פורום בינלאומי לנושא סת"ם

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Problems with this mezuzah?

I was looking over this mezuzah earlier and I noticed that the dyo at the bottom of V'haya im Shamoa seemed a bit smudged. Opinions?

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Osiyos Challolos by Siyum sefer Torah

Does anyone know when the practice of writing the letters in outline for a siyum sefer Torah began? And where / by whom did the practice originate? Thanks

Sunday, July 26, 2015

right side of chotteteres thicker than left

I hope everyone had an easy fast. We discussed this once a while ago but does anyone have an official reason or explanation why the custom according to the Arizal of making the right side of the choteteres of the ches thicker than the left is largely ignored? Furthermore it is brought down in SA Harav so why aren't the Chabad sofrim makpid? Any insight would be appreciated. Tthanks

Monday, July 20, 2015

Cover for Tefillah shel Rosh

B"H, I plan on going to Israel later, next month. However, this presents a danger to my tefillin. As a Kohen, I will have to duchen whenever I am with a minyan for shacharit, which endangers the ketzitzah of the bayit shel rosh.

Does anyone here know anything about a cover for the shel rosh, such as the one referred to in the link below by R' Aaron Shaffier?

Friday, July 17, 2015

Ink Blot On Shem - Came Right Off.

An ink Blot fell right on the Shem, and after carefully blotting the wet ink immediately, all that was left was a very light shadow, which would not be disqualifying at all.

After cleaning it a little more with an eraser, nothing at all was left from the ink that fell, and the original shem remained as clear as before.

What are your opinions on the matter, with sources/reasoning please?

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Yud without a Rosh (edited)

This is not the first time I've encountered this problem in a mezuza.
Again, I'll reiterate - it is not easy to distinguish between (1) a yud whose Rosh is slanted and also functions as a "kotz" אליבא דחתם סופר ודעימיה and between (2) and yud that has only a kotz and no Rosh. In this case I believe it's the latter.

(Btw we've been here before though I think this case is worse)

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Beware of Tfillin fraud

סכנה: רצועות תפילין עם חותמת כשרות מזוייפת

דוד קורצוייל כ״ו בתמוז תשע״ה 13/07/2015  
סיפור עגום על זייפן תשמישי קדושה נחשף הערב במהדורה המרכזית של קול חי. מדובר על איש בליעל שבעבר נקשרו בשמו סיפורים על זיוף תפילין ועוד תשמישי קדושה. הערב דווח במהדורה על על חותמת כשרות מזויפת, כביכול מבית דינו של הגרמ"ש קליין שמתנוססת על רצועות תפילין שאינם כשרות. לצרכנים קשה מאוד לדעת שמדבור בזיוף כשרות. זה מוצר שנרכש פעם ב– ואנשים לא עוקבים חודשים אחרי לבדוק האם פרשייה שנחשפה קשורה למוצר שקנה אי פעם. הרב ישראל יוד ממכון פאר שוחח עם אבי מימרן ונתן 'טיפים' לזיהוי מוצרים שאינם כשרים. "מאז ומתמיד היו כל מיני יצרנים שהמציאו לעצמם תעודת כשרות פרטית ומפוקפקת. לאחרונה זה הגיע לרצועות שם יש בעיה קשה כי נכנסו מספר יצרנים לתחום. ברצועות יש יותר הלכות מאשר בבתים. הלכה למשה מסיני זה ברצועות. זה צריך להיות מעובד לשם קדושת תפילין עם צביעה לשמה. בשנים האחרונות זוהתה שיש בעיה ולכן אצלנו ב'פאר' יש רצועות רק בכשרות העדה החרדית או הגרמי"ל לנדאו, ומקפידים רק עורות מהודרים שסמוך לשער הבהמה". על מצב התפילין בכללותם אמר "המצב גרוע. איש הישר בעיניו יעשה. אין פיקוח וכל אחד עושה מה שהוא רוצה. לפני שנות ה-70 הייתה מחלקה לכשרות סת"ם שנסגרה כי הם לא עמדו בלחץ. כל אחד יכול למכור מה שהוא רוצה בלי שאיש בודק. אנשים קונים כאילו תפילין וכאילו מזוזות". לסיום ציין יוד כי "נעשו כבר כמה פעמים סקרים חיצוניים שמראים ש95% מבתי ישראל מקפידים על מזוזות. אנשים רוצים מזוזה כשרה ונכשלים בדברים שהם זיוף ולא כשר".   י

Monday, July 13, 2015

Sofer Recommendations for Boston Area

I am presently learning hilchot safrut to the best of my ability, however, I would much prefer to learn with a sofer. Furthermore, the schul I daven at during the summer has three passul sefarim which need to be corrected, including a beautiful, small, Sephardi sefer which we used to use for regular k'riah and our former maftir sefer. While I know of one sofer, I have yet to hear back from him (and I feel uncomfortable giving his name because I'm not sure whether that would be to'eles).

