Can I help you with a mezuzah?
This week, Mussie and I both had the opportunity to affix a mezuzah on the doorposts of two different homes. It is an experience we both treasure to have the opportunity to participate in. Whether it is a new family moving to town, someone moving into a new home, or simply choosing to add a mezuzah to their current residence, it is always an uplifting and joyous encounter.
I'll never forget the first time I visited the late Sylvia Henkin at her residence in the Inn on Westport, and she proudly showed me her beautiful mezuzah which she made sure to bring with her from her previous home. At every stage in life, in every residence, a Jewish person should to have a mezuzah. It was clear that she lived by this.
Though we do a mitzvah not for its reward, but because it is the will and request of G-d, mezuzah is one of the few mitzvahs for which the Torah states its reward. In this case, the reward is long life for oneself and one's children: And you shall inscribe them on the doorposts ("mezuzot") of your house and on your gates, so that your days and the days of your children may be prolonged upon the land which the L-rd swore to give to your fathers for as long as the heavens are above the earth (Deuteronomy 11:20-21).
This is such a beautiful mitzvah, and one that is so easy to do. With a blessing for our future generations, and connecting us with our ancestors of days bygone, the mezuzah carries extra special meaning.
Especially in South Dakota, where our population is so small, seeing a mezuzah adorning a door always brings a very special feeling. So I have taken it upon myself to dedicate time to assist Jewish homes across the state to affix at least one mezuzah each week this year. If you would like to learn more, please get in touch!
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Rabbi Mendel Alperowitz Blog
Serving the spiritual needs of the South Dakota Jewish community. Based in Sioux Falls and travels the state.