October 25, 2001
In these patriotic times, everyone -- from the fashion industry to the jewelry industry -- is capitalizing on the American flag motif.
So it should come as no surprise that someone believes that Jews will want to display the flag too, in the most unlikely of places: religious articles.
Judaism.com is offering the USA Mezuzah case, a pewter- or gold-finish scroll-holder, featuring the Stars and Stripes of the American flag. "For those who love America as much as they love Jewish tradition," the Web site advertises.
"The USA Mezuzah expresses our sentiments as American Jews," writes Shlomo Perelman, president of Judaism.com "The American flag symbolizes the freedom to live without fear -- One nation under God. By attaching a mezuzah to the doorposts of our homes, a Jew protects the lives and property of those who dwell within. The USA Mezuzah demonstrates our commitment to Jewish tradition while affirming our allegiance to this country that we love," he adds.
Designed by American artist Robin Kimball as a response to the events of Sept. 11, the 4-inch by 1.5-inch-wide mezuzah is made from a cast of polymer clay, will hold a 2.75 inch scroll and sells for $49.95. (10 percent of all sales will be donated to the United Jewish Communities Relief Fund for relief of Sept. 11 victims.)
Perelman says he expects that other products that blend American patriotism and Judaism will soon hit the market.
Up next: Flag phylacteries?