The evolution of my artwork starts with the creation of mezuzahs. In this next BLOG post and video I explain the traditional spiritual use of the mezuzah and why you don’t need to be Jewish to have one. The mezuzah will be included in the Art for Prayer and Peace exhibit.
The word mezuzah means doorpost. It is an ancient Jewish tradition to put sacred words –in the form of a very specific scroll– on our doorposts as a reminder that the home is a sanctuary– a sacred safe haven. What is written on the scroll is the core teaching in Judaism paired down to one paragraph– called the Shema and V’ahavta, which are found in the Torah– in Deuteronomy.
The first of the “Jewish values” hand-written in Hebrew on the parchment scroll are a call to hear (Shema) and understand that we are all one. Then we are instructed in the writings to love kindness, to treat all things with truth and compassion, to care for the earth and everything that dwells upon it, and to teach these values to our children and our children’s children. According to the teaching, if we uphold this, peace and justice will prevail and there will be protection for the soul.
Please refer to the link for more detailed information on the tradition of the mezuzah: http://staging.aimeegolant.com/about/teachings/rituals-for-the-home/mezuzah.html