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Mezuzah Store now has an affiliate program

Posted on August 12, 2013 by Aaron Shaffier | 0 comments

For quite some time, we have gotten requests from Synagogues, day schools and other organizations as well as individuals for an affiliate program. Well, now we have one! 

What is an affiliate program?

Let's say you are the chairperson of your Synagogues building fund. Or on the board of your child's day school and you are looking for a way to raise funds. Creating an account with our affiliate program can help you raise funds by earning a percentage of every purchase referred by you or your organization. 

Here's how it works

When you sign up for an account with our affiliate program, you will be able to create a custom link our website or to a specific page or product on our site. You will then use your special link on your website or in emails that you send out.

When someone clicks on your link it will take them to our site where our website will note that this person was referred by you. If they purchase anything on our site within 30 days, you will receive 6% of their purchase!

Every month we will check your account. If you have more than $50 in your account we will send you out a PayPal payment. It's that simple!

Who is eligible?

We think this is a great way for Jewish organizations to raise money by referring their members to a product that they need anyway. But it is not only for organizations. If you are an internet marketer, stay at home mom or just want to make some spare cash by marketing a great product, you are welcome to sign up!

Click here to register. It only takes 3 minutes!

 

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We are adding videos to our product pages!

Posted on November 15, 2012 by Aaron Shaffier | 0 comments
Check this out! We have started to make short video clips of many of our Mezuzahs. We think these clips will really help you picture the product you are looking at and make it easier to choose which Mezuzahs you would like to buy. We hope to add videos to most of our products over the next few weeks. Today we set up the first few and we want you guys to get a sneak preview.

Here they are:


Check them out and let us know what you think in the comments!

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What does the Mezuzah have to do with Hanukkah?

Posted on November 28, 2011 by Aaron Shaffier | 1 comment

The Mezuzah on the Right and the Hanukkah Menorah on the Left

The Talmud in Tractate Shabbat states that one should place the Hanukkah Menorah to the left of the door and the Mezuzah to the right. This is referring to the original custom where people would light their Menorahs outside their front door to the left of the door. They would place the Menorah very low to the ground in order to make it perfectly clear that the lights were not for our use, but only to publicize the Hanukkah miracle. By having the Mezuzah on one side and the Menorah on the other side, you would be surrounded by Mitzvot (good deeds) when you entered your home. 

Hanukkah Menorah on the left and mezuzah on the right

Later during medieval times it became unsafe to light the Menorah outside the house where all could see it. It became customary in most places to light the Menorah inside the home. At least the miracle would be publicized in this way to one's own family and friends, if not to the world at large. 

Today in Jerusalem and many other places in Israel, it is still customary to light the Menorah on the outside to the left of the door, opposite the Mezuzah.

The Dedication of the Temple

There is another connection between the Hanukkah Menorah and the Mezuzah. It is the idea of dedication. The Menorah commemorates the re-dedication of the Temple in Jerusalem after it had been defiled and turned into a pagan temple by the Seleucids (Greek speaking Syrians). The oil for the Menorah of the Temple should have lasted only one day but it lasted eight allowing for the production of new ritually pure oil. The eight candles of our Menorah commemorate this re-dedication miracle. In fact the word "Hanukkah" means "Dedication" in Hebrew.

Now that we have no Temple, we are taught in the Talmud that God dwells in the synagogues and in the homes of those who dedicate their home to God. This is one of the reasons why we put Mezuzahs on each and every door of our home. By placing a Mezuzah on each room, we show that our home is dedicated to the service of God.

A Mezuzah - The Perfect Hanukkah Gift!

Giving gifts on Hanukkah is not an original Jewish custom. It is something that has developed in America mostly as a Jewish response to Christmas presents. American Jews did not want their children to feel left out of the gift receiving of the holiday season and thereby be attracted to other religions. 

But the gift of a Mezuzah is actually in keeping with the true spirit of Hanukkah which is all about rededicating our lives to service of God. What better gift can you give for Hanukkah than one which so perfectly expresses the spirit of the holiday? 

Mezuzahs are also a great Hanukkah gift since they come in so many styles and colors that allow you to buy something that fits the taste of the recipient. Also since many people don't have Mezuzahs on every door of their home, they can always use another one.


