The Jewish culture places massive importance on the constant remembrance of God Yahweh's words and commandments on every occasion possible. One way of accomplishing this is by displaying the verses of the Torah on the doorstep. It is a biblical commandment that the verses be displayed on the doorstep of every household. Hence, the mezuzah, which means "doorstep" in Hebrew, distinguishes the Jewish home from other ordinary homes. Over the years, the mezuzah has become one of the integral parts of the identity of the Jews.
Ordinary Vs. Kosher Mezuzahs
The mezuzahs remind everyone who enters a Jewish household that they have a covenant with God. It also reminds everyone else that the dwellers of the Jewish house operate by a unique set of beliefs and faiths. The mezuzah is a distinguishing sacred object that requires authenticity. Hence, only kosher mezuzahs must be purchased because its parchment scroll is handmade by an expert scribe called a Sofer with strict adherence to the Jewish law called the halacha.
The various mezuzah styles
The decorative case, which contains the klaf or the sacred parchment, is available in many decorative styles. The scope for creativity in this is virtually limitless, with hundreds of designs handcrafted by the finest of the Israeli craftsmen. However, the most popular designs are the Tree of Life, the Star of David, Hamsa, Hoshen, etc.
The right mezuzah material
The choice of material for the mezuzah depends on where the mezuzah is fixed. Mezuzahs are fixed both inside and outside the house. If the mezuzah is fixed outside, it must be ensured that the mezuzah material is sturdy, like glass, cement, or stone. These materials are airtight and protect the delicate parchment from dust, rain, and other such weather conditions that can be harmful to the parchment.
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