mezuzah

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n 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 law
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Mezuzah A piece of parchment bearing the Decalogue and attached to the doorpost; -- in use among orthodox Hebrews. The term is also used to refer to the small case containing this scroll, together with the biblical inscription inside. The text is usually taken from Deuteronomy 6:4-9 and 11:13-21.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n mezuzah Among the Jews, an emblem consisting of a piece of parchment, inscribed on one side with the words found in Deut. vi. 4-9 and xi. 13-21, on the other with “Shaddai,” ‘the Almighty,’ and so placed in a small hollow cylinder that the divine name is visible through an opening covered by a glass. This cylinder is affixed to the right-hand door-post in Jewish houses. The Jews believed that the mezuzah had the virtue of an amulet in protecting a house from disease and evil spirits.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Heb. mĕzūzōth, pl. of mĕzūzāh, doorpost

Usage


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The word mezuzah means doorpost.
So in the Book of Deuteronomy, in the sixth chapter, it does say that we should put on our doorposts, on our gates of our homes, this mezuzah .
Most often the mezuzah will have the letter Shin.
News / News Bites The Mezuzah File.
Avremi Lapine unfurls a small scroll contained inside a mezuzah.
Renewing the mezuzah ritual.
Renewing the mezuzah ritual .
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