The story of my encounter with a Chabad family in Lake Tahoe marks a turning point in my connection to Judaism and the journey towards a meaningful project that would touch the lives of many. 

As I met the Chabad Rabbi, my soul was sparked. He was the last person I expected to see in a random, faraway place. We discussed Judaism, and a friendship blossomed.

This seemingly simple act of two Jews finding each other would evolve into a profound journey of rediscovery and commitment to preserving our Jewish identity. 

Fast forward a few weeks later, and an anti-semiotic incident at work made me feel lost and upset. I turned to the rabbi with an idea to bring light from darkness. The mezuzah project was created. The immediate goal is to ensure every Jew in my office has a mezuzah on their door. Within three weeks, 12 mezuzahs were given away. 

Why though? Why a mezuzah? 

It's not just a decorative item but a symbol of pride and continuity that had adorned the doorposts of Jewish homes for over 3,000 years. It is a testament to our resilience as a people, a reminder of our enduring faith. 

The incident deeply impacted me, emphasizing the importance of preserving our heritage. Our community is small, and in an ever-changing world, it becomes imperative to maintain at least a minimum level of pride in our Jewish identity. 

The Mezuzah, I soon realized, was more than an ornament; it was a repository of history and a vessel of hope. It whispered stories of love, endurance, and unwavering commitment. 

The commandment from Deuteronomy 6:9, "Write them on the doorposts of your house and your gates," became a tangible link between generations. 

In times of joy, the Mezuzah reminds us to be grateful for our blessings. As our fingers brush against it, we acknowledge the voices of generations who celebrated triumphs and weathered storms before us. During moments of despair, the Mezuzah offers solace. Its silent presence reassures us, reminding us of resilient people who held onto their faith through persecution, exile, and hardship. 

The Mezuzah, seemingly small and unassuming, connects us not only to our past but also to Jews worldwide. It weaves us into the tapestry of history, reinforcing that we are part of something greater. 

In an era where traditions are threatened by modernity, the Mezuzah stands as a beacon of timelessness. It bridges the gap between the every day and the divine, encouraging us to infuse our lives with purpose and meaning. 

Our journey with the Mezuzah has just begun, and little did we know that this symbolic piece would become a powerful project to ensure that every Jewish home could proudly display this ancient symbol of faith and Divine protection. 

Please join us.