Mezuzah from Israel Gift Guide
Mezuzahs are essentially what identifies a Jewish home. While the word "mezuzah" is generally associated with the case, it actually refers to the scroll inside, the most important part of the mezuzah. The scroll contains parts of the book of Deuteronomy, which is actually the prayer of Shema Yisrael, symbolic of the Jewish connection to God. You can read more about the tradition of the mezuzah here!
Mezuzah cases, though, are the artistic part of the mezuzah as a whole. Meant to keep the scroll safe, Jewish artists have been creating beautiful cases for centuries, putting them on synagogues, Jewish institutions, and their own homes around the world. When choosing a case, make sure you have a kosher mezuzah scroll, meaning the words are not smudged or missing, and that the letters are all intact - and check out our guide to kosher mezuzah scrolls so you can decide which type of scroll is the right for you. Mezuzahs should also be checked twice every seven years by a rabbi to make sure they are in good condition.
We have many artistic mezuzah cases from Israeli designers - check out some of our favorites below!
From a small age, one of the first mitzvahs a child learns is about the mezuzah. Children's mezuzahs are brightly colored and the perfect addition to their room, making them excited about Judaism. Adorable robots, fluttering butterflies, and smiling animals adorn these mezuzah cases which you can pick out together or give as their first piece of Judaica. A night time sky is a very soothing picture while adding a slight touch of religion to your child's room. The mezuzah given to a child is so meaningful and might even be something they one day pass down to children of their own.
Marc Chagall mezuzahs are so incredibly meaningful and special. These limited edition mezuzahs feature artwork of some of Marc Chagall's most popular Jewish pieces like the 12 Tribes from the stained glass windows of Hadassah Hospital in Jerusalem, the painting of King David from the Knesset building, and one depicting the giving of the 10 Commandments. As for the 12 Tribes, each mezuzah features the tribe being portrayed's symbol, like Naftali and an a deer. At the bottom of each beautiful case is Chagall's signature and will attract eyes to it. Perfect for putting in your living room or dining room areas, these beloved Marc Chagall mezuzah cases are truely a piece of art.
If you are the kind of person who loves a contemporary look, our modern mezuzahs are just for you. These modern mezuzahs add a certain flair to your decor, whether you want something ever so subtle like this chic monochrome mezuzah or something bold that will stand out like this embroidered mezuzah. Contemporary designer Ofek Wertman's modern mezuzahs take inspiration from pop-art and the Israeli art scene to present colorful depictions of Zionist leaders or fun themes like cats or pomegranates. Israeli modern artist Laura Cowan, meanwhile, looks to the sky and space for her mezuzah inspiration, as seen with her shuttle mezuzah and copper orb mezuzah.
Outdoor mezuzahs are the ones that show off a Jewish home, and sometimes even what to expect inside the house. Jerusalem Stone mezuzahs show off your love for the Old City with a Western Wall motif, while bright and colorful mezuzah cases, like this stylish striped case, might give a hint to how the home is filled with a fun family. Dorit Judaica's thin mezuzahs are decorated with mandalas and flowers, and aren't as obvious if you're looking for a more quiet look. An outdoor mezuzah is generally made of materials that can withstand the weather, but if you live in an apartment building you can choose something a bit more elegant that you don't have to worry about.