I finally trimmed the Mezuzah that has been sitting on my desk for the past 2-3 weeks. It now fits nicely in the mezuzah tube.
Once I had it in the tube, I showed it to Malka (Stephanie) and she liked it so much she wanted it on the front door instead of the Garage door.
It is a custom of Ashkinazis to place the Mezuzah at an angle, top leaned in toward the home. The reason I’ve been given for this, is that the blessings are to flow into the house.
I place mine vertically for four reasons:
- Placing at an angle so we can get a blessing seems too superstitious. Like, should I hang my horseshoe curve up or curve down, in order for the “Luck” to come on my house.
- I desire my community to be blessed, not just my house. The Deuteronomy 6 text talks about: when I come in, when I go out, when I sit down, when I lay down, and when I am walking on the way. This blessing is too precious to keep for ourselves.
- Sephardic Jews place theirs vertically. (Even if the Sephardic group I meet with want to be Ashkenazi, I desire to be Sephardic.)
- I think it looks nicer and there is no real Biblical reason for one over the other. I am sure that both groups can give a text that supports their position, but it is reason given after the fact to justify a decision already made. (In my humble opinion). Here is my text, for doing it vertically:
16 I will bring the blind by a way they did not know;
I will lead them in paths they have not known.
I will make darkness light before them,
And crooked places straight.
These things I will do for them,
And not forsake them.”
May יהוה make the crooked places straight before you as you follow His ways.