Is having a Mezuzah on your doorpost a commandment? Is it just for religious Jews?
Here are 5 interesting facts about the Mezuzah!
- The Jewish tradition of affixing the Mezuzah is based on verses 18-20 in Deuteronomy 11, that speak about God’s commandment to the children of Israel to write His word on the doorposts of their houses. The Mezuzah is fixed on the upper right side of every door in the house.
- Each Mezuzah contains a scroll with the “Shema” prayer and verses from Deuteronomy 6:4–9 and 11:13–21 in Hebrew.
- Many observant Jews from all Jewish denominations have a qualified scribe check their Mezuzah’s parchment for defects (such as small tears or faded lettering) at least twice every seven years.
- In the Jewish tradition, the Mezuzah on the doorpost of the house is a symbol of one’s obedience to God’s commandments, and His protection over their house.
- The tradition of affixing a mezuzah is widely followed in the Jewish world, even by Jews who are not religiously observant. While the important part of the mezuzah is the klaf(scroll), and not the casing itself, designing and producing mezuzah cases has been elevated to an art form over the ages.