Mezuzah Jewish Jewelry

The Torah tells Jews to affix mezuzahs to their door posts to remind them of G-d's presence and commandments in their daily lives. An actual mezuzah is a handwritten parchment paper housed inside an often beautiful protective case we typically see on a Jewish doorway. The mezuzah is said to protect the Jewish home. While only symbolic, mezuzah jewelry is also  said to offer protection to those who wear it.  Many mezuzah pendants have a “Shin” or “Shadai” written on the front. “Shadai” is one of the names of G-d and it is also an acronym for “Guardian of the doorways of Israel.”













 

Mezuzah Jewelry

When entering a Jewish home, right there on the doorpost is the mezuzah. A kosher (ritually correct) mezuzah contains parchment, called a klaft, consisting of the Shema Yisrael prayer written by a qualified scribe. This is done because of the commandment to "write them (the words) on the doorposts of your home and on your gates" in Deuteronomy 6:9. While many only place the mezuzah on the outside door, others place them on every door to a living space in their home.

Mezuzahs on doorposts are typically placed in highly decorative cases made out of a variety of materials, including painted wood, ceramic, and precious metals. Often, the Mezuzah is sold with a printed copy of the words, rather than a kosher scroll written by a qualified scribe as a placeholder.

On the back of the scroll "Shaddai", one of the names of G-d, is typically written. This serves a secondary purpose on a mezuzah, as the Hebrew letters shin-dalet-yod that make up "Shaddai" can also be an acronym for a phrase that translates "Guardian of Israel's Doors"

As with many symbols, the mezuzah is often said to have protective powers, and guard the home on which it is placed. Mezuzah jewelry can be taking that protection and symbolically bringing it with you. This jewelry is often marked with "Shaddai" in Hebrew, or just with the letter "shin", and is in the shape of a mezuzah on the doorpost. As mezuzah shapes vary from boxy to round, so does mezuzah jewelry, but it is still recognizable as the symbol used to protect a Jewish home made into a protective amulet, and a beautiful piece of jewelry.