When Ben was about 5 years old, I met him as a student, in one of my art classes. Absolutely one of the cutest, smartest, funniest kids I've known. He drew pictures, complete with stories, that he would pull from his mind. At dinner, my family had to listen to me tell about this wonderful, talented child I had the pleasure of being with. His mother, who also is multi talented, funny and just fun to be with, and I have become friends. I’ve been invited to Ben’s Bar Mitzvah this month. I’m making him a Mezuzah. The pictures are in progress, I haven't applied the gold and copper leaf. His mother is getting the prayer to place inside.
mezuzah |məˈzoŏzə| (also mezuza)
noun ( pl. mezuzahs or mezuzas or mezuzot or mezuzoth |məˈzoŏzōt|)
a parchment inscribed with religious texts and attached in a case to the doorpost of a Jewish house as a sign of faith.
ORIGIN mid 17th cent.: from Hebrew mĕzūzāh ‘doorpost.’