A mezuzah is placed on the doorpost of every Jewish home and building such as synagogues and community centres. The outer covering is simply a decorative container. It reminds us of the text inside. The essence of a mezuzah is a piece of parchment which holds text from the Torah that says the following:
Deuteronomy, 6:4-9: Hear, O Israel, the Lord is our God, the Lord is one. You shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your resources. And these things that I command you today shall be upon your heart. And you shall teach them to your children, and you shall speak of them when you sit in your house and when you go on the way, when you lie down and when you rise up. And you shall bind them as a sign upon your arm and they shall be an ornament between your eyes. And you shall write them upon the doorposts of your house and on your gates.
Deuteronomy, 11:13-21: And it will be that if you hearken to my commandments that I command you today, to love the Lord, your God, and to serve him with all your hearts and all your souls. And I will place rain for your land in its proper time, the early and the late rains, that you may gather in your grain, your wine, and your oil. And I will provide grass in your field for your cattle, and you will eat and you will be satisfied. Watch yourselves, lest your heart be seduced and you turn astray and serve other gods, and prostrate yourselves to them. And the wrath of God will be upon you, and he will restrain the heaven and there will be no rain, and the ground will not yield its produce, and you will be lost quickly from upon the good land that God gives you. And you shall place these words of mine on your hearts and on your souls, and you shall bind them as a sign upon your arms and they shall be ornaments between your eyes. And you shall teach them to your children to discuss them, when you sit in your house and when you go on the way, and when you lie down and when rise up. And you shall write them upon the doorposts of your house and upon your gates, in order to prolong your days and the days of your children upon the good land that God swore to your fathers to give them, like the days of Heaven over earth.
Mezuzah – Front Door Mezuzah – Side Door
Mezuzot – Classrooms (some were made by our Religious School students)
Shofar (ram’s horn) used on the High Holy Days
The Havdalah Set (wine cup, braided candle holder, spice box) are used at the end of Shabbat and Holidays.
This hat represents the city of Jerusalem. It was designed by a London artist. Donated by Naomi Stambler in honour of her children.
At first this mobile seems to have no organized shape, but when it rotates in the wind, you can catch a glimpse of the Star of David. It is a reminder that opportunities for holiness are all around, but sometimes it takes a while to recognize them. Donated by Linda & Walter Zimmerman.
This wall hanging says “And Sarah Laughed”. It was made by the mother of a Bat Mitzvah in honour of her Torah portion.
The Brownstone Scupltures
bronze casts of scuptures by TI member Ellen Brownstone, donated in her memory
Shackle by TI member Thelma Rosner