Jaakov, B. Orban:
original signification of the word mezuzah is:
Doorpost (Exodus 12,7)
The word indicates this object, kind
of little box containing the parchment on which the words of the
Torah are registered and which is placed on the right post of the
doors of Jewish homes turned towards the heart of the house.
In the Torah, we find the
instructions concerning its placement: ”Hear,
O Israel: The LORD our God is one LORD.!.... And
thou shalt write them upon the posts of thy house, and on thy
It is placed on the doorpost of fix
living places and not at the entry of bathrooms and toilets…
It is generally placed at the first third of the post from the top,
to be visible and easily touchable.
The case can be made of wood, metal,
plastic and even of stone. The matter used does not much matter.
The letters written
on it are more important: the letter SHIN
the diminutive of the word SHADDAI,
or even the inscription of the whole word SHADDAI.
This word has different significations:
Almighty, one of the Eternal’s name. It is by this way that we show
that our home is under His protection.
-Shomer Dalet Yisrael =
The guardian of Israel’s gate.
-Referring to Psalm 91 : "He that dwelleth in
the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of
the Almighty. …"
Although, the essential thing stands
in the inside of the object: a parchment containing two citations
over 22 lines :
The Sh'ma declares
the uniqueness of God that we rememberby the V’haya, His promises
and blessings that we receive in case if we remain faithful to His
We already find the ancestor of the Mezuzah before
their coming out of Egypt, when the sons of Israel had to coat their
doorposts with the blood of the lamb to escape from the last plague,
the one of the Angel of death. According to some ones this ”bloody
stamp” was inherited and transmitted on the doors of the further
generations protecting the People from the evil. This is the
hypothesis that the passage from the Torah written on the little
parchment in the inside seems to reinforce. (see above)
except from being a medicine, is used to maintain our faith in God
in our conscience when we return or leave our house, since we touch
the text of the Torah each time that we are leaving or regaining our
The oldest mezuzah which
was found, dates from the beginning of our era. They also discovered
some during the excavations of Qoumrani,
and even Josephus Flavius mentioned
it as an old Jewish tradition.
The placement of the mezuzah on
the door marks by the same way the most important action of the
inaugural ceremony of the house (Hanuccat Habaït),
because the house gets under the protection of God, in condition of
course that its inhabitants remain faithful to the commandments that
He gave. At this moment in time resounds the following blessing:
"Baruch ata Adonaj, Elohenou Melech HaOlam, asher kidshanou bemitsvotav vetsinanou likboa mezuzah"
You be blessed, oh our Eternal God, King
of the World, Who sanctified us by His commands and asked us to
place the mezuzah.”
ago, I went to Somron in
Samaria in the house of relatives.
There was a mezuzah on
the main entry and also one on the entry of each room of their
house. It was natural for me to touch the mezuzah each
times that I got in any room. For me, this was the sign that the
house is under the protection and the sovereignty of God the
Almighty (El Shaddai)
Strangely, this gesture seemed to
indicate the same cover and the protection as the one that
accompanies me wherever I go or I am in the world, that He is with
me… A feeling of peace is inside me because I know that I am under
God's protection, I can only be in safety even while sleeping.
I AM NEVER ON FOREIGN LAND AND I
AM NEVER ALONE!
However one day, I was astonished and
I started to think…
I touched the mezuzah with
the right hand while entering (not as a fetish, nor an object of
sorcery), but when I left to go downtown, I made the same with the
left hand that already stands much closer to the heart.
They told me that I should not do
I was surprised myself by my own
- Why? The place where I am going is
not also under the sovereignty of El Shaddaï ?
This way, while leaving the house, I
indicated that I wanted to recognize and
accept the Almighty’s rule also outside the doors.
...still today, I want to do this. I
would like that all my steps were blessed, no matter I am coming or
This is only possible if we live
God’s Laws everywhere and anywhere we go, and if we have only one
God and Lord.
Here is what is standing on the
parchment contained in the mezuzah:
The roll (KLAF) reminds us when going
on and going in that: ”If you obey my commands…” (Dt.11:13-21), then
the Almighty shall be with you…
The letter Shin
Sh. has to be the sign on the door of the hearts of those that are
in obedience to Christ and to the Laws of God.
At the outside just as at the
inside…, wherever he is living or being.
Another signification of the word Mezuzah is rotation
At the time, the frame of the door
was a simple beam going inside the ceiling at the top and inside the
soil at the bottom, on which the door was fixed in two points and
around which it could be opened and closed. It stood for
a rotation axis.
Then a very important question has to
Who is the unique axis of rotation
around Which all our life has to be centered?
What does this mezuzah hanged
on the door means to us?
Where can we hang a mezuzah?
Thanks to the Lord, more and more
among us are moving to new apartments and
The question rises then, can we hang
this sign anywhere where somebody is living, the letter SHIN, the
initial of the name of God (Shaddai) as the testimony of his faith?
The first question that should really
be asked is…
If someone is not free from his
parents or anybody else, and that among those people from whom he is
not free, anyone thinks having the right to intervene in his life,
is this person allowed to offer his shelter to God?
Because if somebody treats me as a
slave, then all I possess is also his propriety and under his rule.
Could someone living as a slave or
”just” under a jesabelian rule
Or should I be first free myself to
be able to submit freely whatever between the hands of God?
Why should we put a mezuzah?
All the decisions born in the heart
of someone and got to an engagement have also to appear and to be
demonstrated in the visible world so that others should also be the
witnesses of it.
The word pronounced in spirit has to
become acts in the visible world.
If is was not like this, the wedding,
the presentation of the baby, the baptism and many other ceremonies
would not make any sense since these decisions have already been
taken in front of God in spirit…
But where are the witnesses, the
testimonies and the signs that are visible from the outside?
We were not born in caves such as
bats but well such as the testimonies of God that should be shown to
all men in the world!
Indeed, even an alliance ring brings a security in front of
the adulteries since I signal with it that I already decided and
that I am engaged with somebody.
The mezuzah is also a visible decision and a statement of faith
principally realized in our hearths.
In this precise case, it is a matter of showing my belonging to my
People, the Jewish People…
hungarian by Richard (Zeev Shlomo)
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