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Monday, October 16, 2017

batim makers with hechsher from the Edah

Here's the list provided by the Edah. I've put an asterick next to those that I'm not familiar with. If you're familiar with them please provide information.



*אחדתא – ירושלים
דוד סטאריק יצור מיוחד – ירושלים
*התפילין – קרית ספר
*חותם ההידור – ירושלים
*נ. ראז – ירושלים
סטאריק בתים מאכער יצור מיוחד – ירושלים
עטרת תפילין – חיפה
שיינפלד בתים – ירושלים
דאסקאל תפילין – בני ברק
טוטפות – שלמה נפתלי פדר – בני ברק
*תפילין כהלכה – ירושלים
*משה קרישבסקי – ירושלים
*פריזנט – ביתר

Gidin with hechsher

Whose do you recommend? What hiddurim are included? Which hechsher?Please include contact info for maker.

Monday, September 25, 2017

Mare Mekomos

Anyone has mare mekomos on the topic of אם הגיה אפי' אות אחת מעלה עליו כאילו כתבו ? 
in regards to if this could appy to the actual sofer and not the Torah owner. Gmar hatima tova

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

PRINTED?


These were found by a friend of mine, they are both evenly off the sirtut the entire Mezuza, the sofer (after yelling that you know nothing!!!!) said that it just happens sometimes! Any limud zechus?

Monday, September 11, 2017

Tefillin Paint

B"H

Is there a matte finish Tefillin paint that is ready to go?

I use the Tefillin paint (thick) mixed with lacquer thinner, however I am asked often if they have a paint that is able to be used and stored in the Tallis bag.

Monday, September 4, 2017

Hi. This was found in yesterdays Torah reading... aleph and daled... before and after fixing screenshots attached.
Would anyone think that there is a chashash in the daled being a shinui tzurah to a tzdi pshuta?
Many thanks,
Daron


Thursday, August 31, 2017

Is this legit?



Please check out this link:

https://www.kedem-auctions.com/he/node/30900

They are claiming, amongst other things, that:


גדולי האדמו"רים הזמינו אצלו תפילין. כאשר ביקר האדמו"ר הריי"צ מליובאוויטש בארץ ישראל (בשנת תרפ"ט) הזמין אצל רבי נחמן פפירנא תפילין מהודרות עבורו ועבור חתניו. חתנו הרבי מליובאוויטש רבי מנחם מנדל שניאורסון היה
מקפיד להניח תפילין אלו עד סוף ימיו

Pardon my ignorance, but I always thought that  the Rebbe Rayat"z bought the tefillin for his- sons- in law from Reb Zalman Vainshtein  Z"L, the well known Chabad sofer in Warsaw before the war.

Can anyone shed light?

Monday, August 28, 2017

Baruch Dayan Emet - Rav Natan Siegel z"l

Rav Natan Siegel z"l of Efrat, Israel passed away on Shabbat, following a period of illness. Rav Natan was my inspiration for becoming a Sofer STaM, when he ignited the passion for the Holy Hebrew letters one tikkun leil Shavuot 24 years ago. Rav Natan was a master Sofer, teaching many students and advising experienced Sofrim. He wrote tefillin and mezuzot with great care and excellence. For Rav Natan, every Jew was an "Ot" in the Torah - every Jew has his and her critical place, and without whom the Torah could not be complete. Rav Natan loved to sing and dance, and so it was painfully difficult to watch him in his last weeks tied to a respirator, in a coma, and unable to move. Rav Natan Siegel has now danced to infinite heights, and no doubt welcomed in the choir of Angels - where they are certainly singing Zimrot Shabbos... in the niggun of Reb Shlomo Carlebach. May Rav Natan's family be comforted with the mourners of Zion and Jerusalem.

(attached photo of Rav Natan and my son Gavriel preparing the teffilin for my son's bar mitzvah.)

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

batim and retzuos

Whose batim do you use for your basic gasos and why?

