Simcha Gift Shop

Ḥanukkah is coming, and Simcha Gift Shop is ready.
Check out our Ḥanukkah supplies, and the rest of our stock at:
https://sites.google.com/view/simchagiftshop/chanukah 
 
We have a little wrapping paper and some Ḥanukkah Gift Bags,
and are also expecting a small amount of Ḥanukkah gelt.
 
All proceeds go to supporting our Hebrew School.

Simcha Gift Shop Celebrates Ḥanukkah!

Weeks December 4 & 11, Monday to Thursday 9:30 am–2:30 pm —Simcha Visit Simcha Gift Shop for Ḥanukkah candles, Ḥanukkiot, and gifts. Choose from a wide selection of gifts created by members of the congregation including books, prints, mezuzot and CDs and unique one-of-a-kind pieces of silver jewellery created by a local jeweller (who also sells to museums) are now available at Simcha.
The gift shop is located at Congregation Emanu-El synagogue at the southern end of the Social Hall. During the weeks of December 4 and 11, Simcha is open Monday to Thursday 9:30 am–2:30 pm. 

Shop at Simcha Gift Shop for Sukkot

P1050250The Simcha Gift Shop at Congregation Emanu-El has kippot, tallitot, mapot and many other Judaica items. The gift shop is located at Congregation Emanu-El at the southern end of the Social Hall.
You may shop during office hours: Tues-Thurs 9:30-2:30 or by appointment by email. We accept cash, cheques, and credit cards. Come check us out!

About the Lulav and Etrog

It is ordained in Leviticus 23:40: “On the first day (of Sukkot) you shall take the product of hadar (goodly) trees, branches of palm trees, boughs of leafy trees, and willows of the brook, and you shall rejoice before the Lord your God seven days.”

These Arbah Minim (‘Four Species’) are 4 plant species which are used ritually as part of the observance of the festival of Sukkot. Three of the species (the palm, willow and myrtle) are placed in a special plaited holder and collectively are known as a lulav; the fourth of the species, the fruit of the citron tree which is known in Hebrew as an etrog, is held together with the lulav.

It is a mitzvah (commandment) to shake or wave the Four Species on each of the seven days of Sukkot, usually before or during the Morning Service. This shaking or waving of the Four Species is symbolic of the completion of the yearly cycle, of freedom, and of peace and harmony. We shake the lulav in every direction to indicate God’s presence throughout the world, while facing east towards Jerusalem.

Because an etrog can easily be damaged and because certain kinds of damage cause it to become unacceptable for use as part of the Four Species on Sukkot, it is typically wrapped in protective layers and placed inside a box (אתרוג תיבת).

Shop Simcha for the High Holy Days

2017-08-30 18.06.44The Simcha Gift Shop at Congregation Emanu-El has kippot, tallitot, Rosh Hashanah cards and many other Judaica items.
The gift shop is located at Congregation Emanu-El at the southern end of the Social Hall.
You may shop during office hours: Tues-Thurs 9:30-2:30 or by appointment by email. We accept cash, cheques, and credit cards. Come check us out!

About the tallit

Tallit (Heb. טַלִּית, pl. tallitot; Yid. tales, pl. talesim), is a prayer shawl worn traditionally by male Jews during the daily morning service (shaḥarit); it is also worn by the leader of the service during the afternoon service (minḥa). On Yom Kippur, males wear it for all five services and on Tisha be-Av only during the afternoon service. Rectangular in shape, the wool (or sometimes silk) shawl has black or blue stripes with fringes (tzitzit) affixed to the four corners as the Bible prescribes (Numbers 15:38). Two fringes fall in front, two behind. Often an embroidered collar is added, inscribed with the blessing to be recited when the ṭallit is put on. A pious Jew is often buried in his ṭallit after one of the fringes has been removed.

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Shop Simcha for havdalah

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The Simcha Gift Shop at Congregation Emanu-El carries Havdalah sets and candles and many other Judaica items.
The gift shop is located at Congregation Emanu-El at the southern end of the Social Hall.
You may shop during office hours: Tues-Thurs 9:30-2:30 or by appointment by email. We accept cash, cheques, and credit cards. Come check us out!
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