Chicago Mitzvah Campaign, Inc.

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Phone NumberCall 866­-697-2224

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Chicago Mitzvah Campaign, Inc.

Beis Heh
Phone Number866­-697-2224

Medicine isn't the only thing that can help you feel better!

Mezuzahs while Moving

Proper placement of Mezuzah

QUESTION:
What if I am in the midst of moving and I temporarily own two homes. Which one requires mezuzahs?

ANSWER:
If you are actually living in both homes, or storing items in both homes, then you are obligated to have mezuzahs in both homes. We therefore recommend that you take advantage of the Mezuzah Campaign‘s "mezuzah rental service." We will be happy to rent you mezuzahs until you sell or rent your existing home. For more information, please call: 1-866 697-2224.

QUESTION:
Am I obligated to leave my mezuzahs up after moving?

ANSWER:
When moving to another house or apartment, mezuzahs should not be removed, unless:
• The new tenant is a non-Jew,
• A new tenant did not move in, and there is concern that were the mezuzahs to be left behind, in all probability they would become defaced.

QUESTION:
May I remove my mezuzahs if the new Jewish tenant has his own mezuzahs?

ANSWER:
It is preferred that the new tenant or owner should remove your mezuzahs, or he should at least instruct you to remove your mezuzahs. This halacha is a very serious matter and should not be treated lightly. Rather, an observant Rabbi should instruct you what to do.

QUESTION:
What if the new owner is Jewish and he wants my mezuzahs, am I obligated to leave all of my mezuzahs behind?

ANSWER:
Yes. You may, however exchange the mezuzahs themselves for less expensive ones, providing that they are 100% kosher. The mezuzah cases may certainly be exchanged for the least expensive mezuzah covers.

You may also demand the new owner or tenant to pay you for the mezuzahs. He will then be obligated to compensate for the mezuzahs at fair market value. If he refuses to pay for them, an observant Rabbi should be contacted. This Halacha is a very serious matter.

QUESTION:
What if I need mezuzahs for a second home while my house is under construction, or a second home used occasionally for vacationing?

ANSWER:
If the second home is a rental, mezuzahs are required only if living there for more than thirty days. In the case of construction, we recommend that for that time period you avail yourself of the Chicago Mezuzah Campaign‘s "mezuzah rental service". For more information, please call: 1-866 697-2224.

QUESTION:
Does a trailer, mobile home or a boat with living quarters require a mezuzah?

ANSWER:
Yes. If you are renting them, you have the standard grace-period of thirty days and if they were purchased, then mezuzahs should be affixed immediately following the sale. Nevertheless, a brocha should not be recited when affixing these mezuzahs.

QUESTION:
What about a car or a truck?

ANSWER:
Cars and trucks are both exempt from mezuzahs. Some have a custom of placing a mezuzah in the cars’ glove compartment for the purpose of "shmeerah" (protection). It is permissible to do so, but let it be known that this is merely a custom and it is neither a Torah nor a Rabbinical obligation.