Pictured: Jerusalem Key Mezuzah Case
Mezuzah is defined in several ways, from the simple door post of a permanent door or gate, the special Mezuzah parchment with the inscriptions in Hebrew of two passages from the Bible's (Torah) book of Deuteronomy (Devarim), or the small case that covers the parchment in
order to protect it engraved with the Hebrew letter "Shin" on its exterior.
The case containing the parchment is affixed directly to the right hand side of the door post, at around shoulder height. Almost every Jewish home has a mezuzah on its front door post, the wording on the mezuzah's parchment consist of the two passages from the book of Deuteronomy in the Bible Chapter 6: 4-9 and Chapter 11: 13-21.
Chapter 6: 4-9 says: "Hear O Israel: the LORD our GOD, the LORD is One, and thou shalt love the LORD thy GOD with all thy heart, and with all thy , and with all thy might and thou shalt write them upon the door-posts of thy house, and upon thy gates".
Chapter 11: 13-21 says: "and it shall come to pass, if ye shall hearken diligently unto my commandments which I command you this day, to love the LORD your GOD, and to serve him with all your heart and with all your soul that your days maybe multiplied, and the days of your children, upon the land which the Lord swore unto your fathers to give them, as the days of the heavens above the earth".
Pictured: All Turquoise Crystal Mezuzah
According to Halacha (Jewish law) the Mezuzah should be affixed within 30 days of the Jewish resident or residents moving into the home if its rented, and immediately upon moving in if the house was purchased. Observant Jews affix Mezuzahs on all door posts in their homes excluding the bathrooms or closets.
The primary purpose of hanging a mezuzah is to fulfill this Biblical command. It also serves as a reminder of God's laws and presence and a symbol of Jewish identity. The first century Jewish historian Josephus wrote in his "Antiquities": "the greatest benefits of GOD are to be written on the doors in order that his benevolent providence may be known everywhere".
Some Jews regard the mezuzah as a protective amulet, this view of the Mezuzah was popular in Talmudic times, especially in the middle ages as a result of the Kabbalists influence and their belief in the protective powers of the Mezuzah which continues to be common today, particularly within Orthodox Judaism. The Mezuzah is still regarded by many as having protective powers and treated as a lucky charm (See Mezuzah Necklaces)
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