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Jun 27, 2008
There are numerous Jewish homes that put a Mezuzah on every door both inside and on the outside entrances and exits, while some homes only display a Mezuzah on the outside entrances.

A Mezuzah has many defined steps that have to be followed as per the religious Jewish Laws on how to protect the 'Halacha', which is the Mezuzah scroll. There are Jewish Laws on how to position the Mezuzah, the doorways of where to locate the Mezuzah, and how often to check the Mezuzah. The silver Mezuzahs are purely hand-crafted oblong cases styled in many designs and Mezuzah covers do need special care.

There are other materials which are used to handcraft a Mezuzah besides silver.

A Mezuzah is a beautiful handmade silver Judaica object, which contains the written Jewish prayers by a scribe on a parchment in Hebrew. It is hung by a nail on the door post of Jewish homes as a constant reminder that God is in your thoughts at all times. The Mezuzah is a physical reminder to keep God in mind as you come and go to and from your blessed home. There are numerous Jewish homes that put a Mezuzah on every door both inside and on the outside entrances and exits, while some homes only display a Mezuzah on the outside entrances.

A Mezuzah has many defined steps that have to be followed as per the religious Jewish Laws on how to protect the 'Halacha', which is the Mezuzah scroll. There are Jewish Laws on how to position the Mezuzah, the doorways of where to locate the Mezuzah, and how often to check the Mezuzah. The religious Jewish Law states that the Mezuzah Scroll must have two covers, with one being the protective material of a wax paper or any type of greaseproof and waterproof paper. The second cover would be of round tube like casing made of silver for the rolled up scroll to be securely put into. The silver Mezuzahs are purely hand-crafted oblong cases styled in many designs and Mezuzah covers do need special care.

When using a Silver Mezuzah make sure that it is of the right size so that there is enough breathing room for the scroll, as not to damage it. The other concern is problems of oxidation of silver which may damage the inner scroll, if care is not taken. Make sure to polish your silver Mezuzahs often, but remove the scroll first.

There are other materials which are used to handcraft a Mezuzah besides silver. The main point of consideration before choosing the metal mezuzah is whether it are going to be placed outside or inside the home. When placing the Mezuzah outdoors the materials must be able to weather extreme climate appropriate. Materials such as silver, gold, stone, wood or any whitish tone of protection should be considered so as to deflect strong sun light, unlike darker colors or transparent materials. Moisture is also an important concern, if there is a lot of rain, moist humidity or condensation would start affecting the Mezuzah on the outside or the parchments inside.
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Anita Satin Choudhary writes for Ivory and Art Gallery. Browse the gallery for unique collection of artifacts ranging from Netsuke to Mammoth Ivory Tusks to Silver Art.
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