Making Mezuzahs


The mezuzah can be found on the door frames of many Jewish homes. It is placed on a slight angle on the right-hand side of every door frame in the house. The only door frame in the house that it is not placed on is the bathroom door.

The mezuzah is a piece of parchment scroll with the Shema prayer inscribed on it which is kept in a small case. The Shema prayer is important to Jews because the words describe God asking Jews to remember his commands in both their heads and hearts. The words will have been written by a sofer, who is a person who is trained to write the Torah. The parchment that it is written on must be on the skin of a kosher animal.

The purpose of the mezuzah is to act as a constant reminder of God’s presence. Jews will often touch the mezuzah as they go through the door. The instruction for this comes from the Torah.

We designed our own versions of a mezuzzah with our own personal version of a Shema inside. We even tried our best to translate some of our prayer into Hebrew.

Here are our finished mezuzahs. We took them home to hang on our bedroom door frames.