Almost any item can be Judaica if it is used in conjunction with the performance of a commandment or to perform some ritual in Judaism. However, even mundane objects such as forks, spoons and serving utensils can also be considered Judaica items. Consequently, there are Judaica items that don’t appear to be as such. One such item is serving piece sets.
There are some well known serving pieces that are used during Jewish Holidays and Shabbat, such as Challah Knives, the Seder Plate used on Passover and Honey Dishes used on Rosh HaShana. However, also included in this category are simpler items such as forks and salad tongs.
Judaica-themed serving pieces such as forks, spoons and cake cutters are often decorated with common, easily recognized symbols like engravings of Menorahs, Hamsas and Stars of David. Some of the fancier sterling silver serving pieces have their tops molded in the shapes of these same symbols. If you would like a unique piece, consider serving pieces that have Hebrew words cut into them, such as spoons with word "Mazal", Hebrew for “luck”, cut into the bowl.
Serving pieces are great gift ideas, especially for weddings. If you would like to personalize your set of cutlery, consider engraving the names of the couple or have a symbol of significance to them on the pieces. If you would like to give a gift of gravy boats or a platter for butter, consider engraving Judaica symbols together with filigree floral patterns.
We at World of Judaica invite you to view our selection of beautiful sterling silver serving pieces. If you would like to learn more about symbols important in Judaism, visit our education pages. If you still have questions or concerns, contact us and a customer service rep will be happy to address any questions you may have.
Serving Pieces Guide
Serving pieces are an important part of home fashion. Shabbat and holiday meals are considered all the richer when complemented with fine tableware used to decorate your traditional celebrations.
What are Serving Pieces?
A serving piece is just about any item that can be used to serve your guests at a meal, party, or any other number of special occasions. Serving pieces range from large platters for extreme servings of food, candy bowls, salt shakers, napkin holders, and trivets. These are all very general serving pieces that can be found all over the world in every different culture but they are all available at World of Judaica with the extravagant twists of Israeli artists making them proper products of Judaica art.
Every Judaica artist at World of Judaica has an individual style expressed through their product’s materials. Many serving pieces are appropriately made from fine glass gracing home and dinner tables with immense elegance. Trivets, made for hot plates, pots or pans, are commonly made of aluminum while the theme of glass often runs through collections of salt shakers and salt cellars as well as plates, bowls, vases, and napkin holders.
The finest and most popular pieces however, are the wonderfully majestic Judaica serving pieces of silver. These include large trays for serving meals to the entire family and guests. These pieces are often void of design letting their bright silver surfaces reflect back to you the beauty of your home. In this way, although they lack decoration, these serving pieces exaggerate through reflection the true beauty of a celebration with friends and family.
Despite the fine and attractive materials used to make these serving pieces, it is the decorations that truly connect any item to Judaica. All the serving pieces at World of Judaica are made by Israeli artists who share an understanding of Jewish history, culture, and tradition. This shows in the intricate and elegant designs of their various works of art.
Pomegranates are a popular theme used in Judaica serving pieces as in all Judaica, making these pieces perfect for any sort of Jewish get together or celebration. One of the reasons that pomegranates have become such symbols of Jewish Judaica is because of their Star of David shaped blooms.
Hebrew words appropriate for Shabbat are also a rather famous way to decorate Judaica. Such letters are often mixed with floral patterns or even different views of Jerusalem to keep your dinner table as beautiful as possible.