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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]
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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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At these establishments, mezuzot are visible on the doorpost of the front entrances, perhaps the most conventional way of demarcating a building as Jewish.
Write them on the doorposts of your houses and gates," Judaism derives the commandments of laying tefillin and affixing mezuzot.
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Knoppers discusses parallel developments in the institution of the synagogue, ritual baths, and mezuzot as examples.
Twelve or so are in an informal group called Stam Scribes; ("STaM" is a traditional abbreviation for Sifrei [scrolls of] Torah, Tefillin, Mezuzot, and Megillot, the four major ritual texts scribes write), which puts together an annual sofrot conference.
Mezuzot could thus be found affixed in the correct place on the homes of non-Whites, but empty of the parchment with biblical passages required by Jewish law.
Our newly re-elected prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, responded: "I heard someone speak of people who kiss mezuzot with disdain.
With the extinguishing of the eternal flame, Rabbi Valerie Cohen will formally deconsecrate the sanctuary, the mezuzot will be removed, and the doors will close on a fundamental piece of Worcester's Jewish history.
First, attach mezuzot (plural of mezuzah) to the doorposts of your house, inside and out.
Our Rabbis taught: Beloved are Israel, for the Holy One, blessed be He, surrounded them with precepts: tefillin on their heads, tefillin on their arms, tzitzit [fringes] on their garments, and mezuzot on their doorposts.
Los estudios religiosos estan presentes en todas las facultades y los propios edificios y ritmos vitales de la universidad lo reflejan: todas las aulas y despachos tienen los mezuzot, pequenos pergaminos con la palabra de Dios, metidos en cajitas e incrustados en el marco de la puerta, que los judios piadosos tocan al pasar.