(Zaporizhia Regional Museum of Culture and Traditions)
Mezuza is a the parchment scroll with the text of the prayer "Shema Yisrael" enclosed in the case.
Mezuzah #1
In the case of rectangular shape made of tin-plate the parchment scroll with the text of two passages of prayer "Shema Yisrael" taken from the Torah (Deuteronomy 6:4-9, Deuteronomy 11:13-21) is folded. On the outside of the scroll the Hebrew letters "Shin", "Dalet" and "Yud" that form the name of Almighty could be seen (according to the another idea it is the acronym of the words "Shomer Dlatot Yisrael" that means "The Guardian of the doors of Israel").
Museum / institution
Zaporizhia Regional Museum of Culture and Traditions
Inventory number in the institution
В -4132
History, source, type and date of acquisition
From the family of Berdichevsky Izya Markovich and his wife Ostafiyeva Lyubov Davidovna.
Production period
riveting, manuscript
Technique, comment
Text of the mezuzah is written by sofer with black indelible ink and quill pen on the parchment made of skin of kosher animal. The dimensions of the scroll are 13 cm x 14.5 cm.
Religious holiday / lifecycle
for use in residence
Religious holiday / lifecycle, comment
The mezuzah should be placed on the right-hand side (when entering the room) of the door or doorpost in the upper third of the doorpost of rooms in Jewish home in a position at a slight angle, with the top of the Mezuzah pointing toward the inside of the room with blessing. A special love for this commandment from the Torah (Deuteronomy 9:6, Deuteronomy 11:20) is demonstrated when at the entrance to the room religious Jews put their hand to mezuzah and kiss it thinking for a moment about the unity of Almighty and observance of His commandments.
the beginning of XIX - end of XIX
metal, parchment
Dimensions, cm
width: 4.50, height: 1.00, length: 18.70
Inscriptions, marks, initials
Parchment stained, damaged at the edges, the rust on the tin-plate.
Preservation condition
Restoration is recommended.
Current location
on display
Since when displayed (year and month, the name of the exhibition or exposure)
з 1994 року