mezuzah.jpgThe Mezuzah is a specially prepared parchment scroll on which a skilled Scribe, called a Sofer, has very carefully written the text of the Shema.

This Scroll is rolled up and placed in a case and affixed to the right hand doorpost of every doorway in one's home, except for the bathroom and toilet.

The Rambam writes that the Mezuzah reminds us of the presence and the Unity of G‑d, arousing us to love G‑d and walk in His path. The Sages also tell us that the Mezuzah has a protective power for the family dwelling in that home.

Great skill is needed to write a kosher Mezuzah and, unfortunately, many Mezuzot have been sold which do meet the standards of Jewish Law. There are many elaborate and beautiful cases which turn out to have only a printed slip of paper instead of a Mezuzah.

klaf.jpgEven when one's Mezuzah was indeed properly kosher when bought, it is important to have it checked regularly. The Code of Law states this should be 'twice in seven years'. However today, chemicals in the air and other factors lead rabbis to recommend that one should have them checked more frequently.

To acquire a Mezuzah or to have your Mezuzot checked, contact your nearest branch of Chabad-Lubavitch Centre, or the central Lubavitch Mezuzah Campaign: Rabbi Y Pink, Tel.0121 706 8736 or 07973 955 232 (Solihull).