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The Taz in YD 289 sk 3 is medayek (derives from a careful reading) that both the Rama and the Mechaber rule like the Rambam that if the mezuzah is placed below the upper third it is invalid even bediavad (after the fact). No one seems to mention any distinction based on the height of the room's occupants be they children or adults and it doesn't seem there ...


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It is called a Mezuza. Contact the local Chabad House Rabbi and he will come pick them up and dispose of them appropiately. Depending on their composition and state, they might possibly be worth some money. If they're on paper, they're worthless. If they're on parchment, though, then it depends on whether they're still "valid", which the local rabbi should ...


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It would be a good idea to provide your friend with the dimensions of the actual mezuza you plan on using, to ensure that the cavity inside the case will be large enough to accommodate it without having to compress it. If it will be exposed to the elements, it must be waterproof and durable.


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It's mentioned in the Kitzur Shulchan Aruch The Rama, however, mentions that one should just put his hand on the Mezuza. (As a side note, the Lubavitcher Rebbe used to put his hand on the Mezuza without kissing it). The Rama brings a source from the Gemara in Avoda Zara where it relates that when Onkulus was being arrested and let out of the house, he ...


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There is a famous story about Rabbi Yaakov Kaminetzky, told in the book, Reb Yaakov, by Yonason Rosenblum, pp.326-327. Reb Yaakov was particularly attuned to the dangers of exposing children to any kind of falsehood. He once visited the kindergarten of his son Binyamin's yeshiva and noticed that the mezuzah had been placed lower on the doorpost than ...


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It is discussed by R' Yitzchak Weiss here, and see a brief summary in English here. R' Weiss identifies one Acharon that would logically require a mezuza on an elevator door (the inner door to the elevator itself) even if the elevator is less that 4x4 amos. He rules, therefore, that one should affix a mezuza to an elevator without a b'racha. He ...


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I would argue the following. A mezuzua case needs to be constructed so that the halachot of hanging a mezuza can be followed. The casing should have a clear "top", so that the mezuzah can be hung appropriately (not upside down). The casing should be taller than it is wide. The casing should have an opening large enough for a scroll, so that the scroll can ...


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I can't remember where I read this, but it was from a Chabad teacher. It was asked if the Mezuzah could be made lower. And his answer was that rather than lowering the Miztvah to meet the child, get a step stool so the child can climb up to reach the mezuzah. He compared this to the Cohen in the Temple who had to go up some steps in order to reach the ...


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Oholei Shem Siman 59 says that it is not proper to give a Mezuza to a non-Jew to place on his door, per the the Maharil, Kneses HaGedola, and Rishon L'Tziyon. However the Sheyilas Yaavetz Chelek 2 Siman 121 seems to say that if the non-Jew will respect it properly then you may give it to him to put on his door. The Igros Moshe Chelek 5 Yorah Deah 2 Siman ...


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An individual's mezuzah has to be checked twice in seven years. A community's mezuzah has to be checked twice in fifty years. Yoreh Deah 291:1. You have to check them even if you don't assume they are pasul. In fact, even if you check three mezuzos, you still have to check all of the others (Pischei Teshuvah 291:1).


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When one has a door between two rooms there is a list of criteria to determine which side is considered the right side of the door. You should evaluate them in order. As soon as one is met, you have determined the right side and can ignore all of the rest of the list. They are as follows: 1. Pnimi Chitzoni - That is to say, you consider it as if you enter ...


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I think that if you're going to remove the whole case, some damage is inevitable. I used to go door to door in apartment buildings in the Jewish parts of towns, and you could always tell when a Jew had recently moved out, because there was still a mark on the doorpost (even when no screws or nails were used). If you're worried about the way the doorpost ...


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First, Mazel tov on your new home! A rabbi once told me that the order should be: outside doors, then bedrooms, then dining room, then living room, then kitchen. I don't have sources on this, but here's a list of all rooms that biblically require a mezuzah: http://www.mezuzadepot.com/tag/rooms-that-require-a-mezuzah/ Entrance into a house Bedroom ...


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The reason a Mezuza is placed on an angle is due to a Machlokes - Taz - Yorah Deah 289:6 between Rashi and Rabbeinu Tam. Rashi holds it should be placed vertically and Rabbeinu Tam holds it should be placed horizontally. Per Sefer Yashar V'Tov quoting the Rosh in Menachos 33 אבל ברא"ש פירוש דלר"ת אתי לאשמועינן שתהא שיטה אחרונה לצד רשות הרבים וראשונה ...


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The primary source for the orientation of the words of the Mezuzah is a cryptic Yerushalmi (Megillah 4:12) which states: ר' זעורא בשם שמואל צריך שיהא שמע שלה רואה את הפתח R' Ze'ura [said] in the name of Shemuel: [the Mezuzah] needs to be such that its 'Shema' sees the opening. For Rashi (Menachot 33a sv כמין), Rambam (Hilchot Mezuzah 5:8), and the ...


