When we look at our hands, we can’t help but remember one of the most beautiful lines from the Book of Isaiah, where the speaker is feeling neglected and forgotten by the Almighty. The Almighty responds that it would be easier for a mother to forget the growing child in her womb than for Him to “forget” Zion, adding rather fiercely, “I have carved you in the palm of my hand.” Looking down into the creases of our own
hands with this passage in mind, especially if we’re feeling a bit lost, can be
a comforting meditation.
Much of the beauty of Judaism is its sense of Mystery. We’ve all heard
that expression, “The Lord moveth in mysterious ways.” So true.
As you know from reading our blog, one of our favorite icons of Judaica is the Hamsa, the protective hand. And our “Hidden Hands” series of necklaces and bracelets is among our most alluring and meaningful.
This design is not the straightforward Hamsa, or stylized protective hand, which appears in many of our most popular pieces, though we love those, too. The “Hidden Hamsa” pattern looks like a delicate, dainty, floral filigree abstract, punctuated with a tiny
gem. We offer this design in several different iterations—silver, gold-dipped,
on leather, or on a fine chain. (Check out our items Hidwn, hid4, hidn3, hidhn1.)
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subject of hands, here is a drawing of the traditional Priestly Blessing of
Aaron. Occasionally, one sees this esoteric image carved into the entryway of
Temples. The interpretation of the characters and the mathematical meaning of
the numerical sections of the drawing could cross a Rabbi’s eyes. Suffice to
say, the name of G-d, and the word “Koach”, or strength (derived from the
Hebrew number for 28, since the hands are divided into 28 sections), are the