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also me·zu·za  (mə-zo͝oz′ə, -zo͞o-zä′)
n. pl. me·zu·zahs also me·zu·zas (-zo͝oz′əz) or me·zu·zot (-zo͞o-zôt′)
1. A small piece of parchment inscribed with the biblical passages Deuteronomy 6:4-9 and 11:13-21 and marked with the word Shaddai, a name of the Almighty, that is rolled up in a container and affixed by many Jewish households to their door frames in conformity with Jewish law and as a sign of their faith.
2. The container that holds this piece of parchment.

[Hebrew məzûzâ, doorpost, mezuzah; see ḏwḏ in Semitic roots.]


(məˈzʊzə; -ˈzuː-; Hebrew məzʊˈzɑ; Yiddish məˈzʊzə)
n, pl -zuzahs or -zuzoth (Hebrew -zuˈzɔt)
1. (Judaism) a piece of parchment inscribed with biblical passages and fixed to the doorpost of the rooms of a Jewish house
2. (Judaism) a metal case for such a parchment, sometimes worn as an ornament
[from Hebrew, literally: doorpost]


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or me•zu•za

(məˈzʊz ə, -ˈzu zə)

n., pl. -zu•zoth, -zu•zot (-zuˈzɔt) -zu•zahs or -zu•zas.
Judaism. a parchment scroll inscribed with Deut. 6:4–9 and 11:13–21 and with the word Shaddai (a name for God), inserted in a case and attached to the doorpost of the home.
[1640–50; < Hebrew məzūzāh literally, doorpost]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.mezuzah - religious texts from Deuteronomy inscribed on parchment and rolled up in a case that is attached to the doorframe of many Jewish households in accordance with Jewish lawmezuzah - religious texts from Deuteronomy inscribed on parchment and rolled up in a case that is attached to the doorframe of many Jewish households in accordance with Jewish law
section, subdivision - a self-contained part of a larger composition (written or musical); "he always turns first to the business section"; "the history of this work is discussed in the next section"
Book of Deuteronomy, Deuteronomy - the fifth book of the Old Testament; contains a second statement of Mosaic law
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In many Jewish households, hanging a mezuzah in the front doorframe is thought to bring the inhabitants good health, happiness and prosperity.
Illness can also be caused by a mezuzah incorrectly written; a mezuzah is a small metal case containing a part of the sacred text of the Jews which is affixed to the doorway in a building.
While Jews fill the mezuzah with Torah passages (Deuteronomy 6:4-9; and 11:13-21), you might choose texts you find more meaningful.
Directly following was a networking reception and mezuzah installation ceremony.
It also made a special Mezuzah, or decorative case containing parchment inscribed with a Hebrew prayer that is traditionally affixed to the doorpost for protection.
As the camera backs out of the room into the hallway, the viewer notices the roughly three-inch-long rectangle of a Jewish mezuzah on the doorframe of the apartment.
It also places him in opposition to the countless Jewish scholars of the past who used texts that differ from the Ben Asher Masoretic text chosen by Maimonides as the best text we have (Laws of Tefillin, Torah Scrolls, and Mezuzah, 8:4).
My goal was to bring back a mezuzah from Jerusalem, the holiest city to Judaism.
But then some believers may feel that certain small acts they do on their own initiative, such as when Orthodox Jews kiss the Mezuzah, may secure their contact with the incomprehensible and thus prove helpful in the restricted territory of extradoctrinal belief.
When the townspeople begin arguing about how the mezuzah should be placed (standing up or lying down?
He integrates traditional and religious issues into his narrative, going beyond the inclusion of concrete Jewish objects such as a mezuzah, a candelabra, or a prayer shawl.
I never heard him say the word "God," never saw him say the blessings for bread, for Shabbat, never saw him even turn to look to at the mezuzah on our front door.