Saturday, August 16, 2014

Mem

The mem of להם has a slightly narrow moshav due to the right side being on a bit of an inward slant.
To me it's not narrow enough to be a real clear samech but I also though it was enough of an incline to post and see what others think. Especially when compared with the other mems.
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whats the halacha for sfardim for the kuf of bechozek?


Thursday, August 14, 2014

Sunday, August 10, 2014

kidron

there is a app called kidron that basicly checks teffilin and mezuzas for choser yeter, and chiluf,
does anyone know anything about it if its relieble in place of computer check etc.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Miksha and parsha of shel yad. Am I missing something?

I find that by miksha batim, in the shel yad, many expert sofrim are not makpid that the whole parsha should be in the bayis, and if part protrudes into the titura they are not the slightest bit concerned. In fact, the most mehudar tefillin I check, sold with all the top hiddurim including miksha batim, often have the shel yad parsha protruding deep into the titura.


 Yet by non-mikshah batim, these same experts consider it to be a chisoron in hiddur if the above occurs. They hold this (of it being a detraction in hiddur)  even when the parsha does not descend deeper than the titurah elyona or the part of the titurah that is made of the same piece of hide as the bayis.


So what am I missing here? If the whole reason why we are not worried about the parsha protruding by miksha is because it's the same ohr in the titurah as the bayis, why be concerned in regular batim when the parsha does not protrude lower than the "filler" and still stays in the space of the upper ohr which is the same ohr as the bayis as well?


If someone could fill me in, I would like to understand this discrepancy.


Thanks

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Daled of echad

I did a shaalas tinok on the Daled of echad, he could not identify which letter it was, even after correctly identifying a regular daled as well as a large echad daled in another mezuza.
Is there a sevoro to say that tinok would not apply for the large daled?

careless metayeg

Looks like the metayeg botched the tug on the hay. Fortunately it did not go into the space of the chof pshutah but I'm a little worried about what it's done to the hay since its all connected. I think though, it's too thin and negligible to cause a shinuy tzurah of the hay.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

sofek hey

see prim"gd siman 32 eishel avraham s"k 33
However we might be more lenient since there is no shita that this is a hay lechatchila as in the m'a cse where the rashb"a holds that foot of hay belongs inward

is it mehudar because it "ALTER REBBE?"

Short lamed as in last word on line 4,lameds that do not have head only kotz.I am a regular magia not chabad and i find these shailos very often however when I mention the problems to the chabad sofrim they laugh me off with some kind of "reb ruven bla bla bla"

Friday, July 25, 2014

2 M''B Q's

Hi,
Amatuer sofer here with 2 Q's on M''B!

1) 32:32 - Above each line one should leave enough space for the top of a lamed (which is a vav..so 3 kulmusim).
After that shulchan aruch the rama says to leave "bain hashitim kimlo shitah".

Is that referring to the same thing as the shulchan aruch. If not - the MB says that "the sofrim" arent noheg to leave a "kimloh shitah" for teffilin and mezuzos etc....So if the rama is referring to the additional top of the lamed (which the m''b said not to do by mezuzos), how would you write a lamed in the mezuzah?

2) 32::78 - m''b says that if letters keep their tzurah but touch, just remove the connection and it's kosher..whether before or after writing. Seems quite clear!
143:25 - If the connection is in the beginning of the letter, even though there's no shinuy tzurah but "the rest of the letter was written bifsul" (which from my understanding of 32 means u have to rewrite it).

Thanx!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Tzadik Pshutah

Reb Moshe, would you agree that a tzurah such as the one below (where the shailo is that it is lacking a yerech but still has the the tzurah of an Arizal Tzadik) is fixable by adding ink in a way that creates a distinct yerech  such as in the red of the second image?



UPDATED PICTURE - the previous one was not accurately representing the shailo I was asking

Change in RT

Why is it that only recently we in chabad started leaving space at end of shema in RT?
Why the change from before when they finished until end of line?

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

"Name and Shame" Idea

I received an email this week from a frustrated sofer who is sick and tired of nothing being done to stop unscrupulous vendors selling below par STa"M. While he acknowledges that it is beyond the capabilities and powers of the Vaad and other rabbinical bodies, his idea was to create a website that would "Name and Shame" unscrupulous vendors. In doing so, anyone caught selling fraudulent STa"M would have their business name and a picture of the item sold.

