Blessings for a New Home

Found In: Endings & Beginnings

Tags: shehekheyanu , mezuzah

Complete Ceremony

As I affix this mezuzah I also affix and affirm a new life in a new home. May it always be firmly based on truth. May this home be a reflection of inner truth and may it be a place of hospitality extended with love and sincerity.

The following passages are read one at a time by guests seated in a circle:

In the setting of the mezuzah upon this doorpost, this threshold becomes a sacred passage, and this home, a sanctuary, inscribed by Torah, blessed by God.

"You shall inscribe the words of Torah upon the doorposts of your homes and upon your gates." (Deuteronomy 6:9)

"Jacob went on his way, and messengers of God encountered him. When he saw them, Jacob said, 'This is God's camp.'" (Genesis 32:1-2). To leave one community is not to leave God. May you soon establish links to the Jewish community in your new home.

"I am sending a messenger before you to guard you on the way and to bring you to the place that I have made ready." (Exodus 23:20). May your new community bring you fulfillment.

"(With a mezuzah,) whenever we enter or leave the house, we are confronted with God's name, and remembering God's love, we will awaken from our lethargy. We will be aware that nothing in this world endures forever, except the knowledge of the Rock of the world." (Shulchan Aruch)

(Continue around the circle as before)

Life is no straight and easy corridor along which we travel free and unhampered. But always, if we have faith, God will open a door for us, not perhaps one that we ourselves would ever have thought of, but one that will ultimately prove good for us. (A.J. Cronin)

May the door of this home be wide enough to receive those who hunger for love or are lonely for friendship.

May it welcome those who have cares to unburden, thanks to express, hopes to nurture.

May this door be too high to admit complacency, selfishness, and harshness.

May its threshold be no stumbling block to young feet.

And may this be the doorway to a rich and meaningful life.

New Homeowner or Renter:

God is my keeper. God is my shade upon my right hand; God will preserve my going out and my coming in from this time forth and forever.

Barukh Atah Adonay Eloheynu Melekh ha'olam asher kideshanu bemitzvotav vetzivanu likboah mezuzah.

You are blessed, O God, sovereign of the world, whose commandments add holiness to our lives and who gave us the commandment to affix the mezuzah.

All:

Barukh Atah Adonay Eloheynu Melekh ha'olam shehekheyanu vekiyemanu vehigi'anu lazeman hazeh.

You are blessed, O God, sovereign of the world, for granting us life, for sustaining us, and for bringing us to this day.