More than anything, the holidays of Tishri symbolize our strong connection with the country, our faith and history. We are all familiar with the holiday symbols, symbols that make us who we are – the Jewish people.
The holiday symbols have been sketched for generations; they are associated with the land (pomegranate, palm tree) and the faith (menorah, the Holy Ark, the Temple).
Ancient depictions of a grape vine, fig, wheat, barley, olive, date and pomegranate, which adorn pottery vessels and stone and bone artifacts, are known to us from before the First Temple period (Iron Age, twelfth-sixth centuries BCE). Then, they symbolized Ancient Israel’s abundance.
From the time of the Second Temple until the period of the Mishnah and Talmud (the Hellenistic-Roman-Byzantine period), we know of symbols that are more identified with the Jewish faith such as: the menorah, Holy Ark, shofar, coalpan and lulav. These adorn stone artifacts, mosaics, pottery vessels, glass vessels, bone objects etc.