Saturday, March 31, 2012

The mezuzah debate


Recently, a condo association in Connecticut ordered Barbara Cadranel to take down her mezuzah from her doorpost arguing that it violated the condo by-laws.  A mezuzah is “a prayer scroll in a small clear plastic case” that is attached to a doorpost of a Jewish home in accordance with Jewish law.  According to the condo’s by-laws, decorations are allowed on doors—which are considered the condo owner’s property—but not on doorposts—which are considered common area.  The condo association told Cadranel that she must take down the mezuzah or be charged $50 a day that it remains up.  In this article, it does not state the reason it is against the by-laws to have the mezuzah on the doorpost.  However, the article is framed in a way to make it appear that the reason the mezuzah is not allowed is because it is a religious symbol.  It states “video from inside the complex showed several common areas adorned with Easter eggs and other Easter decorations.”  The only comment from the condo association is that only Cadranel’s side of the story is being told, but the condo association would not explain their side.  The Anti-Defamation League has agreed to help Cadranel during this situation.