While I think it's a good idea in theory, and may act as a good deterrent, I see a number of problems arising from this idea:

1) Whoever does it will need to dedicate a lot of time and effort into maintaining and monitoring the site without remuneration.

2) There may be legal / defamation issues to deal with.

3) Where is the line drawn? Do people selling items that are bedieved (as mehudar or otherwise) also make the cut?

If anyone has any ideas or thoughts on this please feel free to comment.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Yad kesher

Is there an inyan to makpid on the angel of the end of the Yad kesher wether to the right or left?

Two Mezuzos On One Doorway

I understand some poskim rule in some doubtful situations (when it is uncertain which side of the doorway the mezuzah belongs) to place a mezuzah on each side. Placing two mezuzos in such a situation is not Baal Toisif, according to these poskim. Can anyone please advise the makor for this practice?

Monday, July 14, 2014

A Sofer I know posted an image of a mezuzah he wrote to show off his proud handiwork. I noticed that the yuddin in the Heh's in the Shem Hashem are all written exactly the same as a regular Heh, ie as an upside down yud.

However I learned that all the hehs in Sheimos Hakedoshos should be written distinctly and differently, for the first Heh and the second, ie first heh with a tag _ and second Heh with a tag | to be meshane the Sheimos hakedoshos as an added fence for kavanah LeShem.

Is this a problem to be concerned with if I see a mezuzah like the one described above with all hehes written the same.  I asked him about it and he did not respond.  Maybe he wasn't taught it or doesnt know.

Why Does Dio Lanetzach Seem So Taboo

My knowledge of dio is pretty much limited to the MB and the Biur halacha in siman 32, so when I heard of dio lanetzach, I looked online and asked fellow sofrim.

When I've spoken to sofrim here in Yerushalayim, it's usually shunned. It's not really carried in stores here in EY (i've heard that used as a support to it's illegitimacy). I've spoken to store owners who avoid the topic, and i even talked to members of a Sta''m kollel who spoke lowly of it. Some people use it for tagim but not for letters... Even on this very forum i've seen several posts which shift discussions from the public forum to private messages.

If there are haskamos from the mishmeres stam and many gedolim, why is it so taboo? What am I missing? Is it questionably Kosher, or totally OK? Is the taboo-ness just because it's new?

I'm even worried this post will get censored...

Can it do hagoha also?

Berlin - Robot Writes Torah At Berlin's Jewish Museum


I've met some sofrim who are robots, but never a robot who is a sofer...


See it in action here;
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ykGNb8dLb24


PS, I think the robot could benefit from some safrus lessons. Tagin would be nice too

Friday, July 11, 2014

Alef?


1) is it kosher?
2) if its kosher, is there any thing to be gained by scratching?

beis touching vav - mem

I think it is pasul (and may not be fixed in tefilin or mezuza) - although a tinok read them beis and vav.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

There is only a revach of one ois between the parshiyos does this downgrade the parshiyos to bedieved?
The parshiyos were in very basic peshutim batim and seemed too good for the batim.

is the stain in the reish problematic?


Tuesday, July 8, 2014

VUV?

Harav Shlomo Amar Shlitah On the "half printed" mezuzah scandal, Rabbi Abadi and more...


I recently met with Rabbi Shlomo Amar Shlitah, former Sephardic Cheif Rabbi and noted posek. He was visiting Melbourne and wanted to see parshiyos I had for a pair of tefillin he was ordering for someone locally. We shmoozed for about half an hour and I took the opportunity to discuss some general STa"M issues.

About the recent forgers and their attempts to legitimize their activities, his response was "Hashem Yerachem". He did not see any way that their technique held up in Halacha.

Regarding Rabbi Abadi's silk printing, he was less vocal, but he told me "Tirchak mizeh".

I asked him why there isn't some some sort of law in Israel that in the same way only legitimate and qualified Doctors can practice medicine, so too only legitimate and qualified sofrim should  be allowed to do sofrus. His response to me that it is simply too hard to regulate.

I did not get into any "nitty gritty" shailos on tzuros haosiyos as I don't think that is his area.

