The Jewish home

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Artefacts

Many Jewish homes will have a fine goblet, often made of silver, from which they will share the cup of wine at Shabbat and festive meals. There will be a pair of Shabbat candlesticks, possibly passed down through the family. There will also be a Menorah (eight-branched candelabra) to be used at the festival of Chanukah

You may notice a Mezuzah on the right hand doorposts of a Jewish home. This is a small box, about as big as a finger, in which is contained a handwritten text from the Torah. It proclaims that there is only one God and commands that “you shall write them upon the doorposts of your house and upon your gate”.

There may be prayer books and other religious books in Hebrew (the language of the bible), which will open from right to left (in the opposite direction to the way English books are printed).