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|Culture & Science - Strange Inventions|
|Saturday, 28 July 2012 00:01|
The mezuzah is a traditional Jewish object is placed at the entrance of houses, a symbol of devotion. In an attempt to provide design options to the Jews of this, Leah Greengarten founded Jacob's People , a contemporary Jewish food store, with an interesting and colorful collection of these objects.
An ingrained Jewish custom says that a mezuzah should be placed next to the doorway. The mezuzah is a box elongated, hollow, made of different materials, where they placed a parchment with verses from the Torah. More than the container itself, the symbolism of the object is in the manuscript, but what is visible is the box that covers it. There are many different designs, from the luxurious, fine wood or metal, even the most basic, sometimes plastic.
Remember the biblical massacre of the firstborn of Egypt? According recounts the Exodus, then, the Jews marked their doors with blood cases, to prevent the deaths of their children. It's like a habit of identifying a manifestation of belief, but now no fatal threats involved.
A traditional mezuzah looks like this:
The Jewish food store Jacob's People was founded by Leah Greengarten an Australian journalist who has lived in London and, having tired of looking cute and original gifts for Jewish weddings, decided to sell contemporary versions of traditional objects. If you seek and not find it, I will have to produce it (good reasoning). As Leah is not designer, uses the contribution of different artists: the mezuzás of his collection were designed by Erin Lightfoot.
The mazuzás of Jacob's People are not the only proposed a contemporary design: there are other options. Myzuzot , for example, is a Facebook page that Mayra Iakubi is selling different mezuzás ceramic, hand painted by herself .
As you will note, there is a difference between the designs and sells Mayra Leah. Let's say that the former are more home, more like handicrafts, while the latter are based on geometric shapes and show a cleaner finish, so to speak.
Erin Lightfoot, designer Jacob's People, specializes in porcelain (has extensive experience in different projects). His main interest is in the colors and patterns, we know from the composition of its parts: it is geometric, colorful but not outrageous. Somehow, we managed to notice the feminine touch to the combination of colors and shapes.
So ... Jews tend mezuzás place in your walls or next to their doors, have a very interesting option. And yes, a part of these could be a nice gift for those who are launching home.
Traditional mezuzah Photo: Wikipedia