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A Meaningful, Memorable Sign

While the word mezuzah can be interpreted in more than one way, what it symbolizes means only one thing: that the people living in a particular home are Jewish, and proud to exhibit that fact.


In its most literal form, mezuzah is the Hebrew word for doorpost, as found in Exodus, the second book of the Torah and Deuteronomy, the fifth and final book. Most people know mezuzah as the thing we are familiar with as an inscribed scroll – the same words found in the Shema prayer -- encased in a vessel that we attach to our doorposts.

Mezuzot belong in the places we call home: where we eat, where we sleep, where we put down roots. When we affix mezuzot, we participate in Chanukat Ha’Bayit – dedication of the home.

To hang yours:

You will need a hammer and two small nails (or high-quality, double-sided mounting tape, if the door frames or metal or you have purchased a delicate mezuzah).

Blessing before affixing the mezuzah

Baruch atah adonai, Eloheinu Melech ha’Olam, asher kid’shanuy b’mitzvotav v’tzivanu likobah mezuzah.

Blessed are You, Sovereign of the Universe, who has sanctified us with Your commandments, commanding us to affix the mezuzah.

After reciting this blessing, placing it one-third of the way down from the top fo the door frame, on the right side of the door as you face it, with the top of the mezuzah pointing slightlyinward. The Hebrew letters “Shin-Dalet-Yud” (for Shaddai) on the back of the parchment should be at the top of the rolled-up scroll.

Once mezuzot are in place, they should remain – even if you move. The only time to consider removing it is if you believe that harm will come to it after you leave.

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