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

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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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Women and writing a Mezuzah

Can a women write a Mezuzah?
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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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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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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?
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Mezuzah scroll upside-down on the door. Is the mitzva being fulfilled?

I observe that a mezuzah is attached to the door with the top of the mezuzah directed to the top of the door. I am looking for sources to answer this question: If a mezuzah were (accidentally) ...
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Can any part of Sta"m-making be done by a Gentile?

There are several steps that I can think of that "precede" or are "peripheral" to the actual writing of Sta"m (Sifrei Torah, Tefillin and mezuzot). Can any of these be done by a Gentile? Preparation /...
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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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Why is there no mitzvah for an individual to write his own mezuzah?

Ramba"m states that there is a mitzvah for every individual to write his own Torah. This mitzvah can be accomplished by writing one letter. Why is there no mitvah for writing a mezuza. It seems that ...
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Mezuzah - Gentile Home

If a Jew rents a home from a non-Jew and the home already has mezzuzot - does the Jew need to take them down and reaffix them to the door post - assuming they are fully kosher (ie, previous tenant/...
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Does the concept of כל ישראל ערבים זה בזה obligate us to put up a mezuzah on a non-frum Jew's door, if he did not?

Does the concept of כל ישראל ערבים זה בזה (all Jews are responsible for one another) obligate us to put up a mezuzah on a non-frum Jew's door, if he did not, and he will not remove it if we did? If ...
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Do all the letters in Sta“m need to be the same ”baseline" height?

I know that prior to writing a column in a Sefer Torah, a Sofer "scores" the parchment to mark the rows. I am also aware that certain letters have "risers" and "descenders" (e.g. a final nun has a ...
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Is it wrong to hang a Mezuzah diagonally?

I heard we're supposed to hang a mezuzah the same way as the door bolts. The door bolt is either horizontal or vertical. I know that the strong debate over whether it should be vertically or ...
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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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Does an RV need a mezuza? [duplicate]

My son asked me if a mobile home needs a mezuza. I did not know if any of the following factors make a difference towards its requirement of a mezuza: It is mobile. In some circumstances, it is a ...
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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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Is this a mezuzah or something else?

I noticed this in my garage on the inside trim of a backdoor. It seems to have been painted over several times. I would say it is a mezuzah, except: It is very small The lettering seems off It is ...
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How early can I take down my mezuzos before a move?

Suppose a Jew will be vacating an apartment or other property rented from a gentile. In such a case, he is permitted to take down his mezuzos before leaving. How long before actually moving out may he ...
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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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I removed a Mezuzah without knowing what it is, what should I do?

Background: Next to the door of a new flat there was a roll of paper inside some plastic wrap. I didn't know what it was, so I took it down to inspect it. Inside I found a roll of very stiff paper ...
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One mezuzah, two outside doors — which is preferred?

In a house with two outside entrances, what is the halacha if you only have one mezuzah? Is there a priority in entrances, or does the occupant choose? (Yes, one should acquire a second mezuzah, but ...
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Finding the right mezuza

My partner is Jewish from the Boston area. We just bought a fixer upper house. I would like to get her a mezuzah for our new place but there are so many to choose from. Can you help?
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Is a mezuzah needed between an antechamber and the main rooms?

If right when a person enters his front door, he enters a small "room" which is basically a place where people can take off their shoes before coming into the house proper, and this "room" is not 4x4 ...
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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' אלקינו ה' ...
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Is each Mezuzah a separate Mitzvah?

A house needs to have Mezuzos on every doorway that is an entrance to an appropriate room. The question I have is: is each Mezuzah a separate Mitzvah on it's own, or do they all combine to one 'larger'...
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What should be done with mezuzot when selling the house?

What should be done about the mezuzot (internal and external) when selling one's house... to a non-Jew? to a non-observant Jew? to an observant Jew?
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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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Where do I put the mezuzah if I have a screen door before the front door?

I recently installed a screen door in front of my front door. Do I have to move the mezuzah to be outside the screen door?