Kol tuv

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Likut Sifrey Sta"m?

I have been trying to learn the halachot of k'tivat sta"m, however, I am still looking for the relevant sefarim, seeing as the ones on are mostly illegible. One sefer that I've noticed is Likut Sifrey Sta"m. Does anyone know how good this sefer is? Is the type clear? The illustrations? Are there any alternatives which are likely a better choice?

On talking with a sofer in the NY area, I was advised to wait on this sefer and to look instead at Mishnat Hasofer. Does anyone know if it's possible to find this for under $30US?

Sefer Haftarot

 ז וַיַּךְ שָׁאוּל, אֶת-עֲמָלֵק, מֵחֲוִילָה בּוֹאֲךָ שׁוּר, אֲשֶׁר עַל-פְּנֵי מִצְרָיִם.  ח וַיִּתְפֹּשׂ אֶת-אֲגַג מֶלֶךְ-עֲמָלֵק, חָי; וְאֶת-כָּל-הָעָם, הֶחֱרִים לְפִי-חָרֶב. 
The sofer must have accidentally skipped a line leaving out the bolded letters above. 
How would you go about adding it in? 

Yud without a Rosh?

Regel and kotz but no Rosh?

The worst fraudulent Mezuzah ever. They didn't even bother!

From Facebook:

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Question on vertical שרטוט

A friend of mine writes mezuzot by placing the klaf on a transparency. The length of the lines in the transparency is shorter than the distance from the right vertical  שרטוט  to the left vertical שרטוט . This results in a blank space being left at the end of each line between the end of the line and the left vertical שרטוט , as seen in the picture below.
How kosher is it?

Bar Mitzvah Chinnuch Workshop

I recently did a Tefillin workshop with a Bar Mitzvah school group of a dozen or so kids. Besides for learning many of the halochos of tefillin, I did an interactive 3 session project where the boys made their own pshutim mehudarim batim. Of course the tefillin are not being used in real life but the project gave them a practical understanding of many of the halaochos they had learned about tefillin. The best part was that there was no cost , I was able to obtain the pieces from a factory in Yerushalayim who were happy to give me their seconds. Its the first time I did this and the boys enjoyed it very much. I think its a good idea for anyone out there who does school presentations and workshops, especially for Bar Mitzvah aged groups.

Thursday, July 2, 2015

kabollah tagin

Hi, just wondering what people do with regard to inconsistent kabollah tagin in tefillin and mezuzos that they check. My policy in the past (based on my shimush) was not to correct them (many sofrim vary slightly) unless the discrepancy was very blatant. But I see some sofrim scratch and add and make a real big deal of it.

Sunday, June 28, 2015


After I wrote the Shem, as I was writing the following line, the Hey got smudged.
Is there any chance the Shem can be left as it is?

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Ksav of a 15 year old Sofer.

(I believe the klaf is about 5 cm, so it's small. Click to enlarge.)
A 15 year old boy I've been encouraging to pursue safrus asked me to post his ksav and ask for comments.

He also would like to know how much the finished pitum haketores would be worth.

Thank you! 

Monday, June 22, 2015

High Price Mezuza

My father-in-law bought this Mezuza from highly regarded Sofer in Netanya. He paid a lot for it - 200 dollars - and I wanted your opinion about it.
I found that some Chaf Sofits are not long enough and that some Lameds are going into to letters above. Overall I'm underwhelmed about this one.

Monday, June 8, 2015

מידות השירות

I am having gvil made for a Sefer Torah for myself and the gvil macher wants to know how to be m'sartet the Shiros. I have never written a Sefer Torah before and I have no idea! How am I supposed to cheshbon them relative to the other yeri'os? It is a 48-line sefer; does that make any difference?

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

פצפונים בדיו לנצח

I am looking for a sofer who can write very mehudar pitzponim in ksav Beis Yosef and has experience doing so with Dio Lanetzach. Any leads would be appreciated.

