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A Mezuzah should be affixed to the doorpost of each room in the home and place of business (including basement, attic, and garage). A Mezuzah should never be placed at the entrance to a bathroom.
Inspection: Each Mezuzah must be examined by a reliable scribe at least twice every seven years. Temperature and weather changes as well as age, may cause the ink to fade and crack, thereby invalidating the Mezuzah. A Mezuzah should also be checked at the time of purchase.


Affixing a Mezuzah

Before affixing a Mezuzah to a doorpost the following blessing should be recited:

Hebrew Transliteration: Boruch Ato A-do-nai Elo-heinu M.elech Ho-olom asher kidshonu b'mitzvotov v tzivonu likboa Mezuzah.
Translation: 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.

If more than one Mezuzah is being affixed at one time, only one blessing is recited.
When affixing a Mezuzah to an archway,no blessing is recited.

The Mezuzah is affixed:
A. On the right doopost as one enters.
B. In a slanted position with top pointed to inside of room.
C.An the upper third of doorpost height (shoulder high).
D. On outer 3.2 inches of doorpost width.


Laws & Customs

The Mezuzah signifies the sanctity and blessing of the Jewish home. Actually, it is a portion of Holy Torah, inscribed in the same manner and script as a Torah. It is an "original" sanctified document in accord with laws and precepts that dare not be compromised.
On this sacred scroll of parchment are inscribed two passages from Torah, "Shema Yisroel" and "Vehaya" (Deuteronomy 6:4-9 and 11:13-21).
It is customary, upon entering or leaving a residence, to touch the Mezuzah. This reverence acknowledges our belief in the "Shema Yisroel," the Jewish declaration of faith, which expresses the unity of G-d, the duty of loving and serving Him with our whole being, and our obligation to observe the mitzvot in and out of the home.
Because it presents basic principles of our faith, the Mezuzah is our responsibility to visitors as well as to ourselves. When a Mezuzah is not valid, its blessings are nullified. Even if one letter or part of a letter is missing or imperfect, the Mezuzah may not be used. Only a "Kosher" Mezuzah sanctifies and protects the home, as well as fulfills the saying of the Psalmist, "G-d will guard your going and coming from now and for all time."
That is why when you purchase a Mezuzah for yourself or make it a gift to a relative or friend, you are obligated to assure its validity. Be certain that it is hand written and that you obtain it from a reliable source.

If it's written in Torah script by an ordained and dedicated scribe...
Then it identifies, sanctifies and protects your home with its blessing...


Just as a Torah is adorned with ornaments, the Mezuzah is encased in any variety of traditional or contemporary cases. The contents, however, may never be compromised.


Scribal Arts

it takes ...
22 Lines ...
713 Letter ...
4649 Laws ...

Governing the writing of each Mezuzah by an ordinary scribe.

 

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