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Young Jewish Professionals Affix Mezuzas for Israel

The Young Jewish Professionals of Los Angeles—a Chabad center for young adults—has launched a new Mezuzah initiative that offers kosher Mezuzah’s to those who do not yet have them for the token cost of $5.

The Chabad led Mezuzah campaign calls for young Jewish professionals all over the country to affix Mezuzahs to the doorposts of their homes and/or offices as a salute to the brave men and women of the Israel Defense Force, in support of their heroic efforts to return peace and security to the Holy Land.

The campaign, spearheaded by Rabbi Simons has arranged funding for 1,000 mezuzahs, which will be made available to young Jewish professionals throughout the country. Read more »

s.f. giants jewish heritage night mezuzah giveaway

S.F. Giants Free Mezuzah Giveaway

Last night, in celebration of their 10th annual Jewish Heritage Night, the San Francisco Giants gave away around 2,000 free Mezuzahs to fans carrying specially marked Jewish Heritage tickets for their game against the Pittsburgh Pirates.

The event began with a pre-game party in Seals Plaza located just beyond center field from 5 to 7 p.m., featuring Jewish musician Saul Kaye and kosher food for purchase from Dina’s, a local Kosher catering company.

It was somewhat fitting that the Jewish Heritage game be played against the Pittsburgh Pirates, as Ike Davis, the Pirates first-baseman is one of only 11 Jewish players currently playing in the league.

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why is a mezuzah hung diagonally?

Why is a Mezuzah Hung Diagonally?

The Question
Why isn’t the Mezuzah hung straight?
A simple enough question.
But those of you familiar with the intricacies of Rabbinic tradition know that even the simplest of questions can have deeply complex answers… Well,  today’s your lucky day, because the answer to this particular question is actually quite straightforward, and it involves a debate between two Talmudic commentaries with opposing opinions (bet you didn’t see that comin’…). Read more »
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Gift Ideas: Fimo Clay Batman Mezuzah

We’ve all gone through our superhero stage, right? Ya know, that stage when literally everything we do, eat, sleep or wear contains some element of our favorite cartoon superhero character. And for some, that glorious, fantastical stage can last well into adulthood (that’s totally normal right? Please tell me that’s normal… Please?! ).

Well for those of you looking for the perfect gift Mezuzah for the child in your life currently enjoying that magical stage, we have got the perfect Mezuzah for you! So reclaim your title as favorite parent/uncle/aunt/family-friend with this expertly crafted, 3D Batman Fimo Mezuzah and that special youngster will sleep that much more soundly each night, under the watchful and vigilant protection of their favorite superhero Mezuzah.

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Fimo Spiderman Mezuzah

Ever since they first appeared on the desert-sand encrusted doorposts of our forefathers some 3,000 years ago, the powerful and mystically protective qualities of the Kosher Mezuzah have been well documented. Countless miraculous tales of personal and communal salvation by way of the Mezuzah have been told and retold throughout every stage of our storied past. These small, mysterious and yet legendary artifacts have long baffled the scientific observer, for what manner of potent defensive weaponry could this small, intricately sculpted Mezuzah possibly hold?

Ok, ok I know what you’re thinking… Read more »

Worlds Largest Mezuzah

World’s Largest Mezuzah

The worlds largest Kosher Mezuzah stands 4.5 feet tall, is 10 inches wide and weighs close to 90 pounds. Affixed near the Western Wall in the holy city of Jerusalem by a local rabbi, the Mezuzah contains a Kosher scroll nearly 23 inches tall and made entirely of parchment. Featuring an exquisitely unique design inspired by Spanish artist and surrealist Salvador Dali, the outer Mezuzah case is made of bronze, with transparent casing over the scroll allowing it to be seen by the millions of devoted worshipers and tourists that flock to the Wall.

Noted French-Israeli philanthropist Shmuel Flatto-Sharon, benefactor of the Mezuzah was on hand for the unveiling, and shared his heartwarming sentiments in the following video clip… Read more »

world cup mezuzah

A Soccer Mezuzah and the World Cup

The fanatical fervor of the truly religious soccer (or more accurately, “futbol”) fan during the weeks of the World Cup is well documented and manifests itself in nearly everything they do. For these next few weeks, every avid World Cup fan worldwide will eat, sleep and breathe soccer. They will talk and think of little else. They will watch every second of every game and they will exult in their teams triumphs and despair in defeat.

Anyone out there who knows a true soccer fan knows what I mean; and you also know how all-encompassing  this soccer obsession can be. From T-shirts to accessories, it seems as though all things around them suddenly echo the theme of soccer in some way or another at this time. Even something as unrelated as a Mezuzah.

For those of you struck with an incurable case of World Cup fever, who also happen to be in the market for a Mezuzah, check out the Soccer Mezuzah by Reuven Masel. This Mezuzah would be a great way to complete your own World Cup themed makeover and would also make a thoughtful gift to a soccer-obsessed friend or colleague.

Go Team USA!

 

 

European Mezuzah Project

New ECJS Initiative Offers 5,000 Free Mezuzot

The European Center for Jewish Students (ECJS) recently celebrated its first full decade of operation by holding a long awaited Asian convention in the Turkish city of Istanbul, a historic landmark city that straddles the continents of Europe and Asia. The Brussels-based Jewish Youth Organization, gathered in the famous city —boasting such iconic sites as the famous Blue Mosque, the Topkapi Palace and Grand Bazaar – in part to celebrate the launching of their exciting new Mezuzah Project.

The groundbreaking ECJS project offers free Mezuzot to individuals ages 18-39, with the stated goal of placing 5,000 mezuzot on the doorways of Jewish homes across Europe.

According to their website, once an individual submits a request, the mezuzah will be mailed to their local Rabbi who will affix the mezuzah to the doorpost of their home in accordance with Jewish law.

More information on obtaining a free mezuzah through the European Mezuzah Project can be found on the ECJS website www.ecjs.org

jerusalem stone mezuzah

Made In Israel: Shema Polished Jerusalem Stone Mezuzah by Caesarea

One of my personal favorites, the Shema Polished Jerusalem Stone Mezuzah is truly an iconic work of art. The casing of natural Jerusalem stone, hand carved by expert Israeli stone masons and specially treated to recreate the weathered stone look of archeological excavation sites, evokes deep, mystical and primordial feelings of tradition, pride and solidarity.

The unique look and feel of the stone, and the original graphic design inspired by ancient ethnic motifs makes this Mezuzah perfect for anyone who has ever visited the holy land and wishes to channel some of its unique divine energy into their homes. Read more »

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An Ancient Roman Mezuzah

I have found the following story to be an inspiring and truly uplifting insight into the role of the Mezuzah in our lives and in our relationship with G-D. In fact, I was so moved when I first heard it, that I immediately made a note to share it with my fellow Mezuzah enthusiasts. I hope you enjoy it as well…

This story takes us back to near ancient times, circa 35–120 CE, as we join a fellow named Onkelos, somewhere in the blazing, sun scorched deserts of the  middle east. Onkelos, a member of the Roman royal family and nephew to the then Roman Emperor Hadrian,  is on a journey, traveling from Rome to Jerusalem, on a diplomatic errand from the royal Roman court.

Though he is unaware of this at the time, the journey he is on is about to alter the course of Jewish history and will change his life forever. Read more »