A Mezuzah On The Door Explores Creating a Jewish Home
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A Mezuzah On The Door Explores Creating a Jewish Home

Categories Ritual Objects 
Book Title: A Mezuzah On The Door

Author: Amy Meltzer

Illustrator: Janice Fried

Book Summary:

Moving is tough! Young readers will relate to the story of a little boy who moves from an apartment in the city to a house in the suburbs and must adjust to his new surroundings. The Jewish tradition of putting up a mezuzah on the door and the accompanying celebration help his transition to his new home.

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This resource was created by the PJ Library at the PJ Library Educator s Center. Created for Family programs, this resource and its activities can be utilized, possibly with modifications, in a variety of children s learning environments.

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"The primary goal of this program is to introduce families and involve children in the making and mitzvah of hanging a mezuzah. During the program families will:

  • Discuss the significance and purpose of a mezuzah
  • Look at mezuzot (plural of mezuzah), both the case and the klaf (the scroll inside)
  • Create a mezuzah case
  • Learn about the connection between the Sh’ma prayer and the mezuzah
  • Learn about a traditional klaf including the Shma prayer, and make a “creative klaf”
  • Practice hanging a mezuzah"

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For the educatorJewish Thought, Text, and Traditionsmore

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TitleAuthorIllustratorBook Summary
The Shema In the Mezuzah: Listening to Each Other Rabbi Sandy Eisenberg Sasso Joani Keller RothenbergIn a divided world, where the one who shouts the loudest often gets the most attention, a story about compromise and listening. "Standing UP!" "Lying DOWN!" What were the people to do? They decided to ask the rabbi of the town. “What are we to do?” they asked. “Shall we put the mezuzah standing up or lying down?” The townspeople have mezuzahs but cannot agree on how to put them up on their doorways. Should they place them horizontally or vertically, standing up or lying down? To end their arguing, they consult the wise rabbi of the town, who advises them to carefully read the Shema in the mezuzah to find the answer. With this lively tale, based on a twelfth-century rabbinic debate, best-selling, award-winning children's author Sandy Eisenberg Sasso helps young people discover that there is often more than one solution to a problem, and that living together and creating “home” requires cooperation and listening to one another.
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