Esty, the heroine of Neither Here Nor There, my romance with a difference set mostly in Jerusalem, has been brought up in a haredi (ultra-orthodox) family. Her upbringing was full of rules and traditions she learned to keep without question – or at least without questioning them to anyone but herself. One of those traditions was that of touching the mezuzah affixed to every building and room as she entered it and then kissing the fingers that had touched it.
What is a mezuzah?
A mezuzah is a small case containing a scroll made of parchment. On the scroll are the words of the prayer known as the Shema (hear). The prayer begins: “Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is One.” The case usually contains the letter shin (ש) to stand for one of the names of God.
Why is the mezuzah fixed to doorposts?
The Shema contains a commandment to inscribe the words of the Shema “on the doorposts of your house.” Whether this means every door or only the front door is open to interpretation.
Why is the mezuzah positioned at an angle?
I’d never thought about this before, but I discovered the answer from http://www.jewfaq.org/signs.htm and a longer answer from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mezuzah. The rabbis couldn’t decide whether the mezuzah should be horizontal or vertical, so they compromised. Also, the mezuzah is placed so that it points into the room, implying that God and the Torah are entering the room.
There is no connection between the mezuzah and the lamb’s blood placed on the doorposts in Egypt, part of exodus story celebrated on Passover.
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Miriam usually blogs at http://miriamdrori.com.
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Are you busy with your Christmas preparations? Cookies baked, shopping list written for the holidays? Or are you trying to escape it all?
We’re still fairly calm here. Shopping isn’t done yet, though we already have plenty of logs and coal to keep us warm at least. And wine, bubbly and beer chilled. But we’ll do the food shop tomorrow. Not looking forward to facing the desperate crowds that pile up their trolleys like there’s no tomorrow. Well, in this case, no post-Christmas. We’ll see…
Right, so in the midst of all this festive chaos, Highland Arms was re-released through Crooked Cat Publishing. I’ll always be grateful to The Wild Rose Press for giving me my first signed contract, but I’m also looking forward to new ventures. Highland Arms is the first in The Highland Chronicles series – a selection of historical romance adventures set in the Scottish Highlands during different time periods.
Highland Arms is set in 1720, five years after the first ill-fated Jacobite rebellion. Danger lurks all around you as the Jacobites are defeated, but not thrashed (like after the ’45). So of course, my hero, Rory Cameron, is involved in some way. A rebellious Highlander waiting for his next chance. But along comes Miss Catriona MacKenzie, fresh from Edinburgh. And she pokes her nose into his business affairs, unravelling things that should remain hidden.
The second book in the series will be Highland Escape (working title)…
Come on over to my blog and read the full post at… http://cathiedunn.blogspot.co.uk/2014/12/highland-arms-released-again.html
I’ll see you there! Merry Christmas! :-)