A California ‘Mezuzah law’ that ensures the rights of tenants to hang a mezuzah on their front doors is ready to be approved. The law SB 652 forbids landlords from prohibiting the display of religious objects of a certain size on doors and windows. Despite being a law that benefits Jews, it is also being supported by many Catholic and Hindu groups
The bill was created after a petition from Californian Jewish tenants who were being prevented from displaying their mezuzah on the front door by their landlords.
The bill has the strong support of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL).
“For millennia, Jews have exposed mezuzah on the doors of their homes in fulfillment of a religious obligation rooted in the Torah. Publishing a mezuzah for Jews is not a decorative choice,” said Nancy Appel, the state legislative director of the ADL in San Francisco.
As explained by Chabad.org, a Mezuzah is small parchment scroll upon which the Hebrew words of the Shema (“Hear, O Israel, the Lord is our God, the Lord is One”) are handwritten by a scribe.