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The doorway is an area of ambiguity between the home and the street, a place where these two realms overlap and interact with each other.

Two mitzvot are connected with the doorway: the mezuzah and the Chanukah lights. The mezuzah points inward, while the Chanukah lights are oriented outward.

The mezuzah serves to safeguard the home and define it as a sanctum of holiness and Divine presence. The function of the Chanukah lights is to illuminate the street, to disseminate their message to places still untouched by the warmth and light of the Jewish home.

The mezuzah marks the doorway as the entrance to the home; the Chanukah lights exploit it as the gateway to the outside.

Based on the talks and writings of the Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson; rendered by Yanki Tauber.
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Chani Benjaminson, chabad.org December 8, 2009

Re: Placing of mezuzah A mezuzah should be affixed on the right doorpost at the bottom of the top third of the doorpost. For visual and textual instructions please see here. Reply

Adele Saven Cape Town, S Africa December 8, 2009

mezuzah Are there specific instructions where it must be placed? Reply

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