Relationship: Child of im/migrant
A mezuzah hung diagonally on my doorpost
A mezuzah hung diagonally on my doorpost

A small rectangular box, attached to the side of a doorframe with a Hebrew letter on it, looking relatively old and made of glass. I'd Always wonder what it was there for, and why it was tilted. The curiosity led me to some questions which led to me asking my parents: what was this for? I got my answer, Its a Jewish tradition to place it on your doorframe. This originated from the Passover story that says that god sent 10 plagues to the Egyptians in order to convince the pharaoh to let Israeli slaves free.  The Mezuzah was a marking on the doorpost for Jewish people with the blood of a sacrificial lamb, to let god know to not let the last of the plagues on those families. The mezuzah contains a small parchment with writing on it, with one of the most important prayers in Judaism. It is tilted because In 12th century France, Rabbi Solomon Ben Isaac argued that the mezuzah should be vertical, while his grandson Rabbenu Tam argued that it should be horizontal. In the end, they compromised and decided that the mezuzah should be hung diagonally. Learning about the Mezuzah led me to learn more about Judaism, a part of my identity which is important for me to know about. I am proud to be Jewish and to practice the traditions that come along with it.

Place(s): New York, Egypt
Year: 1987

– EL

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