualities‚ particularly the crown near the stem. The name pomegranate comes from the Latin pomum meaning apple‚ and granatus‚ meaning seeded‚ hence seedy fruit. The pomegranate is one of the most celebrated‚ fascinating‚ and mysterious fruits in history.
Based on its name many scholars believe that the pomegranate was the actual fruit of temptation in the Garden of Eden and not the modern kind of apple we know nowadays. The pomegranate was known since ancient history and is mentioned as one of the seven species of Eretz Yisrael as we find in Deuteronomy 8:8; a land of wheat and barley‚ and vines and fig-trees and pomegranates; a land of olive-trees and honey. Apart of being tasty and healthy while beautiful‚ the symbolism of the pomegranate promotes it to become a special fruit. Thus you will find silver Pomegranates‚ Rimonim on the top of Torah scrolls‚ on Ketubah illustrations‚ and many more. Even Children often place a pomegranate on top of their Simchat Torah flag. The importance of the pomegranate is based on the fact that it contains as many seeds as there are Mitzvot‚ Torah Obligations‚ namely six hundred and thirteen‚ feel free to count them if you like to do so. This is the reason for eating pomegranates on Rosh Hashanah hoping that our good deeds in the coming year will be as many as the seeds of the fruit. Having so many seeds made the pomegranate with its abundant seeds represent fertility and opulence.
Today a whole pomegranate tradition can be observed and Israeli artists developed many Judaic ritual objects with images of pomegranates integrated into them that we call pomegranate Judaica .Here you will find many items with the pomegranate symbol to make a statement while presenting your gift. Many Judaic ceremonial objects depict pomegranates; Beautiful pomegranate Challah covers decorated with the pomegranate symbol‚ Pomegranate Mezuzah‚ pomegranate candle holders‚ exquisite pomegranate Tzedakah boxes‚ pomegranate Havdalah sets‚ pomegranate wall hangings‚ Rosh Hashanah sets and even pomegranate wine stoppers or pomegranate match box holders‚ and last but not least pomegranate Tallits. PLEASE USE THE SEARCH OPTIONS ON TOP OF THIS PAGE TO LOOK FOR EXQUISITE POMEGRANATE GIFTS FROM ISRAEL.
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