For non Edah, avodas yad retzuos I use from 2 of the well known and oldest makers under respected hechsherim. One wholesale customer recently told me that he got feedback from some of his customers that the retzuos I provided (I don't know when) were taking on a reddish brown hue.While well aware of this issue, I haven't seen it myself on the retzuos I have in stock nor heard about it from any other customer. For some reason, on a rare occasion, the paint can take on this hue. I assume there's some chemical reason for it and I've even see it return to black. (Rav Elyashiv held it was still kosher with this hue.) As this client isn't aware of this metzius, he immediately assumed that "my" retzuos were not good quality. I explained to him that it has nothing to do with the quality and happens on occasion to any retzuos, including those with the best name, hechsher and highest price. Have you experienced this is the recent past?

There is a top maker who does a run with paint made with black aniline pigment rather than the paint that the Badatz and others permit. While it's known to be 100% synthetic and there's no concern that any of the pigment is from animal bone, it is known to often have this problem.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

נגיעת יו"ד לכ"ף פשוטה

צריך שאלת תינוק, אם יקראנה ץ' היא פסולה, ואם יקרא האותיות י' וך' כדין - מותר להפרידם

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Anyone available to help run this forum?

Hi all,

You may remember that I posted on Pesach about this forum and unfortunately not having the time to maintain it. I had some volunteers who offered their assistance but unfortunately this never eventuated. I am looking for anyone who can assist me with 1-2 per week over the coming weeks to update/ clean the members list and invite the many new members wishing to join who I have not gotten back to due to time constraints. I would like if they could please then remain as administrator.

Please feel free to email me privately or post in the comments if you wish to assist.

Thanks






Thursday, July 13, 2017

Looking for parsha

Does anyone have the following: a very nice Beis Yosef, Taz (osiyos k'tanos), V'haya Im Shamoa of a Shel Yad written within the last 5 years?

Any leads would be greatly appreciated.

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Number if stitches in megillah

I think I remember learning that one shoukd sew the sheets of a megillah together with 5 stitches. Are me makpid about this today?

Saturday, June 24, 2017

What paint brush do you recommend for painting batim?

I haven't bought in years and one of my brushes is shedding lots of hairs. The brushes are hard to find in Israel and it would be much easier to order online while in the US.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

long flexible needles for inserting chut bein habatim

Does anyone know what these needles are called? I want to order them online in bulk and don't know what to search for.

Friday, June 16, 2017

(Probably) non-Jewish super knows how to roll mezuzos better than "professionals"

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/14/nyregion/metropolitan-diary-moving-a-mezuzah.html

This story is really non-news. A building superintendent knowing how to nail something to the wall is not a big deal. Even knowing that a mezuza case has a scroll inside is unsurprising if there are a lot of Jews in the building who don't know that they need to hang the mezuzos themselves.
The tragedy is that the Jewish tenant had no clue, and the "sofer" who sold her the mezuza couldn't even be bothered to roll the (probably passul) scroll correctly is really what struck me. I have always thought that the state of sta"m years ago, and to a lesser extent today, was due to a lack of education. It seems that people simply don't care, which is a much harder problem to deal with. I can see a Judaica store owner having no clue that a scroll is written incorrectly. I cannot fathom how he couldn't take 30 extra seconds to roll it neatly. That's not ignorance, that's apathy.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Sofer that doesn't say אתה חוננתני on motzsh"k

Would you buy Stam from a Sofer that doesn't say אתה חוננתני on motzsh"k-since you don"t have to redaven?

Then why buy mezuzos when sofer doesnt make oketz on beis or bedek chaya?

PLEASE BE MELAMED ZCHUS

I CANNOT FIGURE OUT WHAT CORRECTION WAS MADE HERE. (I called the sofer who said he made long lamed by mistake which cannot really be -however he writes very much and might not remember )

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Rosh of tzadi"



Sholom Aleichem to all of members of this wonderful blog.

My name is Daniel Goldstein Certified Sofer from Scranton PA.  It is a pleasure to be part of this blog and hope to share more questions' coments and insights on Hilchos Sta"m together.

Here is my first:)



אות צ׳ Would the BLITAH on left side of the ROSH  be enough to machshir this tzaddi? I would like to hear your comments. Thank you.

B"H

Does anyone have a simple Alef Beis STa"M practice sheet?
Where one can fill in and practice writing the letters.

