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Saturday, May 25, 2013

mezuza on sailboat?

OK, I have to admit, I do not recall learning the halacha for this situation, so please help me out... my in-laws want to place a mezuza on the main doorway of their sailboat. They consider their boat their second home, and live on it for most of the summer. What to tell them?

8 comments:

  1. It is patur, clearly written in SA YD 286.
    But if they want to put it up without a bracha, for safety reasons (as known that the mezuza brings protection) they may.

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    1. BTW, I recall a minority opinion in acharonim that modern ships that people may dwell in them extended time, may be chayov. Although this is not the hallacha, still one may be machmir [without a bracha].

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    2. It is the Kiyum HaMitsva that provides protection

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    3. R' Moshe - If you can cite any sources it would be great. I once spoke to R' Shammai about this who said agav that now a days a boat might be different since they are made into homes sometimes that a person could really live in.

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    4. I think this is mentioned in Aruch Hashulchan YD 286.

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    5. so, it seems that affixing the mezuzzah on the boat is acceptable, but I'm still not clear from the different opinions stated here whether to say a bracha or not. Any further thoughts?

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  2. Thank you, Rav Moshe. Very helpful.

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  3. I have heard from Rav Shusterman in California as follows, If they own it and has required shiurim for room and door and they sleep and eat there. It would need a bracha

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