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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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?
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Does a truck driver need to put a mezuzah on his truck? [duplicate]

Let's say someone is a constantly travelling truck driver. He has no firm "home" other than his truck, so he sleeps in his truck. My rav explained that if someone rents a home and is there for more ...
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Scoring Tefillin and Mezuzos

All Sifrei Torah I've seen have lines etched out to ensure that the Sofer writes the letters straight. (I have heard this is a Halacha l'Moshe Misinai - source?) Is this necessary for Mezuzos and ...
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Kissing a doubtful scroll

There is a common custom to kiss a mezuzah, or at least place one's hand on it. Likewise, there is a custom to kiss Tefillin during davening and to kiss the Torah Should one kiss these objects if he ...
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Storage of a Spare Mezuzah Scroll

What is the best way to store an additional Mezuzah scroll? Somehow "in a drawer" seems wrong, but hanging it on a wall also seems wrong. Unfortunately, I have need for a spare due to harsh winters ...
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What is the preferred order of operations when replacing a mezuzah?

The scenario: While on vacation I bought a beautiful new mezuzah case, it is small but quite nice. The plan is the use it to replace a mezuzah already in the house. There are lots of sources saying ...
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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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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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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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Putting a mezuzah on a sukkah

Why do we not place mezuzot on the doorways of sukkot? Given that the sukkah is supposed to function as a primary dwelling, it would seem to merit the inclusion of a mezuzah - especially if one were ...
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What justifies the rules for a mezuzah to be kosher?

Why is a non-kosher scroll (e.g. a photocopy of a kosher one) invalid, especially if the text is correct and looks right? Doesn't such a scroll still fulfil the purposes of serving as a reminder? And ...
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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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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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Brachah on Tefillin, Mezuzah, and Terumah [closed]

When sitting in the Sukkah, we make a brachah of "leishev baSukkah," reflective of the passuk of "basukkos teishvu shiv'as yamim" (Vayikra 23). Similarly, when putting up a ma'akeh, we make a brachah ...
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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 ...