Who inscribes the Mezah?
A mezuzah must be written with perfect precision and deemed kosher by a professional, religious scribe. The parchment must be rolled up and protected in a special casing.
Where and how should the Mezuzah be placed?
It is customary to put a Mezuzah on every doorway of the home, especially the entrance- with exception to bathrooms and closets. The mezuzah should be placed right side up, on the top third of the doorway at a slight tilt. The mezuzah should be to the right of the individual entering the doorway. When affixing the mezuzah, one can use measuring tape to mark the spot and a hammer, drill or highly durable glue or double sided tape.
Why do we put the Mezuzah on our doorpost?
“And you shall affix them on the doorposts (mezuzot) of your home and your gates.” (Deuteronomy 6:9, 11:20) The biblical origins of Mezuza are found in story of Exodus, when G-d ‘passed over’ and safeguarded the Jewish homes during the plague of the first born.
Since the door is a place of comings and goings, the Mezuzah serves as a constant reminder that G-d is with us wherever we go.
Do I have to check my mezuzah?
Since the words and parchment must be without mistakes or damage, one should ensure to check their Mezuzah’s at least twice every 7 years, preferably before the high holidays.
Does the Mezuzah provide special protection?
Yes, since the times of the bible, the Mezuzah promises a special protection to the dwellers of the home, both inside and outside the home. It also says in the Torah that those who are careful to observe the commandment of Mezuzah will live a longer, richer life- “...to prolong your days and the days of your children.” Those with health concerns and other challenges are often encouraged by their Rabbi to check the scroll and/or placement of the Mezuzah.
What is the meaning of the ‘Shema’ prayer?
“Hear O Israel, the L-rd is our G-d, the L-rd is One.” Shema is the ultimate testament of our faith in G-d and constant reminder of the special bond between G-d and the Jewish nation.
What do we do when passing or entering a room with a Mezuzah?
It is customary to place one hand’s on the Mezuzah and many have the custom to kiss their fingertips afterwards.