This piece of Judaica art created by Joelle Shafter 

was published in the book 

500 Judaica: Innovative Contemporary Ritual Art (500 Series), 

by Ray Hemachandra, Daniel Belasco


A mezuzah is affixed to the door frame in Jewish homes to fulfill the mitzvah (Biblical commandment) to inscribe the words of the Shema "on the doorposts of your house" (Deuteronomy 6:9). Some interpret Jewish law to require a mezuzah on every doorway in the home apart from bathrooms, and closets too small to qualify as rooms;[1] others view it as necessary only to place one in the front doorway. The parchment is prepared by a qualified scribe (a "sofer stam") who has undergone many years of meticulous training, and the verses are written in black indelible ink with a special quill pen. The parchment is then rolled up and placed inside the case.

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