Sunday, December 4, 2011

Turning a mezuzah into an amulet


"A popular practice is to write upon the outside of the mezuzah, opposite the space between portions, the Name Sha-dai. There is no loss; this is external. However, one who writes the names of angels, or Holy Names, or a sentence or seals, inside the parchment, is included among those who have no share in the next world. Not only do these fools nullify the mitzvah, but they treat a great mitzvah, the unification of Gd's Name and love of Him and service of Him as though it was an amulet for personal benefit, as has arisen in their foolishness."

(Rambam, Mishneh Torah, Hilchot Tefillin, Mezuzah v'Sefer Torah 5:4)

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