Mezuzah on the Door (Jewish Identity) by Amy Meltzer

By Amy Meltzer

Relocating is hard! younger readers will relate to the tale of a bit boy who strikes from an condominium within the urban to a home within the suburbs and needs to comply with his new atmosphere. The Jewish culture of placing up a mezuzah at the door and the accompanying social gathering aid his transition to his new domestic.

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However, the term correctly refers to the klaf, the small parchment scroll that is placed inside the case. The klaf, which must be handwritten in Hebrew by a scribe, contains two passages from the Biblical book of Deuteronomy (Chapter 6, verses 4-9 and Chapter 11, verses 13-21). They affirm the belief in One God who commands us to follow the commandments and to affix a mezuzah to the doorpost as a reminder. The mezuzah should be placed in the top third of the right side of a door, tilted to face inward.

And before Noah’s mother could stop her, Mrs. Feldman had put a stack of dessert plates into a sink full of soapy water. There was a clank, then a clunk, and then a loud, “Whoops! ” as a dish crashed to the floor. Mr. Gollis was suddenly overcome with sneezes. “Oh, these horrible –achoo! – allergies – achoo! Are you sure there is no – achoo! ” Sneezing, fiddling, clapping, clanking, clunking . . so much noise! But soon the guests left and the house was quiet again. Noah went up to his room to put on his pajamas.

They affirm the belief in One God who commands us to follow the commandments and to affix a mezuzah to the doorpost as a reminder. The mezuzah should be placed in the top third of the right side of a door, tilted to face inward. Most Jewish families place a mezuzah on the front door of their homes; others put them on the doors of every room excluding the bathrooms. The following prayer is recited when placing a mezuzah on a door: o¨kIg¨v Q¤kn¤ Ubh¥v«k¡t ¨h§h v¨Tt© QUr¨C /v¨zUz§n ©gIC§e¦k Ub¨Um¦ u§ uh¨,«um§ n¦ C§ Ub¨a«S§e¦ r¤a«t£ Baruch Atah Adonai Eloheinu melech ha’olam Asher kid’shanu b’mitzvotav v’tzivanu likboa mezuzah.

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