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What is a mezuzah? How is a mezuzah made? Which rooms require a mezuzah? How is it affixed? A summary of the basic laws governing the creation and installation of the small parchment scroll that identifies and protects the Jewish home

Mezuzah Handbook

Mezuzah Handbook

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What Is a Mezuzah?
Judaism is a faith not confined to synagogues: within the familiarity of our homes we also strive for spirituality. A mezuzah on the doorpost designates the home as Jewish, reminding us of our connection to G-d and our heritage, and serves as a source of Divine protection for the home...
The Mezuzah Scroll and Case
The parchment scroll, written in the Torah's original Hebrew, contain two Torah sections: Deuteronomy 6:4-9 and Deuteronomy 11:13-21.
Which Rooms Require a Mezuzah?
A common misconception is that only the main entrance to the home requires a mezuzah. To properly fulfill the mitzvah, every room in the house or office should have its own mezuzah...
Affixing the Mezuzah
Prior to affixing a mezuzah the following blessing should be recited: "Blessed are You, L-rd our G-d, King of the universe, who has sanctified us with His commandments and commanded us to affix a mezuzah"
Mezuzah Placement
Where on the Doorpost Do I Place the Mezuzah?
The mezuzah is affixed on the right-hand side of the door as you enter. It is positioned on an angle, with the top of the mezuzah pointing toward the inside of the room . . .
Caring for your Mezuzah
Never use liquid cleaners because they may seep within the case and damage the parchment scroll. Mezuzah cases and mezuzah wrappings should be treated as genizah, which require interment after their use...
Removing a Mezuzah Permanently
As a rule, a mezuzah should not be removed from a doorpost, leaving the room or house without a mezuzah, unless it will be put back or replaced with another mezuzah.
Appendix: The Scribal Art
We are generally accustomed to not seeing the mezuzah itself, but its case. Most of us do not fully realize just how much skill and labor goes into the writing of the actual mezuzah.
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