What is written on the parchment in a mezuzah?

What is written on the parchment in a mezuzah?

The Hebrew word mezuzah actually means doorpost, but over time it has evolved to mean the doorpost and what is affixed to it. On the back of the parchment is the Hebrew word shaddai, one of the mystical names for the Almighty.

What scroll goes in a mezuzah?

A mezuzah (Hebrew: מְזוּזָה‎ “doorpost”; plural: מְזוּזוֹת‎ mezuzot) is a piece of parchment called a klaf contained in a decorative case and inscribed with specific Hebrew verses from the Torah (Deuteronomy 6:4–9 and 11:13–21)….Mezuzah.

Halakhic texts relating to this article
Shulchan Aruch: Yoreh De’ah 285–291

How can you tell if a mezuzah scroll is kosher?

23 If the left side is taller a mezuzah is affixed without a brocha. The mezuzah should be written with the right hand and rolled from left to right. 43 On the outside one should write the name י”שׁד opposite the separating line on the inside.

Does a mezuzah scroll need to be kosher?

Although a “non-kosher” case does not usually invalidate the affixing of the mezuzah, sometimes it can. Even if an improper mezuzah case is still halachically permissible, one should not suffice with the bare minimum; rather, one should be scrupulous in this mitzvah and merit to lengthen the days of one’s life.

Can a woman hang a mezuzah?

Can a woman hang a mezuzah? Yes, a woman can and should make the bracha (blessing) and put up the mezuzah herself.

Do you kiss the mezuzah?

A mezuzah is a small case affixed to the doorframe of each room in Jewish homes and workplaces which contains a tiny scroll of parchment inscribed with a prayer. It is customary for religious Jews to touch the mezuzah every time they pass through a door and kiss the fingers that touched it.

Why is mezuzah at an angle?

This is done to accommodate the variant opinions of the medieval Rabbis Rashi and Rabbeinu Tam as to whether it should be placed horizontally or vertically, and also to imply that God and the Torah (which the mezuzah symbolizes) are entering the room.

Can you write your own mezuzah scroll?

For this homemade mezuzah, you can make your own scroll. You can print out an online version of the Shema or write the first line of the prayer “Shema Yisrael: Adonai Eloheinu, Adonai Echad: Hear, O Israel: the Lord is our God, the Lord is One” on a piece of paper.

Do you touch the mezuzah?

What does the mezuzah symbolize?

The mezuzah represents the concept of the doorpost as the dividing line between the outside world and the sanctity of the home. The mezuzah is a symbol of the covenant with God and of the obligations that believers have. It represents the Jewish identity of those in the household.

Why is the mezuzah placed at an angle?

How much is a mezuzah scroll?

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How is the mezuzah scroll written in Hebrew?

The Mezuzah scroll is made from handmade parchment from a kosher animal and inscribed in black ink with a special quill pen. It is written by a specially trained, religious devout scribe, known in Hebrew as a sofer. The sofer concentrates intensely and writes with special Hebrew characters in a beautiful calligraphic hand.

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What do you need to know about a mezuzah?

Each mezuzah contains a rolled kosher parchment with the Shema prayer meant to protect the inhabitants. The case that holds the scroll can be simple or decorative, but the mezuzah itself is a reminder of your covenant with God.

Can you use a transparent case for mezuzah?

Depending on where the Mezuzah will be affixed, you can or cannot use a transparent case made of glass, Lucite or the like. In these scenarios a transparent case should not be used: If it faces a bathroom. On a doorpost or archway inside a bedroom. On any doorpost or archway of a room where babies’ diapers are changed.