With regards to the old mashuach (mostly possul)  6m mezuos sold years ago with the hechsher of the Israeli Rabbanut, he described this as "regrettable".

Finally, he agreed that there should be more uniformity and conformity so that sofrim are all on the same page, adhering to the same standards and quality. We discussed ideas how this could happen and I shared with him some of the measures enforced by Mishmeres Stam and others. He agreed that this matter was of great importance.

Monday, July 7, 2014

Shel Yad Placement On Arm

Question: I have a customer, who, for all his children , ordered davkah a very small shel yad so that the tefillin can sit on the right spot on the arm according to as many opinions as possible. His children are on the shorter side and have smallish arms.


Having said this, I am not so boki in these halachos. The customer is a Litvisher (Brisker I think) and asked me to research if what he is doing is indeed meritorious or OTT (Over The Top).


If someone with a good understanding of these halochos could guide me / him on this , I'd appreciate it.


Thanks

Monday, June 23, 2014

Boruch Dayan Hoemes: Rabbi Eliezer (Lazer) Zirkind Z'L, veteran American sofer, has passed away


Courtesy of Lubavitch Archives

Rabbi Eliezer Zirkind Z'L was best known in Chabad circles as the "sofer of 770" or the "Rebbe's sofer". He was always considered as one of the veteran American sofrim, having worked as a sofer in New York since the 1950's. At that time, sofrim in America were a rare commodity and Rabbi Zirkind, who was also a shochet, used to make his own klaf and ink.

Rabbi Zirkind, in his peak years, wrote over three sifrei Torah per year, an amazing achievement by anyone's standards.

When Rabbi Moshe Feinstein complained to the Lubavitcher Rebbe that the reason he does not wear Rabbeinu Tam tefillin is because there are no reliable sofrim in America, the Rebbe referred him to Rabbi Zirkind. Rabbi Zirkind wrote Reb Moshe's Rabbeinu Tam tefillin which he wore daily until he passed away. Rabbi Zirkind also used to check Reb Moshe's tefillin.

He passed away aged 83. To me, the passing of rabbi Zirkind signifies the end of an era.  Those of us who knew rabbi Zirkind will remember him for his passion and zeal. His name appears regularly on this forum. I encourage forum members who may have had personal experiences or have any stories about Rabbi Zirkind to please comment.


More on Ateres Batim

Following Avi's post earlier, I am posting some info on Ateres Batim.

I think Rabbi Traube commented fairly when he wrote that even if you advertise all the hiddurim in the world, you loose something once you are a mass producing in a factory / line up situation. It's like that with everything in Sta'm.

I'm not saying these are not good batim. But to me, any of these hiddurim can be obtained at many reputable factories, and still be much cheaper than private batim machers.

The exception are their no folds policy which is a good safety measure (I wouldn't call it a hiddur, rather a safety measure), but you can always choose such batim from regular "factories" before they are painted and it will be cheaper. (By this I mean batim which are free of "potentially" problematic folds)

Their hechsher from the eidah is a good thing.

Someone correct me if I am but other reputable factory type companies I deal with seem to advertise many of the same hiddurim for their higher end batim  as well.
 




 








Sunday, June 22, 2014

Ateret (Ateres?) Battim

A rov in Brooklyn who knows a decent amount about safrus told me that he recently bought tefillin for his son from a company called Ateres (Ateret?) that were comparable in hiddur and quality to the shpitzy R' Sheinfeld and R' Dovid Starik fold-free, avodas yad, miksha battim, but were SIGNIFICANTLY less expensive because they lacked the "yichus". Does anyone on the forum know anything about these battim?

Writing Ketubot

I was wondering how many sofrim write ketubot on klaf.  Further, and more importantly what do you do when you make a mistake?

Thursday, June 19, 2014

NISHTANEH HAITIM - Times have changed.....

I recently had the opportunity to check a very special pair of tefillin, belonging to the late esteemed Chabad chassid Rabbi Shmuel Levitin Z"L. Rabbi Levitin passed away in the 70's and his tefillin were handed down in his family. As to be expected, the parshiyos are extremely unique in the fact that they are an old "Alter Rebbe" ksav, from the old Chabad Russian ksavim (not the new post war style).


