And you shall write [the words that I command you today] on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.
—Deuteronomy 6:9, 11:19
So Karen says that it’s time to check the mezuzahs in the house. The halacha, Jewish law, teaches us that the lettering of the prayer, “Shema Yisroel…” Hear O Israel, on the parchment, has to be clear of all blemishes, the lettering perfectly legible with absolutely no mistakes.
It’s vital to make sure that the mezuzahs are still kosher for changes in weather and the natural aging of the klaf, parchment, can crack and smudges the ink thereby invalidating the mezuzah.
Mezuzot are required on every doorway that serve as an entrance and exit to your permanent home—save the bathroom. We have mezuzot on the arch of the courtyard and the front door. Even the entrance to our garages is slotted with mezuzot.
It takes us about an hour to remove all the mezuzot from the doorways and arches.
Yesterday afternoon, we dropped off the mezuzot with our sofer— a pious, low-key gentleman whose work is trustworthy and meticulous.
This morning, picking up the mezuzot our sofer says: “Two of the mezuzot are pasul.” Not kosher. And he rolls open twin parchment rectangles and shows me where one letter on each klaf is indistinct.
All in all, that’s not bad for twenty mezuzot.
Anyway, not only is our sofer a fine and pious man, but he’s a stalwart Republican. I confess to getting all warm and fuzzy as he works on a Torah with a McCain-Palin yarmulke—in English and Hebrew—sitting on his head.
I can’t help but feel that our sofer’s holy labors with the Republican ticket atop makes for a powerful and synergistic combination.
And finally, let’s take six minutes to prepare yourselves for Rosh HaShanah. The titles that appear on-screen are the words to the Rosh HaShanah prayer chanted over the soundtrack.
Karen and I wish all or friends a Shana Tova U’mtukah, a good and sweet year.