This mezuzah is part of a new series from Mi Polin titled “Mezuzah from this house.” Before World War II, Poland had 3.5 million Jewish inhabitants as well a few million mezuzot. Almost all of the Jews and their mezuzot perished during the war, with only traces and empty holes remaining today in the place of mezuzahs.“Mezuzah from this house” is a bronze cast of the traces left behind and commemorates the Jewish lives of pre-war Poland. Each mezuzah has an engraved letter Shin and the address where the trace was found on the side. After sitting untouched for many years, these mezuzot can now fulfill their holy function again.
The story behind this mezuzah:
Lódz, Rewolucji 18 st, Lodzkie region
While searching for mezuzah traces in Lodz´, in the workshop of bookbinder at Rewolucji 18, Mi Polin found a mezuzah containing a scroll. The owner of the workshop agreed that they could take this mezuzah but after that she said that she would prefer this mezuzah to remain in that place."Because this mezuzah has grown into this place and when I found out what it is I would feel inexplicably sad when it’s gone,” she explains. Immediately after this conversation Mi Polin remembered the great Rabbi Remuh (Moshe Isserles) of Cracow predicted such an event centuries ago. He decreed that if removing mezuzahs would be received by the new tenants as an expression of lack of confidence in them, it should be left in the name of preserving good relations between Jews and non-Jews. Now the current owner of the workshop is responsible for the mezuzah, which can be seen by anyone who wants.
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.