Boundaries: Mayim Bialik on the Meaning of Mezuzah

The actress and passionate Jew reveals what this ancient mitzvah means to her in this personal, beautiful video.

Comments (14)

(13) Urban Educator, November 7, 2017 10:43 AM


Ms. Bialik- My admiration for you knows no bounds. I cannot say that I am familiar with your TV shows- as my family made the choice to not have a TV. Nevertheless, I see in you a model of bravery and depth of soul. Your name indicates a message that goes to the core of Torah identity. There is a statement of "Ayn MAYIM ellah Torah"- essentially meaning that Torah is likened to water- reviving the body and nourishing the soul. As a Ba'al Teshuvah and an urban educator- I would love for my students to look to you as a teacher of making the decision to put PROPRIETY over PROFIT!! I know that the challenges you faced and continue to face are far from easy. Yet with your Emunah and perseverance- you serve as a guiding light to the Jews of Hollywood and beyond. Klal Yisroel is blessed beyond words to have such a brave Torah Warrior such as you, Ms. Bialik- in our midst. I hope that 1 day my wife and daughters will have the honor of meeting you and your noble family. Wishing you blessings and continued success. Respectfully Your Student- The Urban Educator

(12) Ahuva Einstein, November 5, 2017 10:43 PM

To each his own

Who and when created a formula to which we must adhere when we express our own perspective of following Mitzvor?

(11) Eric Sussman, November 5, 2017 10:22 PM


It’s as simple as that! Thank you

(10) Martin Rub, November 5, 2017 6:09 PM

Despicable Larry David

I love SNL and used to love Larry David until last night. Larry David's "joke" about meeting women in concentration camps was beyond sickening! It was horrific, disgusting and vile! Larry David and all of his works should be boycotted by everyone! Lorne Michaels is no better for allowing that monologue to be aired. BOYCOTT Larry David, NBC, SNL!!!

Shelly, November 7, 2017 4:08 AM

So True!

Thank you, Martin Rub. I WAS a huge fan of Larry David until I read about his "comedy" on SNL. I actually read about it in the NYT (another anti Israel rag but it was there so I read it. I'd never subscribe). My kids and I, up until last week, would make a night out of watching "Curb Yiur Enthusiasm". Not anymore. Not sure about what my kids will do but I've got six million on my side. I'll never watch his show again and I encourage all people with a sense of decency, Jew or non Jew, to boycott him.

(9) Rabbi Hillel Zeitlin, November 5, 2017 5:25 PM

Moving and courageous

I found this moving and courageous

(8) Anonymous, November 5, 2017 12:43 AM

Where's Ha-shem?

Sorry but I didn't really get it? What's all the talk about boundaries and amulets etc? What about the fact that we are reminded every time we enter a house or even a room and kiss the mezuzah we are giving honour to Hashem and recognizing that everything is from Him, and one can even say a silent pray at that time because we know that Hashem is listening " please Hashem protect me, my family, everyone in this house.." I didn't hear any mention of what's written in the mezuzah? To me she could have speaking about any inherited article.

(7) Neria, November 3, 2017 4:25 PM

Thank you

Thank you so much for articulating some of the deep feelings we have when we choose and hang a mezzuzah. Thank you for reminding us -Choice is us- the rest is just details.

(6) Anonymous, November 3, 2017 3:16 AM

Toda raba!


(5) Bob Van Wagner, November 3, 2017 12:32 AM

Good advice for all who date, all who seek a life partner.

Good advice for all who date, all who seek a life partner.

In a way the boundaries are what created the universe -- that a loving G-d was able to so diminish Himself so as (*) to allow a universe for humans, Man and Woman, to exist and be aware of both loneliness and joining as one.

A creation with remarked rooms in space, and holy calendars that mark time. Who writes the mezuzah of a week, of a month, of a year, of a lifetime?

(*) There is only One.

(4) Judith Herzog, November 2, 2017 7:14 PM

I think Mayim has the right idea, and she expresses it in her own words; but she misses the point. By hanging the Mezzuzah, we enclose ourselves in the word of H"M, the Torah, and we send that message to the world by displaying it on our doorposts... we are telling all, and reminding ourselves, that H"m lives here, in and with us, within these boundaries, in this home/office/etc. It is a "protection" in that way, from all of the "not-Torah" or "evil" ways and ideas in the world. I also find it very comforting to have my Mezzuzot properly hung and readily visible.

(3) Laura, November 2, 2017 5:09 PM

Thank you Mayim. This video is simply moving and beautiful.

(2) Darlene, November 2, 2017 4:38 PM


This is so lovely and poetic. I am uplifted and joyous just listening to Mayim speak about the Mezuzah. She has the gift of imparting inspiration, and for that, I thank you, Mayim.

(1) Shulamit Gila, November 2, 2017 4:06 PM

Extremely moving and insightful

Mayim, you are always impressive and thoughtful but you outdid yourself this time! I found this incredibly moving (in fact I teared up a bit) and the idea of the mezuzah creating a boundary between what I do and do not want in my home really resonated with me. Thank you and Shabbat Shalom to all Aish readers!


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