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Does a Synagogue need a Mezuzah

by Rabbi Simcha Bart

  

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Question:

Why do some Shuls [synagogues] not have Mezuzahs?

Answer:

A place that is only used for prayer is not obligated in a Mezuzah (the Bet Hamikdash/Holy Temple didn't have a Mezuzah as well). Since most Shuls these days serve other functions as well they do have Mezuzahs.1

Footnotes

  • 1. See Shulchan Aruch Yoreh Deah 286:3, and on.

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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.
Temple
1. Usually a reference to the Holy Temple which was/will be situated in Jerusalem. 1st Temple was built in 825 BCE and was destroyed in 423 BCE. The 2nd Temple was built in 350 BCE and was destroyed in 70 CE. The 3rd Temple will be built by the Messiah. 2. A synagogue.
Mezuzahs
Plural form of Mezuzah. Rolled up scrolls containing certain verses from the Torah which are affixed to the right-hand doorposts of doorways in Jewish homes.