About The MezuzahThe Hebrew word mezuzah technically means "doorpost." However, a mezuzah usually refers to the parchment and receptacle which is placed on the doorposts of Jewish homes as God commands in the Bible, "And thou shalt write them [the commandments] upon the doorposts of thy house and upon thy gates" (Deuteronomy 6:9). The mezuzah is affixed on the doorpost to serve as a reminder of how one must behave, according to God's laws, when entering and leaving the home. It s a so a symbol of loyalty to the Jewish people.
The parchment contains the first and second paragraphs of one of the most important Jewish prayers, the Shma, which is recited every morning and evening. "Hear O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is One." The text of the mezuzah is written by a sofer, a scribe, with a quill taken from a kosher fowl and in indelible black
ink. Traditionally, the parchment was from the skin of a kosher animal. On the case containing the scroll is the Hebrew word Shaddai which is another name for God. it is an acronym for ,the Hebrew phrase "Shomer dallot Yisrael," Protector of the doors of Israel."
The mezuzah is to be affixed on the doorpost of the home and to all rooms, except for the bathrooms. A mezuzah is to be hung in a slanted position, on the upper third of the right doorpost, no more than thirty days after moving into a new home. The top of the mezuzah should be pointing toward the inside of the home or room. It is customary to kiss the mezuzah when passing through the doorway.
Barukh attah adonai eloheinu
melekh ha-olam, asher kid'shanu
Praised are You, Lord our God, King of the universe whose mitzvot add holiness to our lives and who gave us the mitvah to attach mezuzot.