In Mezuzas, a Custom Inherited By Gentiles

September 17, 2010

Author: Ann Farmer

Source: The New York Times

The doorways inside 30 Ocean Parkway, an Art Deco building in Windsor Terrace, Brooklyn, are studded with mezuzas of all sizes and styles: plastic, pewter, simple, gaudy, elegant.


Eva Gasteazoro, who was raised Catholic, discovered a mezuza on her Brooklyn apartment when she moved in 10 years ago.


Tazio Hilbert kept her mezuza in place after she moved into her apartment in Brooklyn, although she considers herself nonreligious.


The people behind those doors are an assortment, too: Catholics, Baptists, Episcopalians, Buddhists, atheists and even a few observing the High Holy Days this week.