hand carved wood mezuzah
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Today, when just about  everyone is overworked and over busy, distracted and worrying too much, it is nice to have a mezuzah as a reminder of something too easily forgotten.

The word "mezuzah" means "doorpost" in Hebrew. Mezuzahs get hung on doorposts and gate posts.

The most important part of the mezuzah is the part you can't see.

Rolled up inside the case is a scroll inscribed with verses from Deuteronomy.

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Hand carved wood mezuzah

The tradition of hanging a mezuzah on the doorposts of your home started a very long time ago, and continues today.

The Hebrew letter "Shin" appears on the front of the case.

hand carved wood mezuzah

"Shin" stands for "Shaddai" which translates as "from my breast" and is one of the names of God.

Mezuzah cases can be made of metal, glass, wood, or any other suitable material.

Mine start as branches rescued from the ground. Sometimes I will  carefully prune a dead branch from the tree. The letter is carved by hand.

Hang your mezuzah in the top third of the doorpost, slanting inwards towards the room. Hang one in your entryway or in every doorway in the house with the exception of the bathroom.

The custom is to touch the mezuzah and then kiss your fingertips when you leave your home and again once you return. Some kiss the mezuzah directly.

Some people even write their own scroll with their own message.

The mezuzah is a small thing, but something you see (and maybe touch) everyday. Something from nature, made by hand and one of a kind. It's a reminder.