For a while now I’ve been on the lookout for something that’s been missing from my apartment. It’s a bit ironic that my apartment is lacking this particular item, since my landlord is an Orthodox Jew, but needless to say it’s been absent….
I’m talking about a mezuzah!
When I first moved to Israel, I blogged about my first experience with the mezuzah, and since then I have always had one wherever I lived…. except now.
Yesterday I headed over to Jerusalem to spend some time with my home church Pastor and his wife, who were here on a tour, and believe it or not I FINALLY found a mezuzah in the Old City that I really liked!
I decided to hang it on the doorpost of my bedroom instead of on the outside of my apartment (just to be on the safe side), but after I hung it I realized it was the perfect place for it.
I’m super happy with my new addition!
Outside my front door
The mezuzah (doorpost in Hebrew) is a small case with Hebrew writing on it that you will find on every door post, hallway, or even in closets in Israel (on the upper right hand side). The cases are inscribed with Hebrew verses from the Torah, which state the Jewish prayer, Shema Yisrael. It begins with the phrase, ‘Listen Israel, the Lord is our God, the Lord is One.’ Inside the mezuzah, if you open it up, is a tiny scroll which contains the verses.
The custom is to touch the mezuzah then kiss the fingers that touched it when you enter or leave the room. This is to be a reminder of love and respect for God.
The other day I was in the apartment, and I heard a loud noise. When I came out to see what it was, I noticed my bedroom mezuzah on the floor! It had fallen and opened up…but what was more disturbing was the missing blessing scroll on the inside! Someone before me had obviously taken it out, probably after it had fallen for them too. Shame! I want my blessing back!!! 🙂
Here is my (fallen) mezuzah: