Candles have always been an important part of Jewish life and have a long meaningful history in Jewish culture. In the Torah, flame has been an indication or a reminder of God’s presence. In Exodus, God appears to Moses as a burning bush to tell him to lead the Israelites out of Egypt. In Isaiah it is written that, “You shall no longer have the sun for light by day, and for brightness, the moon shall not give you light, but the Lord shall be to you for an everlasting light, and your God for your glory.”
The Jewish people have integrated this idea into their traditions and celebrations and it has expanded to represent many different things. During Hanukkah, candles are lit on the menorah to remember the miracle of the oil lasting for eight days. Before Shabbat, the Jewish...
This week from December 24-January 1 marks the Jewish celebration of Hanukkah. It’s known as the festival of lights and marks the re-dedication of the Holy Temple. The story of Hanukkah stems from ancient times when the Jewish people lived under Syrian rule. The Jewish people saw their way of life and religion under threat. The temple began to be used for unclean purposes such as sacrificing pigs and worshipping the Greek god Zeus.
Mattathias the Hasmonean, a Jewish priest sparked a revolt by killing a priest who sought to make a sacrifice to Zeus in the temple. His son, Judah Maccabee later led a small guerrilla force against the much larger Syrian forces to retake the temple in Jerusalem. This reclaiming of the temple would be known as The Maccabean Revolt.
Architecture in Israel is what can be described as a hodge-podge of styles. Early in its history, the architecture of Israel reflected the different people groups that inhabited the land throughout the centuries such as Arabs, Crusaders, Christians, and Templers. An example of this is the “White City” in Tel Aviv where German Jews fleeing the Nazi rise in Germany in the 1930s brought Bauhaus style, a German modernist architectural style to Tel Aviv.
Starting in the 1970s the sudden need to house the influx of immigrants saw a new style of architecture dominate the Israel. The convenience of quick, easy, modular construction gave rise to many buildings in the Brutalist architecture with its solid, utilitarian nature.
Jewish cuisine is special in that it has been constantly shaped and influenced by other cultures, but at the same time remains uniquely Jewish and very rigid in many ways.
Since the Jewish people for most of their history had no nation to call their own and were forced to reside in foreign nations, their cooking adapted to the climate, ingredients, and techniques they learned living among other cultures. There are two major styles of Jewish cuisine: Sephardic cuisine and Ashkenazic cuisine. Sephardic Jewish cuisine originates from the Mediterranean, North Africa, the Middle East, and India. The hotter climate in these regions caused Jewish cuisine in these regions to be lighter and the prosperity that they experienced in these countries are also reflected in the quality...
While working with a local stonemason we’ve encountered a problem with sculpting our stone. All of the different layers and textures that make our stone unique and beautiful are also what is causing trouble for us.
When coring the stone, as the drill bit encounters soft stone it spins quickly to wear away the surface but once it encounters a different layer or a hard embedded stone, the bit will suddenly slow down, driving a lot of force onto that spot.
The result is that, in our initial tests, large chips have come off of the stone, rendering it unsuitable for our project. The stonemasons are currently experimenting with other methods of working with this delicate material. We hope to have good news to share with you soon!
Here at Betaesh we love discovering unique, often discarded materials and finding a way to show their beauty and give them a new purpose. Take these stone cylinders for example. You probably wouldn't be able to guess where these come from...
They're actually a byproduct from drilling holes to run tubing for air conditioners. The result are perfectly cylindrical stone tubes each with its own unique character and layers you would never see otherwise.
We have big plans for these stone cylinders. We look forward to sharing more as we go through the process of working with craftsmen to restore these into something you can proudly display in your home.
We are a Taiwanese design company with a passion for Hebrew language and culture. Betaesh is our homage to the beauty and complexity of the Hebrew language, while at the same time mixing in our Taiwanese culture and the natural resources available to us in Taiwan. This concept is even represented in our logo.
From the left you can see the evolution of our logo inspired from Hebrew starting from the letter ד “Dalet” meaning door, to בּ “Bet” meaning house, then arriving at our finished logo.
From the right the evolution inspired from Chinese started with the word 回 ”Hui” for return. From the beginning we loved the idea of our brand being associated with homecoming or that joy of returning home. So to represent that we placed the character for return inside a house.
Our name is inspired by the second letter of the Hebrew alphabet, the letter בּ “Bet.”
The letter itself represents a house or dwelling. You can see from the pictographic roots of the Hebrew alphabet the three strokes that make up the walls of the house and the opening on the left which represents an entrance or window.
The other half of our name is inspired by the Hebrew word for fire, אֵשׁ “Esh.” While fire is a dangerous element that can completely destroy a house, it is also the agent that can bring warmth and light turning a house into a home.
This is our desire, not to simply be decorations for your house, but to be a part of bringing warmth and light into your home.