Mi Polin Bronze Mezuzah - TRACHIMBROD Tree Trace

Price: $300.00
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This mezuzah is a part of the Mi Polin "Mezuzah From This Home" project. Artisans Aleksander Prugar and Helena Czernek travel across Poland to find traces of mezuzahs from the pre-war homes of the country's millions of vanished Jews. They then cast these traces in bronze. The casts symbolize the emptiness of now-vacant homes, the remembrance of those who lived there, and the reclaiming of the mezuzah. When you affix the mezuzah to your doorframe, you fill its emptiness and give it a second life. Touching the mezuzah activates a link between past and present.

Each mezuzah is cast in bronze, with a Shin and the place where it was cast engraved on the side. It has an open space in the back for a scroll. (Use the drop-down menu to purchase your mezuzah with or without a scroll.)

Learn more about the "Mezuzah from the Home" project in this Times of Israel article.

This bronze cast commemorates the Jewish people who lived in Trochenbrod shtetl.

The history of Trochenbrod shtetl (also called Zofiówka) ended during World War II when Germans and Ukrainians murdered almost all of the inhabitants and burned the buildings to the ground. Trochenbrod was never rebuilt. There was nobody left to rebuild it. There was nobody to rebuild it for.

"We usually mold the traces of mezuzah, but in Trochenbrod we found no traces. Yet we wanted to make a mezuzah that would connect the past with the present, the family with their former house. We found the oldest tree that remembered those times, and we made molds from pieces of it. The tree, though burned on the inside, is still alive, as is the memory of Trochenbrod among the descendants of those who survived…"

Dimensions: 4.25 x 1.25 inches
Material: Bronze
Made in Poland.

Mi Polin, meaning “from Poland” in Hebrew, is the first brand that designs and produces Judaica in Poland since the end of World War II, the Holocaust, and forty-five years of Communism. This contemporary design studio specializes in Jewish objects, branding for Jewish institutions, and graphic design. Their design references "hiddur micva" (a Slavic transliteration of “mitzvah”), which demands that ritual artifacts be beautiful, while also emphasizing their multi-faceted nature. Mi Polin was founded by Aleksander Prugar and Helena Czernek.

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