How to Hang Your Mezuzah

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Once you have purchased your new mezuzah, you are ready to dedicate your home in the hanging ceremony called Hanukat Ha'Bayit. Although a mezuzah is primarily displayed at the front door, it is appropriate for almost every room of the house.

How the Mezuzah is Prepared and Hung:
The scroll must be rolled up and placed inside the Mezuzah cover. Place the parchment in your hand with the prayer facing up. Roll it, with the prayer on the inside, from left to right. Once rolled, the Hebrew word Shaddai should be visible on the outside.

Insert the rolled parchment into the cover so that the word Shaddai " " is behind the Shin "".

The mezuzah is fastened on the outside of the door post and usually on the right hand side as one enters. It should be within the upper third of the doorway, and hung diagonally with the top of the case leaning into the house. The bottom leans toward the outside. It can also be fastened vertically if the door post is not wide enough.

The following prayer is recited while hanging the mezuzah:

Baruch Ata A-do-nai E-lo-hey-nu Melech ha-olam, asher kid'shanu b'mitz-votav v'tzi-vanu lik-bo-ah mezuza.

Praised be Thou O Lord our God, King of the universe, Who teaches us holiness through commandments and instructs us to perform the mitzvah of attaching the mezuzah.

The second blessing is the Shahecheyanu:

Baruch Ata A-do-nai E-lo-hey-nu Melech ha-olam, she-he-chee-yanu v'ki-y'manu v'higi-yanu laz'man ha-zeh.

Praised be Thou O Lord our God, Who has granted us life, sustained and permitted us to reach this time.

Congratulations on hanging your new mezuzah!