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Where do you think these men are? What are they doing?
A mezuzah marks the doorway of a Jewish building or home. What does it mean to you to see a mezuzah on a doorway? What does the mezuzah signify for you?
Many people kiss a mezuzah (or kiss their hand and touch the mezuzah) when they enter a Jewish building or home. What do you think is the significance of that act?
What does a mezuzah have in common with the kiddush blessing? What does it mean to be “sanctified”? Are all forms of sanctification equal?
For Further Reflection:
Judaism's symbols and rituals are designed to encompass every aspect of our lives. The Shema, a central piece of the Jewish liturgy, describes the Jewish faith as something that is meant to accompany us throughout our day. You can read the verses here. What moments in your life feel most like touchpoints for your Judaism? When do you feel closest to your faith?
- "Kiddush" means "sanctification." The text of the kiddush refers to Passover as a "holy convocation" -- a holy occasion that was given to us by God. The Torah describes the holidays as occasions called out by God, but which we also have a responsibility to call out, to mark, and to designate as special. What are the ways in which you make holidays special in your home or community?
Tell Your Own Story:
Take a picture with this question in mind: What Jewish objects bring holiness into your home or daily routine? After you take your photo, give it a caption. You can find some helpful photography tips here.