Source and punishment for soaking kemaya in water

Recently a shayla was posted about erasing shem hashem  by soaking in water.
See Shabbos 115: There was someone who used to write(brachot-kemeyot) in Tzidon, Reb Yishmoel was notified, Reb Yishmoel went to check him out,as he was going up the ladder, the writer realized(that he will be caught in the act)and took a package of kemeyos and sunk it into a bowl of water. These were the words of Reb Yishmoel גדול עונש האחרון מן הראשון
Mishna Brura biur halacha volume 3  chapter140 page 190  last 2 lines debates if one is to write 2 letters on shabbos one above the other if it is counted as one,while the m"b does not solve the question he refutes any interpretation of various sources that might seem as they do not connect.

shinui tzura?

...שמע ישראל

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Metal writing tip

How does the use of a rapidograph with a metal tip ‎sit with the kabbalistic concept of not using metal as a writing instrument.

Monday, May 25, 2015

Very Interesting Request

I hope everyone had a great Yom Tov,

Someone came to me last week and asked me to write yud kay vov kay of sheim hashem 7 times on seven small pieces of klaf (vertically). When I asked him why, he told me that he has a growth in his throat and a Rabbi / Mekubel in Israel had said to put the 7 pieces of klaf in 7 cups of water so that the ink should mix with the water. He should drink one cup of water each day for a week.

Two questions on this:

1) Would it be a question of mechikas hashem to do this? Or is the fact that it is written vertically remove this chshash.
2) Is it safe to drink water that has ink and klaf soaking in it?

Feedback appreciated

Monday, May 18, 2015

Letter Tzade

Please take a careful look at the TZADE of the word MATZOT.  The YOD HAFUKHA has no YEREKH and meets the body of the letter in the form of a pie-shaped wedge on the outside. However, on the inside the shape appears normal.  

This anomaly appears to have arisen due to someone going over the letter and causing damage to it.  

The question here is, do we hold that the letter maintains its shape, and we're therefore allowed to correct it.  Or, would we maintain that it does not maintain its shape and therefore has no remedy. Your educated responses are always appreciated.

Sunday, May 17, 2015

ר״ת ורש״י ביחד

Someone told me on Shabbos that there is a Rav in Israel selling Rashi and Rabbeinu tam parshiyot together in one bayit so that only one pair needs to be worn.
Does anyone know anything about this?

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Monday, May 11, 2015

nun / gimmel

This (nun from eineichem) was done by a magiha by accident who was fixing the tagin of the lamed. Not sure which direction the tikkun was made in but I don't think the end result is a  shailo of a gimmel because the negiya is not on the right but towards the left side. Thoughts anyone?

This one, on the other hand, is more of a worry.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Feh Meshunah

What is the status of the 'Pehs' where a line protrudes and closes the gap completely? In one of the peh's the line closes even the bottom moshav completely! (feh of nafshechem)

Monday, May 4, 2015

Damaged Mezuzah Case

What is the right thing to do with a damaged Mezuzah case (without the Mezuzah) that was taken off a door post?

Does it need Gnizah? Can it be thrown away?

Saturday, May 2, 2015

thin negiya lamed nun

The line connecting the two letters is a bit lighter than the letters themselves. You don't really see that in the pic

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Sefer on Tefillin?

I got a pair of Tefillin to check from Klozenberg chossid. the holes are drilled different and I understand there is a specific way to sew the Tefillin back up... I was speaking to another Sofer and he mentioned to me there is a sefer I believe it is called Tefila Lemoshe? by R Moshe Kroizer it has illustrations of all the different Minhogim for Keshorim and ways to sew up Tefillin...

Does anyone know where I can get this Sefer or know of a similar sefer?


Question on Lamed

If the vertical top of the letter Lamed is slanted forward, almost 45 degrees, is it kosher?

רגל כקוץ

״...אבל אם הוא קטן מאוד ונראה כקוץ קטן אין להקל אף בדיעבד, ובתו״מ לא מועיל תיקון...״ (ועיין שבט הלוי ח״ה סי׳ ח ס״ק ד) משנת הסופר סי׳ ה׳ ס״ק פט

What does everyone think about this yud?

chof kfufa

The chof of lavoseichem and y'mechem. This is a mezuzah I see often which is very basic but sold by a reputable supplier. But are these chofs OK?

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Does This Archway Require A Mezuzah?

See Picture. If it was built for decorative purposes (as an aesthetic feature to beautify an entrance hall) would it still require a mezuzah? (Obviously if it does, there would be no brachah said, as per any entrance without a door). Thoughts and comments welcome...