Sterling Silver Mezuzah Pendant
Sterling Silver Mezuzah Pendant
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Enhance your religious jewelry collection with the classic look of this stunning Sterling Silver Jewish Mezuzah Pendant. A timeless piece of unsurpassed quality, this exquisite religious charm pendant will be a welcome addition to any jewelry collection and makes a perfect gift at a price you can afford.
Jewelry Technical Details:
Metal Type: Sterling Silver
Dimensions: 5.00 MM x 21.00 MM
Weight: 0.55 DWT (0.86 grams)
On the doorposts of traditional Jewish homes (and many not-so-traditional homes!), you will find a small case like the one pictured at left. This case is commonly known as a mezuzah (Heb.: doorpost), because it is placed upon the doorposts of the house. The mezuzah is not, as some suppose, a good-luck charm, nor does it have any connection with the lamb's blood placed on the doorposts in Egypt. Rather, it is a constant reminder of G-d's presence and G-d's mitzvot.
The mitzvah to place mezuzot on the doorposts of our houses is derived from Deut. 6:4-9, a passage commonly known as the Shema (Hear, from the first word of the passage). In that passage, G-d commands us to keep His words constantly in our minds and in our hearts, by (among other things) writing them on the doorposts of our house. The words of the Shema are written on a tiny scroll of parchment, along with the words of a companion passage, Deut. 11:13-21. On the back of the scroll, a name of G-d is written. The scroll is then rolled up placed in the case, so that the first letter of the Name (the letter Shin) is visible (or, more commonly, the letter Shin is written on the outside of the case).
The scroll must be handwritten in a special style of writing and must be placed in the case to fulfill the mitzvah. It is commonplace for gift shops to sell cases without scrolls, or with mechanically printed scrolls, because a proper scroll costs more than even an elaborately decorated case ($30-$50 for a valid scroll is quite reasonable). According to traditional authorities, mechanically printed scrolls do not fulfill the mitzvah of the mezuzah, nor does an empty case.
The case and scroll are then nailed or affixed to the right side doorpost on an angle, with a small ceremony called Chanukkat Ha-Bayit (dedication of the house - yes, this is the same word as Chanukkah, the holiday celebrating the rededication of the Temple after the Maccabean revolt against Greece). A brief blessing is recited. See the text of the blessing at Affixing the Mezuzah.
Why is the mezuzah affixed at an angle? The rabbis could not decide whether it should be placed horizontally or vertically, so they compromised!
Every time you pass through a door with a mezuzah on it, you touch the mezuzah and then kiss the fingers that touched it, expressing love and respect for G-d and his mitzvot and reminding yourself of the mitzvot contained within them.
It is proper to remove a mezuzah when you move, and in fact, it is usually recommended. If you leave it in place, the subsequent owner may treat it with disrespect, and this is a grave sin. I have seen many mezuzot in apartment complexes that have been painted over by subsequent owners, and it breaks my heart every time I see that sort of disrespect to an object of religious significance.
What Is a Mezuzah?
Hear O Israel: G-d is our G-d; G-d is one (Deuteronomy 6:4). Words we recite every morning and evening. They contain the primal statement of what it means to be a Jew: to infuse our entire day and everything we do and possess with G-d's oneness.
It is regarding these words that G-d has commanded us, "And you shall inscribe them on the doorposts of you home, and on your gates" (ibid., verse 9). Hence the Mezuzah: a parchment scroll inscribed with the verses of the Shema and affixed to the right doorpost of every room in a Jewish home.
In addition to its role as a declaration and reminder of our faith, the mezuzah is also a symbol of G-d's watchful care over the home and its dwellers. The name of G-d, Sha-dai, which appears on the reverse side of the parchment is an acronym for the Hebrew words which mean "Guardian of the doorways of Israel." The placing of a mezuzah on the doors of a home or office protects the inhabitant--whether they are inside or out.
Mezuzah (literally "doorpost"; pl. mezuzot) refers to one of the 613 commandments in Judaism, which requires that a small parchment (klaf) inscribed with two sections from the Torah's Book of Deuteronomy (6:4-9 and 11:13-21) be affixed to each doorpost and gate in a Jewish home and business. Deuteronomy 6:4-9 and 11:13-21 are two of four passages used in Teffilin.
Thus the word mezuzah can refer to any of the following:
Simply a doorpost of a permanent door, gate, or arch.
The special parchment with the required Hebrew inscriptions.
The small case or box that typically covers the parchment. (The parchment can be affixed directly to the door, though usually a case is used in order to protect it. It is important to be aware, though, that a case without a valid mezuzah scroll inside cannot be used to fulfill this mitzvah.) The case generally features the Hebrew letter shin inscribed on its upper exterior. Artistic mezuzah cases are often given as gifts for weddings and other special occasions.
A mezuzah case or boxHalakha (Jewish law) prescribes in detail the affixing of mezuzot on doorposts. Since almost every Jewish home has a mezuzah on its front doorpost, it has historically been a way of recognizing a Jewish home.
The wording on the mezuzah's parchment consists of the two Biblical paragraphs which mention the mezuzah. These two paragraphs are also part of the Shema Yisrael ("Hear O Israel") prayer, and appear on the parchments inside Tefillin (phylacteries).
When passing through a doorway with a mezuzah, some Jews touch the mezuzah and kiss their fingers, as an expression of devotion to Torah. This custom originated as a result of a story brought down in the Talmud (Tractate Avodah Zarah 11a):
A Roman Caesar sent guards to arrest Onkelos (a convert to Judaism who wrote the Biblical commentary Targum Onkelos) the son of Kalonymus, to put him to death. When the guards seized Onkelos, he explained to them the basis for faith in the Jewish God, and enticed them with the benefits a life of Judaism has to offer. They could not resist their urge to convert, and they released him.
When the Caesar realized what had happened, he sent another set of guards, but this time with explicit instructions not to listen to the man at all. When they arrived to capture him, Onkelos tried to convince them to release him, but to no avail, because they were under orders not to listen to him. As they pulled him from his house, he touched the mezuzah on the doorpost. When one of the guards asked him what it was that he touched, he replied as follows: "A king of flesh and blood sits in the palace while his servants guard from outside. Yet our Lord allows his servants to sit inside while he guards from outside." When they heard this, these guards, too, could not resist their urge and converted to Judaism.
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