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I started MezuzahCollector.com in March of 2023 to help others learn about mezuzahs and the people who make them.  I have been collecting mezuzah cases for many years and often heard about “a guy named Ron from LA” who also collected mezuzahs cases. We often bid against each other at auction.  Ron and I met recently and my jaw dropped when I saw his collection. Ron has spent the past forty years putting together the best collection of mezuzahs on the planet. Ron and I share a passion for sharing our knowledge and collections with others so we have joined forces. Our hope is to find an institution that will house our collection and share it with the world.

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Robin Lissak

Mezuzah Collector

I collect mezuzah cases (in hebrew batei mezuzot). I’m a collector not a dealer. 

By background, my career is in high tech and management consulting. I am fortunate to spend my time in the US and Israel.

I collect mezuzah cases designed and handcrafted by artists and I enjoy meeting them to learn about their work. I remember the thrill that I felt when I showed Arie Ofir one of his mezuzahs in my collection and he showed me the sketchbook from the 1970s with the design of that mezuzah.

I spend hours with artists and enjoy learning about them and what drives them. There’s nothing better than an email from an artist that says “your mezuzah is ready”. I love opening up a box with a new mezuzah in it. I’ve been lucky enough to meet with Laura Cowan, Eran Ben Yelid, Arie Ofir, Anika Smulovitz, Rhonda Kap and Frann Addison over the past year. 

I also love to buy at auction. There are 5000 mezuzahs listed on eBay and I wait for great deals that come up regularly. Most of the people who sell me heirlooms on eBay have no idea what they are selling. I bought my Swed mezuzah from a scrap metal dealer on eBay for $50. The key is that I spend a lot of time studying about artists and their works.

I started this website to teach others how to collect mezuzahs. Almost all of the mezuzah cases I show are from my collection. Jonathan Greenstein shared some photos of mezuzah cases by Ilya Schor and a few artists offered me better quality photos than I was able to take myself. But, what you see here with a few exception is from my collection or Ron’s.  am always looking to meet new collectors, artists and dealers so feel free to reach out to me.

I love art and I love being Jewish. I combine the two by collecting Judaic works of art. I like my mezuzahs to be big and bold so they can be seen and make a statement that I am proud to be Jewish.

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Ron Kurstin

Mezuzah COllector

In the winter of 1984, while traveling through Israel with my daughter Lisa, we happened upon a small antique shop in the heart of the Old City of Jerusalem.  Despite the musty and dark appearance of this storefront, I felt an attraction to the objects featured inside.  I decided to take a careful look and found a treasure trove of menorahs, Jewish artifacts and ceremonial art objects.  I felt particularly drawn to the mezuzahs for their beauty.  The pricing was surprisingly affordable, and so I couldn’t help but purchase several.    

Once back home, I found myself drawn to examine and revisit these objects frequently, enjoying the unique beauty of each mezuzah and wondering about the origin of each item.  Clearly each mezuzah has a story behind it, both in terms of the talented artist responsible for its design and fabrication, along with those who owned the mezuzah and used it to practice their form of Judaism and worship.  It wasn’t long before my modest collection became an obsession of the heart, inspiring me to expand my collection and spend time researching and learning about these sacred items, many of which have been retained within families and passed down for generations.

Today, my collection consists of several thousand mezuzahs.  On this website, you will find approximately 135 of my most treasured examples, representing works that date from as early as the mid-1800s to the present day.   They have originated in places spanning the globe – from eastern Europe to the middle east and well beyond.  Several of them have been displayed in museums in Europe and the USA.

My ultimate dream is to find a museum where these treasured objects can be shared and enjoyed by others.