April

April 29, 2014

Thank you to Rabbi Daniel Syme for the answer. What is a mezuzah? The Hebrew word mezuzah means “doorpost.” According to tradition, the mezuzah is to be affixed to the doorpost at the entrance to a Jewish home as well as at the entrance to each of the interior rooms except for bathrooms. The mezuzah itself consists of a small scroll of parchment (k’laf) on which are written two biblical passages, Deuteronomy 6:4-9 and Deuteronomy 11:13-21. This scroll is then inserted into a wooden, plastic, or metal casing that is often quite beautiful and artistic in design. A mezuzah may be purchased at any store that handles Jewish religious articles. Why do Jews affix a mezuzah to the doorpost of a home? The custom of affixing a mezuzah to the doorpost fulfills the biblical commandment: “You shall write them upon the doorposts of thy house and upon they gates” (Deuteronomy 6:9). The mezuzah distinguishes a Jewish home and is a visible sign and symbol to all those who enter that a sense of Jewish identity and commitment exists in that household.

Like many faith traditions, candles are used as a source of light – before electric lights were invented, candles were the source (along with sunlight) of […]
April 22, 2014

Tattoos – Hindu, Jewish and Muslim Perspectives

Tattoos – A Hindu Perspective Thank you to Chandru Acharya Hindus have had several traditions of permanent as well as temporary tattooing that has been practiced […]
April 15, 2014

Why don't Sikhs cut their hair or shave?

Thank you to Dalpreet Saluja In short, Sikhs do not cut their hair because we believe that to be one with God you must maintain the […]
April 8, 2014

Why is the Sabbath on Saturday in Jewish tradition and on Sunday in Christian tradition?

Thank you to The Rev. Dr. Loren M. Scribner How the Sabbath Became the Lord’s Day? How did the Jewish Sabbath become the Christian Lord’s Day?  Perhaps […]