Mezuzah Blog — sephardic

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?Β 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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Aaron Shaffier

Why is the Mezuzah Slanted?

You were probably sure that there's some great symbolism in the fact that the Mezuzah is slanted.  If that's the case, I am afraid that I'm about to let you down. You see the tilted Mezuzah that you will find on so many Jewish homes is actually just a product of a technical debate in Jewish law. The debate took place between the great 11th-12th century Rashi and his Grandson Rabeinu Tam.  Rashi said that the Mezuzah should be affixed to the door in a straight vertical fashion. His reasoning was that it should be placed on the door similar...

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