Mezuzah: How To
- Carefully place the Mezuzah upright in a Mezuzah case. The function of the case is merely to protect the Mezuzah and hence has no Jewish legal requirements. It can be made out of any material that will protect it and have any design, or for that matter, no design at all.
- The Mezuzah is affixed to the doorposts of all doors in the home or office (excluding bathrooms and rooms or closets that are less than 6 sq ft.). Any mechanism that will keep the Mezuzah from falling down, e.g. double-sided tape, nails, or screws may be used.
- The Mezuzah is placed:
- On the right hand side of the entrance;
- In the top third of the doorway;
- Ideally it should be in the bottom of the top third, e.g. if the doorway is 6 feet high, the bottom of the Mezuzah should be in line with the 4 ft mark. However, as long as it is above the 4 ft mark (and it is not placed in the top 3.1 inches), it is “kosher”.
- Prior to affixing the Mezuzah, recite the following blessing: “Baruch Atah A-do-nai Elo-heinu Melech haolam asher kideshanu bemitzvotav vetzivanu likboa mezuzah“. (for a Printable version Click here)
- Firmly affix the Mezuzah to the doorpost.
- Due to weather conditions and natural wear and tear, a licensed scribe should ideally check the Mezuzah on an average of once every three and half years. You can send it via mail to a reliable store, or walk into a Judaica store in your city or town, and request a checkup. This procedure should not cost more than a few dollars.