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 mezuzah (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 The horseshoe above the entryway, the mezuzah by the door. Honor Jones, The Atlantic, 28 Dec. 2021 About 300 people, most affiliated with EMIH but also including some nonobservant Hungarian Jews, attended a street celebration that culminated with the affixing of a new mezuzah at the synagogue by Rabbi Szlomo Koves, the head of EMIH. Cnaan Liphshiz,, 8 Sep. 2021 The famed jazz musician was reputed to wear a Magen David and have a mezuzah on his door, said the musicologist, John Baron., 1 Sep. 2021 The first book is a do-it-yourself guide to understanding every aspect of the Jewish faith from keeping Kosher to affixing a mezuzah on the doorpost of a home and every other ritual and practice in between. Alan Goch,, 8 Oct. 2021 Or let the neighbors know with a vaccination mezuzah. Sharon Levy, The New Yorker, 7 June 2021 In February, a haredi journalist lamented a photo of Kariv hanging a mezuzah on the doorway of Labor’s headquarters. Ben Sales,, 25 Mar. 2021 Each of the hotel’s 14 guest rooms has its own mezuzah. Larry Luxner,, 30 Dec. 2020 Myers’ mezuzah is in two pieces, snapped when police swarming the synagogue broke down the door during their rescue effort. Washington Post, 7 Sep. 2019 See More

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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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“Mezuzah.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Jul. 2022.

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