And With These Words Shall You Bind Your Hand
© Beth Grossman 2006
Mezuzah carved from wooden soup ladle, leather strap, prayer scroll
16”h x 4”w x 2”d

A mezuzah (from the Hebrew for "doorpost") is a small parchment inscribed with prayer. The parchment is rolled up, placed in a decorative case, and attached to the doorpost of Jewish homes. The mezuzah serves as a reminder of the concept of Shalom Bayit (peace at home) and is a symbol of Jewish identity.

Commonly, a Jew entering a home or synagogue will touch the mezuzah with their hand and kiss the fingertips that touched it. This carved hand mezuzah provides an opportunity to make a connection with the sacred, like a hand shake before entering a new space.