Simple observance

As we turned she pointed to an enormous fungus, on a tree, at eye level.

My immediate thought was that it was a mezuzah.

In the Jewish tradition the mezuzah is, rather than a talisman or charm, a reminder of God’s presence. It is a small case intended to be placed by the doorpost as a simple observance, a mitzvah. It contains a parchment with words that read … Love the Lord with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you are to be on your hearts. Write them on the door frames of your houses and on your gates (Deuteronomy 6). If you faithfully obey the commands I am giving you I will send rain on your land in its season, both autumn and spring rains, so that you may gather in your grain, new wine and olive oil.  I will provide grass in the fields for your cattle, and you will eat and be satisfied (Deuteronomy 11).

I thought the sentiment particularly appropriate, given the environment within which we found ourselves.


10 thoughts on “Simple observance

  1. I’m not certain, but that appears to be a Chicken-of-the-Woods, a delicious and highly prized wild mushroom. If so, it offers an excellent opportunity to eat and be satisfied. 🙂

  2. What’s especially lovely is that, while there are certain requirements for the scroll containing the verses, the container in which it is placed can be of any size or shape, purchased or homemade, and of any material. I think your fungus would make a beautiful model for a mezuzah case. It certainly would look at home on a doorpost.

  3. You have the eye of an artist. I would see this fungus and think, “WOW. That is a huge fungus”. After reading your post, I wonder why I could never have thought of that! My feet are always planted firmly on the ground. Thoroughly enjoyed your post and comparing it to something current. Even with the small amounts of rain we’ve recently received, you can see life starting to emerge from the hay fields!

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