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What exactly is a Mezuzah and why are they of importance?
A Mezuzah is a portion of the Holy Torah hand written on parchment in the same manner and script as the Torah. The Mezuzah signifies the sanctity and blessing of the Jewish home. The Mezuzah may be inserted into any number of decorative Mezuzah covers. These covers come in a variety of styles and selection is dependent upon personal taste. But it is the scroll it contains inside that is the most crucial element. On this sacred scroll of parchment are inscribed two passages from the Torah, “Shema Yisroel” and “Vehaya” (Deuteronomy 6:4-9 and 11:13-21). The Shema prayer appears on one side on the parchment, and one of the names of G‑d, Sha-dai, appears on the reverse side. The name is an acronym for the Hebrew words which mean “Guardian of the doorways of Israel.” A Mezuzah on the doors of a home or office protects the inhabitants – whether they are inside or outside. This protection serves as a helmet, one protective veneer against all the surrounding dangers in our lives.
The scroll is the heart and soul of the Mezuzah so it is very important that it be Kosher. There is an ancient tradition that the Mezuzah protects the home in which it is placed and the people who live in that home. It is believed that the Mezuzah even protects the inhabitants when they are outside of the home. This protection only holds true if the Mezuzah is a Kosher one. If for some reason the Mezuzah becomes Pasul (not Kosher), the protection is no longer there.
Delicately hand written on parchment by a professional sofer scribe. A Mezuzah has 713 letters. Every letter has numerous laws pertaining to its form. In order for a Mezuzah to be written in accordance with all of the laws, it must meet thousands of requirements. The scroll is put inside a Mezuzah cover to protect the scroll inside. Different sizes available to fit any Mezuzah case. Each Mezuzah scroll takes approximately three to five hours to write depending on the size of parchment and quality of writing on it. These beautiful Mezuzah parchments are perfect to put up on the doorpost of any Jewish home or business.
Adorning your house with a Mezuzah is one of the most important Mitzvot passed down to the Jewish people through the Torah. A common misconception is that only the main entrance to the home requires a mezuzah. Of course, it is better to have one mezuzah on the front door than no mezuzahs, and if you only have one mezuzah, it should be placed on the home’s main entrance. However, to properly fulfill the mitzvah, every room in the house or office should have its own mezuzah. We carry a large variety of quality Mezuzah cases. Browse our selection to find the Mezuzah that you think works best with your personal style. All of all Mezuzahs have been crafted with the care that they deserve. Choose wisely for the Mezuzah that speaks to your soul.
The gift of a Mezuzah is actually in keeping with the true spirit of Torah which is all about rededicating our lives to service of G-d. What better gift can you give than one which so perfectly expresses that holy connection?
– 5 reasons to have a Mezuzah on every door of your home –
1. Bring blessing into your home.
Throughout the ages Jews have known that having kosher mezuzahs on all of one’s doors is the key to bringing a special blessing and protection to the home. This is why when anything goes wrong in our home, the first thing we do is take the mezuzah scrolls to have them checked. In order to gain the full benefit of this Divine blessing, we must make sure we have a kosher mezuzah on every door which is obligated in one.
2. Show your Jewish pride.
It is one thing to have a mezuzah on your front door… but when you have mezuzahs on all of your doors, it is sure to be a conversation starter with people who visit your home. This is a great way to show your Jewish pride.
3. Educate your children.
Today, children are exposed to so many different ideas via television and the internet. In order to make sure to pass on the Jewish heritage to our children, we need to make sure that they have regular reminders that they are Jewish. When a child kisses the mezuzahs as he goes through the doors of his home many times a day, he is constantly reminded that being Jewish is important.
4. Keep up the tradition.
Stop for a second and think about this: For 2,000 years, the Jewish people have been in exile in foreign lands. We have always been a minority and we have been persecuted throughout most of history. If any one of your ancestors over the course of those 2,000 years had decided to give in and assimilate into the majority culture, you would not identify as Jewish today. What kept them Jewish was observing the Mitzvahs of the Torah despite persecution. We who live in a free country should not be the first ones to abandon these traditions!
5. It’s a Mitzvah!
Last, and most importantly, it’s a Mitzvah. Mitzvah is usually translated as ‘good deed’, but in actuality, it means ‘commandment’. The commandments of the Torah are given for our benefit. When we keep them, it brings a blessing into our life. There are many commandments in the Torah, and they are all important but it is not an all-or-nothing proposition. Each Mitzvah has its own unique value. Once it has been performed, the light that it brings into the world can never be taken away.
Perhaps you are not ready to keep all of the Mitzvahs just yet, but having mezuzahs on every door of your home is a one time expense which is a very good start in the right direction. Think of it as picking the low lying fruit first. Mezuzahs are also a great Hanukkah gift since they come in so many styles and colors that allow you to buy something that fits the taste of the recipient. Also since many people don’t have a Mezuzah on every door of their home, they can always use another one.
- Every Jewish home needs a mezuzah.
- Mezuzahs come in many styles and colors unique to personal taste.
- A mezuzah is a meaningful gift that is a symbol of blessing and protection for their new home
- Every time they enter or exit their home for years or decades to come, they will see the mezuzah and remember your consideration for them.
- A Jewish home should ideally have a mezuzah on every door. Each mezuzah is unique so even if they receive more than one, they can be used in doorways throughout their home.
- A decorative mezuzah with a kosher scroll can cost as little as $40 so there is a mezuzah within every price range.
At Mitzvahland we have a wide variety and selection of some exquisitely amazing and uniquely designed mezuzah cases to choose from! This makes a beautiful & meaningful gift all year round and for any special occasion. A mezuzah on every doorway of a Jewish home is a reminder of our faith in G-d’s unity in accordance with the commandment “You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.” It is recommended each mezuzah should have a mezuzuh check once every three years. When a mezuzah is put up we sanctify our homes and everything in it. It is common to touch the mezuzah with our fingers and give them a kiss on the way outside of the house to remember G-d is everywhere, inside and outside of the home.
If you already have a cover and just need the scroll to go inside, choose from these kosher mezuzah scrolls. If you need a scroll with a case, go to the “Mezuzah Cover” page and you will be able to choose a mezuzah cover.
Question: I want to take down the mezuzahs in my home to have them checked, should I take them all down even though the home will be without Mezuzahs for some period of time? Answer: Although the obligation of the mezuzah on doors is a positive mitzvah that is in force every second ספר החינוך ומנחת חינוך מצווה תכג, still if one took them down for the sake of checking them it is impossible to say that they must put up a new one immediately in its place on the spot for the Poskim never mentioned such an idea. The problem of living in a room without a mezuzah is Rabbincal and they (the Rabbis said that we should periodically have our mezuzahs checked, the prohibition cannot apply in this case (Pischei Shearim p. 110). We must say that since one is involved in fixing, checking etc… they are definitely not transgressing on this positive mitzvah. Here is a 3 point summary on how one should act. 1) One should lechatchila (preferably) keep up some mezuzahs constantly during a mezuzah checking, one is enough. This means that you can give the mezuzahs to be checked in 2 installments, if possible this is most preferable. 2) If they are all down for checking purposes it is best to have them back as soon as possible, however they may be down for up to a week ( since this is the standard time give or take when it takes a little longer than usual but is still in the norm) for a owned home in Chutz learetz (the Diaspora) and any type of home in Israel. 3) For a rented home in Chutz Learetz (the Diaspora) it is best to follow preferably as stated in 1 and 2, however in a pressing case up to 30 days maximum (Chovas Hadar p. 7). Much thanks to Rav Moshe Weiner for his Halachik guidance in this Teshuva.
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