Ficus (fig)

$40.00

Availability: 1 in stock

I have a lot of house plants and one of the oldest is a ficus tree. Ocassionaly I have to prune a branch to keep it from falling over and this mezuzah comes from a recent pruning.

Approximate dimensions: 4″ h x 7/8″w x 1/2″ thick.

The slot for the scroll is 5/16″w x 5/16″d x 3 1/4″h.

7cm kosher scrolls will fit.

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The mezuzah comes in a crisp new cotton filled gift box and includes a non-kosher photocopied scroll, nails for hanging, and a twelve page mini booklet in English or Spanish with lots of information about mezuzahs.

I carve the Hebrew letter shin spontaneously, directly into the wood, according to the grain patterns and shape of the branch. and then paint it with high quality U.V. resistant black paint. These mezuzahs will last a long time (mine is over thirty years old and shows no sign of wear and tear) in a sheltered doorway. Exposed to the elements, they may develop a weathered look.

I will gladly refund or exchange any mezuzah for any reason, at any time, no questions asked.

How do you hang a mezuzah? Where does it go? Slanting in or slanting out or straight up and down? What is the meaning of the scroll inside? How is it used? What is it for?

There are many things you can learn by owning and using a mezuzah. If you were raised Jewish, in a secular way, as I was, it can teach you more deeply of your own tradition. If you are a practicing Jew, you already know that hanging mezuzot on the doorposts of your home full-fills one of the sacred obligations of Judaism; and if you are just discovering your Jewish origins, or want to come to Judaism, or simply want to share this one beautiful custom, the mezuzah will take you as far as you want to go.

Once you own a mezuzah carved from the branch of a tree that was gathered by a person who found meaning in the object and continues to find meaning in the making, my hope is that you will feel a little more connected to nature, to history, to yourself and to me. When you see the mezuzah, or touch it, you are making contact with yourself and with more than yourself.

I have made well over a thousand mezuzahs from tree branches. No two are exactly the same. They vary one to the next like people’s faces differ one to the next, sometimes markedly and sometimes subtly. Maybe that’s why I never tire of making them.

When I started making mezuzot in 1990, I knew very little about them. I didn’t know that much about Jewish law either. All of my grandparents were Orthodox but my Jewish studies were very limited.

I started carving mezuzahs and immediately started learning.

First thing was the Hebrew letter shin. As I carved my first shin, copying it from another mezuzah, I began to feel the shape of it, the feeling of it. I learned there are many ways to represent the letter. But what did the shin represent? I learned that each of the Hebrew letters has its own meaning. I began to have a relationship with the Hebrew language I never had before.

Shin is the first letter in the word “Shaddai”. one of the names for God. “Shaddai” also translates as “my breast”.

Reviews

H., Owings Mills, Maryland, USA
Piñón
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Great seller, great experience, and GREAT PRODUCT! The Mezuzah was shipped super quickly and was even more beautiful than the pictures. Hershel even reached out to me after shipment to make sure everything had been delivered and without incident. This level of costumer service is rare today. I can't say enough good things about this store.
M.C., Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA
Piñón
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Beautifully and thoughtfully crafted to highlight the connectedness it symbolizes. Thank you, Hershel - we will treasure as part of our home!
J.L., Albuquerque, NM, USA
Piñón
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“I'm ecstatic with the wonderful, magical Mezuzah! It's beautiful and I love it!”
C.L., Atlanta, Georgia, USA
Aspen
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“I have bought 12 mezuzahs from Hershel Weiss, all for a family lake house cabin. They are magnificent! Rustic and unique, each one carved by hand from unique wood. What an amazing find!”
R.P., Veedersburg, Indiana, USA
Willow
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“The mezuzah is beautiful, such wonderful craftsmanship and care. The packaging and enclosed booklet are just as special and part of the keepsake to go along with the mezuzah. Highly recommend this shop.”
Gabe, Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, USA
Rhododendron
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“Beautiful one of a kind work! Sturdy, just enough room for a klaf, and looks great by my front door. A welcome reminder of the Sh'ma as I enter and leave my house. Shipped out very promptly and arrived with an instructional pamphlet and specific information about where the wood came from. Very happy to see such unique Judaica being made in the US. I will be telling my friends about Hershel's shop.”
G.G., Rockaway Beach, New York, USA
Olive
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“Absolutely beautiful and thoughtfully made. Our friends (now married) were so happy to have this after they moved to London.”
J.F., Crockett, California, USA
Piñón
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“It is even more beautiful in person than in the photos. It arrived sooner than expected and was beautifully packaged. I’m glad it’s with our family now. But this would make a perfect gift for a new family or new home.”
E.K., Katona, New York, USA
Ponderosa Pine
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“We have seen and owned many mezuzahs. This is quite unique and beautiful....we hope that it brings the peace and calm that we felt from your description into our children’s home for many years.”
K.L.-S., Dallas, NC, USA
Plum
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“Absolutely love it. Simple but poignant. I worried a lot about cultural appropriation before this but I realized that it's what's inside that's important. I replaced the included scroll with a prayer/blessing of my own.”
J.H., Hixon, Tennessee, USA
Peach
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“I received the Mezuzah and am so pleased. It is so unique. Packaged so well also. Definitely will be ordering more for family/friends.”
M.D., Virginia Beach, Virginia
Lilac
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“Very nice mezuzah, well packaged and received on time. Thank you”
B.L., Beacon, New York, USA
Lilac
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“How could anyone find a flaw in this super finely crafted mezuzah?”
V.T.G., Venice, Florida, USA
Common Buckthorne
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“I liked the one I bought as a gift so much that I ordered one for my new home.”
D.B.
Ponderosa pine
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“I love how unique and special this looks in my doorway. The service was great too, it shipped in a day or two of ordering and it didn’t take long to arrive. I am really pleased overall. :)”
R.C., Phoenix, Arizona, USA
Mesquite
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“Thank you for the care and love you put into these! I have bought two now. Their simple natural beauty is paired with very fine craftsmanship. I can't imagine a more perfect mezuzah for our family cabin.”
M.S., Portland, Oregon, USA
Olive
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“Shipped very quickly and looks great!”
V.T.G., Venice, Florida, USA
Juniper
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“You have again produced a most beautiful and one of a kind mezuzah case.”
S.L.B., Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA
Peach
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“Beautiful! We love these mezuzot and ordered this one as a gift. Always pleased with Hershel's outstanding craftsmanship.”
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