I made this box from picture frame moulding. Inset in the lid, under glass, is the word “Tzedakah”, in 23k gilt-edged quilling. The word “tzedakah” is commonly interpreted as “charity”, but it also can mean “balance” and “justice”. A tzedakah box, where money is put aside for the poor, was once considered so important that it was actually built into a house or a piece of furniture. Donations were always made before the Sabbath, and at certain holidays and celebrations, as well as at random times.
In this box, the sides of the inner compartment are covered with decorative paper, and the bottom is suede. It measures 5” x 8” x 4”h