Elevator is a room?

I spent some time at a local health centre yesterday, with my boys, getting them flu shots etc. This health centre is run by Jewish folk, and is in the heart of New Square – a very Chassidic area.

What really surprised me was to see that there was a mezuzah on every elevator! I have never seen this. I thought we just put mezuzahs on the entrances / doorposts to actual rooms. An elevator is not a room! It’s a mode of transportation. We don’t put mezuzot on our cars or buses. Isn’t this the same idea?

Thoughts?

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  1. Jess says:

    I’ve seen them as you walk out of elevators in some offices in midtown, but not on elevators themselves. But I have seen them on cars here in Israel.

  2. Risa says:

    The door has to be to a room where people either eat or sleep. Thus sometimes, you will see a beit midrash without a mezuza, purposly, so that it would not be used for eating.

  3. If there were a major blackout, it could be used for both eating and sleeping. It’s a bit harder to be truly STUCK in a car or a bus – or not, I suppose, if traveling in heavy snow or ice.

    33 people recently found out that a large hole half a mile underground was a room used for eating and sleeping – for 69 unfortunate, unplanned days.

    • RubyV says:

      In that case, any space could potentially be used for eating or drinking.
      The chance of this happening in an elevator for that long are pretty rare (the longest I ever got stuck in one was an hour).

  4. lady lock and load says:

    It’s not a mezuzah, it’s a secret video camera installed by the tznius police to catch transgressers…hope you were behavin’ ;) (I think I watched too much 24 this morning!)

  5. chana says:

    that’s what chassidus is all about. doing extra, sometimes waaaay extra

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