It is a mitzva for all Jews to have mezuzot on their doorposts. If you would like to buy a mezuza, have an existing one checked, or you need help affixing a mezuza, please call our office at 201-871-1152, option 5, ext. 508 or Email at [email protected]

We will be happy to answer any of your questions about this important mitzva, and even come to your home to supervise the installation of a mezuza.

What is the mitzva of mezuza?

A mezuza is not, contrary to popular belief, the outer container. The mezuza is actually the parchment scroll within, handwritten by an expert scribe known as a sofer. It contains the "Shema" — a biblical passage declaring the oneness of G‑d and the devotion of the Jewish people to Him. The mezuza is then placed in a cover or case made of glass, wood, metal or any other material and, upon recitation of a blessing, affixed onto the doorpost.

In addition to its role as a declaration and reminder of our faith, the mezuza is also a symbol of G‑d's watchful care over the house and its dwellers. The name of G‑d, Sha-dai, which appears on the reverse side of the parchment is an acronym for the Hebrew words which mean "Guardian of the doorways of Israel." The placing of a mezuza on the doors of a home or office protects the inhabitants — whether they are inside or outside.

Through the observance of this mitzva  we introduce a measure of spirituality and security into our homes. The Torah also promises that anyone who carefully observes the mitzva of mezuza will lead a longer, richer life, as will their descendants; as Deuteronomy 11:21 states: "so that you will prolong your days and the days of your children..."