When someone close to you moves into a new residence, one of the best Jewish gifts you can give is a mezuzah, which means doorpost in Hebrew. The mezuzah is a piece of parchment that is contained in a decorative case. The mezuzah is also inscribed with certain Hebrew verses from the Torah.The mezuzah is one of the most important Jewish gifts that have religious significance for a newly married couple. Some people interpret Jewish law to require a mezuzah on every doorway in the home.
However, a mezuzah should not be put on doorways of bathrooms or closets that are too small to be considered an actual ‘room’. Many Jewish people place a mezuzah only on the doorpost of the front door entrance to their home.
To ensure that the mezuzah is Kosher, the parchment should be prepared by a qualified scribe who checks the mezuzot parchments for defects. This is a very meticulous process and every detail of the parchment paper is examined. As a result, genuinely Kosher parchment paper is often sold for around $150 or more.
Let’s say you give your son or daughter a mezuzah, but what if they don’t know how to properly affix a mezuzah?Here are the instructions according to Halakha (Jewish rules) on how to properly affix a mezuzah to your doorpost:
• The mezuzah should be placed on the right side of the door.
• Place the mezuzah in the upper third of the doorpost.
• Jewish law requires that all mezuzot be attached within 30 days of moving into an abode outside of the state of Israel.
• For a residence in Israel , the mezuzah is attached immediately upon moving in.
• Any Jewish person can recite the blessing if that person can understand the importance of the blessing. That means men, women and children are fair game.
• When attaching several mezuzot, you only have to say the blessing once after putting up the first mezuzah.Many Jews throughout the world, even those who are not religiously observant, affix a mezuzah to their front doorposts. This is one of the most important of all the Jewish gifts you can give a person who is important to you.