mezuzah

noun
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

Examples of mezuzah in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Beth Am commemorated the completion of its renovation with a Rededication program, culminating in the mezuzah ritual. Chris Kaltenbach, baltimoresun.com, "After staying while other congregations fled to Baltimore ’burbs, Beth Am synagogue celebrates $5.5M overhaul," 17 Nov. 2019 Beth Am Synagogue Rabbi Daniel Burg, at center with guitar, surrounded by congregants and guests, watches Mark Joseph, upper right, affix the mezuzah, a sign of faith and welcome, outside the entrance to the Reservoir Hill synagogue. Chris Kaltenbach, baltimoresun.com, "After staying while other congregations fled to Baltimore ’burbs, Beth Am synagogue celebrates $5.5M overhaul," 17 Nov. 2019 The Jewish identity of the characters is omnipresent, especially in shots that include mezuzahs, menorahs and even the hamsa symbol, which dangles from the rearview mirror of the Hazans’ delivery truck. Cnaan Liphshiz, sun-sentinel.com, "Netflix show ‘Family Business’ is a French-Jewish version of ‘Breaking Bad’," 10 July 2019 More recent space items in the auction include a small sterling silver mezuzah case and scroll that were flown aboard the Space Shuttle Columbia by NASA astronaut Jeff Hoffman from Feb. 2 to March 9, 1996. Fox News, "Apollo 11 flag, flight plan page and roll of film used on the Moon are up for auction," 20 June 2019 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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18 Dec 2019

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“Mezuzah.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mezuzah. Accessed 19 January 2020.

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