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mezuzah

or me·zu·za

[ muh-zooz-uh; Sephardic Hebrew muh-zoo-zah; Ashkenazic Hebrew muh-zoo-zuh ]

noun

, plural me·zu·zoth, me·zu·zot, me·zu·zos [m, uh, -zoo-, zawt, m, uh, -, zoo, -zohs]; English me·zu·zahs.
  1. 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.


mezuzah

/ məˈzʊzə; məˈzʊzə; -ˈzuː-; məzʊˈzɑ /

noun

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


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Word History and Origins

Origin of mezuzah1

First recorded in 1640–50; from Hebrew məzūzāh, literally, “doorjamb, doorpost”
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Word History and Origins

Origin of mezuzah1

from Hebrew, literally: doorpost
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Example Sentences

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.

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

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