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Jerusalem - World's Largest Mezuzah' Affixed At Western Wall Entrance

Published on: August 28, 2012 09:49 AM
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 Western Wall Rabbi Shmuel Rabinowitz with businessman Shmuel Flato-Sharon unveiling of the Mezuzah Western Wall Rabbi Shmuel Rabinowitz with businessman Shmuel Flato-Sharon unveiling of the Mezuzah

Jerusalem - What may be the world’s largest mezuzah was affixed at the gate of the upper entrance to the Kotel plaza Monday. The mezuzah was contributed by philanthropist Shmuel Flato-Sharon.

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Arutz Sheva reports  The Kotel’s mammoth mezuzah was written by Sofer Rav Zalman Michaelshvilli, and checked by the Kotel Sofer Rav Israel Gottlieb. Its design was influenced by the work of surrealist Spanish artist Salvador Dali.

The bronze mezuzah is 1.4 meters long, 25 cm. wide, and weighs 40 kg. The parchment is 60 cm. high.


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 Aug 28, 2012 at 10:01 AM enlightened-yid Says:

Checking it will be easy on the eyes and they don't have to worry about someone stealing it because it will stand out on an apartment door.

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 Aug 28, 2012 at 10:18 AM Yakov Says:

Do we find anywhere in the 100's of episodes and stories in Tenaach, that anyone ever, put onto his hand, or took off, or Wrote, or lost, or found, a Mezuzah or Tefillin or a Sefer Torah.
On the Choimas yerusholaim for sure not.

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 Aug 28, 2012 at 12:03 PM Sarak Says:

now some rich jew will have to outdo this and hang a even bigger one

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 Aug 28, 2012 at 12:23 PM boruch Mordechai Verona Says:

Chabad has a strange tradition about big public menorahs. But where do we find a halachic source for "bigger is better?" If I wear the biggest tefillin in the world, is that a hiddur? What about blowing the biggest shofar in the world? Is that a hiddur? Suppose I build a 2 meter tall mezuzah that weighs 100 pounds so that this kosel plaza mezuzah is now in second place. Is this the type of kinas soferim Chazal had in mind? Perhaps this biggest mezuzah story sends the wrong message.

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 Aug 28, 2012 at 01:32 PM The_Truth Says:

Isn't there a bigger one at Ben Gurion Airport? (or is that one a fake?)

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 Aug 28, 2012 at 01:57 PM {Ploni Says:

Flatto-Sharon arrived in Israel in 1975, when he was on the run after embezzling $60 million in France. In 1977 he formed a one-man party to run for the Knesset, hoping to obtain parliamentary immunity to avoid extradition to France.

As soon as he had his tuchas on his seat in the Knesset one of his first acts was to vote in favour of a law that prohibited the extradition of Israeli citizens. Quelle surprise! He ran in the 1981 and 1984 elections, but did not pass the electoral threshold of 1% in either, and subsequently disappeared.

Flatto was never extradited to France to serve the five year sentence given to him in his absence, as the five year statute of limitations had expired. He did not entirely manage to evade the courts however.

In 1984 he was sentenced to three months of community work, which he did in Tel Aviv, for bribery during the 1977 election campaign, in which he had "bought votes in 1977 by promising apartments to young couples and homes to others at reduced prices".

It's all in the Jerusalem Post archives (and in Wikipedia) if anyone wants to check. No danger of being taken to a beis din from him; he's an unreformed crook.

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 Aug 28, 2012 at 02:40 PM Anonymous Says:

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Yakov Says:

Do we find anywhere in the 100's of episodes and stories in Tenaach, that anyone ever, put onto his hand, or took off, or Wrote, or lost, or found, a Mezuzah or Tefillin or a Sefer Torah.
On the Choimas yerusholaim for sure not.

Sefer Torah yes was found in Tanach in Sefer Melachim

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 Aug 28, 2012 at 02:47 PM shamshin Says:

Why do people have to write negative comments it's a very nice kosher mezuzah and if you don't like it don't look at it.

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 Aug 28, 2012 at 02:53 PM Anonymous Says:

This is a very nice mezuzah and a large mezuzah does have a place especially on such a holy place.

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 Aug 28, 2012 at 03:07 PM Anonymous Says:

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Anonymous Says:

Sefer Torah yes was found in Tanach in Sefer Melachim

Only one old Sefer Torah, and only 760 years after the Yidden arrived on Eretz Ysroel. What about the thousands of Tefillin and Mezuzahs and Shofars, and Tzitzis. Where were they all?

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 Aug 28, 2012 at 04:34 PM BaruchGershom Says:

There is a big one at Ben Gurion, but I have no idea if its kosher or not, or whether it's bigger than this one.

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 Aug 29, 2012 at 11:05 AM benalt Says:

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Sarak Says:

now some rich jew will have to outdo this and hang a even bigger one

Oy, chas v'shollom! What a horrible thing to do! What an aveira, what bad taste... etc. Why so critical of something which is none of your business and as long as they are spending their own money and paying full tuition etc...?

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