I visited Oded Davidson at his studio at the House of Quality at 12 Derech Hebron in Jerusalem in May 2024. Oded makes unique, hand fabricated and cast works of Judaica. He is one of the few Judaica silversmiths who still make their items by hand, one at a time. He does this at a time when many silversmiths today have focused on ways to mass produce their works.

Oded’s work combines Jewish tradition and modernity. Many of the themes of his work comes from the Old Testament  and he often shows the modern world we live in too. For example, one of the mezuzahs that you will see soon has an image of a building with a satellite dish on it.

I bought three mezuzahs from Oded. All three are unique, fabricated by hand and made of sterling silver.

This mezuzah has a Hebrew inscription which is often used as a blessing for a home:ברוך אתה בבאך וברוך אתה בצאתך book of Deuteronomy chapter 28 verse 6. In English this rougly translates into You will be blessed when you go in and blessed when you go out. (Baruch ata beboecha v’baruch ata betzetecha).  The image created by Davidson shows angels going up and down a ladder.

The mezuzah is made of Sterling silver, hallmarked Oded in Hebrew and marked 925 sterling on the front bottom. The weight is 78 grams. and the length is 5.5 inches. 

This mezuzah depicts the Twelve Tribes of Israel. Jacob had twelve sons who became the twelve tribes of Israel. They are; Reuven, Shimon, Levi, Yehuda, Issachar, Zevulun, Dan, Naphtali, Gad, Asher, Joseph and Benjamin. Each tribe is shown in a rectangle on the mezuzah with a image and the name of the tribe in Hebrew below. The top of the mezuzah forms the Hebrew letter shin which is the first letter of the Hebrew acronym shadai שׁדי for shomer delatot Israel or the Guardian of the doors of Israel.

The weight is 147 grams and the length is 7.5 inches. It is signed Oded Davidson Jerusalem 925 on the side.

Inscription in Hebrew” ואתה שלום וביתך שלום וכל אשר שלך שלום Book of Samuel A, Chapter 25, verse 6 translated as Peace to you, to your family and to all that is yours. There is a Hebrew letter shin at the top of the mezuzah with the image of a dove. In Judaism, the dove symbolizes peace, healing and hope for a better world.

There are three images in the mezuzahs. The top image represents the home. The middle represents the family and the third image represents the State of Israel. Note the buildings in the bottom image. They are modern and one of them has a satellite dish on its roof.

The weight of the mezuzah is 74 grams and the length is 7.5 inches. Note the modern buildings in the bottom scene. 

For more information on Oded Davidson, please check his listing in the artist directory.

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