How To Hang a Mezuzah

How to hang a mezuzah | Land of Honey

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This post is done in conjunction with the mezuzah giveaway from Turtle Lane Pottery. You still have a couple of days to enter to win a set of beautiful mezuzahs!

Let's talk mezuzahs. Deuteronomy 6:9 says that we should have the words of YHWH on the doorposts of our homes. A mezuzah is a case that holds a scroll of part of Scripture, usually the surrounding passage from Deuteronomy. Mezuzahs are one way to keep this commandment. Other ideas would be hanging a plaque on the door, writing a verse on the door frame, framing a verse for the entrance, or even painting or inscribing a verse on the door itself. Whichever you decide will serve as a reminder and encouragement when you go in and out.
Turtle Lane Pottery mezuzah | Land of Honey
Traditional Judaism has more than 2,000 laws on how to properly hang a mezuzah. If you are looking for those instructions, you will not find them here. The commandment that we have from YHWH regarding this is simply to do it, so I will be sharing one way of going about that.
Turtle Lane Pottery mezuzah | Land of Honey
When you purchase a mezuzah, what you are buying is the case. Typically it will not come with the scroll inside, though sometimes that is an option for an extra charge. Chances are, any sort of color or pattern you may be interested in is out there. You could also make your own using anything from clay to wood to Legos if you are so inclined. My Turtle Lane mezuzah did not come with a scroll so my first step in hanging it was to write out Scripture. Judaism teaches that this should be done by a qualified scribe who will hand write it, but I don't see that requirement in Scripture. In fact when Moses said, "You shall write this," he was speaking to all Israel, not just a group of qualified scribes. At our house we want to take responsibility for our faith so we wrote it ourselves instead of outsourcing that task.
DIY hang a mezuzah in your home | Land of Honey
We chose to write out Deuteronomy 6:4-6, which Yahusha of course described as the most important commandment. You could write more or less depending on what you feel is best. Feel free to write it in your native language; include Hebrew if you would like.
DIY hang a mezuzah in your home | Land of Honey
You will want to measure your mezuzah and trim down your paper as needed to fit.

Once your Scripture is written out, roll it tightly to fit into the mezuzah.
DIY hang a mezuzah in your home | Land of Honey
Turtle Lane Pottery's mezuzahs come with the two small screws you will need to affix this in your house. If you need to supply your own screws the ones we used were half an inch.

You will need to decide where your mezuzah is going. Inside or outside? Which side of the door? To the left or the right? On the door, the frame, or next to it? This really isn't complicated, though Judaism has rules for all these things. Pick what works best for the design of your home to showcase your mezuzah. If you would like to put one outside, be sure it can handle the elements.

If you are familiar with mezuzahs, chances are you have seen them at an angle. There's nothing wrong with this, but if you are going to do it you should learn the story behind it. Hundreds of years ago, in the 13th and 14th centuries there were conflicting opinions about how to hang a mezuzah. One school of thought was vertically, another was horizontally. In lieu of picking a side or letting homeowners make their own choice, rabbis began instructing that mezuzahs should be placed at a slant so that both sides would be placated. So there you have it.

When YHWH commanded us to have his words on the doorposts of our homes he was not very specific. He did not add, "at a 45° degree angle," or "in this font." It would be wrong to say otherwise. He gives us room for creativity. Make your own choice about this. We chose to hang ours vertically because we thought it looked the best. :)
Want to hang a mezuzah in your home? Here's how. | Land of Honey
With the scroll inside, use a drill to screw the mezuzah into your door/post/wall. Use a lighter hand when you drill as mezuzahs don't weigh much and you don't want to crack or break yours.
Turtle Lane Pottery Mezuzah | Land of Honey
It is traditional to say a blessing when you hang the mezuzah. You could say, "Blessed are you YHWH our Eloheinu, King of the Universe, who has sanctified us with his commandments and commanded us to have his words on our doorposts." You could also pray that your home would be a place where YHWH's commandments are kept and guarded, and that this mezuzah would be a reminder to turn to him each day.
How to hang a mezuzah in your home - easy commandment to keep | Land of Honey
There you have it: the mezuzah is up. This lovely thing has reminded me to say a quick prayer each time I see it. Who knew an object could help you to turn your heart to YHWH? I want to thank Corrine from Turtle Lane for this thoughtful gift. If you are in need of your own mezuzah be sure to head over to our giveaway post to win a set of your own!
How to hang a mezuzah in your home - easy commandment to keep | Land of Honey

Living the Torah Portions: Pinchas

Living the Torah Portions: Pinchas to Va'etchanan - crafts, recipes, and study ideas | Land of Honey

Pinchas - Phinehas - Numbers 25:10-30:1
Simple Caprese Skewers from Cookie and Kate
Make kabobs or skewers to remember the famous act of Phineas killing two people in sin and stopping the plague. Serving anything from grilled chicken kabobs to fruit skewers to these pretty caprese appetizers can be a talking point to discuss obedience to YHWH and the many ways we see him work.
Caprese skewer bites with peaches

