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Why is the mezuzah affixed at an angle?

by Rabbi Naftali Silberberg

  

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There are those that maintain that the Mezuzah must be upright, but there are those that say that it  should be lying flat. Ashkenazim affix the mezuzah at an angle in order to satisfy both opinions.1


[Ed. note: Also read "How do I put up a mezuzah?"]

Footnotes

  • 1. Sephardim affix it straight upright.

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Ashkenazim
(pl.) Jews of Northern or Eastern European ancestry. (singular: Ashkenazi)
Mezuzah
A rolled up scroll containing certain verses from the Torah which is affixed to the right-hand doorpost of doorways in a Jewish home.