Designer Dovid Roytman grew up in the Ukraine at a time when many Jews were ignorant of their rich heritage, and those who knew were forbidden from outward signs of anything Jewish. The past 20 years has seen a major shift in the former Soviet Union, and now Jews can freely walk the streets of Moscow and anywhere in the world. “And if there is a place that he can’t feel confident, he can move to where he can,” says Roytman, beaming with pride.
In celebration of this freedom, Roytman has created a line of luxury Judaica to increase Jewish pride in style. His clientele refer to him as the “Louis Vitton of Judaica,” sporting a line of denim yarmulkes, mezuzah covers, tzitzit and more. He has Spring and Fall collections to coincide with Pesach and Rosh HaShanah. Roytman has a boutique in Moscow, on the avenue with Mt. Blanc, Cartier, and DuPont that boasts a sculpture of an Israeli F16 pilot, an artist’s collection of weapons for the 70th anniversary of the army of Israel, crocodile kippot presented in wooden gift boxes, as well as many other Judaica items. Roytman made Aliyah in 1990 and served in the IDF’s Special Forces. He now splits his time between Jerusalem and Moscow.
Roytman’s “Biggest Mezuzah in the World” will be unveiled Thursday, November 1 in the Old City of Jerusalem on the rooftop of the Aish HaTorah Dan Family World Center across from the Western Wall plaza. The Mezuzah, one of Roytman’s installation art pieces, will incorporate visual and sound displays to highlight the Jewish holidays and significant events in Jewish history.
The giant mezuzah is Roytman’s crowning achievement. It will stand two meters (over six and a half feet) in length, and will be exhibited in a glass showcase. The mezuzah display, a technological achievement, comprised of dozens of LED screens that will change color and design, will also feature an educational component so visitors can learn about this important mitzvah (commandment)
The Aish HaTorah rooftop is widely acknowledged as one of the most beautiful sites to visit in Israel. Now that site will be even more spectacular with the addition of the world’s largest mezuzah. Now that site will be even more spectacular with the addition of the world’s largest mezuzah.
“Aish HaTorah is proud to display Dovid’s work as part of our mission to increase knowledge of and pride in our unique Jewish heritage for all our Jewish brothers and sisters, and to all the Nations of the world,” said Rabbi Steve Burg, Chief Executive Officer of Aish HaTorah.
The Mezuzah has been generously donated by the Rodsheld and Shushanna Yusupov families and the Kvashin and Spector families.
Edited by: JV Staff
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