Mi Polin Bronze Mezuzah - TRACHIMBROD Tree Trace

Price: $300.00
In Stock

Cast Bronze
Approximately 4.25" long, 1.25" wide
Made in Poland

Artisans Aleksander Prugar and Helena Czernek, of Mi Polin, 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, with the address of the trace engraved on the size of the mezuzah. Behind each cast mezuzah is a slot for inserting a scroll. When you affix the mezuzah to your doorframe, you fill the emptiness and give it a second life. Touching the mezuzah activates a link between past and present. Kosher scroll is not included.

The history of Trochenbrod shtetl (also called Zofiówka) ended during WW 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 to mold. 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…

Mi Polin means “from Poland” in Hebrew. Mi Polin is the first brand that designs and produces Judaica in Poland since the end of World War II, the Holocaust, and 45 years of communism. Mi Polin is a contemporary design studio specializing in Jewish objects, branding for Jewish institutions, and graphic design. Their design refers to "hiddur micva", which demands that ritual artifacts be beautiful, but also emphasizes their multi-faceted nature. Mi Polin was founded by Aleksander Prugar and Helena Czernek. 

Learn more about the "Mezuzah from the Home" project here:


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