The shel rosh was replaced over the years due to age, but the shel yad is original. It must have been checked many times over the years as I can see fresh tikunnim here and there. I would imagine Reb Shmuel's tefillin would have been written by a reputable sofer and clearly they were checked by many (presumably reputable Chabad) sofrim during the course of his lifetime, both in Russia and the US.

I am unsure if these were the only pair of tefillin he had, but they were definitely his and well worn.


Now here is the interesting part:


Some weeks ago I posted how in recent years there had been a huge (sometimes disproportionate) emphasis by some Chabad magihim to fix the tagei lamed - that the right should be higher than the left. While this is a good thing (provided they are equally stringent about more critical halachic issues), I also wrote that I couldn't understand why the same emphasis is not put on the ches, (since the Alter Rebbe also brings down that al pi hasod that the right side of the chotteres should be thicher than the left . The lamed is also brought down that the right tug should be higher than left al pi sod ). And no one seems to be too bothered about fixing the ches, not even those who are extremely makpid about the lamed...


So here is the thing. In these parshiyos, every single ches was done in such a way that the right was NOTICABLY thicker (and taller ) than the left. You simply don't see that today, even by the best of sofrim.


What's even more interesting is that  the lamedim were not as consistent. there were plenty where the left was taller than the right.


There is no question that these tefillin have a strong Chabad lineage and as I said previously would have been written and checked over the years by reputable Chabad sofrim from generations gone by.


I guess its just interesting to see how things change over the years.....




UPDATE: SINCE POSTING THIS, I RECEIVED AN EMAIL EXPLAINING THE REASON WHY CHABAD SOFRIM ARE NOT NOHEG TO THICKEN THE RIGHT SIDE OF THE CHOTETERES - BECAUSE IN REB RUVAIN'S PARSHIYOS HE DID NOT DO SO.


HOWEVER IF ONE LOOKS CLOSELY, REB RUVAIN WAS NOT MAKPID ON ALL THE TAGEI LAMED EITHER (I AM NOT TALKING ABOUT THE OLD LOW RES PHOTOCOPIE S, I AM TALKING ABOUT THE NEW HIGH RES PHOTOGRAPHS WHERE MANY LAMEDIM ARE CLEARLY NOT RIGHT TUG HIGHER THAN LEFT. )


THAT IS BESIDES THE POINT THAT REB RUVAIN IS ONLY A GUIDE FOR HOW TO WRITE KSAV HAMEYUCHOS, NOT KSAV ARIZAL.


AT ANY RATE MY QUESTION STILL REMAINS: WHOEVER WENT ALL OUT IN RECENT YEARS TO MAKE A VERY BIG ESEK OF THE TAGEI LAMED (OVER AND ABOVE THE WAY REB RUVAIN WROTE), WHY IGNORE THE CHESIN IF IS THE SAME THING AL PI SOD?


Finally, the explanation I have heard from Rabbi Heller and others who quote it in his name, that he pushes it because of the story with the Rebbe where someone was instructed to have his tefillin checked numerous times and finally someone fixed the tagei lamed, and then the Rebbe stopped instructing: Who's to say that the chesin weren't already thicker on the right side in those parshiyos (ie like Reb Shmuel's above)?


I plan on calling Rabbi Heller this week to try and get to the bottom of this.

















Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Amateur Sofrim

Thoughts on this?

|| Please Note: Elements of this post have been edited out, out of concern that they may be offensive to certain individuals. This was not the intention of the original post and I apologise if anyone has been offended.
 
The topic is on Ba'alei Batim who take it upon themselves to learn STa"M and then start writing (and/or checking) on their own.   ||
 
Personally - I'm vehemently against this sort of thing. Someone who has not learnt the rigorous material should not be allowed to put kulmus to klaf.
True even if someone's tzurat ha'ot is ok. But who knows what kinds of kavanot, kidushim, chak tochot, etc etc has gone on if he's not a real Sofer???

 

Unknown Ashkenazi Minhag?

An acquaintance of mine sent me this picture:
At first I thought this was a guy who had never put tefillin on before.  However, said acquaintance(also sefardi) said that when he tried to correct him the man replied:
"Ashkenazim keep it in the box and bind it at the hairline pointing upward.  I think you should learn Ashkenazi tradition before you criticize."

