The mezuzah is a special handwritten scroll that is rolled up in a protective casing and placed on doorposts of the home. The mezuzah is engraved with the token prayer of the ‘Shema on one side, and one of G-d’s names (Shadai) on the other. Shadai is an acronym for “guardian of Israel,” and most Mezuzah cases display the letter shin for this reason. Mezuzah is the ultimate symbolic feature of the Jewish home, a reminder of our unique identity as Jews and special bond with G-d. The mezuzah has protective properties and links us to our biblical history and traditions.
“And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be upon thy heart… And you shall inscribe them on the doorposts (mezuzot) of your house and on your gates” (Deuteronomy 6:9, 11:20)
Small tubular containers posted in the doorways of Jewish homes, housing a parchment known as a “Klaf” that bears the aforementioned verses from Deuteronomy (which are also spoken in the twice daily prayer “Shema Israel”), Mezuzot are perhaps the most symbolic and well known indication of a Jewish household and are tightly intertwined with Jewish heritage. Commanded by this biblical mitzvah to display a Mezuzah as a reminder of their covenant with God upon each entry and exit to and from their dwellings, Jews throughout history proudly displayed this emblem of their faith, often facing risk and persecution because of it. In commemoration of this ancestral tradition, we are happy to offer a rich and varied collection of artistically designed Mezuzot containing only the finest “Klafs”, inscribed by reputable and certified “Sofrei Stam”.
A mezuzah must be written with perfect precision and deemed kosher by a professional, religious scribe. The parchment must be rolled up and protected in a special casing.
It is customary to put a Mezuzah on every doorway of the home, especially the entrance- with exception to bathrooms and closets. The mezuzah should be placed right side up, on the top third of the doorway at a slight tilt. The mezuzah should be to the right of the individual entering the doorway. When affixing the mezuzah, one can use measuring tape to mark the spot and a hammer, drill or highly durable glue or double sided tape.
“And you shall affix them on the doorposts (mezuzot) of your home and your gates.” (Deuteronomy 6:9, 11:20) The biblical origins of Mezuza are found in story of Exodus, when G-d ‘passed over’ and safeguarded the Jewish homes during the plague of the first born.
Since the door is a place of comings and goings, the Mezuzah serves as a constant reminder that G-d is with us wherever we go.
Since the words and parchment must be without mistakes or damage, one should ensure to check their Mezuzah’s at least twice every 7 years, preferably before the high holidays.
Yes, since the times of the bible, the Mezuzah promises a special protection to the dwellers of the home, both inside and outside the home. It also says in the Torah that those who are careful to observe the commandment of Mezuzah will live a longer, richer life- “...to prolong your days and the days of your children.” Those with health concerns and other challenges are often encouraged by their Rabbi to check the scroll and/or placement of the Mezuzah.
“Hear O Israel, the L-rd is our G-d, the L-rd is One.” Shema is the ultimate testament of our faith in G-d and constant reminder of the special bond between G-d and the Jewish nation.
It is customary to place one hand’s on the Mezuzah and many have the custom to kiss their fingertips afterwards.