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The Sharia of Moses in the TORA
Part 1 - The 248 Positive Commandments of the Tora

15 - THE MEZUZAH


Deuteronomy 6:4-7.9 -- 4 “Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one! 5 You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength. 6 And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart. 7 You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up. … 9 You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.”
Deuteronomy 11:20-21 -- 20 “And you shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates, 21 that your days and the days of your children may be multiplied in the land of which the Lord swore to your fathers to give them, like the days of the heavens above the earth.”

As kings have guards who protect their houses and palaces, so the Lord asks his people to put guards at their doors. This parchment scroll should be written by a religion man, and it should occasionally be examined to make sure that the writing is still present.

“One is under the obligation to be heedful in the observance of the commandment pertaining to the Mezuzah, for it is a duty which is ever incumbent upon everyone, so that whenever he comes in or goes out he will encounter this reminder of the unity of the Name, the Name of the Holy One, blessed be He, remembering to love Him, rousing himself from his sleep, and from his errors in his pursuit of the follies of the passing hour, recognizing that there is nothing permanent or eternal save the knowledge of the Rock of the Universe, and so that he may return at once to his right reason and walk in the paths of righteousness. The sages of old said: ‘He who has Phylacteries on his head and his arm, Fringes on his garments, and a Mezuzah on his doorway, will presumable commit no sin,’ for he has many reminders, these being the guardian angels that save him from sin, as it is said, (The angel of the Lord encamps all around those who fear Him, and delivers them.)(Psalms 34: 7) Blessed be the Merciful One who so helped us.”*

* Mishneh Torah, Ahabah, Hilchoth Mezuzah, VI, 13

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