As a very general rule, each of the doorways of a Jew’s residence require mezuzahs. However, there are various exceptions discussed in the General Principles section, and in greater detail throughout the site. Some doorways are exempt; others do not require a blessing. Feel from to Ask the Maven anything and anytime.
- Hold the mezuzah with the text facing towards you, and rolls it such that the text-side becomes covered, left-to-right.
- Ideally, the mezuzah should be inserted into a protective case.
- Place the mezuzah on the right side of the door (while facing the direction of usual entry into that room), not below the top third of the doorway, and not at the top 10cm.
- Hold the mezuzah in place, ready to affix it. Ideally, the mezuzah should be nailed permanently, but scotch-tape can also suffice if nothing better is available.
- Customs vary as to whether the mezuzah should be vertical or slightly tipped leftward.
- Recite the blessing, ברוך אתה ה’, אלוהינו מלך העולם, אשר קידשנו במצוותיו, וציונו לקבוע מזוזה. [Ashkenazi pronunciation: Boruch atoh Adoinoi, Eloiheinu melech ha’oilam, asher kidshonu b’mizvoisov, v’tzivonu likboi’ah mezuzoh. Sefardi pronunciation: Baruch atah Adonai, Eloheinu melech ha’olam, asher kidshanu b’mizvosav, v’tzivanu likbo’ah mezuzah.]
- Affix the mezuzah.