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426. Where to Affix the Mezuzah
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Tefillin, Mezuzah v’Sefer Torah 6:11 If a person typically enters and exits by an entryway between his house and a shul or a study hall, that entryway would require a mezuzah. If there is an entryway between two houses, the door’s hinge would determine the location of the mezuzah; the mezuzah is placed on the […]
425. Not Respectable Dwellings; Rooms Within Rooms
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Tefillin, Mezuzah v’Sefer Torah 6:9 A restroom, a bathhouse, a mikvah, a tannery, and similar such buildings do not require a mezuzah because they are not respectable dwellings. A sukkah and a house on a boat do not require a mezuzah because they are not permanent dwellings. If a potter has two booths, one inside […]
424. Storage Facilities
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Tefillin, Mezuzah v’Sefer Torah 6:7 A storehouse for straw, a barn for cattle, a woodshed, and other types of storage facilities do not require a mezuzah as per Deuteronomy 6:9, “your homes,” meaning houses that are designated for your use. Therefore, if a barn is used by women as a changing room, it requires a […]
423. No Roof; The Temple
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Tefillin, Mezuzah v’Sefer Torah 6:5 A house without a roof does not require a mezuzah. If part of it was covered by a roof and part was not, then it seems to me (says the Rambam) that if the covered part is near the entrance, it requires a mezuzah. The doors should be attached to […]
422. No Walls, No Lintel
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Tefillin, Mezuzah v’Sefer Torah 6:3 A portico with three walls and a roof does not require a mezuzah even if there are two pillars on the fourth side. These pillars are designed to support the roof, not as a doorway. Similarly, if a roof stands on pillars without walls, it does not require a mezuzah […]
421. What Features Obligate a House in a Mezuzah
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Tefillin, Mezuzah v’Sefer Torah 6:1 A house requires ten things to obligate its resident in a mezuzah. If any one of these is lacking, a mezuzah is not required. They are: (1) the area must be at least four cubits by four cubits (about six feet by six feet); (2) it must have two doorposts; […]