Questions tagged [mezuzah]

A scroll with two paragraphs of the Torah written on it. It is affixed to the doorposts in Jewish homes.

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Mezuzah for windows that look like doors?

I have 2 windows in my new apartment that look like french doors but you can't walk through them.... They are 20' in the air. Right up to them having french doors, I'd say it's a window and doesn't ...
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Can you put a mezuzah on your office door after 30 days? [closed]

When working as an employee outside Israel for a non-Jewish boss, is it possible to put up a mezuzah even after the initial 30 days of your job if you didn’t have the chance to do so because of your ...
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Does a storage room require a mezuzah?

Does a storage room require a mezuzah? For example, if someone has a storage unit detached from their house where they store tools and/or Passover utensils, would it require a mezuzah? And furthermore,...
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Does a large storeroom require a mezuza according to the Sefardi/Mizrachi ruling? [duplicate]

Question relates to apartment in Israel with maksan - מחסן (store room) on a different floor than the apartment.
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May one use mezuzot with different scripts in the same house?

May one use mezuzot with different scripts in the same house? For example can the mezuzah in one room be ashkenaz (beit yosef) and in another be sefardi (vellish)?
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An Ashkenaz-Sefaradi couple is getting married, can they reuse their mezuzot?

An Ashkenazi and Sefaradi (Edot Hamizrach) are getting married. They each have available mezuzot from previous houses they lived in, written in Ashkenazi (Beit Yosef) or Sefaradi (Vellish) script. Are ...
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Can a paper crease be a sirtut?

When writing books of Tanakh, we need a sirtut, a horizontal line that helps align the text. Indeed, it is forbidden to write any three words of a verse in k'tav Ashurit without a sirtut. See, for ...
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Mezuzah on indoor and outdoor archways

A mezuzah must be attached on the upper third of the doorway. How does one determine the height of the doorway when affixing a mezuzah on an archway? Till the very top, or only till the end of the ...
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If a renter is leaving their apartment and does not know who will be renting it after they leave, can they take their mezuzot?

If a renter is leaving their apartment (owned by a non-Jew) and does not know who will be renting it after they leave, can they take their mezuzot? I have only found discussions when it is known who ...
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Based on mitzvot in Exodus 12:22 and Deuteronomy 6:9 - Was HaDam sprinkled on Mezuzot inscriptions?

Based on mitzvot in Exodus 12:22 and Deuteronomy 6:9 - Was HaDam sprinkled on Mezuzot inscriptions? Exodus 12:22 "Take a bunch of hyssop, dip it in the blood that is in the basin, and apply some ...
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Extra "taggin" on my Mezuza

Here is one of my mezuzas: The mezuzah, I was told, is of the highest quality, purchased from a wholesaler in Jerusalem. The scan I did did not come out very good however (click it to see it larger). ...
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Mezuzahs on home in probate

If a Jewish person passes away intestate. Do the most probable heirs have an obligation to put up mezuzahs while the home is in probate?
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Voodoo and benefiting from idol worship

In the apartment complex of someone I know, there is a voodoo witch who sprinkles oil on the doors, gates, and walkways of the complex to ward off evil spirits. In order to not benefit from this ...
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Why is there a Mezuzah in Shul

Why do Shuls have Mezuzahs if they don't need them?
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Thickening letters for tefillin and mezuzos

The poskim in Orach Chaim 32 talk about the requirement that the letters for tefillin and mezuzos be written כסדרן, in order. As a result (32(23)), if a letter is missing there is no way to fix it ...
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What is the meaning of the inscription on the back of a m'zuza?

The string "כוזו במוכסז כוזו" is written on the back side of the parchment in many a doorpost scripture. According to the Ra"sh (hilchos m'zuza 18) וכן נהגו לכתוב באשכנז ובצרפת כנגד ה' ...
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Mezuzah - Copying from memory

The gemara Menachos 32b says that even though a Sefer Torah may not be written except "מן הכתב", copied from another text, tefillin and mezuzah don't have that requirement and may be written ...
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Mezuzah on attic door

Assuming an attic large enough to require a mezuzah (see Yoreh Deah 286:13), is it necessary to put a mezuzah on a horizontal attic door? Does it qualify as a lintel? Should the thickness of the ...
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Can one write sta"m via a stencil?

Say you wanted to write a tefillin, mezuzah, Torah, or any other sta"m venture. To make it easier for you, you created a stencil of the text that you can overlay on the klaf and fill in. You hope ...
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Is a Mezuzah an Angel?

While reading Tehillim 119:164 commentary on " שֶׁ֣בַע בַּ֖יּוֹם הִלַּלְתִּ֑יךָ ", the interlinear Schottenstein Edition stated : Midrashically this also refers to seven mitzvos with which ...
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May a mezuza be attached with screws rather than nails?

Although it is typical to use nails to secure a mezuza (e.g., How strongly must a Mezuza be attached), are screws acceptable?
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How long without a mezuza when painting a house?

Assume that you are painting your house, that you live in, and that will involve taking down all the mezuzot. Assume the painting will take 2 weeks, to paint all the rooms. Assume that painting any ...
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Must One Remove the Mezuzot from a House Rented to Gentiles?

Is there any obligation to take down your mezuzot if a house you own (and live in some of the time) is rented to Gentiles for an extended period of time (e.g. over 30 days)? I ask because I recently ...
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Does a tent require a Mezuza?

My previous question "walls for Mezuza" didn't receive many responses, so I'd break it into small ones: Our forefathers lived in big fixed tents (like nomads) and so did the Israelites in the ...
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What walls and roof are Kosher for a place to be obligated in Mezuza?

