Printable Mezuzot

I wanted to explain how to create proper mezuzah. Here is a wiki article.

But first, let's see why do we need these Mezuzot (literally - door posts):
YLT Dt 6:12  'Take heed to thyself lest thou forget Jehovah who hath brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of a house of servants; 
YLT Dt 6:13 Jehovah thy God thou dost fear, and Him thou dost serve, and by His name thou dost swear; 
YLT Dt 6:14 ye do not go after other gods, of the gods of the peoples who are round about you; 
YLT Dt 6:15 for a zealous God is Jehovah thy God in thy midst--lest the anger of Jehovah thy God burn against thee, and He hath destroyed thee from off the face of the ground.
As you can see, we need these Mezuzot to REMIND US about Yahuah and His Torah, so we DO NOT FORGET !!!

Now, let's take a look at relevant verses in the Written Torah on how to make Mezuzot:

Deuteronomy 6:9 and Deuteronomy 11:20
"and thou hast written them on door-posts of thy house, and on thy gates"
Since not all of us have gates, I will concentrate on the doors. But the rules for the gates are similar to the doors. And since not all of us own property where we live, I will concentrate on removable mezuzot, even though Torah assumes actual writing on the door-posts.

First of all, notice that it talks about words (or sayings) - plural form. This means that traditional mezuzah that includes only Shema Prayer (Deut 6:4 - one saying - 1st commandment) is not complete and does not constitute the observance of the commandment.

Since Ex 34:28, Deut 4:13 and Deut 10:4 explicitly state that 10 commandments is the entire covenant (entire Written Torah) it is clear that the 10 commandments is the minimum that is required to be written to properly and fully observe the commandment. Since mezuzah works as a reminder of the covenant, it serves as a deterrent of sorts (like those home-security signs) to bad people and as a welcoming sign to good people.

Secondly, mezuzot should be put on ALL jambs(see Ex 12:7, Ex 12:22-23). This means two mezuzot per door or opening ("portals, or jambs without actual door). This includes closets that have jambs as well.

Last but not least, attach mezuzot to the jamb on roughly chest level, same on both jambs, more specifically where your gaze naturally falls when you approaching the door. This way mezuzot will be seen by all who goes through your door. It must be clearly visible to everyone going through.  In and out. That's the main point. This is where traditional mezuzot lack, because the writing is inside and thus not visible.

The word mezuzot is also used in a verse about punishment of a slave - Exodus 21:6

As I said above, ten commandments is the minimum that must be written on the door-post, but you can add more commandments that you like as you want. With current micro-printing technology it would even be possible to write the entire Torah on the jambs, however such would not be affordable to most people and the mezuzot must be visible and readable so one has to have a balance between size and readability of the mezuzah.

Here are the files which contain printable mezuzah to get you going. PDF and OpenOffice versions:


Just print it on a regular printer, fold paper vertically (along the text) threefold and attach to both jambs with pins or scotch tape (or by some other means). 

Here is my front door. I attached two mezuzot on each jamb of the door. As you can see from this picture, mezuzot are roughly on the lock/handle level as this is where my gaze falls naturally when I approach my door and use the lock/handle, so I always see it.


And this is what I see when I am right by the door. As you can see, the text is very visible once you are close to the door.


And here is my apartment hallway. As you can see the mezuzot are on all jambs, including those (on the left) that do not have actual doors attached to them. Do not forget the closets.

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