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Old 02-16-2014, 08:43 PM
 
Location: Eretz Yisrael
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How do you make it "kosher"? Is it blessed by a rabbi? Do you put it at the top of the doorway or the bottom? How does one determine how many doors of the home to place them?
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Judaism 101: Signs and Symbols
Mezuzah Guide - How to put up a mezuzah - Mezuzah
2. Which Rooms Require a Mezuzah? - Mezuzah
The Mezuzah Case - Mezuzah
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Old 02-16-2014, 09:08 PM
 
Location: Oakland, CA
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Where does this idea of having things "blessed by a rabbi" come from?

Mezuzah scrolls are inspected to make sure all the letters of the Biblical text were written correctly and that there are no tears in the parchment. They must also be written by a qualified "sofer STaM" (Scribe of Sefer (Torah scroll), Tefillin (phylacteries), and Mezuzot). That's what makes them kosher.

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Old 02-16-2014, 09:18 PM
 
Location: Eretz Yisrael
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Where does this idea of having things "blessed by a rabbi" come from?
Nowhere was that mentioned. So here is another Linky related to a Sofer.

Sofer - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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Old 02-17-2014, 06:22 AM
 
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I have a close friend who is a sofer, and he checks a half dozen house's mezuzas each week. He says that in the Reform and Conservative homes where he checks, well above 90% do not have kosher mezuzas. He says pretty much 100% of the mezuzas bought in R and C Judaica shops are pasul (no good), and placing a pasul mezuza on your door is equivalent to placing a Polaroid picture if Aunt Bessie in a case on the door frame.

I asked him where all these pasul mezuzas come from, and he said Israeli merchants pay Arabs to sit in the shook all day and write them.

I think many Jews think the pretty case is the mezuza, and many are unaware there's even a scroll inside ( which is what is considered the mezuza). I know my own parents had a mezuza on the front door for 25 years without ever checking it. When I finally insisted, it ends up the mezuza case was empty. Sadly, they ended up buying a pasul scroll from their shul's Judaica store to add back in.
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Old 02-17-2014, 06:30 AM
 
Location: Lake Worth, FL
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Cool story, I felt like I was there.
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Old 02-17-2014, 11:30 AM
 
Location: OC/LA
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This is pretty funny.

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Old 02-17-2014, 11:45 AM
 
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Old 02-17-2014, 11:49 AM
 
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Shabot rules.
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Old 02-18-2014, 08:17 PM
 
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This is pretty funny.


So many comments, so little time....
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Old 08-23-2014, 09:08 PM
 
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A kosher one at every doorway to a living area in the house and in the cars.
I honestly didn't know people had them in their cars until I was in Florida and went into a store that sold them. I didn't get one for the car but have them here at home, but not in every doorway.
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