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Mezuzah Information

What is a mezuzah?

A Jewish home is traditionally identified by a mezuzah, a small parchment scroll inserted in a case and fastened to the doorpost. The scroll includes two passages from the Bible, including the verse "Inscribe them (the words of God) on the doorposts (mezuzot) of your house and on your gates."

One of the Hebrew names of God is written on the back of the parchment. The scroll is rolled so that the name is visible through an opening in the case. The mezuzah serves as a daily reminder of the commandments.

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How do I hang my mezuzah?

  1. Tightly roll the parchment scroll and insert into the mezuzah case.

  2. Before affixing the mezuzah to the doorpost, recite the blessing:
    "Baruch Atah Adonie Elohenu Melek Ha-Olam, Asher Kiddeshanu B'mitzvotav, V'tzivanu Likboah Mezuzah."

    This translates into English as:
    "Blessed art Thou, O Lord our God, King of the Universe, who has sanctified us with Thy Commandments, and commanded us to affix the mezuzah."

  3. The mezuzah should be attached on the right side (as you enter the room or home) of the doorpost, positioned at an average person’s height. It is recommended that you install a mezuzah with a nail or double-sided tape to prevent any damage to the mezuzah, though some will come with hardware screws for hanging.

  4. Hang the mezuzah at a slight angle with the top of the mezuzah slanted toward the inside of the room or home. If the doorpost is too narrow, it is acceptable to hang the mezuzah vertically.

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