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Judith Amrani from Houston, Texas wrote:

Dear Rabbi,

We always kiss the mezuzah upon leaving our home. I am notorious for forgetting things and have to go back into the house again. My question is: Should I kiss the mezuzah again upon (finally) leaving? Thanks!

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Dear Judith Amrani,

It's a widespread custom to kiss the mezuzah when leaving home, but once is probably enough. Actually, the custom is to touch the mezuzah with your hand and then kiss your hand. The Shulchan Aruch mentions the custom to touch the mezuzah and to pray for Hashem to watch over you. It seems like Hashem is watching over you, since after you kiss the mezuzah you always remember that you forgot something you need!


  • Yoreh Deah, 285:2, Rema
  • Ibid. Birkei Yosef

Forgetting reminds me: A man tells his psychiatrist:

"Doctor, I can't remember anything! I forgot what happened yesterday, I forgot what my car looks like, I can't even remember my own name."

Doctor: How long have you had this problem?

Man: What problem?

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