Door without Lintel

Door without Lintel


My front gates have door posts, but no lintel above. Do I need to place a mezuzah there? (The "lintel" is the horizontal bar framing the top of the doorway, called "mashkof" in Hebrew.)


The lintel is a very basic structural element, without which a doorway is incomplete and therefore exempt from mezuzah.[1]

[Practical halachah deals with lintels of unusual shape, position or purpose as well as doorways without a lintel, but whose ceiling edge can be seen as a lintel. These are discussed in other questions.]

[1] The third condition of the Rambam, cited on our site in General Principles section.

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