Kissing one’s mezuzah seems to be an almost universally accepted custom nowadays, at least among Ashkenazim. However, I once heard it was the minhag of R. Hirsch to simply look at it and meditate on its content, without touching the physical box, whenever one passes a door with a mezuzah attached.

Nevertheless, I’ve never found the actual source of said practice, and now I’m afraid it might not be true at all. Maybe it was just my wishful thinking to have an established tradition that was against kissing mezuzot, as I find the act a bit unhygienic.

Any ideas regarding the factually of it all?

  • While AZ 11a describes Onkelos touching the mezuza, and some acharonim mention this as a basis for the custom to touch the mezuza when entering or exiting a home (e.g. Rama YD 285:2), this custom isn't universal. I recall a story where R' Yerucham Gorelick questioned why a student kissed the mezuza, and he colorfully observed that it's not required to kiss every mitzva. The Chazon Ish (Orchos Rabbeinu, vol. III, pg. 164) and the Maharil Diskin (Salmas Chayim 380) would merely look at the mezuza as they walked through a doorway, and R' YE Henkin suggested blowing a kiss towards the mezuza.
    – Fred
    Jan 13 at 6:47
  • See more details in this article from R' Ari Zivotofsky. Related: judaism.stackexchange.com/q/12051 . See also: judaism.stackexchange.com/q/21975 and judaism.stackexchange.com/a/74120 .
    – Fred
    Jan 13 at 6:56
  • Welcome to MY! Regarding the recent epidemic this question was widely discussed, and most pointed out that it's not an obligation only a nice custom. Jan 13 at 7:56
  • I don't think the Gr"a was in favour of the physical adulation of mitzvah artefacts.
    – The GRAPKE
    Jan 13 at 8:28
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    @TheGRAPKE Interesting: judaism.stackexchange.com/a/75283/15256 Jan 13 at 8:45


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