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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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What is the origin of the custom to kiss a Mezuzah?

What is the source or origin of the custom to kiss a Mezuzah?
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Is there any restriction on what constitutes a mezuzah case?

A friend would like to make a mezuzah case for me, but has never made one before. Are there any restrictions on its construction or design?
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Mezuzah letters touching causing bad luck?

My family has had quite a bit of misfortune last few months (sickness, theft and more). My wife suggested that we get our Mezuzahs checked. Just a note on this: I understand that they must be ...
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Does one really have 30 days to put up a mezuza outside Eretz Israel?

It is broadly known and codified that one has 30 days to put up a mezuza when renting a home outside Eretz Israel. I heard that this dated from the times where Jews might be expelled in their first 30 ...
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Mezzuzahs- putting them up, and saying brachot

Is there an "issur" regarding not putting up a mezuzzah? Is there such thing as having 30 days until the issue kicks in? Also, can you say the bracha each time you put one up? Or, if two different ...
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Does a trailer or a car require a mezuzah?

I understand that a mezuzah is required only on the doorways permanent dwelling places. How is the term "permanent" defined? Is it defined by the physical location of the structure or by how the ...
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Can a Mezuzah be given to a respectable and trustworthy non-Jew?

Would it be permissible to give a Mezuzah to a non-Jew if he is honorable and can reasonably be trusted to treat it with great care such as a dignitary or a collector of cultural artifacts?
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Mezuza positioning: why top angled in not out?

Why does the angle a mezuza positioned on the doorpost at have its top towards the room, and the bottom away from the room? I understand this may be an Ashkenazi custom, and that Sephardim position ...
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If you put up a mezuzah before 30 days, can you make a blessing?

I am referring above all to mezuzahs placed on rented spaces in the Diaspora before 30 days have elapsed. In the case of a rented space outside Eretz Yisroel, mezuzah does not become an obligation ...
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Composition of Sofer's ink

What ingredients are currently used in the manufacture of ink for Safrus? Is there a different formulation for the paint that is used to dye tefillin straps/boxes?
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Where to affix a second Mezuzah?

I have two beautiful Mezuzot in my possession. It seems obvious that I affix one on the doorpost of our new home's front entrance. What would be the most appropriate room inside the home to affix ...
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Mezuzah on deck door

The mezuzah is supposed to be placed on the right side of the entrance when going into the house. Yet I have seen a number of people who place the mezuzah of their door going to the deck in the back ...
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Following both Rashi and Rabbeinu Tam (mezuzah, sefer torah and tefillin)

I have heard it said that the reason as to why Ashkenazim place their mezuzot at an angle is to harmonise the opinion of Rashi, who held that it should be vertical (Menachot 33a, s.v. איסתוירא), with ...
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Does a mezuzah require a case?

Several websites that I have researched say that a mezuzah parchment must be protected from dampness and at least should be have a plastic film on the outside, i.e. it can not be completely inserted ...
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Height of a mezuzah and children:

If a child cannot reach the upper third of the doorway and he is the primary occupant of said room, may the mezuzah be affixed lower than the upper third?
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how often do you have to check your mezuzot?

I heard it was twice in two years. Is that right? Where does that come from? If I have no reason to assume they became pasul do I still have to check them?
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What qualities are necessary in a halachic wrapping?

There are occasions, e.g. a mezuza in a sometimes-unbecoming environment, in which we're required to cover a holy object with one or two wrappings to separate it from various environmental elements. ...
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I have a Mezuzah on my door lintel, but am not Jewish. Am I breaking the law?

My father was Jewish. Sadly, my mother was not. I have always had an interest in my father's religion, even though he was non-practicing. I am very ignorant about anything more than general knowledge ...
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Best practices for checking a Mezuzah

What are some best practices for checking a Mezuzah (as the Mezuzah owner, not as a Sofer)? Some questions that come to mind are: Should all Mezuzoth in a home be checked at once? What should one ...
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Do hotel rooms and cruise ship cabins require a mezuzah?

I understand that a mezuzah is required on the doors of rooms that are permanent dwellings. Hotel rooms and cruise ship cabins are rented to different people. Does the passenger or hotel guest need ...
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Mezuzah Case Materials?

I am looking into buying and installing Mezuzot on and in my home. I am wondering about the different materials available for the case, as I do not want to the outdoor mezuzot scrolls to go bad. Any ...
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Does a Mezuzah need to be rolled up?

It is almost universal that Mezuzot are affixed to doorposts by rolling it up tightly and inserting into some protective case. The Rambam writes in Hilchot Mezuzah 6:13 that encountering a Mezuzah ...
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When do you place the Mezuzah?

Possible Duplicate: Mezzuzahs- putting them up, and saying brachot… When do you place the Mezuzah? 30 days after beginning rental or moving in?
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When should one hide her mezuzot?

In light of recent events wherein vandals began burning mezuzot found on the doorways outside of people's houses, I am wondering if there is ever a reason to remove mezuzot to prevent their ...
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How should I choose a mezuzah klaf?

I've moved into a new apartment and need to buy some mezuzot. Looking around, each seller seems to offer a range of options in terms of price. It seems like the way it works is the bigger the klaf, ...
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Can someone trying to convert have mezuzahs on his doorposts?

When one is going through an orthodox conversion, one is asked to keep all the mitzvoth with the exception of fully keeping the shabbos and putting Tefillin. I was wondering if this exception also ...
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What to do when which side of the door to put the Mezuza on is unclear?

If someone has a house which has a room, and this room has two doors without a "heker tzir" (1) (like salon doors, or sliding doors, or no doors at all) and people walk into this room through one door ...
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Moving question: prayer when posting a mezuzah

What prayer do you recite when posting a mezuzah?
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eBay Judaica auctions

I occasionally check eBay for assorted items; this is typically for the science half of my life, but I sometimes find Judaica which probably should not be sold there. For example, I know that in the ...
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When would a convert affix the Mezuzah in the diaspora?

The Halacha is (as stated in the Kitzur Shulchan Aruch סימן יא - הלכות מזוזה) that when renting a house in the diaspora one is exempt from Mezuza for the first 30 days. For the first 30 days a rental ...
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halachic status of a mezuzah with printed scroll

What is the halachic status of a mezuzah that has a printed scroll with what appears to be paper, rather than handwritten on parchment? Is it simply a "cheaper" scroll or is it the mezuzah not kosher ...
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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 muzuzah in one room be ashkenaz (beit yosef) and in another be sefardi (vellish)?
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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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Ervah in front of mezuzot

Does one need to remain fully covered when there is a mezuzah in view? I am asking based on the principle of koved seforim, according to which, as I understand it, one may not expose ervah to (...
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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.