Wednesday, January 26, 2005

The Mezuzah's Lesson

There is a difference of opinion between Rashi and Tosfos as to whether a mezuzah is affixed parallel (vertically) or perpendicular (horizontally) to the door post. The widespread custom among Ashkenazim is to affix the mezuzah on an angle in order to fulfill both opinions. This teaches us an important lesson in shalom bayis, marital harmony. By regularly noticing the mezuzos in our home in a "compromise" position, on an angle - not exclusively like one opinion yet satisfying both of them, we are constantly reminded to also meet our spouse "half way", to compromise and be flexible.

(Rabbi Eliyahu Kitov)

5 Comments:

At January 26, 2005 at 12:57:00 PM EST, Blogger Jen said...

[In my best Chandler Bing voice] Could you BE any more enlightening?

Thank you!

 
At January 26, 2005 at 5:30:00 PM EST, Blogger Stx said...

Wow, I'm with Jen on this one! You never fail to inspire me....

(Except when you're on vacation ;) )

 
At January 26, 2005 at 9:57:00 PM EST, Blogger torontopearl said...

All was fine, and angular in my life, and then I married a Sefardi. So mezuzot, as I knew them, became set in their ways... but my husband and I have still managed to find compromise in our married life.
And with a commentator's name like Rabbi Kitov, how could anything be but "tov"!

 
At January 27, 2005 at 7:42:00 AM EST, Blogger A Simple Jew said...

Thank you all for your comments!

 
At January 27, 2005 at 10:14:00 PM EST, Blogger Jack's Shack said...

I like to look at life from a different angle, or maybe it is just the crick in my neck. ;)

 

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