mezuzah

Definitions:

  • A small piece of parchment inscribed with the biblical passages Deuteronomy 6:4–9 and 11:13–21 and marked with the word <em>Shaddai,</em> a name of the Almighty, that is rolled up in a container and affixed by many Jewish households to their door frames in conformity with Jewish law and as a sign of their faith.
  • Among the Jews, an emblem consisting of a piece of parchment, inscribed on one side with the words found in Deut. vi. 4-9 and xi. 13-21, on the other with “Shaddai,” ‘the Almighty,’ and so placed in a small hollow cylinder that the divine name is visible through an opening covered by a glass.
  • A piece of <xref>parchment</xref> inscribed with Pentateuchal texts and attached in a case to the <xref>doorpost</xref> of a <xref>house</xref>, in accordance with Jewish law that says that “the <xref>Jews</xref> must remember the Tenth Plague and the blood on the doorposts.”
  • religious texts from Deuteronomy inscribed on parchment and rolled up in a case that is attached to the doorframe of many Jewish households in accordance with Jewish law
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