So here is me a baffled Sefardi asking, is there any Ashkenazi tradition like this?  To mean it seems to go against the M"B and most Ashkenazi halakha books I'm familiar with...  But I've been surprised before.

Monday, June 16, 2014

Rent a Torah...

Someone asked me if this is Kosher:
http://torahscroll.com/show.asp?PID=12
My personal opinion is that it is not, simply because it violates just about every halakha in regards to handling a Sefer Torah.  However, I was wondering if anyone here had any other ideas.

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Forgery versus Rabbi Abadi and the way to stop it

In Eli's last post the discussion veered off course to discuss "Rabbi" Abadi's method. In order for us to realize how terrible the situation is I must first explain the difference. Rabbi Abadi has his halachic view we may agree or disagree.ALL AGREE THAT IF DONE WITHOUT MASGIACH TMIDI it is possul.Rabbi Abadi NEVER SILKSCREENED TEFILIN OR MEZUZOS FOR SALE,he has done so on sifrei torah.
The forgers we are dealing with are the lowest of the low they are clearly selling posul mezuzas according to all authorities.
THE ONLY ORGANIZATION THAT CAN STOP THEM IS VAAD MISHMERES STAM
The vaad has the capability of detecting these mezuzos using their computer however only 20 percent of stam gets checked by the Vaad.
Using the aftermarket computers -aside from not being able to detect the forgeries and aside from the bigger risk of the operator ignoring a real mistake,if the vaad has no income they have no personal  to investigate.
I personally have installed a vaad computer station and have seen great siyata dishmaya  since then,I call on all my friends to follow and contact Rabbi Granetstien and set up your pay by use computer station. stam4@bezeqint.net

Friday, June 13, 2014

zayin - is anybody machshir?


Does anybody know of any machshirim - a zayin that the foot is connected to the edge [right or left] of the head?

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Monday, June 9, 2014

Question about hide glue

There is a sefer torah at my shul that has a repair that was fixed with (what seems to me) hide glue. Would it be enough to get hide glue that is made from a kosher animal, or does it need to be made lishma?

Tav or Peh? and what's with the KHAF?



Here is a TAV that has a longer right foot and a shorter left foot than what it should be.  As such, it may resemble a Peh Peshutah with an inverted nose.  This is why our Hakhamim always impress us to make the right foot a bit shorter than the left.

The above letter must be shown to a Tinok, and the right foot shortened if read like a TAV.  If the child reads it like a PEH PESHUTA, then its PESSULA.

As per the KHAF, it looks like a cursive BET.   I believe that there is room to be lenient and not invalidate it right off the bat, as the letter appears more like a KHAF in the original smaller Ketav.

Your input is however requested.  Should it be shown to a Tinok, and fixed if read properly; or do we say that it has lost its shape and de-facto invalidate it?  I'd very much appreciate your response.


Sunday, June 8, 2014

Kesivas Shem HaShem: to fix, or not to fix?

shalom rabbosai,

a post from a few years' back (kesivas shem Hashem) briefly mentioned various opinions on the hiddur of writing the holy 5-part azkara as it pertains to ksav arizal.

in my possession is a ketores written in ksav arizal except the shemot are not written according to the Zohar's prescription.

is it permissible to m'taken these shemot so they have the appearance of being written as described by the zohar?

l'aniyus da'ati it would seem there is room to say 'yes' namely because various opinions such as the keset hasofer held that writing this way was extraneous given the kavanot that he felt were meant to be included at the time of the ksivas haShem

i'm interested in hearing from anyone, in particular those who have experience with the issue of whether this sort of tikkun is considered an improvement to the ksav or whether it should not be touched....

Saturday, June 7, 2014

Opinion on this negiya please


It is a thin but dark negiya, from the time of writing.

I'd appreciate Reb Moshe's opinion on this, thanks

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Wishing one and all a Gut Yom Tov!

Zman Matan Toroseinu has slightly extra significance for those who are osek in the physical writing, checking and repairing of sifrei Torah. May we all have a wonderful Yom Tov and be mekabel the Torah b'simchah u'bepinimiyus with an abundance of brachah and hatzlocha in our holy work.