For a place 4x4 Ama, what should the walls of a dwelling be to obligate the place in Mezuzah: How many walls are required? Can they be partially or completely transparent? What height should they be? ...
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Can a security camera be placed in a Mezuzah?

I saw this question posted on another forum and I didn't see any valid answers or conclusions. If a person had a Mezuzah case which was fitted with a hidden security camera, would that impact the ...
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When must a mezuzah be affixed? [duplicate]

(1) In Tractate Mezuzah, we learn that you must put a mezuzah on a new house as soon as construction is finished, whether or not the house is occupied. [Mezuzah 2:11] (2) However, this quotes the ...
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Is a courtyard for ma'aser also obligated in mezuza?

There are some similarities between the laws of a house that obligates produce in ma'aser, and a house that is obligated to have a mezuza. Produce becomes obligated in ma'aser once it enters a house. ...
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Re Mezuzah: What is the definition of a Pundak and when does it apply?

We learn in Shulchan Aruch, Yoreh Deah 286:22 - סימן רפו - מקומות החיבים במזוזה - that if you rent a house in Eretz Yisrael you have to affix a Mezuza immediately. However, if you live in a פֻנְדָּק ...
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Mezuzah in the work place

If a Jewish person works in a 'non-Jewish' workplace (that he does not own) to what extent does he need to place a mezuzah on the doorposts of his personal/shared office and other building entrances? ...
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Source of the idea of "enough to square" - "כדי לרבע"

IIRC the idea of "to square" addresses two main issues - measuring a minimal Succah and a minimal house for Mezzuzah (I'll focus on the first but the discussion on the later is similar). IIRC the ...
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Would the President of the United States have to put mezuzot on the doors of the White House?

If a Jew were elected president of the United States, would he/she be required to put a mezuzah on all of the doors of the White House? I can think of many arguments for each side. The house does not ...
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Does the writing on a mezuzah have to be totally straight?

I saw a mezuzah parchment where it seems that the while the letters where all in a line, in the sense that they did not collide with the rows above or below them, but within the row, the letters were ...
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Does a jail-cell need a mezuzah?

Does one in jail need to put a mezuzah on his cell? Assuming this is a standard American jail. If it is a jail owned by a Jew, is there an obligation on the inmate or the owner?
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What is the purpose of the mezuzah on the entrance to Sha'ar Tziyon?

It's been a while since I visited the Old City in Jerusalem. I recall that there is a giant mezuzah on the sidewall of the Zion Gate. I don't recall if all the Jerusalem gates have a mezuzah. I'm ...
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A non jew put a mezuzah back up, now what [duplicate]

If a mezzuzah fell and a non Jewish employee put it back up Theoretically is there an obligation to take it down and put it up by a Jew? (With a bracha?) Or is it kosher the way it is?
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Will a mezuzah be kosher if installed by a non-Jew?

I'm wondering if a non-Jew simply does the hammering, whether the mezuzah will still be considered kosher so long as the proper blessing is said.
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Why doesn't Rambam mention how many mitzvot are violated by not wearing tzitzit and not having a mezuzah?

In Hilchot Tefillin 4:26 Rambam writes: וכל שאינו מניח תפילין עובר בשמונה עשה שהרי בארבע פרשיות צוה על תפילין של ראש ועל תפילין של יד Whoever does not wear tefillin transgresses eight positive ...
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looking for the text of the mezuzah in the sofer font

Where can I find the font of mezuzah in the ktav stam (the way its written in the mezuzah) not in picture, but in text "so I can copy paste the text"?
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Source that every room in the house needs a mezuza

What are the source(s) that every room needs a mezuzah and not just the front door? In the Torah and Talmud.
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Can a sefer Torah serve as a mezuzah?

This question is inspired by the extremely large mezuzot at Ben-Gurion airport (original image, rehost). If one attached a complete, kosher sefer Torah to a sufficiently large doorpost, would it ...
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Does the Beis Hamikdash require Mezuzos?

The Shema says וּכְתַבְתָּ֛ם עַל־מְזוּזֹ֥ת בֵּיתֶ֖ךָ וּבִשְׁעָרֶֽיךָ - on the doorpost of your houses and gates. I've always thought of the Beis Hamikdash as God's house [and gates], does the Beis ...
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Origins for Kissing a Mezuzah [duplicate]

When did the custom of kissing the Mezuzah when entering & leaving a room become universal? What are the earliest sources that discuss kissing a Mezuzah?
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Where to put a mezuzah if there's no doorpost on the outside of the door?

There is a tiny doorpost on the inside of the door but there's not enough room for a slanted placement. On the outside the door is flush with the wall so there is no doorpost to place it on at all, ...
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Should a Mezuzah be placed in the foundations of a new house?

Should a Mezuzah be placed in the foundations of a new house? If yes, where? N.A. If no, why not? A few contributors have explained that the mitzvah of the mezuzah is accomplished by respecting the ...
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Is there a standard for what type of casing a mezuzah needs to be made from? [duplicate]

I very recently came across a mezuzah made from recycled material. The product is referred to as a Tikun Olam mezuzah case and they are apparently all made from reclaimed plastic from the ocean. (the ...
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Rambam on writing Teffilin and Mezuzah on Chol Hamoed

The Rambam in Hilchot Yom Tov (7,13) says that on Hol Hamoed it is Assur to write Tefilin or Mezuzah for others unless the Sofer needs the money for Tzorech Yom-Tov. Kesef Mishneh says that the Rambam ...
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What's the minimum mezuzot required for financial hardship? [duplicate]

What is the minimal amount of mezuzot required when one factors in financial hardship?