The Mezuzah
Scott Lovell

 
Listen to the B'rakha (blessing) for affixing the mezuzah from TOMJ Beis!
Mezuzah : Hebrew for door post, from a root word meaning 'prominent'


      The word has come to refer to scrolls containing excerpts from Torah, which are posted on the door frames of Jewish houses in accordance with the command given in Devarim (Deuteronomy) 6:9. Some people post an empty Mezuzah case as a decoration. (Oy!) But there is a great lesson in this: Many people are unable to truly put Torah into their minds and hearts as HaShem commands, therefore He has promised us a 'new covenant' [Yirmeyahu (Jeremiah) 31:30-33 (31-34)] in which HaShem Himself will write His Torah upon our heart.


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D'varim (Deuteronomy) 6:4-9

  "Hear, O Israel: Adonai our G-d, Adonai is one.  Love Adonai your G-d with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.  These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts.  Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.  Tie them as  symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads.  Write them on the door frames of your houses and on your gates."


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Devarim (Deuteronomy) 11:13-21

    "So if you faithfully obey the commands I am giving you today -- to love  Adonai your G-d and to serve him with all your heart and with all your soul --   then I will send rain on your land in its season, both autumn and spring rains, so that you may gather in your grain, new wine and oil.  I will provide grass in  the fields for your cattle, and you will eat and be satisfied.  Be careful, or you will be enticed to turn away and worship other gods and bow down to them. Then Adonai's anger will burn against you, and he will shut the heavens so that it will not rain and the ground will yield no produce, and you will soon perish  from the good land Adonai is giving you.  Fix these words of mine in your hearts and minds; tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads.  Teach them to your children, talking about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates,  so that your days and the days of your children may be many in the land that Adonai swore to give your forefathers, as many as the days that the heavens are above the earth."