Posted on: March 29, 2011
Tradition says that within 20 days of moving into a new home a Mezuzah must be put up. The mitzvah is found in Deuteronomy and has something to do with the same prayer as wrapping Tefillin and putting on a Tallit. Oh yes, that famous prayer, the Shema.
Mezuzah are to be placed not only at the doorposts of our homes but at the entrance of any room with the exception of bathrooms and rooms not fitting the specific guidelines for what qualifies as a room. Specifically, a space that must be at least two yards and have a ceiling. So here’s the deal, and I hate complaining about a mitzvah. I have 4 entrances to my apartment and I have 2 rooms still lacking a mezuzah. I did put one in my bedroom, as it is the only room that I inhabit all of the time.
My first question is this. I only use one of the four doors as my entrance. Do I still need to put a mezuzah on the other three doors? Second, which side of the doorpost should I place my mezuzah in rooms that have more than one way of entering? They’re supposed to go on the right side but my kitchen goes into my livingroom which goes into my office. Alternatively, if I start in my bedroom which goes into my kitchen into my living room into my office I have a “different” right side. So…which right side?
Any rabbis out there reading? HELP!
Lastly, and again I hate griping about mitzvot. Mezuzah are so expensive! It’s not the case but the scroll inside that counts and that’s the part that costs the money. I understand why, a scribe took the time to write the words of the Sh’ma on a piece of kosher parchment. It has Torah written on it, thus the words of God. I also am a fan of good aesthetic and general style and flow so while the scroll costs a lot, the cases tend to cost just as much because I like them to look good.