Hand in Hand Mezuzah – “In the Name of G-d”
Hand in Hand K-12 are centers for Arab-Jewish education in Israel. Deeply inspired by their mission to create a shared society in Israel, I wanted to create a mezuzah case that would reflect their interfaith advocacy and be of benefit to their schools.
I asked Islamic artist Nabeela Sajjad— if she would provide some of her stunning Arabic calligraphy for the piece. She donated three versions and I picked the one stating “In the Name of G-d.” So many horrible atrocities happen in the name of G-d, that I wanted this piece to be about drawing attention to the people here and now who are healing those wounds.
My husband David Casella contributed to this project by suggesting I pierce out the Arabic calligraphy (in negative space) so that the Hebrew on the Torah scroll inside the case may be visible through the Arabic calligraphy.
I have donated a mezuzah case with kosher scroll to each of the five schools in Israel. 10% of sales of this piece will benefit Hand in Hand K -12. Each mezuzah will come with information about the schools. Stay tuned for a blog post with more information.