December 19 -- Hanukkah Traditions and a Handmade Mezuzah


Update: This time, the winner came from Russia: comment #51 in the Russian blog!


This year, December 20 marks the beginning of another major holiday tradition: Hanukkah starts at sunset tomorrow. Even though Hanukkah is a relatively minor Jewish holiday, in Christian societies it is often celebrated in a way to rival Christmas. Gifts are given each day for the entire eight days, and candles are lit on the hanukkiyah, or Hanukkah menorah.


To celebrate the Hanukkah season, today we are raffling off a beautiful work of Jewish art, hand-crafted by Atlanta-based artist Megan Trace Tenenbaum.


Mezuzah is the Hebrew word for 'doorpost'. In Jewish tradition, a mezuzah is a decorative case to hold a printed version of the central prayer of Shema Yisrael, which is then attached to the doorframe or entrance to a room or house.


Megan Trace Tenenbaum creates gorgeous mezuzahs that blend religious tradition with artistic craftsmanship, new with old. She even created a special page on her website just for the Jimdo Holiday Bash!




As always, comment below or retweet for a chance to win!



Comments: 14 (Discussion closed)

  • #1

    Robin Hebert (Monday, 19 December 2011 09:51)

    I remember those on doors in my neighborhood! (Brooklyn)

  • #2

    laviadellartista (Monday, 19 December 2011 12:21)


  • #3

    kiwichendeluxe (Monday, 19 December 2011 14:47)


  • #4

    Stephen Roche (Monday, 19 December 2011 16:36)

    I love Larry David's line about the mezuzah:

    "This is like a Jewish thing, you know, we put it over the door so every anti-Semite in the neighborhood will know that we live here in case they want to burn down the house."

  • #5

    Amanda D (Monday, 19 December 2011 17:21)

    Love this Meg!! I really need a Mezuzah for my apartment! I have looked everywhere in the DC metro area and haven't had any luck! This would be a great present for the New Year!! :)

  • #6

    Tori Cheifetz (Monday, 19 December 2011 18:00)

    Excellent! :) Your mezuzot are gorgeous!

  • #7

    Corinne (Monday, 19 December 2011 18:04)

    Beautiful, Megs!! So proud of u. Auntie Cor

  • #8

    Tom Allen (Monday, 19 December 2011 18:12)

    Very well made. I learn something new every day!

  • #9

    Mary Hollis Griffith (Monday, 19 December 2011 18:33)

    i love this and i love you.

  • #10

    J. F. F. R. (Monday, 19 December 2011)

    Gloria Gaynor I Love You Baby: <iframe width="960" height="750" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>

  • #11

    J. F. F. R. (Monday, 19 December 2011 18:54)

    Gloria Gaynor I Love You Baby ¡sorry =

  • #12

    Alison Hirsch (Monday, 19 December 2011 19:40)

    Megan, your work is beautiful! Hope I get to see you soon!

  • #13

    John Lowry-King (Monday, 19 December 2011 19:57)

    Blessings on your house, Jimdo, for providing such a great product to your customers!

  • #14

    Melissa Brody (Monday, 19 December 2011 21:30)

    Megan! I was looking at your website last night because I want to buy a mezuzah for two close friends who recently got engaged and have even more recently gotten in touch with their inner Jewish spirituality! All of your work is absolutely gorgeous!