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Mizrah without the Eastern Wall
08-12-2011, 12:39 AM
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Mizrah without the Eastern Wall
I have been doing some very basic reading (i.e. Wikipedia articles) about Judaism lately. In this reading I came across an entry for mizrah (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mizrah). In the article it says, "It is customary in traditional Jewish homes to mark the wall in the direction of mizrah to facilitate proper prayer. For this purpose, people use artistic wall plaques inscribed with the word mizrah and scriptural passages like "From the rising (mi-mizrah) of the sun unto the going down thereof, the Lord's name is to be praised" (Ps. 113:3), kabbalistic inscriptions, or pictures of holy places. These plaques are generally placed in rooms in which people pray, such as the living room or bedrooms." I thought this was a really cool idea, but I was wondering what a Jew would do if they didn't have an eastern wall to place the plaque on? The way my home sits, each of the cardinal directions are just about pointing at the corners of the rooms, not a particular wall.
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08-13-2011, 09:43 PM
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RE: Mizrah without the Eastern Wall
the easiest answer is that of a Jew didn't have an eastern wall, he would not hang a piece of artwork designed for the eastern wall. since this is a purely decorative tradition (though it has value as a reminder) there is no obligation to do it.
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