Do you know what is the message of the Mezuzah?

“And you shall write them on the doorposts of your house and upon your gates.”  (Deuteronomy 6:9) The mezuzah is a well-recognized, visible sign of a Jewish home.  This small rectangular container affixed to the right side of the door, in the upper third of the doorpost (shoulder height), contains a powerful message. This mezuzah graces the doorpost of Beit Hameiri (Hameiri House), a museum in Safed, Israel  that houses 200 years of Jewish history. Just as our bodies are the outer shell that houses the true essence of who we are, these sometimes elaborately decorated small containers protect the inner contents which hold the power of this ancient Jewish custom called the mezuzah. Inside each mezuzah is a rectangular piece of parchment called a ‘klaf,’ which is made from a specially prepared skin of a biblically clean (kosher) animal. The klaf is scribed with Hebrew lettering from key scriptures found in the holy Word of God:  Deuteronomy 6:4-9 and Deuteronomy 11:13-21.

“Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one.  Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. Impress them on your children.  Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.” - Deuteronomy 6:4–7

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