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Mezuzah in a bungalow that we wont live in for more than 30 days

 

Question:

We are traveling upstate to stay in a bungalow house. I expect us to stay there for 1-2 weeks, and we might do this a few times this summer. In other words, I don’t expect us to be staying there for 30+ days at once. Is there a need for a mezuzah? And if there isn’t, can mezuzahs be put up anyway for extra protection?

 

Answer:

If the bungalow house is owned by you, you need to place mezuzahs all year around.

If the bungalow is rented, and you stay less than 30 days, a mezuzah is not required according to halacha. However, the Rebbe advised someone to have a mezuzah near his bed (with a double cover if needed). For that reason, some people take with them mezuzah for protection even in places that the mezuzah is not required.

 

Sources:

מזוזה גם במקום פטור – אג”ק ח”ד ע’ קנט, ושם כתב להדיא “לאו דוקא על מזוזת הפתח”. ובעוד כ”מ הורה לשאת מזוזה – ראה לדוגמא אג”ק ח”ו ע רנד. ח”י ע’ רלט. לקו”ש חל”ו ע’ 299.

 

 

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