Mezuzah definition

mə-zo͝ozə, -zo͝o-zä
A small piece of parchment inscribed with the biblical passages Deuteronomy 6:4–9 and 11:13–21 and marked with the word Shaddai, a name of the Almighty, that is rolled up in a container and affixed by many Jewish households to their door frames in conformity with Jewish law and as a sign of their faith.
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(Judaism) A piece of parchment inscribed with Pentateuchal texts and attached in a case to the doorpost of a house, in accordance with Jewish law that says that “the Jews must remember the Tenth Plague and the blood on the doorposts."
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
mezuzah
Plural:
mezuzahs, mezuzot, mezuzoth

Origin of mezuzah

  • Hebrew məzûzâ doorpost, mezuzah ḏwḏ1 in Semitic roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From post-Biblical Hebrew מְזוּזָה (m'zuzá) (referring to Deuteronomy 6:9).

    From Wiktionary