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One of the Exhibition Participants Holds a Guinness Record

On May 19th, 2004, Avraham-Hersh Borshevsky set a Guinness record. On this day experts from the Guinness World records measured his mezuzah to find it ninety-four centimetres long, sevety-six centimetres wide (with a one-hundred-and-ten-centimetre case) and thus to pronounce it the largest mezuzah in the world, officially recognized as a chef d’oeuvre of Israeli calligraphy.

One of the Exhibition Participants Holds a Guinness Record A Guinness World Records certificate

For those about to know, a mezuzah is a piece of parchment inscribed with specific Hebrew verses from the Torah (according to the Electronic Hebrew Encyclopedia). The parchment is rolled and put inside a special case affixed to the doorframe of a Jewish household.

One of the Exhibition Participants Holds a Guinness Record Avraham-Hersh Borshevsky

A mezuzah is written by a qualified sofer (scribe) on parchment. Its text consists of twenty-two lines, which in their turn consist of fifteen rhymes and seven hundred thirteen letters.

The visitors of the Contemporary Museum of Calligraphy have a unique opportunity to see the works of this talented artist and attend his master classes within the framework of the Mystery of the World Calligraphy project. We are looking forward to seeing you at our museum!

Source: International Exhibition of Calligraphy

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