How To Hang A Mezuzah
A Mezuzah should be affixed to the doorpost of each room in the home and place of business (including basement, attic, and garage). A Mezuzah should never be placed at the entrance to a bathroom.
Mezuzahs are made up of two parts:
A handwitten mezuzah scroll.
A decorative mezuzah case. This is just to protect the mezuzah scroll and is not required.
Inspection: Each Mezuzah must be examined by a reliable scribe, at least twice every seven years. Temperature and weather changes, as well as age, may cause the ink to fade and crack, thereby invalidating the Mezuzah.
Before affixing a Mezuzah to a doorpost, the following blessing should be recited:
: Boruch Atah A-do-nai Elo-heinu Melech Ha-olam asher kidishanu b'miyzvotov v'tzivanu likboa Mezuzah.
: Blessed are You, L-rd our G-d, King of the universe, who has sanctified us with His commandments and commanded us to affix a Mezuzah.
If more than one Mezuzah is being affixed at one time, only one blessing is recited. When affixing a Mezuzah to an archway, no blessing is recited.
The Mezuzah is affixed:
- On the right doorpost as one enters.
- In a slanted position with top pointed to inside of room.
- In the upper third of doorpost height (shoulder high).
- On outer 3.2 inches of doorpost width.