Mezuzah on large Aron Kodesh

R' Shammai Gross told me over a shaila of a large Aron Kodesh that can literally be walked into in order to get the Sefer Torah out from. Perhaps it's a sort of large structure with a door that leads into a small room where a safe can be opened to take out the Sefrei Torah. When he described it that is what I pictured.

They asked if a mezuzah needs to be placed on it. He said not because of the fact that it's a room for itself but rather from that door it leads back into the large room (similar to a walk in closet in ones home.)

The mezuzah should be placed without a bracha on the "left" side of the person as he walks into the space where the Sifrei Torah is kept (the "right" side of when he leaves from that area.)

If anyone has any insights on this please share.


  1. The Churva shul in the Old City (Yerushalayim) has a walk in Aron Kodesh. There's no safe inside, it's a large walk in closet, with sifrei torah all around. Bli neder, next time I'm there for a laining day, I'll check it out.

  2. Qorach asked: "A room full of Sifrei Torah, what is the law as regards to it being exempt from the obligation of mezuzah? " He (Moshe) answered him: "It is under the obligation of having a mezuzah."
    Midrash Raba, Bamidbar 18:3

    1. yes I was going to say, very apt post for this weeks parsha

    2. Is that the correct location of the medresh, I couldn't find it.

  3. I assume that he told him to put it on the left because it is less than 4x4?

  4. I personaly think that this petach is patur le'gamre.
    I admit an interesting question.

  5. מדרש במדב"ר יח ג
    ובירושלמי סנהדרין פ"י ה"א

  6. בית מדרש שיש לו חדר הספרים ספריה חייב במזוזה
    א"כ ה"ה בארון קודש גדול


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