The Artful Mezuzah

Many religions and traditions have customs for blessing the home and the people who pass through its threshold. The Mezuzah is important in the Jewish religion, as it is a small case for a prayer, which is then placed at shoulder height in the right entrance of the home.

We love these Mezuzah selections from Uncommon Goods. They range in price from $39 to nearly $200 and each would make a poignant gifts for housewarmings – or for anyone just starting in a home of their own, particularly newlyweds and new parents.

Blue and Turquoise Ribbon Mezuzah
Blue and Turquoise Ribbon Mezuzah
Price: $38.0
Tranquil and mesmerizing, this one-of-a-kind mezuzah graces door posts with a delightful spin on art and tradition. Each piece is crafted from colored glass that’s hand-marbled using time-honored techniques and set in the kiln with precious metal. A gorgeous gift for newlyweds or friends and family settling into a new home, this captivating fixture by the late Tamara Baskin is made to protect your home with a beautiful blessing. Affix one to the doorpost of your home according to Jewish tradition. Paper scroll included. Tamara’s art lives on through her family, who continues her handmade glasswork in Florida. Each is one-of-a-kind and will vary slightly.

Glass Tree Mezuzah
Glass Tree Mezuzah
Price: $55.0
Root your home in faith and family with a hand-fused tree of life mezuzah designed by the late Tamara Baskin. Simple yet stunning, this deeply symbolic imagery is lovingly made from hand-cut layers of colored glass that are artfully arranged and kiln-fired into a one-of-a-kind mezuzah. A gorgeous gift for newlyweds or friends and family settling into a new home, this modern spin on the traditional fixture is made to ground any doorway with a beautiful blessing.

Handmade Glass House Mezuzah
Handmade Glass House Mezuzah
Price: $50.0
This one-of-a-kind clear glass mezuzah, also created by the late Tamara Baskin, has multicolored houses fused on the front to create exciting, transparent and reflective colors. Affix one to the doorpost of your home according to Jewish tradition. Paper scroll is included. Handmade in Florida. Artist card included.

Noah's Ark Mezuzah
Noah’s Ark Mezuzah
Price: $42.0
This contemporary pewter mezuzah by Emily Rosenfeld features a sweet engraving of a lion, elephant, giraffe and dove from Noah’s Ark. Meant to be a reminder of God’s presence and commandments, this house blessing comes with a small hand written scroll of parchment with the “Shema Israel” passages (Deuteronomy 6:4-9 and 11:13) written in Hebrew. Handmade in Massachusetts.

Lion Face Mezuzah
Lion Face Mezuzah
Price: $190.0
Judaism is a faith not confined to synagogues. Within the comfort and familiarity of the home, Jewish families also strive for spirituality. A mezuzah mounted on the doorpost designates the home as Jewish, reminding the faithful of their connection to their faith and their heritage. Intent on upholding the rituals and traditions that she and her siblings enjoyed growing up in a conservative Jewish family in Detroit, Lisa Van Allsburg set out to create a gallery-worthy collection of mezuzahs, Shabbat candlesticks, Kiddush cups and Seder plates. Her Forgotten Judaica collection evolved from the word neshoma, meaning “our spiritual soul.”Her husband – writer and illustrator Chris Van Allsburg – chose the lion for his mezuzah cover for its strength and fortitude. He wanted the animal’s face to hang straight on the door jamb, but since Jewish law requires that the scroll be slanted his solution was to build a slanted vessel on the back of each mezuzah.

We also love this Mezuzah, from Chinaberry:
Mezuzah-A House Blessing
Mezuzah-A House Blessing
Price: $35.00
Bless your home and those within it with this lovely pewter mezuzah.