A story about mezuzah and humility

A girl was born into an Orthodox Jewish family. But one day, a daughter who had previously followed Judaism with all her heart woke up one morning and suddenly decided that she wanted to learn about other religions. Therefore, she began to study various cults and denominations and take their ideas as truth. The girl’s father was, of course, perplexed by what was happening. A rabbi’s emissary (shaliach) lived near their home. Therefore, her father asked him for advice. The Shaliach replied: “We will write to the Rebbe – as the Rebbe is known for his prophetic vision and love for every Jew – and see what he answers us.” They drafted a letter to the Rebbe, and the Rebbe replied: “Check your mezuzahs.”

A mezuza is a scroll of parchment affixed to the doorposts of a Jewish home or business that contains an excerpt from the Shema. Deuteronomy 6:4-9: “Hear, O Israel! The Lord our God the Lord is the only one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength! And let the words that I give you today remain in your heart! Affirm them loudly to your children and talk about them while sitting in the house and walking, going to bed and getting up! Tie them as a sign on your arm and let them be studs between your eyes! Write them on the posts and gates of your house!”

The girl’s father and the shaliach began to closely examine the numerous mezuzahs hanging in the house. Father was a very wealthy man. He was a gimel (giver). They brought all the mezuzahs to the scribe for inspection. But there was nothing wrong with them. All were perfect. Time passed and the girl immersed herself more and more in other religions. Again the father and the shaliach wrote to the Rebbe: “What shall we do?” The Rebbe answered a second time, “Check your mezuzahs.” So the men took the mezuzahs off all the doorposts a second time and thoroughly inspected them and again concluded that they were perfect. But since the Rebbe said, “Check the mezuzahs,” it had to be done.

One day, the shaliach was walking with the girl’s father in his beautiful manor land of about seven acres. At the edge of the field, shaliach noticed a small house. He asked, “Does it belong to you?” The father replied, “Yes.” “Does it have a mezuzah hanging on the door? “Well, we put one up there years ago.” So, the two men checked the mezuzah on the door and what did they discovered? In the first verse of the Shema, where it should be written אחד, echad (one), part of the dalet was worn away and the word אחר, aher (other) was formed. They immediately replaced the mezuzah, and the next morning the daughter woke up in tears: “Daddy, I’m sorry. I don’t know what happened to me. But I want to come back. I want to come back home to Judaism.”

Dalet is the fourth letter of the Alef Bey (alphabet). The Talmud tells us that the dale represents the poor. Hence the expression “gomel dalim”: a benefactor who gives to a beneficiary.

Dalet consists of Rishi and Yodi. Dalet, ד is distinguished from Reish, ר? by a small letter Yod. If you put the Yod in the upper right corner of the Reishi, the Reishi becomes a Dalet. Yod, a very small letter, represents humility. This humility is what distinguishes Reishi from Dalet. Our mezuzahs contain the famous section of the prayer known as the Shema. In the Shema we say: “Listen, Israel, God is our God, God is one.” The word echad, one, as well as “God is one”, is written using the letters aleph, ches, dalet, אחד. What happens when you remove the yod from the dalet and thus the star becomes reishi? The word is then no longer echad, but aher, אחר . If such a mistake were made, it would now mean: “Listen, Israel, God our God is another (ie other gods). Yod, humility is so important in the aspect of believing in the oneness of God that leaving it out can lead to someone rejecting God, God forbid, and believing in the existence of other omnipotent forces in the universe.

Ps 37:11 But the humble shall inherit the earth, and shall rejoice in great peace.

Prov 22:4 The reward of humility and the fear of the Lord is riches, honor and life.

Mt 11:29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am meek and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls,

Wishing you a peaceful Shabbat

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