This is a mezuzah – the Hebrew word for doorpost. It is generally found on the doorposts of observant Jews. Inside the mezuzah is a small piece of parchment with the Shema, the central prayer of Judaism,  written on it. It  begins – “Hear O Israel!  The Lord our God, the Lord is One”.

It is a constant reminder of God’s presence. It is said that the rabbis could not decide if it should be horizontal or vertical so they compromised and put it at an angle.

I took this about 4:30pm looking for some interesting light. It was processed in RAW.


8 Responses to “Religion”

  1. 1 Tammy McChesney
    March 9, 2010 at 7:51 pm

    Nice contrasts between the shadows and light and I love how it hangs at a tilt…very unique idea for the theme – I love it!

  2. March 10, 2010 at 1:02 am

    I Like the subtle colours, lines and the light and shadows. Great choice for the theme.

  3. March 10, 2010 at 8:43 am

    Great use for the theme. Thanks for sharing, love when one learns something new.

  4. March 10, 2010 at 9:13 pm

    Great shadows. I love the monotone colors and the straight lines contrasted with the tilted line. Thanks for the interesting story. I loved hearing it.

  5. March 12, 2010 at 12:52 am

    So nice to see another religion represented here. And I love your explanation of the shema. I didn’t know that there was text inside, despite having seen countless. Plus, nicely framed. Love the repeating vertical lines.

  6. 6 Sue
    March 12, 2010 at 4:25 am

    Love hearing the story and tradition..thanks for sharing! The monotones are great and I love that it hangs at an angle! 😉

  7. March 12, 2010 at 3:43 pm

    Very nice shot for the theme. One of the best parts of the photowalk, in addition to seeing many great photos, is the nuggets of information we learn about so many topics.

  8. March 16, 2010 at 10:13 pm

    Very interesting, I, like others love to learn a new tid bit every day. Great shot and history of the “Mezuzah”

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