Mezuzah Info Center
Why do people Kiss or Touch the Mezuzah?
The Mezuzah is a symbol and reminder of our Jewish faith and what it stands for.
By touching or kissing the mezuzah, one is acknowledging their commitment to G d and to his commandments, as specified in the Mezuzah.
How to install a Cylinder Mezuzah Case.
This video will show you how to install your cylinder mezuzah. It is recommended for use with the Avia Collection.
Remember to say the appropriate blessing prior to attaching the mezuzah to the bracket
Why is a Kosher Mezuzah Scroll So Expensive?
The most significant factor is that the mezuzah is hand written by a trained scribe. That is, 713 letters on 22 lines that are formed by hand! Unlike a mezuzah case that in some cases can be mass produced, each mezuzah scroll is created one letter at a time.
Next, in order to be sure that the mezuzah scroll is valid in needs to be checked and is usually checked three times.
- Once by the scribe who wrote it: Since while writing it's possible that attention is focused on the writing which may lead to errors.
- Once by computer: Since a human mind that is used to reading the words may miss out on missing letters.
- Once by an independent scribe: So that there is an independent perspective, not just the scribe who is profiting from the sale.
Also, the Scroll itself is made on parchment and uses hand made ink.
Additionally, if there is an error in the scroll, in many cases it is not repairable which leads to the loss of the hours of work put in by the scribe.
All said, much care and effort is put into the making of a Kosher mezuzah scroll so that you, the consumer will have the proper Mezuzah as it was intended to be. When you consider the cost of an authentic Mezuzah scroll over it's average life span it's far less than the cost of a tissue a day.
Which doors should have a Mezuzah?
A Mezuzah should be affixed to the doorpost of each room in the home and place of business (including the basement, attic and garage) however, its most significant placement is on the entrance door posts. A Mezuzah should never be placed at the entrance to a bathroom.
What Jewish Precepts are contained in the Mezuzah?
There are 7 Mitzvot that are mentioned in the Shema which is in both the Mezuzah and the Teffilin.
- Believe in only one G-d
- Love G-d
- Teach the Torah to ones children
- Recite of the Shma Prayer in the Morning and Evening
- Tying of the Tefillin on the arm
- Placing the Tefilin on the Head
- And the Mitzvah of Mezuzah
What is written in the Mezuzah?
The text of the Mezuzah scroll is derived from Deuteronomy Chapter 6, Verses 4-9 and Chapter 11, verses 13-21 in which is mentioned "And you shall write them on the doorposts of your homes and on your gates".
Here's the text:
Hear, O Israel: The LORD is our God, the LORD is one. 5 Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. 6 These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. 7 Teach them to your children and talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. 8 Bind them as a symbol on your hand and let them be a sign upon your foreheads. 9 Write them on the doorposts of your homes and on your gates.
And it will be if you faithfully obey the commands I am giving you today - to love the LORD your God and to serve him with all your heart and with all your soul - 14 I will send rain on your land in its season, both autumn and spring rains, so that you may gather in your grain, new wine and olive oil. 15 I will provide grass in the fields for your cattle, and you will eat and be satiated. 16 Be careful, or you will be enticed to turn away and worship other gods and bow down to them. 17 Then the G-ds' anger will burn against you, and he will shut up the heavens so that it will not rain and the ground will yield no produce, and you will soon perish from the good land G-ds' is giving you. 18 Place these words of mine in your hearts and minds; tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. 19 Teach them to your children, talking about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. 20 Write them on the door frames of your houses and on your gates, 21 so that your days and the days of your children may be many in the land G-ds' swore to give your ancestors, as many as the days that the heavens are above the earth.
What is a Mezuzah?
What is a Mezuzah?
A mezuzah, mounted on the doorpost, designates the home as Jewish reminding us of our connection to G d and to our heritage. Although Many use the term "mezuzah" referring to the decorative case in which the Mezuzah is often housed, the mezuzah is essentially the parchment scroll within, on which the "Shema" - a biblical passage declaring the oneness of G d - is handwritten by a trained scribe.
The mezuzah is also a symbol of G d's watchful care over the home. The name of G d, Sha-dai, which appears on the reverse side of the parchment, is an acronym for the Hebrew words which mean "Guardian of the doorways of Israel." The placing of a mezuzah on the doors of ones home or office protects the inhabitants - whether they are inside or outside.
What is a Kosher Mezuzah Scroll?
A Kosher Mezuzah Scroll is a portion of Holy Torah that has been inscribed in the same manner and script as a Torah. It is an "original" sanctified document in accordance 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). Because it represents 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.
How long will my Mezuzah Last?
A Mezuzah can last for many years when well protected, however, it does need to be inspected. Temperature and weather changes as well as age, may cause the ink to fade and crack, thereby invalidating the Mezuzah. Each Mezuzah should be examined by a reliable scribe at least twice every seven years.
How is a Kosher Mezuzah Scroll made?
A Kosher scroll is hand written by a trained scribe. It is written on Parchment using a quill to form the Torah like letters.
After a Mezuzah is written it needs to be inspected to be sure that all its letters have been formed correctly and entirely.
The Mezuzah is made of 22 Lines & 713 Letters. There are 4649 Laws Governing the writing of each Mezuzah by a trained scribe.
How do I find the right Mezuzah case?
MezuzahMaster is here to guide you through your Mezuzah case selection process with these easy steps.
First, decide on what is most important to you about your Mezuzah case. Do you prefer a specific material, color, style or theme? Are you looking for a Mezuzah at a good price? If you are giving a gift, do you want this to be a special gift? Do you need a mezuzah that's recommended for outdoor use?
Now, on the Mezuzah master home page, select the category that best meets your primary concern. e.g. If you're looking for a Blue Mezuzah, select "blue" under "color". If you're looking for a baby gift select "baby" under "gift ideas"
Then, use the shopping options below to further narrow down your selection. For example, if you're looking to spend less than $75 on a case, select the $25-$75 under "price" and you'll remove all the cases that are above and below those prices. Remember to include the cost of the Kosher Mezuzah Scroll in your calculations and choose a case accordingly.
Lastly, when concidering a particular mezuzah case selection, check the item specifications to make sure that this case will work for you i.e. if you're instaling the Mezuzah on a metal frame, be sure that the instalation method is "adhesive" etc.
Of course, if you need help, our knowledgeable sales staff are here to help you through your Mezuzah selection process so please don't hesitate to contact us with any questions you may have.
Hanging Instructions & Blessing for Mezuzah
What is the proper placement of a Mezuzah?
The Mezuzah Scroll should be placed in a protective case. Be sure that the letters Shin-Daled-Yud on the outside of the scroll are facing upwards.
A. The Mezuzah Case is affixed on the right doorpost as one enters.
B. Its height should be just above the two thirds mark of the doorpost (about shoulder high).
C. Slant the mezuzah slightly with its' top pointed towards the inside of the room.
D. The Mezuzah should be within the outer 3.2 inches of the doorpost width.
How To Affix a Mezuzah
When using screws, it's best to first mark the spot where the screws will go and pre-drill the holes.
Click here to learn How to install a Cylinder mezuzah
When using adhesive, make surface of the doorpost is clean and dry. Then, carefully place the Mezuzah into the correct position (as noted above) and apply pressure.
Before affixing a Mezuzah to a doorpost the following blessing should be recited:
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.
Blessing for affixing a Mezuzah
Baruch Ata A-do-nai Elo-heinu Melech Ha-olam asher kidshanu b'mitzvotav v'tzivanu likboa Mezuzah.
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.