By admin | September 1, 2009
The mezuzah is a small, decorative wall hanging that includes within it a prayer scroll. Most people know this and can recognize one, but why is the mezuzah so important in Judaism?
The scroll within the mezuzah has the words of the Shema, or the Shema Yisrael on it, which is one of the more important prayers in the Jewish faith. The prayer talks about always remembering the words of God and honoring them at all times. It’s a prayer of recognition that God is the one and only God, and that you are devoted towards recognizing that and following him.
In addition, the mezuzah also represents a very important event during the exodus from Egypt of the Jewish people. The Jews were instructed by God to paint a streak of lamb’s blood down the front of the door frame. The lamb’s blood would be a sign to God to protect the inhabitants inside. Specifically, the lamb’s blood would protect the first born child, who would otherwise be slaughtered as a result of the final plague that God cast upon the Egyptian people. The occasion is remembered during the Jewish holiday of Passover, recalling that the Jewish homes were passed over by the angels of death.
A mezuzah is hung on the doorframes of Jewish homes to protect the inhabitants and to honor God at all times. Many homes only hang a mezuzah on the front door of the house, while many other Jewish families hang a mezuzah on every doorframe within the house. The exterior of the mezuzah features the Hebrew letter Shin, which is the first letter of God’s unspoken name. The mezuzah is hung at an angle on the door frame and there are very specific guidelines for creating them properly.
Wearing Mezuzah Pendants
As explained above, the mezuzah always contains the passage of the Torah known as the Shema. This is a very important prayer which basically symbolizes one’s devotion and reverence to God. By hanging the mezuzah on the doorframes of your home, you are always reminded of God’s presence and of his words. In fact, each time you enter or exit a room you are supposed to touch the mezuzah and then kiss your fingertips as a sign of this respect and devotion.
By wearing a mezuzah pendant you are taking that a step further by always keeping God with you. A mezuzah pendant allows you to constantly show the world your belief in the one true God, and your devotion to him. In times when you may need guidance or instruction, you can touch the mezuzah pendant to try to find answers or peace of mind. If you ever want to make a prayer to God but don’t know the right words, you can turn to the mezuzah, symbolizing the Shema and your respect and acknowledgement of God.
Mezuzahs don’t have to be restricted to the doorframes of your home. Bring one with you all the time with a mezuzah pendant to continually showcase your love and devotion to God. The mezuzah is a hugely important symbol of the Jewish faith, and keeping one with you is a fantastic way to keep everything it symbolizes with you at all times.
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