Monday, August 18, 2014

Mezuzah as Protection, Part 2


"The practice has spread, to write on the external surface of the mezuzah, opposite the blank space between paragraphs, Shin-Daled-Yud. There is no loss in this, for it is on the outside.

"Those who write the names of angels inside, though, or the Holy Names, or a verse or a seal, are in the category of those who have no share in the next world. It is not enough for these fools that they annul the mitzvah! They also take a great mitzvah, the declaration of the unified Name of Gd, love of Gd and service of Gd, and treat it as an amulet for their personal benefit, as it has entered their foolish hearts that this is something meant to provide them with pleasure in this vain world!"

(Rambam, Mishneh Torah, Laws of Mezuzah 5:4)

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