Bronze "Hare" Rabbit Mezuzah
This lifelike hare escapes in one bound, and heads for home.
Designed by Chris and Lisa Van Allsburg of Forgotten Judaica in their studio in Massachusetts.
The artist speaks: "'Z'ev Wolf Meir's, Der Hare.' Inspired by the Moss Haggadah designed and illuminated by David Moss. A rabbit appears on one page [several times]...in the claws of various eagles representing oppressors of Jews—except in the last one where the rabbit escapes and survives. The Rabbit is the agile one, the one who can go under barbed wire or squeeze through a narrow passageway. The Rabbit is the Jew who escapes, who survives. The visual of the rabbit (the Hare) was so potent that my husband set out to sculpt the animal that evening."
Dimensions: 5 inches
Materials: cast bronze
An enduring symbol of safety and protection for all who dwell within a home, a mezuzah consists of a prayer scroll in a decorative case, which is affixed to the front door jamb (and sometimes to interior doorposts as well). They make an especially good gift for a wedding or housewarming.