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Mezuzah for Jew Living with Non-Jew

A not frum person is married to a non-Jewish woman in chutz l’aretz. He wants to put a mezuzah on the door of their house. Seemingly this would be considered a “shutfus” and would be patur. However does he “lose” anything by puttng one up. Or is it ossur to put a mezuzah on his door in such a case when he lives with a non-Jewish woman?


The halachah of putting up a mezuzah for a house of shared Jewish/non-Jewish ownership (or occupancy) is disputed by rishonim. According to the Mordechai, there is no obligation, whereas the Rashba writes that there is an obligation.

The Rema (286:1) rules according to the Mordechai, and therefore there is no obligation to put up a mezuzah. However, it is permitted to put one up, and this should be done without a berachah.

The fact that the person is living with a non-Jewish woman does not mean that a mezuzah should not be put up. Living with a non-Jewish woman is of course not permitted, but it does not prevent the person from fulfilling other mitzvos.

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  1. Just as a mareh makom— Rav Moshe Sternbuch in Tshuvos Vehanhagos 3:327 says one should not put up a mezuza in this case.
    The sefer Agur Beaalecha (R Eliahu Feldman) on hilchos mezuza, says that even according to the poskim that there’s no obligation to put up a mezuza when a house is owned by a Jew and a Non-Jew, it’s possible that there’s still a fulfillment of a mitzva (kiyumis) (similar to women with lulav and tekias shofar) and therefore a bracha should be made, since there are also many poskim who hold there’s a obligation to put up a mezuza. (However the Mishna Brura 14:17 seems to disagree with the Agur Beaahecha’s assertion that there is a mitzva kiyumis in this case even if it’s patur.)

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