La Mezouza

The Mezuzah is one of the Mitzvot to which the Jewish people attach particular value. It is rare to find a house or business owned by a Jew whose door does not have a mezuzah attached. Everyone feels their need. This is the expression of the deep bond between the Jew and the Torah, between the Jew and his Creator.

The Mezuzah has several meanings. It represents a symbol: here is a Jewish house! Moreover, it constantly reminds the Jew that he has a mission in this world: when he enters and when he leaves, he sees the Mezuzah, possibly kisses it – just as he kisses a Sefer Torah ( the sacred Torah scroll) - but above all remember that he enjoys Gd's protection.

However, the primary purpose of the Mezuzah is to make holiness reside in the home. It was written by a Sofere, a skilled scribe who studied for years to learn the details of the laws of the Mezuzah. The Mezuzah is written on a parchment made from the skin of a kosher animal and contains passages from the Torah. When a Jew attaches a Mezuzah to the door of his house, he places his house and everything in it under the protection of the Creator. Thus, this house becomes a mini sanctuary for the Divine Presence.

This allows us to understand that the essential purpose of the Mezuzah is to protect the inhabitants of this house. Even when they leave the house! This is what is written in the verse: "The Lord will protect your going out and your coming from now and forever". (Tehillim – Psalms 121:8).

All of this is only real though when the Mezuzah is kosher, of course! A Mezuzah that has become incorrect – for one reason or another – or, even worse, that has never been kosher, will lose this saving power. This is why it is of the utmost importance to ensure the validity of his Mezuzah which will continue to protect the Jew and his house but above all which will cause the sanctity of the divine Presence to reside in this house.

Mezuzahs are placed at the door of every room in the house, except the bathroom.

The Mezuzah reminds us that Gd protects the home. Indeed, one of Gd's names - Cha-daye- appears on the back of the parchment: it is an acronym for the Hebrew words meaning "Keeper of the Gates of God." 'Israel'. The Mezuzah placed correctly at the door of the house or workplace protects the inhabitants, whether they are inside or outside.

For this, the Mezuzah must be kosher, so it is checked from time to time, at least twice in seven years, but it is recommended to bring it regularly - every year or every two years - to a qualified scribe to make sure. Many people have the reflex to have their Mezuzah checked in case of illness or other problem in life – may Gd preserve.

The Mitzvah

"And thou shalt inscribe them upon the lintels of thy doors and of thy gates" (Deuteronomy 6:9 and 11:20).

The Mitzvah of the Mezuzah clearly tells us that the synagogue and the house of study are not the only holy places for Judaism. Indeed, every house inhabited by Jews can and must become a mini sanctuary and will truly become a dwelling place for the Almighty who can make His Presence reside there.

This little parchment scroll affixed to the door of every Jewish house and to the door of every room demonstrates that Gd protects all who are there, physically and spiritually. This abode is now truly "a sanctuary to Gd.God" as it says in the Psalms (121:8): "The Lord will protect your going out and your coming, now and forever"!

Traces of a Mezuzah are sometimes found on old houses that belonged to Jews in previous generations and this discovery is always overwhelming
This simple but fundamental mitzvah contributes thus to the fulfillment of the ultimate purpose of Creation.

The sanctity of the Jewish house is enhanced by the Mezuzah: it testifies to divine protection and reminds all, residents and visitors, that this house is a sanctuary for the Almighty.

What is the Mezuzah?

On the parchment - contained in a more or less elaborate case - a qualified scribe has written by hand with a quill pen the first two paragraphs of the Shema Israel. The first recalls the Oneness of G‑d and our duty to serve Him – and Him alone – with all our heart, with all our soul and with all our capacities, physical, intellectual, financial and moral. The second expresses the essential idea of ​​Judaism that G‑d rewards those who scrupulously observe His commandments and reserves the right to act as is proper towards those who do not keep them. Thus, the Mezuzah placed on the door of a house reminds the Jew of his belief in G‑d and his commitment to perform Mitzvot inside but also outside the house.

On the back of the Mezuzah appears one of the Names of Gd: Cha-daye whose letters form the acrostic of the words "Chomère Daltote Israel", Guardian of the Gates of Israel. The Midrash reports: "Rabbi Yossi son of Yehuda declares: "A door on which is placed a Mezuzah, neither the angel of evil, nor Satane nor any evil can approach it because the Creator protects her. Even when the destroying angel wanted to strike down, he would see the Name of G‑d and flee as it is written: The destroying angel cannot enter your houses to strike down. Man must therefore pay particular attention to the Mitzvah of the Mezuzah ( Zohar 'Hadach - Ruth chapter 4) ».

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Paulette parent

Je m’intéresse au judaïsme bien que je ne sois pas juive.
Puis-je, sans blasphème, poser une mézouza dans mon appartement, dont je suis locataire.
Je suis de religion protestante.

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