me·​zu·​zah | \ mə-ˈzu̇-zə How to pronounce mezuzah (audio) \
variants: or mezuza
plural mezuzahs or mezuzas or mezuzot\ mə-​ˈzu̇-​ˌzōt How to pronounce mezuzot (audio) \

Definition of mezuzah

: a small parchment scroll inscribed with Deuteronomy 6:4–9 and 11:13–21 and the name Shaddai and placed in a case fixed to the doorpost by some Jewish families as a sign and reminder of their faith also : such a scroll and its case

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A mezuzah is a parchment inscribed with religious texts and attached in a case to the doorpost of a Jewish house as a sign of faith. Sergio Carmona, Jewish Journal, "Pride Shabbat service celebrated by LGBT community," 22 June 2017 This plaque was created to commemorate the mezuzah project the congregation had in March and features the names of the donors who made the event possible. Sergio Carmona, Jewish Journal, "Pride Shabbat service celebrated by LGBT community," 22 June 2017

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First Known Use of mezuzah

1650, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for mezuzah

Hebrew mĕzūzāh doorpost

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