Thursday, May 29, 2014

Why they let the forgers go

We all remember the fuss a few months ago, when they busted that forgers ring in Ashkelon who were printing computer generated mezuzos. It was all over the news and online, including this website.


But apparently the forgers had all charges dropped because they were able to prove to authorities that what they were doing was not against halacha and they had rabbinical approval for what they were doing.


And what were they doing?


They were using computers to generate mezuzos and print them out on parchment. Except the computer left part of the letter out. For example, they would print a lamed with the chof part and the top of the rosh of the vov but leave the regel of the vov out. So every letter was 80% done, except a vital aiver of the letter was missed out. This was then later filled in by the sofer, lishmah and kesidran. Since lishmah is enough for part of the letter, particularly the last part that makes it kosher, they got around the lishmah issue. Since the kesidran is only necessary for the tzuras haos to be created kesidran, even if parts are from before, that, too, was a non issue for them.


So they beat the system and were able to officially write kosher Stam in 20% of the time. These guys were Charedim  and claim the only thing they did wrong was dishonestly - selling them to sochrim without explaining their "shortcut". To them, they feel the same as any socher who sells stuff written by questionably frum sofrim and sell it off as 100% kosher - something statistics say is the case with up to 50% of Stam available through sochrim.


However in my humble opinion, I feel that the basic flaw of producing Stam in such a manner is that it is not produced derech ksivah. 'Uchsavtem" means writing properly, not randomly filling in parts of letters.
Any other opinions on this matter are welcome. If I have gotten any of the above facts wrong, please advise.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

More questions on ink

There are a few things which I don't understand.

a) עפצים and  קנקנתום  are argued by some Poskim to be mandatory in ink because they are mentioned in the Gmara or Rishonim. There are, however, other ingredients, like   עשן פחם דבש אדרמינט  שמן , which are also mentioned in the Gmara or Rishonim. עשן is the most favorite blackening ingredient amongst the Rishonim and Achronim. Yet, these other ingredients are not considered mandatory.  How come?

b) The  קנקנתום  which is argued by some Poskim to be mandatory in ink, is a natural material mined from the ground. Nowadays this natural קנקנתום  is difficult to obtain. As a substitute, ink manufacturers in Israel have replaced the natural קנקנתום  with much cheaper synthetic iron-sulfate.  קנקנתום  and synthetic  iron-sulfate are not the same material, and, the synthetic iron-sulfate is definitely not the natural קנקנתום  of  חז"ל .  (Natural קנקנתום contains iron-sulfate plus other ingredients. Synthetic iron-sulfate also contains contaminants which are not found in natural קנקנתום .)

A few years ago I asked someone in Israel to ask a famous Rav, who is a great expert in STAM, about this switch to synthetic iron-sulfate. The Rav was shocked to hear it, and I was told that his face turned white. The Rav did not give any answer.  Now the question is:   If the natural קנקנתום  of  חז"ל  is a mandatory ingredient, then, who permitted the ink manufacturers to replace it with a synthetic substitute?  And, if this replacement was permitted, then, how can natural קנקנתום be mandatory?

c) Of all the ingredients that are mentioned in ink,  עפצים and  קנקנתום are the only two ingredients against which there are opinions in the Gmara or Rishonim that prohibit them or consider them פסול . How is it possible, then, to argue that ink must contain these two ingredients, and that the ink which contains these two ingredients (plus goma) is the most Mehudar?   Isn't it the same as arguing that חלב עכו"ם  (which is considered Treif by some and Kosher by others)  is the most Mehudar milk, or that non-Shmura flour is the most Mehudar for baking Matzah?

מנומר במזוזות

 In Igros Moshe Orach Chayim 4:9 (pg. 14), it discusses in brief the importance of having all the mezuzahs and tefillin parshiyos the same ksav. In there it was specifically referring to ksav Beis Yosef not being mixed with Ksav Arizal (where one main difference is the letter tzadik) and that it would be pasul mdin menumar.


