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mezuzah

or me·zu·za

[ muh-zooz-uh; Sephardic Hebrew muh-zoo-zah; Ashkenazic Hebrew muh-zoo-zuh ]
/ məˈzʊz ə; Sephardic Hebrew mə zuˈzɑ; Ashkenazic Hebrew məˈzʊ zə /
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noun, plural me·zu·zoth, me·zu·zot, me·zu·zos [Sephardic Hebrew muh-zoo-zawt; Ashkenazic Hebrew muh-zoo-zohs]; /Sephardic Hebrew mə zuˈzɔt; Ashkenazic Hebrew məˈzʊ zoʊs/; English me·zu·zahs.

Judaism. a parchment scroll inscribed on one side with the Biblical passages Deuteronomy 6:4–9 and 11:13–21 and on the other side with the word Shaddai (a name applied to God), inserted in a small case or tube so that Shaddai is visible through an aperture in front, and attached by some Jews to the doorjambs of the home.

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Origin of mezuzah

First recorded in 1640–50; from Hebrew məzūzāh, literally, “doorjamb, doorpost”
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Example sentences from the Web for mezuzah

  • There they paused to kiss the divine name on the Mezuzah of the door-post.

  • It was strange to me to live in a place in which every door-post bore a Mezuzah.

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  • In his perturbation he even forgets to kiss the mezuzah on the doorpost.

British Dictionary definitions for mezuzah

mezuzah
/ (məˈzʊzə, -ˈzuː-, Hebrew məzʊˈzɑ, Yiddish məˈzʊzə) /

noun plural -zuzahs or -zuzoth (Hebrew -zuˈzɔt) Judaism

a piece of parchment inscribed with biblical passages and fixed to the doorpost of the rooms of a Jewish house
a metal case for such a parchment, sometimes worn as an ornament

Word Origin for mezuzah

from Hebrew, literally: doorpost
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