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420. Landlords and Tenants
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Tefillin, Mezuzah v’Sefer Torah 5:10 Everyone is obligated in the mitzvah of mezuzah, even women and slaves. Minors should be taught to attach mezuzos to their doorposts. One who rents a house outside of Israel is exempt from the mitzvah of mezuzah for thirty days; the same is true for one who rents a room […]
419. Invalid Mezuzah Placement
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Tefillin, Mezuzah v’Sefer Torah 5:8 If one hangs a mezuzah inside a pole, it is invalid because it has not been attached. If he places it behind the door, it’s like he has done nothing. If one hollows out a doorpost and places a mezuzah in it horizontally, it is invalid. If one places it […]
418. Attaching the Mezuzah
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Tefillin, Mezuzah v’Sefer Torah 5:6 A mezuzah is rolled from the end to the beginning so that when one opens it, he will be able to read from the start to the finish. After rolling the mezuzah, it is placed it in a tube of reed, wood, or any other material and attached with a […]
417. Writing Shad-dai
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Tefillin, Mezuzah v’Sefer Torah 5:4 The common practice is to write Shaddai (“Almighty,” a Name of God) on the outside of a mezuzah, opposite the empty space between the two sections. This does not affect the validity of the mezuzah because it is written on the outside. However, if one writes the names of angels, […]
416. Crowns on the Letters of a Mezuzah
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Tefillin, Mezuzah v’Sefer Torah 5:2 There is a mitzvah to leave a space between the sections of Shema and v’haya im shamoa as is done for “closed” sections in a Torah scroll. If space was left as if for “open” sections, it is still valid since these sections are not actually adjacent in the Torah. […]