10 01, 2021

Staying in a Hotel Next to a Hospital

January 10th, 2021|Kashrut, Mezuzah, Yoreh De'ah|

QUESTION

Los Angeles, CA

A woman, for a medical procedure, is temporarily staying at the hotel connected to the hospital.

A. They brought a mezuzah, but were told not to put it on the outside of the doorpost. Can they put it on the inside of the lintel, so that it’s not beyond the hotel door, but is still on the lintel?

B. There are pots and pans in their room that they’d like to use. Libun seems like it’s probably […]

27 12, 2020

Mezuzah on a Garage Door

December 27th, 2020|Mezuzah, Yoreh De'ah|

QUESTION

Canada

Does one make a berakhah on a mezuzah put on a garage that does not have an entrance to the house?

ANSWER

Yes. Definitely.

As long as it is not a place with really bad smells, etc. Even if one does not live in the building, as long as it is a place this is of regular use to the person living in the house, it is biblically obligated in a mezuzah. This is the case in the Gemara and Shulchan Arukh regarding a structure for storing straw, etc.

See […]

26 11, 2020

Mezuzah for Bedrooms off Hall

November 26th, 2020|Mezuzah, Yoreh De'ah|

QUESTION

Chicago, IL

Does this (see picture) require a mezuzah? I assume the doors off the hallway are bedrooms. Not sure the entrance to the hallway is itself a doorway or not.

ANSWER

There are two requirements to be obligated in a mezuzah: two doorposts AND a lintel (horizontal beam on the top of the doorway for the door, if it exists, to close on) (Rambam, hilkhot […]

23 08, 2019

Time to Check the Mezuzot?

August 23rd, 2019|Mezuzah|

The mitzvah of mezuzah appears at the end of this week’s parasha in what we know of as the second paragraph of Shema: “And you shall write them (these words) on the doorposts of your house and of your gates.” (Deut. 11:20). This verse also appears earlier in the first paragraph of Shema (6:9), and it is these two sections of the Torah that are written in the mezuzah.

But what is the purpose of the mezuzah?  Is it to remember God, or is to serve as some type of spiritual or even magical protection of the house?  The idea of […]

14 04, 2011

Magical Mezuzahs? Not so Much

April 14th, 2011|Mezuzah, Tefillin, Uncategorized|

In Masechet Menachot, there is a very rich section that deals with the laws of tefillin and mezuzah.   A particular theme of interest, especially in the context of the korban Pesach, is that of the mezuzah as an object that protects the house.   This idea is never stated in the Torah.  To the contrary, the Torah juxtaposes the mitzvah of mezuzah with that of tefillin and of constant Torah study.  The message is clear – have reminders of God all around you,  think of God and God’s mitzvot, and learn Torah at all times – when you […]

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