[muh-zoo z-uh; Sephardic Hebrew muh-zoo-zah; Ashkenazic Hebrew muh-zoo -zuh]
- 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
In his perturbation he even forgets to kiss the mezuzah on the doorpost.The Promised Land
There they paused to kiss the divine name on the Mezuzah of the door-post.The Imported Bridegroom
It was strange to me to live in a place in which every door-post bore a Mezuzah.Ghetto Tragedies
- 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
from Hebrew, literally: doorpost
Word Origin and History for mezuzah
1640s, from Hebrew, literally "doorpost."
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper