Affixing a Mezuzah

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Traditionally, a mezuzah is affixed to every doorpost and gate of the household except the bathroom or similar places. Even in non-observant homes, it is common to place a mezuzah on the doorpost of the main entry. For more information, see Mezuzah.

Before affixing the mezuzah to the doorpost, the following blessing should be recited:

בָּרוּךְ אַתָּה יְיָ
Barukh atah Adonai
Blessed are you, Lord
אֱלֹהֵינוּ מֶלֶךְ הָעוֹלָם
Eloheinu, melekh ha'olam
our God, sovereign of the universe
אֲשֶׁר קִדְּשָׁנוּ בְּמִצְוֹתָיו
asher kid'shanu b'mitzvotav
Who has sanctified us with His commandments
וְצִוָּנוּ לִקְבֹּעַ מְזוּזָה
v'tzivanu lik'bo'a m'zuzah
and commanded us to affix a mezuzah

The mezuzah should then be affixed to the upper third of the doorpost on the right side as one enters the house or room. If the doorpost is wide enough to permit, the mezuzah should be tilted with the upper part slanting inward toward the house or room, like this:


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