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A Mezuzah case is a decorative protective case that holds a parchment inscribed with specified Hebrew verses from the Torah in the book of Deuteronomy from the verses of 6:4-9 and 11:13-21. These verses are inscribed on the parchment scroll including, Sha-dai, one of God’s name, which is inscribed on the other side of the scroll. These verses include the classic Jewish prayer "Shema Yisrael" that describes our love to God and emphasize our belief in the oneness of God.

"Hear, O Israel, the LORD our God, the LORD is One"
A Mezuzah is literally translated as “doorpost”, thus it is affixed to the doorframe in Jewish homes to fulfill the Mitzvah to inscribe the words of the Shema on the doorposts of your house. It is also a Jewish Law requirement to place a Mezuzah on every Jewish doorway in the home not including the bathrooms.
“And you shall inscribe them upon the doorposts of your house and upon your gates.”
The parchment is prepared by a qualified scribe a "sofer stam" who has gone through many years of meticulous studying and training that intricate laws of Jewish scroll writing and the verses are written in black indelible ink using a specific quill. The parchment is then rolled up and arranged in the case.

The Mezuzah needs to be placed inside a protective case. The parchment is then rolled from left to right, in order for the name of God, “Sha-dai,” to be seen at the front. It is then arranged with the right side up inside the case, showing in front the “Sha-dai”. If a Mezuzah case is not available, you can use a thick paper to wrap the Mezuzah, or you can use some other thick material.
However, the actual case is not really necessary. Yet, many do place the scroll in a case to protect it from the weather. Other people make use of the plainest case attainable to emphasize that the beauty of the Mezuzah is not because of the case, but what is written in the actual parchment.

Mezuzahs are often acquired from a Jewish scribe or a Jewish store already rolled and encased. It is important to make sure you get your Mezuzahs from a reliable source, in order for you to be sure that it has been arranged the right way. There are times that Mezuzah cases are sold fraudulently, with a xeroxed paper scroll which doesn't carry out the commandment, or are even entirely empty.

There is so much variety when it comes to Mezuzah cases nowadays, from unadorned plastic cases that cost a few dollars to artistically decorated cases in a range of valuable materials. While it is a good thing to decorate any Mitzvah, remember that the most important thing is to invest in the quality and “beauty” of the scroll inside and what is written on it.
When purchasing a Mezuzah to be placed outside your home make sure that it shields the Mezuzah scroll from the weather. Nonetheless, in numerous circumstances the outdoor Mezuzah is in fact protected from the weather by an overhang or a storm door. If that's the case, there’s no need to limit yourself in buying a Mezuzah case that is waterproof.

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Floral Print Mezuzah Case by Laura Cowan
Floral Print Mezuzah Case by Laura Cowan
Price:$75.00

Artist Laura Cowan is passionate about creating Judaica items in a contemporary design that will be attractive to Jews everywhere.

Her black and white floral Mezuzah case made from glass and anodized aluminum displays a pretty flower print with a silver colored band at the top and the base. It will look stunning at the entrance to any room with a black and white décor theme.
Blue Sea Design Mezuzah Case by Laura Cowan
Blue Sea Design Mezuzah Case by Laura Cowan
Price:$75.00

A Laura Cowan Mezuzah case radiates atmosphere, evokes memories and inspires respect. Here, her picturesque blue seascape Mezuzah displays a magnificent calming sea photograph taken during a trip to Panama. The silver colored lid is made from anodized aluminum giving the picture a perfect finish.

A Mezuzah to bless your home and bring lots of admiring comments.
Golden Lid Scroll Mezuzah Case by Laura Cowan
Golden Lid Scroll Mezuzah Case by Laura Cowan
Price:$75.00

Are you curious to know what is written on the parchment scroll inside the Mezuzah case. Laura Cowan’s design provides the answer. A photograph of the text is clearly visible under the glass cover. Gold colored anodized aluminum top and base give a luxurious finish to this magnificent Mezuzah case.

This is not a substitute for the insertion of a genuine Mezuzah parchment.
Silver Colored Lid Scroll Mezuzah Case by Laura Cowan
Silver Colored Lid Scroll Mezuzah Case by Laura Cowan
Price:$75.00

Laura Cowan hopes that her Mezuzah cases will be noticed and acknowledged as an important item of Judaica.

Here is her Scroll Mezuzah made especially for those who are wondering what’s hidden inside a regular Mezuzah case! On the cover, she has reproduced a Mezuzah parchment scroll. The aluminum gold lid gives it a majestic finish. Of course, it still needs a Kosher Mezuzah parchment inside.
Silver/White Wood and Pewter Mezuzah by Ester Shahaf
Silver/White Wood and Pewter Mezuzah by Ester Shahaf
Price:$78.50

Bring a touch of Oriental charm and mystique to your home with this gleaming silver Mezuzah case handcrafted by Judaica artist Ester Shahaf in her studio in Israel. Admire the curved flow, the angular lines and the intricately beaded star forms shapes. The traditional shin letter in the center skillfully follows the curving theme.

Will hold scrolls up to 4”/ 10 cm length.
Metal Shuttle Mezuzah Case by Laura Cowan
Metal Shuttle Mezuzah Case by Laura Cowan
Price:$118.00

“I want to create contemporary pieces that will encourage modern Jews to practice Jewish rituals,” declares artist Laura Cowan.  Here it is – a sleek space age Mezuzah case in white metal with the “shin” letter etched in an exclusive font from the artist – a Mezuzah that will be noticed and admired wherever it is attached.
Jet Steel Mezuzah Case by Laura Cowan
Jet Steel Mezuzah Case by Laura Cowan
Price:$118.00

For Laura Cowan, past and present blend to create a meaningful future. Her white steel Mezuzah case with its space age design expresses how the Biblical Jewish Mezuzah has a place in the modern home.

“It is difficult to say what is impossible, for the dream of yesterday is the hope of today and reality of tomorrow.” (Robert Goddard – 1963)
Apollo Mezuzah case by Laura Cowan
Apollo Mezuzah case by Laura Cowan
Price:$180.00

This striking Laura Cowan Mezuzah made from durable weather-resistant pewter will look stunning on the doorpost at the entrance to your home. Its rocket shape is a nostalgic reminder of the vast world of outer space that is far from our homes.

Laura Cowan’s mezuzah became part of the temporary home of Jewish astronaut Greg Chamitoff when he took it with him during his voyage into space on Expedition 17.
Green Orb Mezuzah Case by Laura Cowan
Green Orb Mezuzah Case by Laura Cowan
Price:$180.00

Artist Laura Cowan invites you to observe the traditional Mezuzah commandment in contemporary style.

Using her own unique technique, Laura has produced a mystical green shaded Mezuzah case of patinated copper, colored similar to the stones of Eilat. The white sterling silver rings are reminiscent of the ring system of the Saturn planet – a reminder of the vast world of outer space waiting to be discovered.