Mattot/Massei - Tribes/Journeys - Numbers 30:2-36:13
Ancient Israel Map
Much attention is paid to the map of Israel in this portion. It's time we better understand the where's of Scripture. Study this week to learn the boundaries of the land, where the Levites were to live, and the cities of refuge. This leads to better comprehension of the rest of Scripture. It's nice to know where things are!
Map of ancient Israel | Land of Honey

Devarim - Words - Deuteronomy 1-3:22
Star fruit slices from Half Baked Harvest
So the link here is actually a recipe for a lovely fruit tart that is reminscent of the night sky. You could totally go for that but sticking with star cut outs (or slice a starfruit) is a little more doable. The reason for the stars is that Devarim 1 brings up the fulfillment of YHWH's promise that his people will be as plentiful as the stars in the sky. Remind yourself of that. Star gazing would be another fun option.
Star fruit for Torah portion Devarim | Land of Honey

Va'etchanan - I pleaded - Deuteronomy 3:23-7:11
Shema Israel ring from Nadin Rings
The Shema is given in this week's Torah portion. Memorize what Yahusha described as the greatest commandment in Hebrew (Shema Israel, YHWH eloheinu, YHWH echad.), put mezuzahs up in your home, or make or purchase a piece of jewelry with Scripture on it. This 'shema Israel' ring is a practical way to have his word on your hand.
Shema Israel from Nadin Rings

Mezuzah Giveaway with Turtle Lane Pottery

Enter to win a set of handmade mezuzahs for your home! | Land of Honey

It didn't take long after stumbling into the Turtle Lane Pottery shop to become #obsessed. Take a look for yourself and see why...do you see this ascetic? Gorgeous and functional. Handmade and lovely. The colors. The designs. Pretty much everything I can see being at home in my kitchen. I'll wash my berries in that colander, put my challah on the shalom plate, use the cutest olive server ever, and make my tea for Scripture study or a friend chat in those mugs, please and thank you! Corrine surprised me with a beautiful, handmade mezuzah so I'm one step closer to owning everything. Ha!

Beautiful handmade mezuzahs from Turtle Lane Pottery | Land of Honey

If you're not familiar, a mezuzah is the traditional application of Deuteronomy 6:9, which tells us to have the words of YHWH on the doorposts of our homes. A passage of Scripture is written on paper and then rolled up and placed in the mezuzah before you mount it on your door frame. It works as a reminder of the commandments for us and also a talking piece for visitors that come over. They come in all sorts of sizes, colors, and styles and honestly I haven't seen more beautiful ones than the ones that Turtle Lane potter Corrine Garcia makes. So, you can also up the cuteness factor at your house. :) I am super excited (and also a tad jealous) that one of you will be receiving a set of these beautiful mezuzahs! (Enter to win at the end of this post.)

Beautiful handmade mezuzahs from Turtle Lane Pottery | Land of Honey

Corinne took some time to answer a few questions and you guys will love getting to know her!

Behind the scenes at Turtle Lane Pottery | Land of Honey

Interview with Corinne Garcia from Turtle Lane Pottery

Turtle Lane Pottery giveaway | Land of Honey

Tell us a little about yourself...
I was drawn to art at an early age in Switzerland, when I was introduced to clay for the first time. I will never forget those wonderful moments at a local pottery studio. I then picked up clay work on and off as a young adult and now follow my dream by owning Turtle Lane LLC, a small pottery studio in the heart of Oklahoma. I currently focus on functional pottery, which is available inside our artist studio, in local stores and Etsy. I believe in cultivating creativity and encourage my students to leave their expectations behind and just enjoy the process of creating, which is a truly therapeutic and enjoyable process. I love the fact that others actually use my work as part of their daily routines. I think of the many conversations they have while sharing a cup of coffee or tea using my pottery.  I am passing along a little bit of my love to them, since  each of my pieces are created with the most loving of intentions.

Turtle Lane Pottery giveaway | Land of Honey


Do you have a favorite product that you have designed?
My favorite product line is my fruit bowls. I still use the same technique I used as a 10 year old girl when I made my very first one.

Can you tell us more about the process of making mezuzahs?
I started making mezuzahs when I first needed a set for my own home. It quickly became one of my most treasured creations. I build them from stoneware clay and then decorate them with my handmade stamps, leaves and twigs, or my grandmother’s old jewelry pieces. While creating I am thinking of the people who might one day use them in their homes and be reminded every day of our Father’s Love for us.

How has this work impacted your faith?
Creating mezuzahs has helped me to connect deeply with my Creator. I started to realize that following his instructions is a beautiful thing to do. It has helped me think of him and his plan for me while I listen to worship music and create each mezuzah to become one unique piece for someone who loves the Father. It warms my heart to think that people around the world will enter their home and be reminded to love him with all their soul, and with all their might.

