This stunning pendant is made of 925 Sterling Silver. The center of the pendant has 2 lions holding the 10 commandments. There is a crown above the 10 commandments and a Jewish Star below. The frame of the pendant says "Be guarded and protected" in both Hebrew and English. The pendant is full of intricate details and has an oxidized, blackened finish. This very symbolic pendant is often used as a gift for someone who needs a little extra protection.
The quote in Hebrew comes from Psalms 121:8, the Lord will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore. It is known as the Traveler's prayer.
Length (including bail): 1 3/16"
Recommended chain: Oxidized box chain
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The lion is the symbol of the Israelite tribe of Judah. Judah was one of the sons of Jacob and is one of the 12 tribes. The lion of Judah can often be found adorning biblical art and artifacts, often in pairs. Lions are strong animals and when they hold up the 10 commandments, they are supporting Jewish law.
The tablets represent the 10 commandments that were given to the Jewish people at Mount Sinai. The 10 commandments are the first of the 613 good deeds/ rules that the Jewish people live by. The tablets are often found adorned with a crown and flanked by a pair of lions in Judaica artifacts.
The Traveler’s prayer or Tefilat Haderech can be found in the book of Psalms. It’s a prayer for a safe journey recited by Jewish people at the start of a journey by air, sea or long car ride. The most well-known phrase is “be guarded and protected” which is the focus of this pendant.
Anyone can wear the Lions be guarded and protected payment. It is more popular with men than women because the medallion is a more masculine design. But our Traveler’s prayer key chain makes a great gift for people of all ages.
The crown, or Keter in Hebrew, on a Torah symbolizes majesty and the law of Torah. It is part of the dressing for the Torah. The crown symbolizes endearment and veneration for the Torah which is the most important Jewish possession. Dating back to the 18th century in Eastern Europe, Hassidic Jews created a small crown for their personal Torah.
The most common Jewish symbol for protection is the Hamsa, or Hand of G-d. It is meant to offer protection/ward off the evil eye. The Chai, represents long life and is often considered a way to protect your long life. Many prayers including the traveler’s prayer and Mizpah offer protection for certain situations.
When sterling silver is exposed to oxygen over time tarnishes. Often times sterling silver jewelry is oxidized during the manufacturing process to give it a blackened look. The oxidation adheres better to textured finishes than high polished finishes. Jewelry that was oxidized is less likely to tarnish severely.