Mezuza & Tefilin

Mezuza (Doorpost)

“You shall write them on the door-posts of your house, and on your gates”  [Shema Yisrael :Deuteronomy 6:9]

a Samaritan Mezuza

The Samaritan tradition interprets the Mezuza to mean doorpost (house walls). The post-doors (Mezuzot) are, usually a marble slab, or high quality paper with verses from the Torah written on it. Nowadays the Samaritans position their Mezuzot (door-post) above the house door or on one of the big walls of the house. Some Samaritans people just use a Jewish style Mezuza, placing inside it a small written Samaritan scroll.

Tefillin (Phylacteries)

    Unlike our Brothers, the Jews, the sons of Kingdom of Judea, the Samaritan do not use tefillin, nor tie it on their hand and arms. The Samaritans interpret the verses of the commandment, as a spiritual meaning not in the material sense of the verses, as in using or tying the tefillin. In the Book of Exodus, chapter 13, verse 16, it is written, relating to the exodus of the people of Israel from Egypt;  

“It shall be for a sign on your hand, and for symbols (phylactery) between your eyes: for by strength of hand Yahweh brought us forth out of Egypt.”

A parallel verse in the Torah is found in Exodus 13:9, where it is written;

“It shall be for a sign to you on your hand, and for a memorial between your eyes”.

From here we learn, that the meaning of the phylactery is a spiritual memorial, to remember God’s commands, and not as a material symbol, as it is written in another place in the Torah, “ And you shall remember all God’s commands.” This meaning that a person intends to say or do any physical action, must first remember, God’s laws. The laws of God must stand, where as no sin must be seen with you, by the works of your hands (as in physical actions). Every time a person speaks or physically acts, he must first recall the Torah (law), lest he disobeys one of the commandments. The proof which proves this, is found in verse 13, in the continuation of the spoken verse: “that the law of Yahweh may be in your mouth; for with a strong hand Yahweh has brought you out of Egypt.”

In Deut 6:8, Shema Yisrael (Hear Israel) it is written:

“You shall bind them for a sign on your hand, and they shall be for symbols between your eyes”

The meaning of the word “bond” is spiritual, a bond between a man to his creator.


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