Gorgeous handmade challah plate by Turtle Lane Pottery | Land of Honey

Turtle Lane's mezuzahs measure around six inches long and one and a half to two inches wide. As you can see in the shop there are a variety of colors and designs so chances are you can find something that would go well in your home. We are giving away the beautiful ones seen below. Doesn't the red one remind you of a rose garden? The bird comes up in many of Turtle Lane's products and it brings to mind His Eye is on the Sparrow for me.

Beautiful handmade mezuzahs from Turtle Lane Pottery | Land of Honey

Thanks so much to Corinne for taking time to chat with us and for providing such a fun giveaway! Click below to enter. Be sure to visit Turtle Lane Pottery on Etsy and tell us what you're favorite item is!
Contest is open to US and international residents and runs until July 20 at midnight eastern time. As I mentioned, Corrine was sweet enough to send me one of her gorgeous mezuzahs, but all opinions are my own.

Handmade 'shalom' plate from Turtle Lane Pottery | Land of Honey

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Song of Solomon Bridal Session

So today I am thrilled to be featuring the beautiful work of Courtney Wilkerson of Twinkling Eye Photography and her spectacular Song of Solomon bridal session! She had a vision to do this theme as a stylized session and it is amazing to see many elements from a book of Scripture come alive...from the countryside setting, to the huge tree, to the olives, figs, pomegranates and flowers.

A few words from Courtney:
The book in the bible, Song of Solomon will always have a special place in my heart and the goal for my heart with this session is to minister to others. My prayer is that these photos would be a visual representation of Song of Solomon and that his love would be poured out into the hearts of all who view them.

Song of Solomon Wedding Inspiration | Land of Honey

Song of Solomon Wedding Inspiration | Land of Honey
Fun fact: this was the first time he saw her that day.
Song of Solomon Wedding Inspiration | Land of Honey
Song of Songs 2:4.
Song of Solomon Wedding Inspiration | Land of Honey
Courtney says: We prayed before the session. Worship music played throughout the night. Scriptures were read aloud during the shoot and the poses were inspired by those words.
Song of Solomon Wedding Inspiration | Land of Honey
Whether you're planning a wedding or not there's some serious inspiration here! Song of Solomon would be an amazing theme for anniversary pictures, a romantic date night, a Bible study, or couples retreat. A lot of these elements would make for a beautiful Shavuot!
Song of Solomon Bridal Stylized Session | Land of Honey
Micah and Lindsey are a real life married couple.
Song of Solomon Bridal Stylized Session | Land of Honey

Song of Songs appetizers | Land of Honey
"Your cheeks are like pomegranates."
- Song of Songs 6:7
Easy DIY Song of Solomon place mats | Land of Honey
Such a lovely way to incorporate Scripture, and a straightforward DIY. If you don't want to use your handwriting, find a pretty font and print a verse onto craft paper for instant place settings.
Song of Songs Wedding Inspiration | Land of Honey

"You have stolen my heart, my bride, with one glance of your eyes."
- Song of Songs 4:9
Song of Songs Wedding Inspiration | Land of Honey

Song of Songs Wedding Inspiration | Land of Honey

Song of Songs Wedding Inspiration | Land of Honey
"Like an apple tree among the forest, so is my beloved among men."
- Song of Songs 2:3
Song of Songs Wedding Inspiration | Land of Honey
"Strengthen me with raisins, refresh me with apples."
- Song of Songs 2:5
Song of Songs Wedding Inspiration | Land of Honey

Song of Songs Wedding Inspiration | Land of Honey

Song of Songs Wedding Inspiration | Land of Honey
Love her pretty hair!
Song of Songs Wedding Inspiration | Land of Honey
And that boutonniere!
Song of Songs Wedding Inspiration | Land of Honey
Pepper Sprout Barn, where these were taken, is in Jackson, Georgia.
Song of Songs Wedding Inspiration | Land of Honey

Song of Songs Wedding Inspiration | Land of Honey
The floral department was taken care of by Twigs, Leaves, & Flowers.
Song of Songs Wedding Inspiration | Land of Honey

Song of Songs Wedding Inspiration | Land of Honey

Song of Songs Wedding Inspiration | Land of Honey
I love how she incorporated several of the foods and dairy products mentioned in Song of Songs. Something like this would be a fun appetizer for date night or Bible study.
Song of Songs Wedding Inspiration | Land of Honey

Song of Songs Wedding Inspiration | Land of Honey

Song of Songs Wedding Inspiration | Land of Honey

Song of Solomon tablescape | Land of Honey
Can a table get any more beautiful? I petition not.
His banner over me is love | Land of Honey

Song of Solomon wedding inspiration | Land of Honey

Thank you, Courtney for sharing your amazing vision and serious skills with us! You can see her post on the session here.