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Jewish Art, also called Judaica, is nourished from many sources, each contributing its own unique motifs: From Jewish tradition and biblical stories come episodes and events which represent ethnic symbols identified with the Nation of Israel, such as the Exodus from Egypt, the stories of the prophetesses Miriam and Deborah, the Four Matriarchs, the Holy City of Jerusalem, the Twelve Tribes, the Seven Species, the Tree of Life, the abundant grapevine, and others. These motifs are interwoven into Jewish Art via drawing, imprinting, carving, and weaving in varied works.
Ethical connotations are often coupled to traditional images, so that one who wishes to invoke national unity will choose a prayer shawl embroidered with the Twelve Tribes, or one who wishes to remember the Holy City of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel will choose a Kiddush cup engraved with an image of Jerusalem.
The Land of Israel itself provides numerous motifs that are intertwined in Jewish Art and appear on many works of Judaica. The Israeli landscape, Jerusalem, the Seven Species, pomegranates, wheat, and various animals identified with Israel appear on many Jewish gifts given to visitors and those who reside abroad, symbolizing the eternal bond with the Land of Israel.
The Holy Temple and the vessels used by the priests are also symbols that appear often in works of Jewish Art. Recent works include challah covers with images of the Holy Temple, wall decorations with the Menorah (seven-branched candelabrum) and many others.
Judaica has grown throughout the years like a dense tree with numerous branches growing and splitting in many directions. Today one can find a huge selection of Jewish products and gifts customarily given for holidays and family events such as weddings and bar/bat mitzvahs, adorned with Jewish art and Judaica in all its varieties.
The artists use varied techniques in creating Jewish artworks and drawings, such as silk screening, wood and glass etching, wood and metal sculpting, and weaving.
The field of Jewish Art and Judaica has not ignored this cultural phenomenon and has developed an enormous variety of Jewish holiday gifts. These works incorporate a range of symbols associated with the holidays, such as images of the Exodus for Passover, pomegranates for Rosh Hashana, and menorahs and candles for Chanukah.