It could be a thoughtful gift for Dad, a brother, student, or even a sports minded kid, but if you are a Miami Heat basketball fan you’ll need one for yourself. The distinctive logo colors of black, white, and touch of yellow flame topping off a red basketball sunk down through the hoop reveals a serious sports fan even from distance. It is crafted in long- lasting metal, 4 inches long and 1 inch wide. Buy your Miami Heat mezuzah before the season starts to avoid a backorder!
Enthusiastic Los Angeles Lakers fans will be the new pacesetters on the block with the true- to-life colors of the team’s insignia embossed on an authentic LA Lakers mezuzah. It is crafted of sturdy metal, 4 inches in length and 1 inch in width. It is classic, tasteful, and readily identifies the dedicated sports fan in you, and you will enjoy it often, while both coming and going!
An official ribbon-cutting and mezuzah dedication took place on Sunday, October 7th in the famous former wild western town of Tucson, Arizona. I’d bet those old time cowboys never envisioned the sight of mezuzahs being hammered up on doorposts by bearded rabbis on their town buildings.
Rabbi Ephraim Zimmerman of Chabad of Tucson nailed on the new mezuzah at the Jewish Federation-Northwest where more than 150 people attended. The crowd made the Shehecheyanu blessing, led by Rabbi Jason Holtz.
This site had been an abandoned warren of offices previously. But it has become a vibrant hive of Jewish pride and activity. It looks like another score for the home team!
The Menorah- Chabad Jewish Center is the largest and most elaborate Chabad House built to date. The edifice was dedicated today by Mr. Gennandy Bogolubov, the President of the Dnepropetrovsk Jewish Community.
The mezuzah for the banquet hall was affixed in a ceremony by the Chief Rabbi of Russia and Chabad Shliach to Moscow, Rabbi Berel Lazar, a personal friend of the Chabad Shliach and Chief Rabbi of Dnepropetrovsk, Rabbi Shmuel Kaminetzky. Read more »
“An Article of Hope” is a new documentary which will be screened on October 20th at the Oshman Family Jewish Center in Palo Alto, California. This one hour film recaps the life of Ilan Ramon, a heroic ace fighter pilot, squadron leader of the 1981 attack on Iraq’s nuclear facility, and Israel’s first astronaut in space. He died in the 2003 accident of the space shuttle Columbia along with 6 other astronauts.
The firm reveals Ilan’s efforts while in space to unite all Jews by displaying to a global viewing audience a miniature Torah which survived the Bergen- Belsen death camp. He also brought a mezuzah on board and went out of his way to reinforce his Jewish identity during the mission. The film hints at a touch of the miraculous in this last flight.
Could the mezuzah have something to do with it? Stay tuned.
The Ashdod Religious Council in Israel earnestly encouraged the city’s residents to have their tefillin and mezuzahs inspected during Elul. For free. That’s right.
This month has always been the customary time for Jews the world over to take stock of themselves spiritually as well as for checking up on the ‘spiritual health’ of some of their possessions.
The city’s chief rabbi, HaRav Chaim Pinto Shlita was shown some of the results of this campaign by Rav Ovadia Dahan, who is the head of the city’s religious council. He pointed out quite a few ‘irregularities.’ In some cases entire words were missing from the klaf. Is it possible that a scribe somewhere fell asleep at the wheel? It’s good to know! A free service is also a good incentive!
A yeshiva student who was visiting in San Diego, California last week told me the following:
He stopped at a rather large modern home for the purpose of checking out the site for the upcoming Sukkot holiday on instructions from the homeowner, with the intent of measuring the perimeter of the patio to determine the length of boards that would be needed for a new Sukkah.
The woman of the home proudly showed him the new mezuzah that had been put up on the doorway. The bocher remarked that it was a really a beautiful case. So the woman says, “Yes it is, and it even came with the manufacturers’ instructions rolled up inside of it in Hebrew, so I threw them out. After all, who doesn’t know how to put up a mezuzah?”
As far as authentic Jewish culture is concerned, I’m not so sure that a certain Hollywood actress would, as the expression goes, know it if she fell over it. One can only wince at her good intentions but scanty knowledge about a certain item of religious significance which she heavily publicized and wore around her neck Sunday night at the Emmy awards.
Mayim Bialik, Emmy nominee for best supporting actress in the comedy, ‘The Big Bang Theory,’ wore a customized mezuzah pendant to this year’s ceremony. She has dubbed her unique creation Operation Mozi Mezuzah and has collaborated with North American Jeweler and Palladium Alliance to create the one-of-a-kind piece. It is a mezuzah necklace combined with a Star of David with a diamond and a sapphire, to commemorate the colors of the Israeli flag. The good news is, she is proud of her faith and heritage. The bad news is, she’s fashioning her own brand of goof ball symbolism.
The parchment contains the name of G-d so it is serious business. It has never been intended to be a show stopping conversation piece or a fashion statement, no matter how good the intentions of the wearer or designer. Jewish pride notwithstanding, maybe next time she could just commission a designer dress made out of an Israeli flag and leave the necklace at home! Please.
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?
What is said to be the largest mezuzah in the world has been placed at the Western Wall in Jerusalem.
Kotel Rabbi Shmuel Rabinowitz and Israeli businessman Shmuel Platto-Sharon placed the mezuzah, one of the 3 designed by Salvador Dali, the late prominent Spanish surrealist painter.
“The mezuzah is a testament to safe gaurd the Jewish home,” said Rabinowitz. “There is not a more appropriate place to place this mezuzah than the entrance gate to the Kotel – the resting place of the Divine Presence.”
Make out of bronze, the mezuzah’s length is about 1.4 meters. Its width is 25 cm and it weighs 40 kg.
The length of the parchment is 60 cm and the writing was done by Rabbi Zalman Michashvili, and reviewed by the Rabbi Israel Gottlieb.
“This is a very big challenge for me to put one of the most familiar Jewish symbols on one of the most important places for every Jew,” said the donor, a former Knesset member.