Life lessons

Interview with Sara discussing her work

Interview with Sara discussing her work

Sara Beames was interviewed at ArtWalk Kingston last year by Jan Wallen.  In this video she discusses her handmade fused glass Judaica and jewelry.

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7 Fun things to do after a Jewish Wedding

7 Fun things to do after a Jewish Wedding

After the frenetic pre-wedding planning and the adrenaline rush of the big day (most likely a whole weekend of events), there are all the functional things to do like getting the dress cleaned, starting on the thank you notes and ordering your wedding photos.  But here are 7 FUN things to do once you are in post-wedding mode: Relax - most likely this was a super crazy and busy time.  It's time to chill.Eat leftover cake - Did you even get to eat at the wedding?Open the presents - This one goes without saying.Treat yourself to a spa day - It...

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Why break a glass at a Jewish Wedding?

Why break a glass at a Jewish Wedding?

What would a Jewish Wedding be without the breaking of the glass and the shouting of Mazel Tov at it's conclusion?  Many view it as the highlight of the ceremony and most certainly the cue that the party is about to begin. But what does it actually mean?  Well just like everything else in Judaism, there are multiple interpretations.  Here are some:  As a symbol of the destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem, the glass reminds us that even during a joyous occasion there is sadness in the world. The fragility of glass is a symbol of the frailty of human relationships....

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The Tree of Life

The Tree of Life

The Tree of Life - we see its images everywhere in art, literature and music. It is a motif that bridges almost all religions and cultures and is particularly prevalent in Judaic art. The Hebrew term Etz Chaim, literally “tree of life”, is a common one in Jewish life. "It is a tree of life for those who hold fast to it. Its ways are ways of pleasantness and all its paths are peace."  With its branches reaching upwards, its trunk on the ground and its roots below, the tree of life can be a mystical symbol linking heaven, earth...

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Yahrzeit, lighting the memorial candle

Yahrzeit, lighting the memorial candle

April 10th, which is the 5th day of Nisan, is my mother’s yahrzeit. When she passed away a few years ago a friend said to me that our parents are the guiding light in our lives. Lighting the yarzheit for her reminds me of that. Several years earlier when my father passed I looked for a yahrzeit candle and realized that they were mainly the jelly jar food store variety. Naturally I went into my studio and created one. And although I know that some people prefer the traditional candle, I designed an electric version. I love when I see it...

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