Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Blessing Your Home

Ever thought about marking your home with the Word of God? In the above scripture the Lord commanded that we mark our door frames (or rather our homes) with his word and most Jews do this with a Mezuzah.

A Mezuzah is a kosher parchment scroll that has Deuteronomy 6:4-9 and 11:13-21 inscribed on one side and the Hebrew letter Shin inscribed on the other. The letter Shin stands for Shaddai, one of the many names of Adonai meaning: The Mighty.

The scroll is rolled so that the Shin can be seen, and is then placed inside a tube of sorts. These tubes can be made of wood, glass, metal or plastic. They can be very simple or extremely ornate.

The Mezuzah is then hung at an angle on the right side of the door frame of the home. Some Orthodox homes have one on every door in the house (except the bathroom), but having only one on the front door will suffice.

Upon entering or leaving the home, it is customary to touch the Mezuzah with your right hand and then kiss your fingers, while giving silent or audible thanks to the Lord for the covenant he has made with his people.

Whether you mark your home in a visible way or by the spirit of your heart, I pray the Lord watch over you, your family and your home.

Shalom, Spring M Fricks

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