Mezuzah Initiative 5778
Restoring God’s Commandments
The Mezuzah and Spiritual Gateways
The Beauty of the Hebrew Language – Nathalie Blackman
The mezuzah is a small rectangular box, usually made of wood or metal, which is placed at an angle on the right side of doorposts, of Jewish homes. It is inscribed with the Hebrew letter ‘shin’ the symbol for God. Sometimes the entire name ‘Shaddai’ using the letters, ‘shin’, ‘dalet’ and ‘yod’ is used. Interestingly, these letters are an acronym for ‘shomer dalot Yisrael’, which means.
“The Guardian of the doors of Israel”.
The ‘mezuzah’ contains a ‘klaf’, or parchment, on which a scribe has written by hand the Hebrew words of the Shema, of the commandment in Deuteronomy 6:4-9 and 11:20-21: “Hear, O Israel: the LORD is our God, the LORD is One. Love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your might. These words which I command you today shall be on your heart. Teach them repeatedly to your children, speaking of them when you sit at home and when you travel on the way, when you lie down and when you rise. Bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be an emblem between your eyes. Write them on the doorposts of your house and gates.
Deuteronomy 11:20-21: “Write them on the doorposts of your house and gates, so that you and your children may live long in the land that the LORD swore to your ancestors to give them, for as long as the heavens are above the earth.
‘Mezuzah’ means doorpost. It reminds every observant Jew to abide in the Word of God and to pass it on to future generations. It reminds Jews of God’s protection through the ages, like Psalm 121:8 “The LORD will watch over your coming and going, both now and forever more.” Yeshua said, “I am the gate for the sheep.” (John 10:7). Yeshua, like the shepherd, protects the gate of the sheep pen.
He is the only way to the Father: “I am the way, no one comes to the Father except through me.” (John 14:6)
After the Fall, when Adam and Eve were driven out of the Garden of Eden, God placed Cherubim on either side of the eastern entrance and a flaming sword turning every way to guard the way to the Tree of Life. (Genesis 3:24)
In Exodus 12:21-23, God instructed the Israelites to put blood on the top and sides of the doorframes of their houses for protection when the Angel of Death struck the first-born. Jewish people remember this deliverance in the Passover feast every year.
These examples show the spiritual significance of gateways, and the importance of the Mezuzah as a reminder of God’s Word and His protection for those who are obedient in following His ways. As believers we have the responsibility to guard the entrance places to our homes and of our lives. Entrances are where evil spirits can enter if you have no Guardian.
Mezuzah Pledge 5778 Goals
Restore God’s commandments to every house hold in our
state and nation.
Help support the land of Israel and honor the Jewish
Twenty percent of all proceeds will be donated to
charities in the land of Israel.
All mezuzahs are made in the land of Israel.
Help support Torah One New Man ministries, which is to
educate Christians about their Hebrew heritage, including
intimate visits to the Land of Israel.
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