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What is a Mezuzah Doing on an African Hospital?

Posted on November 07, 2011 by Aaron Shaffier | 1 comment

This one is definitely part of our 'Mezuzahs in Unusual Places" series.

The new state-of-the-art La Paz Medical Center has just been inaugurated in Equatorial Guinea by placing a Mezuzah on the front door. You may be wondering what a hospital in the poverty ridden former Spanish colony is doing with a Mezuzah on the front door.

Mezuzah on African Hospital

The hospital in the port city of Bata has been opened with a lot of help from and Israeli businesswoman named Yardena Ovadia. She has close ties to President Teodoro Obiang. In addition the hospital has many Israeli staff members.

Because of this Rabbi Shlomo Bentolila of Chabad of Central Africa was invited to affix a Mezuzah to the front door of the medical center.

You can read more about this, and see a lot more pictures here.

Photo credit: Israel Bardugo/Collive.com

Mezuzah on African Hosptial

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Which side of the door does the Mezuzah go on?

Posted on October 31, 2011 by Aaron Shaffier | 5 comments

It's not as simple as you might think...

You may think that the answer to this question is simple...It goes on the right side. Indeed it is often that simple. For example the Mezuzah on the front door of your house will always be on the right side as you enter. 

Where it can get more confusing is with the Mezuzahs on the internal doors of your home. For example the door between the kitchen and the dining room or between the living room and the dining room. In a situation where you can move through your house in many different ways, it is not always clear which side of a door is the right side. 

WARNING: 

In this article I will give a very technical guide to how to determine the right side of any door in your home according to Halacha (Jewish Law). If you find it to be too confusing, don't panic, just call your local Rabbi and I am sure he will be happy to help you work it out.

Evaluate according to a list of criteria:

There is a list of factors that you must evaluate to determine which side of the door is the right side. You should evaluate the situation according to each one of these criteria in order. As soon as you have clearly met one of them, you can use that to determine which side is the right side and ignore the rest of the list. If the first one is not clear then move on to the second one. If it is not clear then move on to the third one etc. until you have a determination.

Here's the list:

Internal vs External - Look at the floor plan of your house. Consider how far-removed each room is from the outside of the house. Number each room according to how many stages removed it is from the outside. When it comes to the Mezuzah, we always go from an external room to an internal room. 

So if the door you are considering goes from a room which is 2 rooms removed from the outside to one which is 3 rooms removed, the Mezuzah will go on the right side entering the room which is 3 rooms removed. That is to say from the external room to the internal room. If both rooms are equal, move on to the next criteria...


Flow of Traffic - If it is clear to you that there is a certain common flow of traffic in between these rooms, then you would put the Mezuzah on the right side as you enter the way that is most common to enter. Only use this criteria if there is a clear flow of traffic. If it is not clear then move on to the next criteria...


Room Usage - Mezuzahs are meant to go on rooms that you "live in". So if one room is used more for "living" than that would be considered the room you are entering. For example, if there was a door between an office and a dining room, and all of the previous criteria were equal, you would place the Mezuzah on the right side as you enter the dining room. This is because eating is more of a basic function of a living space than working. If this is not clear, then move on to the next criteria...


Which way the door swings - If all of the above are equal then look at which way the door swings. You would place the Mezuzah on the right side of the room into which the door swings. Interestingly, according to the Chabad custom, you look at this last criteria first and only afterwards at the previous three. 

What if it is still not clear?

If you have carefully considered all of these things and both rooms are still 100% equal then you have a problem. I have actually never seen a situation like this in the real world, but in theory there is an argument in Halacha regarding what to do in such a situation.

One opinion says you would put the Mezuzah on whichever side you want. They say that the Torah isn't really concerned with the Mezuzah being on the right side. It is mainly concerned that it not be on the left side. In a case where there is no left side, you can put it on either side.

The second opinion is that you would put a Mezuzah on each side. 

We're here to help!

In any case, if you have such a situation, its probably time to call in the experts. Give a call to your local Rabbi or Torah Scribe. You can also always feel free to write me with any Mezuzah related questions and I will do my best to try to help you work them out. Aaron@MezuzahStore.com

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