It’s been sold to everyone from ex-Growing Pains star Kirk Cameron to Catholics in Latin America. It had one Evangelical woman in tears at a conference in St.Louis. It’s been given many names. The Blessing Flower. The Rose of Jericho. The Rose of Bethlehem.
I call it the Blossoming Jewel of Judea. The reasons are quite simple. Firstly, it can be found in this part of the world, specifically the Judean Hills (or what is commonly known these days as the West Bank). Secondly, it blossoms immediately when watered…in less than 2 minutes before your very eyes. It then takes roughly an hour for it to close back up again.
The creator of this unique piece of jewelry is my friend Galya Harish. She’s been everything from a lawyer in New York to a brand manager in hi-tech companies in Israel. She eventually decided to leave the corporate world and work on something that’s close to her heart…which involves fashion combined with spirituality. She now runs her company called Wear My Prayer.
I met Galya on the way to a crowdfunding event at the brand new Google Campus in Tel Aviv. I needed a ride from Jerusalem to Tel Aviv and by “coincidence”, she was the only taker. After the event, she was mobbed by bloggers, techies, fashion writers, food critics and everyone in between…all of whom were excited about this piece of jewelry and all wanted to write about it and promote in any way they could. I for one decided to give you guys a live demo, to see what all the hubbub was about.
The thing that sold me on this piece of jewelry was the conversation Galya and I had in the car about spirituality and religion. I’m a ba’al tshuva who was raised traditional/secular in America. She grew up as a secular Israeli in the Jerusalem neighborhood of Ramat Eshkol, which back in the 80s wasn’t nearly as religious as it is today. In fact, it was at least 50% secular. We managed to find common ground in our mutual agreement that everyone is spiritual on some level. Everyone is seeking connection with our Creator in their own way. That, and the fact that the plant comes from Judea, which is an area of the country that I advocate for on an economic level.
Lastly, considering the name of my website, IsraelUnseen.com, her creation fits perfectly into the category of things from Israel that have never been seen before.