Tuesday, December 25, 2012

We Are Jews in Israel

We are Jews in Israel. A special pilgrimage. Things normally uncommon become the norm ...
Youngest Son playing in the sand of Tel Aviv Beach in his kippah!
Youngest Son "Mommy, you know what another great thing about Israel is?"

Me "What honey?"

Youngest Son "Everyone here wears a kippah."

What is a kippah?kippah (literally: dome) is the Hebrew word for skullcap, also referred to inYiddish as a yarmulke, or less frequently as a koppel. Traditionally, Jewish men and boys wear the kippah at all times, a symbol of their awareness of, and submission to, a "higher" entity.

Our hotel room in Tel Aviv ... Youngest Son kisses his fingers and touches the mezuzah as we enter.
See the mezuzah on the doorpost of our hotel room?

What is a mezuzah? In the Torah, God commands the Jewish people to hang mezuzot on their doorposts. Two Torah portions, Shema and Vehaya, include the verse: "And you shall inscribe these words upon the doorposts of your house and upon your gates."

The Shema (Deuteronomy 6:4-9) begins with "Hear O Israel, the Lord is our God, the Lord is One." The Shema reminds us that God is always present in our lives, and that we should keep God's words constantly in our minds and in our hearts. The Shema tells us that one way to do this is by writing them on the doorposts of our house. Vehaya(Deuteronomy 11:13-21) assures us of God's compensation if we fulfill his commandments (mitzvot).

It is a Torah commandment to hang mezuzot on our doorposts. Mezuzot, in turn, remind of God's presence and of our duty to fulfill God's commandments.

No comments:

Post a Comment