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“Take to heart these instructions with which I charge you this day… inscribe them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.” (Deut. 6:6-9)

Welcome home! Since ancient times, the beating heart of Judaism and the center of Jewish ritual has been the home. It is here that we say blessings over our dinner table, light Shabbat candles, host Passover Seders, and fulfill the most important commandments of the Torah. Moving to a new home is a big change.

Contact Rabbi Farb to set an appointment to bless your new home, or to learn more about rituals for a new home, such as hanging a mezuzah.

You can find a mezuzah at our Temple Gift Shop, and use the instructions below to hang a mezuzah on your own if you prefer. You can also download a printable version of these instructions here.

Step 1: Roll the Parchment

Roll the Parchment Roll the parchment from the last word to the first, and place it in the case so the top of the parchment is at the top of the case.

Step 2: Placement of Mezuzah

Prepare to attach the mezuzah to the doorpost that is on the right-hand side as you enter the house or room. It should be within the upper third of the doorpost. Fasten it to the doorpost diagonally, with the top of the mezuzah towards the interior of the house or room.

Step 3: Blessing

Recite the following words:

Baruch ata Adonai,
Eloheinu Melech
ha-olam, asher kid-shanu
b’mitzvotav vitzivanu
lik-bo’a m‘zu-zah.

בְָּרוּךְ אַתָּה יְיָ אֶלֹהֵנוּ מֶּלךֶ הָעולֹםָ
אֲשֶׁר קדְִשָּׁנו בְּמִצוֹתָיו וצִוָּנוּ
לִקְבֹּעַ מְזוּזָה.

Blessed are You, Adonai our God, Ruler of the universe, who has sanctified us with Your commandments and commanded us to affix a mezuzah.

Step 4: Affix the Mezuzah

Attach the Mezuzah scroll and case in a permanent way with nails, screw, permanent tape, or in some cases strong magnets.

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