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The Illegal Mezuzah

The Illegal Mezuzah

Should a condo association have the right to block placement of religious symbols in the public spaces?


In Connecticut, a Jewish woman was notified by her condo’s board that she must remove her mezuzah from the doorpost – as it was “in violation of the rules.”

See the video below and share your comments: Should a condo association have the right to block placement of religious symbols in the public spaces?

Postscript: After the woman threatened to sue, the condo association backed off. “The board members didn't realize what a mezuzah was," the condo’s attorney explained.

Ummm… didn't they ever hear of Wikipedia?

Postscript #2: Take a close look at the placement of the mezuzah (at 0:33 of the video). The Hebrew name of God, "Sha-dai," which is written on the back of the parchment, is not visible and is apparently facing the wall. As our article notes: When placing the mezuzah on the wall, be sure that the name of God is facing outward (i.e. toward the entrance once it is affixed).

Maybe all this publicity came about just so she can fix her mezuzah!

April 28, 2012

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Visitor Comments: 24

(16) TMay, May 5, 2012 9:28 PM


Yes it is a rule of Judaism to hang a mezuzah, however it is also an early warning system for Jewish personal safety : ) . If you can't feel comfortable hanging it on your doorpost, it is a message to you to move, apts, condos, countries. There are people who don't know what a mezuzah is. There are people who don't know what Yom Kippur is.There are people who don't know that not all people celebrate Christmas. Now that they know about the mezuzah, and now that they know that the US constitution takes precedence over their condo assoc rule, they have complied and the story is over. Personally I prefer to not live in an apartment nor a condo, I prefer to go to doctors and not an HMO. People find it so easy to pass rules on others and impose on peoples' freedoms. Some rules make sense, and some don't. Some are just plain dumb.

(15) Anonymous, May 1, 2012 5:43 AM

In support!

I agree, she should fight this. Why pick the door frame as a prohibited area anyway? Doesn't make sense. Decorations hanging on the doors are very visible. I have a mezzuzah on the doors of my rental unit. And they look just like the one in the video, very unobtrusive. (The Name is visible!) Guess I'm fortunate in that the management here doesn't mind at all.

(14) Joan, May 1, 2012 12:20 AM

Proper Placement

I'm confused about your remarks regarding the word Shadai. A mezuzah is always placed the way this woman's mezuzah is placed - on an angle - with the Shin at the top. The word Shadai on the parchment is not always visible because the mezuzah is not always clear glass or plastic. Also, I know people who put the mezuzah on the inside of the door. It's still on the doorpost. Frankly, I'd want to know why they allow crosses on doors but nothing on the doorpost. How absurd is that. Of course, the Easter bunny, strictly speaking, is not a religious symbol. It's a tchachka.

Basya, May 2, 2012 10:08 AM

Yes, but this one is

This mezuzah case is clear plastic and you can clearly see the parchment, so the word should be visible. If it is not, then the parchment is turned the wrong way inside the case.

(13) Beverly Kurtin, April 30, 2012 10:47 AM


Do those people have bibles? We have to put them on the DOORPOSTS of our homes...see the Shema. We had a bigot who wished to start a homeowner's association in our neighborhood. "Because the wrong element is moving into the neighborhood." Not only would we NOT want to join such an organization but we brought her before the city council on charges of attempting to keep minorities out of the area. When they asked "what minorities?" I pointed to myself and said, "I am a Jew. I am only one of about 14 million Jews left in the world. I have owned my home for years; she didn't realize I was Jewish despite what is on the door post of our home. She doesn't want blacks and Hispanics moving in AND I WANT THEM." Baruch Hashem...she moved out. I'm 71 and TIRED of morons...I have been fighting for years and won't stop until my final breath. That coop is bigoted and wrong and I'm glad they backed off.

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