I recently saw a piece of קלף that had these words on the back: piece of parchment
Note: I'm talking about the words towards the bottom of the parchment, not Hashem's name.
Notice how the words are written facing the other direction from the regular words.
I have 2 questions:

  1. Does anyone know what these words say/mean?
  2. What is the source for writing them on pieces of קלף?
  • That piece of klaf is, by the looks of it, a pretty low quality sefardi style mezuza. Where did you see it that you didn't know it was a mezuza?
    – Double AA
    Nov 2 '20 at 17:49

It's specifically written on a mezuzah.

See here:

Rabbi Moses Isserlis (the ReMA) quotes the Hagahot Maimoni as the source for the custom of this inscription.

This name is translated by Rebbeinu Bachya to mean, “He who dwells in the shelter of the Supreme One under the protection of Shad‑dai will endure.”

  • Note this custom is not universally followed (unlike the custom of writing שדי)
    – Double AA
    Nov 1 '20 at 23:14
  • +1 - Fascinating!
    – Dov
    Nov 1 '20 at 23:15
  • The rama is yd 288:15, worth citing directly methinks
    – Double AA
    Nov 1 '20 at 23:15

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