Archive for the ‘Mezuzah Minutia’ Category

why is a mezuzah hung diagonally?

Why is a Mezuzah Hung Diagonally?

The Question Why isn’t the Mezuzah hung straight? A simple enough question. But those of you familiar with the intricacies of Rabbinic tradition know that even the simplest of questions can have deeply complex answers… Well,  today’s your lucky day, because the answer to this particular question is actually quite straightforward, and it involves a […]

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What Makes a Mezuzah Kosher? Part III: The Scribe.

A mezuzah must be written by a qualified Sofer with special black ink and in quadrilateral (Ashuri) script, the same used to write Torah scrolls. Many sofrim (scribes) write the mezuzah (as they do the Torah scroll and tefillin) with a reed. The Sages of the Talmud explained that the reed reminds us to be […]

a history of the mezuzah

What Makes a Mezuzah Kosher? Part II: A Brief History.

As we continue our journey towards a deeper and more complete understanding of the Mezuzah, we must first pause for a quick look at the roots of this most mysterious and potent Jewish artifact. The very origin of the mezuzah stems from the very biblical passage inscribed on the inserted mezuzah scroll. The bible text […]

what makes a mezuzah kosher?

What Makes a Mezuzah Kosher? Part I: Introduction.

In this new blog-series covering the laws, customs and rigorous traditional standards that are involved in the writing, crafting and proper placement of a Kosher Mezuzah, we will attempt to break down the basics of this extensive topic and we hope to be able to give you the reader, a slightly better understanding of the […]