FOOD FUN: Mezuzah Sushi
A mezuzah created as sushi, at Catch | NYC.
First, let us state emphatically that no disrespect is intended to any devout observers who might take umbrage at a mezuzah turned into food as humor.
Personally, we were charmed by this sushi mezuzah, from the Facebook page of Catch | NYC; we had to share it.
It was published during Rosh Hashanah of last year, but we didn’t see it until the holiday was over. Our guess is that it was easier to make a sushi mezuzah than a sushi shofar.
Since the Jewish new year, Rosh Hashanah, begins tomorrow night, we saved it to share with you.
A mezuzah, literally the Hebrew word for doorpost, is a small, handwritten parchment scroll, rolled up and housed in a long, narrow, decorated case of metal, wood, glass, ceramic or other durable material.
Mezuzahs are affixed to the doorposts of Jewish homes, designating the home as Jewish and reminding those who live there of their connection to God and their heritage.
Mezuzahs fulfill the Biblical commandment to “write [the words of God] on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates*” (Deuteronomy 6:9).
The scroll contains the first two verses of the Shema Yisrael a section of the Torah, the central reference document of Judaism. The Shema serves as a centerpiece of the morning and evening Jewish prayer services.
These words are handwritten in Hebrew by an expert scribe, who is trained in the regulations involved in writing a mezuzah scroll.
Here’s more about it.
*Some interpret Jewish law to require a mezuzah on the doorway of every room* in the home. The exceptions are bathrooms (which are not living spaces), laundry rooms, closets and areas that are too small to qualify as rooms.