Steven Zvi Gleiberman

What Does A Mezuzah Signify

9: And you shall inscribe them upon the doorposts of your house and upon your gates.

The home, in its essence, is not merely a physical structure of walls and roofs; rather, it represents the dwelling place of the person, thereby making it, in it of itself, an identity. By inscribing God’s singularity on our doorposts through a mezuzah, we sanctify our living spaces and establish our home as an area of godliness, imbued through the light of the Torah. It is our constant reminder that every room, every corner, and every aspect of our lives within these walls can be elevated by the awareness of God’s presence and total control.

We are also commanded to place a mezuzah upon our gates, an area that connects our internal world to the external world. As we step outside the gate, we embrace the world beyond our homes with the same reverence and reminders that we hold within them. The gate symbolizes transition, the moment when we encounter the challenges and opportunities of the outside world. With the Torah’s teachings guiding us, we can approach each interaction and experience it as an opportunity for growth, kindness, and spiritual elevation.

Additionally, the act of inscribing the Shema within the mezuzah suggests permanence. We are not merely task-centered passersby, but bearers of a permanent mission.

The Shema within the mezuzah includes the verse; וְאָ֣הַבְתָּ֔ אֵ֖ת יְהֹוָ֣ה אֱלֹהֶ֑יךָ בְּכָל־לְבָֽבְךָ֥ וּבְכָל־נַפְשְׁךָ֖ וּבְכָל־מְאֹדֶֽךָ (And you shall love Hashem, your God, with all your heart and with all your soul, and with all your means). Love lies at the core of our relationship with God. It is not mere obedience (based possibly on fear), but rather, a heartfelt connection that propels us to fulfill God’s commandments. As we love God, we understand that His teachings are not at all restrictions on our life, but rather exactly the opposite; they are a source of freedom.

In a world of distractions, temptations, and uncertainty, we are called upon to build the foundations of our lives, based on timeless values and principles. By inscribing the mission on the doorposts of our hearts and the gates of our actions, we infuse our lives with purpose, meaning, and light. Let us build our lives on the foundation of the Torah’s teachings, embracing them with love and commitment. May we create homes that radiate with the light of Torah, and as we step beyond our thresholds, and may our actions and interactions be guided by the wisdom we carry within us.

Through this, we become bearers of light, which overflows (via action or inaction) to inspire others to discover the beauty of a life devoted to God, through the Torah and its teachings.

Shabbat Shalom!

About the Author
StevenZvi grew up in Brooklyn and in his professional life worked in the healthcare industry in New York City. Wishing to create additional meaning and purpose in his life, he moved to Jerusalem in November 2020, where he lives with his wife, works in the Medical Technology space and volunteers for Hatzalah. He uses his writing capabilities as a healthy outlet not to receive money, recognition or fame. It’s his hope that his articles will have some positive impact on the Jewish nation and humanity worldwide. He may not live forever, but his contributions to society might.
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