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What is a mezuzah?
A. "And you shall write them [the words of the Shema] on the doorposts of your house and on your gates."1 A mezuzah is not an ornate,...

What is Shema?
A. Shema is the central and absolutely most critical prayer is Judaism. It sums up the essence of Jewish faith in its power-packed opening verse: Shema...

Does a building owned by a non-Jew need a mezuzah if Jews are employed there?
A building which belongs to a non-Jew does not require Mezuzahs. The door to your office, however, should have a Mezuzah1 if the office is exclusively...

Why must I have a scribe check my Mezuzah regularly?
For a mezuzah to be kosher, all the letters in the scroll must be complete. Due to humidity and other factors, letters can fade or crack, rendering...

How do I put up a mezuzah?
Mezuzahs need to be affixed on every doorway of your home or apartment with the exception of the bathrooms.1 The mezuzah should be affixed on the...

What's the purpose of a Mezuzah?
The purpose of affixing a Mezuzah is to fulfill a Mitzvah - a Divine Commandment.  One of the purposes for this Mitzvah is to facilitate other...

Why is the mezuzah attached to the right doorpost?
1. The Talmud1   derives from a verse2   that the mezuzah must be placed on the side which you encounter first when you enter. The average...

What's inside and on the outside of the Mezuzah?
Inside the Mezuzah case is the actual Mezuzah.  The Mezuzah is a rolled up scroll of parchment containing two passages from the Torah: the...

What's the proper way to dispose of holy objects?
“You shall utterly destroy all the places where the nations that you shall possess worshipped their gods… and obliterate their names from...

Why is the mezuzah affixed at an angle?
There are those that maintain that the mezuzah must be upright, but there are those that say that it  should be lying flat. Ashkenazim affix the...

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