“You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.” (Deuteronomy 6:9).

As we recite the v’ahavtah every day, we are reminded that we are to take the commandments given to us from Adonai into our hearts, minds, and souls. We are to remember them at every juncture in our lives, teach them to our children, and use them as guideposts to provide a framework for our lives. This past Sunday, our religious school students participated in a Chanukat Bayit, the ritual for hanging mezuzot. Our tradition teaches that we are to hang a mezuzah on each doorpost of our home, in every room of the house with the exception of the bathrooms. We place the mezuzah on the right side of the door frame, approximately 2/3 of the way up, so that it will be accessible to all those who enter. As we enter a room, our tradition is to kiss the mezuzah as a reminder to live our lives with meaning and purpose, guided by the tenets of Judaism and our love of God.

–Rabbi Deana Sussman Berezin