|mezuzah (məˈzʊzə, -ˈzuː-, Hebrew məzʊˈzɑ, Yiddish məˈzʊzə)|
|—n , pl -zuzahs, -zuzoth|
|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|
|[from Hebrew, literally: doorpost]|
small folded or rolled parchment inscribed by a qualified calligraphist with scriptural verses (Deuteronomy 6:4-9, 11:13-21) to remind Jews of their obligations toward God. The parchment is placed in a metal, wooden, or glass case so that the word Shaddai ("Almighty") can usually be seen on the back of the parchment. After a special blessing is recited, the mezuzah is firmly fixed to the main doorpost of the home (to the right as one enters). It is a custom with some Jews to kiss the mezuzah as they pass it. The wearing of a mezuzah on a chain around the neck is a practice of relatively recent origin
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