Magnificent Mezuzahs

Magnificent Mezuzahs

Moshe continued speaking to Bnei Yisrael. “And you shall write them on Mezuzahs – the doorposts – of your home and your gates.”

Does that mean that you’ll notice Jews writing on doorposts or gates? No way!

Although the translation of Mezuzah is doorpost, however the Mitzvah of Mezuzah is to be placed on the doorpost. Think of the Mezuzah like a mini Sefer-Torah, containing the first two sections of the Shema, written by a professional Sofer on a piece of parchment. This parchment is rolled up and placed in a case which helps keep the letters from rubbing off, which would disqualify it from being a “Kosher Mezuzah.”

You can get Mezuzah cases that are very beautiful and expensive… but remember it’s what’s inside the case, the Kosher parchment, that makes it a Mezuzah. A Mezuzah case without a scroll inside is like a treasure chest without a treasure.

So, what does a Mezuzah accomplish?

Is a Mezuzah a good luck charm?

No.

A security system?

Well, it’s true that one of the names of Hashem, ש-ד-י Shin-Dalet- Yud, is written on the outside of the Mezuzah, which stands for Shomer Dalsos Yisrael, meaning “HaShem is the Guardian of Jewish Doors.” However, even with a Mezuzah it’s not a good idea to leave your front door open or unlocked, especially in a busy city.

Actually, the Mitzvah of Mezuzah is a Chok (remember those?) – one of those Mitzvos we do because HaShem told us to do it, without telling us the reason. But we do know that the Mezuzah is a reminder that ultimately, it’s HaShem Who protects us, HaShem Whom we should love.

When you leave your house for the day and kiss, touch or just look at the Mezuzah, you are reminding yourself to take HaShem with you throughout the day. And when you return home after a long day and see your Mezuzah again, you do the same, thanking HaShem for protecting you throughout the day, and inviting Him into your home to protect, and love you and your family.

Moshe continued speaking to Bnei Yisrael. “And you shall write them on Mezuzahs – the doorposts – of your home and your gates.”

Does that mean that you’ll notice Jews writing on doorposts or gates? No way!

Although the translation of Mezuzah is doorpost, however the Mitzvah of Mezuzah is to be placed on the doorpost. Think of the Mezuzah like a mini Sefer-Torah, containing the first two sections of the Shema, written by a professional Sofer on a piece of parchment. This parchment is rolled up and placed in a case which helps keep the letters from rubbing off, which would disqualify it from being a “Kosher Mezuzah.”

You can get Mezuzah cases that are very beautiful and expensive… but remember it’s what’s inside the case, the Kosher parchment, that makes it a Mezuzah. A Mezuzah case without a scroll inside is like a treasure chest without a treasure.

So, what does a Mezuzah accomplish?

Is a Mezuzah a good luck charm?

No.

A security system?

Well, it’s true that one of the names of Hashem, ש-ד-י Shin-Dalet- Yud, is written on the outside of the Mezuzah, which stands for Shomer Dalsos Yisrael, meaning “HaShem is the Guardian of Jewish Doors.” However, even with a Mezuzah it’s not a good idea to leave your front door open or unlocked, especially in a busy city.

Actually, the Mitzvah of Mezuzah is a Chok (remember those?) – one of those Mitzvos we do because HaShem told us to do it, without telling us the reason. But we do know that the Mezuzah is a reminder that ultimately, it’s HaShem Who protects us, HaShem Whom we should love.

When you leave your house for the day and kiss, touch or just look at the Mezuzah, you are reminding yourself to take HaShem with you throughout the day. And when you return home after a long day and see your Mezuzah again, you do the same, thanking HaShem for protecting you throughout the day, and inviting Him into your home to protect, and love you and your family.

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