Mezuzah means “doorpost” in Hebrew. The mezuzah consists of a case that contains a rolled-up scroll. Hanging mezuzot (plural) on your doorposts fulfills one of the 613 mitzvot, or sacred obligations, prescribed in the Torah and continues a tradition handed down from generation to generation for thousands of years.
The important part of the mezuzah is the part you don’t see: the rolled up klaf, or scroll, contained by the case. On the klaf are written two verses from Deuteronomy, including the Shema, a prayer which says “Listen, Gd is one”. as welll as the instruction “You shall love the L-rd, your G-d, with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your resources. And you shall teach them to your children, and you shall speak of them when you sit in your house and when you go on the way, when you lie down and when you rise up. And you shall bind them as a sign upon your arm and they shall be an ornament between your eyes. And you shall write them upon the doorposts of your house and on your gates. The text also gives the promise of abundance and health. Read Full Traditional Translation
The tradition tells us to touch our fingers to the mezuzah and kiss them every time we leave our home and again when we return. This is a way to take the name of G-d directly into our mouths. It reminds us of the unity of all things. The mezuzah gives us a simple practice that can make us slow down a bit and remember the goodeness of the earth and its people. My hope is that by hanging a natural handmade object on your doorpost, made by the person who gathered the branch and thanked the tree, and who loved making it, you will feel a little more connected to nature, to history, to yourself, and to me.