A ship:[1]

The rooms of a ship are exempt from a Mezuzah.[2] [However those ships that contain permanent rooms of living, as is common in all boats and ships of today, some Poskim[3] rule they are obligated to have a Mezuzah. Other Poskim[4] however rule that the rooms of all ships are exempt from a Mezuzah, even if there is a Jewish cabin member who is living on the ship.[5] Practically, one is to place a Mezuzah without a blessing.]



Is a house boat obligated to have a Mezuzah by its doors?[6]

One is to place a Mezuzah without a blessing. This applies whether or not it is one’s permanent residence.[7]



[1] Michaber 286/11

[2] The reason: As it is not a permanent dwelling. [Shach 286/21; Taz 286/10]

[3] Aruch Hashulchan 286/27

[4] See Beir Moshe 2/88

[5] The reason: As boats are innately created for temporary dwelling, and hence cannot become obligated in Mezuzah even if one decides to make it into a permanent dwelling. [ibid]

[6] Pischeiy Shearim 286/11

[7] The reason: As some Poskim rule that all moving quarters are exempt from Mezuzah. [ibid]

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