Well, once again, in our super-sized world, where only hand held personal devices need to be micro-sized, we have, this September, another ginormous mezuzah. It is yet the newest contender in a series, donated by philanthropist Shmuel Flato-Sharon. The sofer commissioned was Rav Zalman Michaelshvilli, and the ultra-modern design is said to be influenced by the surrealist Spanish artist Salvador Dali.
This eye popping specimen is crafted from bronze metal, measuring 4 ft.7 inches long and 10 inches wide. The parchment is over 23 inches in length and the whole shebang weighs in at 88 plus lbs. It is common knowledge that the minimum size of a mezuzah parchment, according to Jewish law is considerably smaller.
How big is this? The size of a fourth grader! Is this really necessary?
No worries, the good news is that it will not be accidentally overlooked when visitors are passing by its new location at the gate of the upper entrance to the Kotel plaza in Jerusalem. In any event, if things progress, at this rate, why not build a mezuzah tree house and use the parchment scroll like a personal tent. Just tell me, where does this end?