Lion-heart of your Home
Judaism is a faith not confined to synagogues. Within the comfort and familiarity of the home, Jewish families also strive for spirituality. A mezuzah mounted on the doorpost designates the home as Jewish, reminding the faithful of their connection to their faith and their heritage.
Intent on upholding the rituals and traditions that she and her siblings enjoyed growing up in a conservative Jewish family in Detroit, Lisa Van Allsburg set out to create a gallery-worthy collection of mezuzahs, Shabbat candlesticks, Kiddush cups and Seder plates. Her Forgotten Judaica collection evolved from the word neshoma, meaning "our spiritual soul."
Her husband - writer and illustrator Chris Van Allsburg - chose the lion for his mezuzah cover for its strength and fortitude. He wanted the animal's face to hang straight on the door jamb, but since Jewish law requires that the scroll be slanted his solution was to build a slanted vessel on the back of each mezuzah. The result is a delightfully expressive and unique piece that is sure delight guests and dwellers upon every entry. Hand-cast by Chris Van Allsburg in Detroit, Michigan.