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Why do we kiss the Mezuzah when we walk in and out of a room?


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Mezuzah: Why do we kiss a Mezuzah when we walk in and out of rooms?

Chana Weisberg: it is a beautiful custom. it is a sign of respect and affection to kiss the Mezuzah when you pass by.1

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  • 1. The Talmud tells the story of the famous convert to Judaism, Onkelos the son of Kalonymos, who was a nephew of the Roman Emperor Titus. Titus was furious to hear that his nephew had converted, so he sent advisors to convince Onkelos to return to the Roman religion. Onkelos so convinced the advisors with his response that all of the Emperor’s advisors also decided to convert. Titus then sent legionnaires to arrest Onkelos and commanded them not speak at all to Onkelos. When the legionnaires walked Onkelos out of his house, he smiled and kissed the mezuzah on the doorpost. Observing the soldiers' bewilderment, Onkelos explained that a mortal king needs guards outside his house. The King of Kings, on the other hand, is Himself guarding His servants outside their homes. As King David wrote in his Psalms: “G-d shall guard thy going out and thy coming in from now and forevermore.” Psalm 121, 8. Onkelos' words made such a profound impact on the legionnaires that they also converted to Judaism.


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A rolled up scroll containing certain verses from the Torah which is affixed to the right-hand doorpost of doorways in a Jewish home.