mezuzah or me·zu·za [m uh- z- oo z uh; m Sephardic Hebrew uh-zoo- zah; m Ashkenazic Hebrew uh- z-z oo uh] EXAMPLES | WORD ORIGIN noun, plural me·zu·zoth, me·zu·zot, me·zu·zos ; [ m Sephardic Hebrew uh-zoo- zawt; m Ashkenazic Hebrew uh- z-zohs] oo / mə zuˈzɔt; Sephardic Hebrew məˈzʊ zoʊs/ Ashkenazic Hebrew English me·zu·zahs. . Judaism a parchment scroll inscribed on one side with the Biblical passages Deut. 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 doorpost of the home. Origin of mezuzah
First recorded in
1640–50, mezuzah is from the Hebrew word məzūzāh literally, doorpost
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Examples from the Web for mezuzah Historical Examples of mezuzah
In his perturbation he even forgets to kiss the
mezuzah on the doorpost.
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. British Dictionary definitions for mezuzah 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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Word Origin and History for mezuzah n.
1640s, from Hebrew, literally "doorpost."
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