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This is actually addressed by the Chida in his Birkei Yosef 286:3. He brings the Bais Hillel(not to be confused with Bais Hillel from the gemara) who holds that a jail is not a dwelling of honor,so would be patur from a mezuzah. He also brings a proof from the gemara Yoma 10b which seems to imply that a jail would not require a mezuzah. The Chida himself ...


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R Gersion Appel here answers your question A Jew who is serving a sentence does not require a mezuza on his prison cell, as it is not deemed a respectable residence and it is unlikely that he would consider it his permanent dwelling. This is based on Kitzur Shulchan Aruch 11:14 A house that is not designated for permanent dwelling does not require ...


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I found a new and unusual source. R Ephraim Oshry was the Rav of the Kovno ghetto during the second world war and one of the few European rabbis to survive the Shoah. He published a set of responsa written during the war, in terribly difficult circumstances (published in English as Responsa from the Holocaust but long out of print, for some reason the French ...


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The Rambam Hilchos Brachos 11:2 writes that there are some mitzvos which one is obligated to go after, such as: tefillin, sukkah, shofar, and there are mitzvos that are optional where one does not need to run after to perform, such as: mezuzah, and maakeh. The Rambam writes that even if one wants to live on a boat or live in a tent it is permitted to do so, ...


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Leket Hakemach (YD, Mezuzah s.v. Kahal) explains Shaar Ephraim (83) that one who is in a Jewish jail [for several months] is required to affix a mezuzah. His reasoning is that Rambam (Mezuzah 6) did not enumerate a jail as one of ten things which do not require a mezuzah. Shaar Ephraim also brings proof from the Rabbi’s opinion in Yoma (10b) that even one ...


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As discussed in the Talmud (Menachot 32-33) and codified by the Tur (Y"D 289), a Mezuza must be affixed either in the doorpost or on the doorpost, and may not hang. See the Bach (ibid) who brings the Mordechai who brings proofs that it's sufficient to use nails, since (as he proves) putting up a Mezuza does not require an artisan; every layman can do it. ...


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See Bava Metziah 102a and Shulchan Aruch Hilchos Mezuzah 291:2 that when renting a house to a gentile one removes the mezuzos. Later authorities debate if this is merely an allowance since the obligation to have them up has ceased, or if this is an obligation due to the concern of the gentile, who sees no value to it, destroying or otherwise harming it. My ...


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The source for this halacha is a gemara in Menachot 44a. There Koren translates pundak as a guesthouse while artscroll translates it as an inn. For more on this topic see Does one really have 30 days to put up a mezuza outside Eretz Israel? and the sources linked there.


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