As Jewish people around the world sit down for Passover seders this week, they may be using treasured ritual objects such as seder plates and wine goblets. But taking a more careful look at the tableware might reveal these items were made not by Jews, but rather in factories in industrial cities in China or India.
These plants churn out orders of kippot, mezzuzot, Stars of David necklaces—and definitely the finger puppets kids use to count the 10 plagues. This outsourcing of Judaica to Asia has become a common phenomenon, even while some independent gift store owners, in Canada and around the world, try to support original Jewish artists as best as they can.
Does it matter where your Judaica comes from? Does it make your grandfather’s tallit or a cherished kiddush cup any less meaningful if it isn’t made by Jews? On The CJN Daily, we hear from the owner of Israel’s The Judaica Centre in Thornhill along with Judaica artist and scholar David Zvi Kalman with the Shalom Hartman Institute of North America.