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Kitzur Shulchan Aruch Yalkut Yosef (Orach Chayim 690:5) quotes from the Shut Lev Hayim (of R. Hayim Phalakhi) that one does not fast after a mezuzah has fallen on the floor, because it has a lower level of holiness than tefillin, and as R. Yosef points out there, even the custom to fast when tefillin or Sifrei Torah fall is not sourced in Shas. My ...


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In addition to the answers already given: There must be a way to attach it to the doorpost or wall. So if you don't want to cover it with tape then it has to be lightweight enough, and of a material, that double-sided tape will hold it to the doorpost or wall, or it has to allow nails or something to hold it to a surface. The m'zuza (scroll) should not ...


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To a non-Jew: take them down. To a Jew: you're supposed to leave them up, and you can charge him for the cost. (If the buyer refuses to pay for them, you can take them down.) There are differing opinions whether, if you have super-special mezuzas up there, you can replace them with ordinary mezuzahs; what I've heard is mostly that it's permissible.


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Here are some relevant selections from Oholei Yeshurun, Vol. 2, Chapter 1: "Laws of Mezuzah," Section 1: "Laws Concerning the Ownership of a Dwelling," by R' Aaron Felder. Please note that while R' Felder is a talented and respected Posek who cites an impressive collection of sources, his is by no means the last word on the subject. If these questions come ...


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Believe it or not, the bracha for mezuza is right there in the relevant Wikipedia article: Blessed are You, Lord our God, King of the Universe, Who sanctified us with His mitzvot, and commanded us to affix a mezuzah. I'm not copying in the Hebrew text, since I'm less willing to put God's name in Hebrew all over the place than I am to do so with the ...


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This seems to be a good page to see. For a more comprehensive source, see the Mishkenos Yaakov. For retzuah paint, you can just use shoe polish. It doesn't require d'yo. The above linked pages contain recipes for the ink used by most sofrim today, known as מי עפצים וקנקנתום -- oakgall juice and ferrous sulfate. This post, written by a very qualified ...


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The Sefer Yeshouas Malkoi (פ''ה מהלכות מזוזה הלכה י) says She may not put up a Mezuzah. He brings a proof from a Gemara(מנחות מ''ב) that says a gentile can not sew, or work out the leather of the Tefillin as he may not write a Mezuzah so to he may not do the other jobs, therfore a women because they too can not write can also not put up a Mezuzah. The ...


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1) Slice the mezuzah case off using a long razor blade. 2) Use Goo Gone or similar adhesive remover on the Mezuzah and wall to remove the excess tape. 3) Replace the tape. Another option is to use a high end adhesive that sticks well but comes off easily. (I know of one, but I'm sorry - I don't have the name.)


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From Aish.com When a Jew and non-Jew share a house, each having his own designated room or area, then a mezuzah is not posted on the common doorway. (Rama Y.D. 286:1 with Pitchei Teshuva 3)


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In Shulchan Aruch YD Siman 286:4 it says that a bathroom and bathhouse etc. are exempt from Mezuzah because they are not made for Diras Kavod. In Shu"t Minchas Yitzchok part 4 Siman 89 & 90 he adds that if they (bathroom etc.) are not used for anything that would obligate them to have a Mezuzah (i.e. some people use a bathroom to store things therein) ...


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In the Mishna Torah (Rambam), laws of mezuzah, chapter 1 sections 9 and 10 clearly state that a mezuzah should be written on duchsustus (the flesh side of the animals skin), and that if it's on klaf (the side of the skin where the hair grew) or gvil (a full piece of skin before it's divided into klaf and duchsustus) it's acceptable. In any event, it must be ...


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The Shulchan Aruch in YD 286:3 says that shuls only need a mezuzah if someone sleeps there. I don't know any shul that has an attached parsonage. Thus most if not all of our shuls are exempt. Some may put up a mezuzah anyway either as a educational tool to teach and remind people about the mitzva of mezuzah, because some congregants may feel uncomfortable ...


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The Gemara in Gittin(מ''ה ע''ב) says ספר תורה תפילין ומזוזות שכתבן אשה וכו' פסולין שנאמר וקשרתם וכתבתם כל שישנו בקשירה ישנו בכתיבה That would seem to Indicate that a women may not write a Mezuzah. The Drisha(יור''ד סימן רפ''א) asks why is it that the Tur skips this Halacha about Mezuzah but does say it about Teffilin (אור''ח סימן ל''ט) The Rif and the ...


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One that comes to mind is that if the m'zuza is within eyeshot of anything disgusting or unbecoming, the case should be opaque so as not to expose the scroll to the unbecoming thing. (KSA 11:18)


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The Minchas Shai does, he brings different readings and see from the words acher kach matzati B'Mordichai(pg 32) but better to see the whole thing. http://hebrewbooks.org/pdfpager.aspx?req=14036&st=&pgnum=32



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