This week, families in Shalom Chaverim started our exploration of mezuzah. A mezuzah (literally, “doorpost”) is a small ritual object traditionally hung on the doorways of Jewish homes. Inside of the mezuzah is a parchment scroll, called a klaf, upon which are written biblical verses of the Shema (Deuteronomy 6:4-9, 11:13-21). For more information about mezuzot (plural of mezuzah), click here.

Children explored mezuzot in the sensory bin. This (newly!) three-year-old is using her observational skills to notice similarities and differences between decorations on mezuzah cases.

One child also noticed that everything looks orange with an orange scarf on her head!

Some children built houses out of blocks and hung mezuzot on the doorposts. This one-year-old worked on carrying blocks from the carpet all the way over to the table. He had an idea for where he wanted to build his house!

Some children chose to stamp the Hebrew letter שׁ (shin), which appears on many mezuzot, and stands for Shaddai, a name for God. This three-year-old is using her fine motor skills to press the stamp hard into the dried out stamp pad and then onto her paper to leave a mark.

After our ma’agal, we went on a mezuzah hunt all around the building! Wow! There are so many mezuzot to find!

I can’t wait to keep exploring mezuzah together!