While a mezuzah is traditionally placed in the doorway of a Jewish household, a mezuzah necklace offers protection wherever you go. Mezuzah charms are a recent trend and come in a variety of styles and materials. They are a beautiful addition to any Jewish jewelry collection.
This contemporary mezuzah usage, while not traditional, references back to ancient times when the amulet was carried for protection. It lets its wearer carry the Shema at all times. Shema is a significant prayer in Judaism. It expresses one’s devotion and respect for God.
Aside from their inherent beauty, people wear mezuzah necklaces for a variety of reasons. Some wearers feel it brings them closer to God. They touch the mezuzah when they need guidance or use it to find peace. Some wear it as a reminder of God’s words while others use it to declare their devotion to the one true God. Many just find them attractive.
My Favorite Mezuzah Necklace
This Star of David sterling silver mezuzah-shaped pendant is my current favorite. Made of Jerusalem stone with a sterling silver Star of David, it is beautifully colored and unique. Created by Rafael, one of Israel’s most celebrated artisan jewelry designers.
The controversy around wearing a mezuzah necklace
Like all non-traditional religious uses of symbolism, there is some controversy around wearing a mezuzah as a necklace. According to this article from Chabad.org, wearing it as a charm does not fulfill the mitzvah of mezuzah. Also, there are rules to follow before one can take a Mezuzah into any unclean place such as a bathroom.
More Mezuzah Necklaces
In addition to my favorite style above, here are a few more mezuzah necklaces, each an example of lovely Judaica jewelry. Their unique design and quality workmanship are something special.
Remember Jerusalem Mezuzah Necklace
This Mezuzah necklace features a golden Star of David set with a piece of genuine chrysoberyl. It is backed by a pattern based on the Western Wall in Israel, and has Hebrew scripture on the reverse, from (Psalms 137:5-6).
Silver Mezuzah Necklace – Shema Israel
There is something quite beautiful about this cylindrical silver mezuzah necklace. It reads “Shema Yisrael” in gold lettering. It is ornate, but the shape offers a solid, sturdy look to it. The gold letters stand out as the perfect accent.
Sterling Silver Mezuzah Pendant With Shema Yisrael
I love the modern and unique look to this sterling silver mezuzah necklace. The Hebrew words “Shema yisrael hashem elokaynu hashem echad” (Hear O Israel, the Lord is our G-d, the Lord is one) are wrapped around the cylinder.
Men’s Mezuzah Necklaces
While some men don’t wear jewelry, a Judaica necklace is an excellent way to carry their faith with them and can be very subtle. I feature a few men’s mezuzah necklaces below from Amazon; these have longer chains to fit larger necks.
Final thoughts on a mezuzah necklace
A doorframe in your home is no longer the only place for a mezuzah. Continually carrying a mezuzah charm showcases your love and devotion to God. Being such an important symbol in Judaism, a mezuzah necklace is a unique way to keep all that it signifies with you at all times.
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