Yehiel Hadany

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Yehiel Hadany (1914 – 1999) was a metal artist whose design helped define the “modern look” of the State of Israel in the late 20th century. 

Hadany was born in Poland to a Chassidic family (Danovitch) and made aliyah to Israel in 1939. In the 1960s, he opened a studio at 77 Ben Yehuda in Tel Aviv and then moved the studio to Jerusalem. Today, his works can be found in the Israel Museum.

Hadany is known for using ancient Hebrew letters in his work. He worked in bronze, brass, silver plate and sterling silver.

Hadany’s mezuzahs are hard to identify since he did not sign his works. Instead, he put a Hadany sticker on them. These often peel off. As a result, you have to be familiar with Hadany’s style and works to identify his items. I have identified ten mezuzah cases made by Hadany. Four of these are found in Belle Rosenbaum’s book “Upon Thy Doorposts”.

 

Yehiel Hadany