I am interested in any marei mekomos that discuss the issue of menumar for mezuzahs. Is this law of having the same mezuzahs a hiddur or chumra or mi-ikur hadin - for within the Igros Moshe it uses the wording posul mdin menumar?
Also would there be a bigger issue when there is Beis Yosef follower using non Beis Yosef ksav in some mezuzahs (or Tefillin) or would it also apply within Sfardic ksav with Arizal?
Of course, all ksavim are kosher and good, but I am asking strictly in regards to menumar.
Thank you

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Question to Yosef Chaim B

Thank you for commenting on my ink article. In your comment you stated:
"Many poskim disagree... Many rishonim have clearly stated the use of our ingredients."

Would you please be kind enough to teach us (so I can include it in the article) which Poskim and what exactly and where did they say that the עפצים וקנקנתום  type of ink is preferable over good quality דיו עשן  that does not fail?

We are not interested in biased פילפולים , or in those who said that  דיו עשן is not being used because it fails easily or because it was not known how to make good quality דיו עשן.  Nor are we interested in those who said to use
 עפצים וקנקנתום וגומא ואין לשנות when they discussed specifically the עפצים וקנקנתום type of ink.

We are interested to find out where and who (if any) said explicitly, based on sources, that the  עפצים וקנקנתום  type of ink is preferable over good quality דיו עשן , even when there is  דיו עשן  of good quality that does not fail.

There are well known Poskim who said that only דיו עשן is  למצוה מן המובחר  and קנקנתום should NOT be used. Is there anyone who said that קנקנתום MUST be used in דיו עשן ?

Is there any source who explicitly said that  עפצים וקנקנתום type ink is mandatory  even when there is  דיו עשן  of good quality that does not fail?

Is there any source who explicitly said that  עפצים וקנקנתום  type ink is permissible  לכתחילה  even when there is  דיו עשן  of good quality that does not fail?

Thanks.

mezuzza in laundry room?

Our laundry room has a door that can be entered/exited to the side yard, even though the door is locked 99.9% of the time. We also have our cat's litter box in the laundry room. I have a mezuzza up, but I always question myself when cleaning our cat's litter box. What to do?

Thank you.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

You never know....

Here's something interesting that happened to me today.


A woman walked in to my office with a boy of about 9 or 10, I was not expecting her nor did I recognize her, so  I asked if I could help her. She told me that she was just walking past and saw the sign on my office so she wanted to come in and say thank you.


I couldn't imagine what she wanted to thank me for (I was glad she wasn't complaining about something). So she went on to tell me about 10 years ago she had already been married for quite a few years and was unable to have children. Her rabbi suggested checking her mezuzos. She's not a religious woman and she was sceptical. she was even more sceptical when she had them checked and was told that her bedroom door mezuzah was printed on paper. She replaced the mezuzah with a kosher one. She told me that less than a month later she got pregnant and she pointed to her son and said he was her miracle baby.


So she said she wanted to thank me for checking her mezuzos all those years ago and for bringing to her attention that one of them was not kosher, and for selling her a new one.


I was quite flattered by the story and thanked her for telling me, even though it was years later and I could not remember the woman, or the story (it happens so often , we find a psul and relace something).  It was probably just another day, another customer, and you forget about it soon after.


Yet I was a little spooked out afterwards. We sofrim just do our thing, another day , another mezuzah, a little tikkun here or there....99% of the time we don't even begin to realise the ramifications of what we are doing and the effect it has l'maylah.


You never know.



Monday, May 19, 2014

Ugly/ wierd Tav




Someone emailed me this picture, it looks like he tav was repaired very crudely, by either the sofer or a subsequent magiha.


We know the mikdash me'at is very meikel by a case where the left regel of the tov comes out of the MIDDLE of the gug, and in the sefer ksivah tamah he is machshir cases even worse than this, based on the mikdash me'at.


I felt that while very ugly, the tzurah is still kosher. I showed it to a local Rav who ruled the same. Obviously it should be fixed properly and a bit of the gug should be removed to allow proper spacing between words.

Obviously we are talking about a basic mezuzah here, nothing begeder mehudar.


I was wondering what Reb Moshe's opinion is on this as well as anyone else who would like to comment:

Thursday, May 15, 2014



Help shaaloh on a tof. I was writing and this taf got filled in if someone could answer i would really apreciate it.