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Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz: “A sort of code”

The mitzvah to put up a mezuzah is made up of a number of details treated in a certain manner and combined in a unique fashion.

A person may find these details comprehensible, moving, and intense or perhaps incomprehensible, un-affecting, and alien.

The character of the mitzvah is not related to the individual’s emotion but to the mitzvah’s relationship with God.

It is a sort of code that, once transmitted (whether or not the person performing it has understood it), forges the connection.

–Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz