The text of the Mezuzah is said to be of the
“Ashuri” (Assyrian) script. The following chart
shows some of the script families of the Hebrew alphabet:
1. Ashuri. (Assyrian.) This is the script used for Mezuzot, Sifrei Torah
and Tefillin. It is also known as “square” script.
2. Cursive. This is the script generally used in regular everyday
contexts, such as taking notes in a classroom. Although very
popular, it is actually relatively new, originating less than 2
3. Rashi. The so-called “Rashi” script is one that
you will often find in the works of Rabbinic commentaries, both
on the Torah and on the Talmud.
4. Printed. Most printed Hebrew books used this script, which is quite
similar to the Ashuri script.
5. Ivri. When the Talmud tells us that Mezuzot, Tefillin and Sifrei Torah
must be written in the Ashuri script, what other script were they
coming to exclude? This one, the Ivri script, which is quite
different in appearance from the others shown here. It was quite
popular during the time of the first Beis-haMikdash.