Mezuzah Blog — Mezuzah FAQ's

Aaron Shaffier

Does a Dorm Room Need a Mezuzah?

Question:I currently live in a dorm at college, do I need to affix a Mezuzah on the door to my dorm room? I'm worried they will make a hassle about leaving a mark on the door frame. Answer:Hi Daniel,A dorm student is not technically obligated to put up a mezuzah because the dorm is not his or her permanent place of residence. This is different than a tenant paying rent who must put up a Mezuzah because they are living on the property as if they are owners of sorts. Dormers, on the other hand, have use of their rooms much like...

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Aaron Shaffier

Lettering Styles

Question:I recently learned about the concept of Mezuzot and I’m totally into it! My question is, should I buy Ashkenazi, Sephardi, or Chabad Mezuzot and what’s the difference between them? Answer:Congratulations! Affixing Mezuzot on your doorways is an important step to take in your Judaism journey. The only difference between Ashkenazi, Sephardi, or Chabad is the lettering style. The actual content of all Mezuzot is always the same. Ashkenazim (Jews originating from Europe) generally write in the style described by the Rabbi Yosef Karo (16th century) in his book "Bet Yosef". Chasidic communities with Ashkenazi roots generally follow the tradition of...

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