If you could post it on the forum or email me ( rabbibressman@gmail.com)

Thank you

Friday, May 19, 2017

Ksav Arizal for other than tefillin

Is there a mokor in Chabad sources that says Ksav Ari is also for other than Tefillin?In Shulchan oruch 36 Alter rebbe seems to indicate that the arizal differences are specifically for Tefillin.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Looking for a Jerusalem (English speaking) batim worker to give 2-3 day crash course

A sofer coming to Israel next month asked me to find a Jerusalem based, English speaking, knowledgeable and good batim worker to give a 2-3 day crash course in hachnasos, sealing and basic tikkunim. Any suggestions?

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Comment on the vertical megillah question

I received this by email:

I am not a member of your forum, and don’t wish to become one, but I do follow it religiously.



On the recent question of a megilla that opens vertically, it seems to me that there is a basic problem. If the request was to write it page by page, with the pages arranged vertically, with spaces in between, then the spaces would constitute a parsha that is incorrect. If, on the other hand, the intention was to write the whole thing, line after line, without any extra breaks, that would cause a problem with Asseres B’nai Haman, which everyone seems to agree have to be either at the top or bottom of a page, if not on a page of their own.



So I don’t really see how this can be L’maaseh.



Thank you for your interesting forum.

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Kosher ink recipe

Shalom,
does anybody here have a detailed recipe of kosher ink? It shouldn't be the best one, but it should be a relatively easy one. I would like to cook ink for educational purposes. And also, I prefer something that I could use relatively a short while after its preparation.
Thanks

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

The point of the shala

  "can we ignore the point"
since only a sharp point where the rosh and regel form an angle less than 90 degrees is a dalet,perhaps this reish is kosher although there is a "point"

Monday, April 24, 2017

megillas Esther that opens top to bottom

Has anyone ever heard of such a thing? Rather than opening side to side, someone wants it to open up and down.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Do you have an email for Rabbi Yehuda Clapman?

Or for a sofer who was very close to Rabbi Eliezer Zirkind

very questonable tefillin

Dear sofrim, a gezunten zummer,

recently I was asked by friends who are looking for tefillin  to check out a Judaica store here in Israel that has an advertisement for tefillin for $144.

On their website I've already read the following:

"Sorry - we will not be able to accept for return or refund:

Mezuzahs, Tallitot or Tefillin that have been used - even for one time"

meaning, that if you find out that the tefillin is possul, you can't get your  money back.

I read about the manager on their website that he is a graduate of very prestigious yeshivos, as well "expert Torah scribe, inspector and proofreader of religious STaM parchments."

I was very suspicious, but I did my shlichut. I've called the store. I've talked to the manager, and asked him about the parshios inside. I've asked if I can see photos of the ksav. I was told that he is unable to send my photos, because they get the parshios from different sources and he cannot know where exactly the ones that I am buying are coming. And by the way, the parshios are written on klaf mashuach.

He understood from that the potential buyer cares about halacha, so he told me in ze haloshon:

 אם זה מישהו שמעניין אותו פרשיות, אז זה לא בשבילו.

Meaning he cannot stand behind his product and cannot say: the tefillin I am selling is kosher.

Of course I didn't buy anything. He might be correct regarding his assumption the God fearing Jews won't buy from him, but what about amecha beis Yisroel? 


I am wondering is there a reason making an issue out of it.

Is there a makom being dan him lechaf zechus, saying, the buyers won't buy anyway better tefillin, their other option is not having any, and these tefillin might be kosher according to some deios of you are metzaref all kinds of kulos? Even though as a sofer I really don't understand who possibly a kosher pair of tefillin costs 144 USD, in fact I don't know as fact that they are possul.

I would appreciate your insights.
Kol tuv

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Efforts to keep the forum going...

Wishing everyone a good Moed and I hope everyone is having a great Pesach.

This has probably been evident for some time but I regret to say that I am finding it harder and harder  to keep this forum going.  The forum has been going for about five years and clearly has proven its value with thousands of informative posts archived (many with excellent discussion in the comments) and still averaging close to 300 hits per day.  However I have neglected to add new members for a long time and this has stunted the growth and volume of new posts.  The reason is simply lack of time on my part.

I would like to apologize to the many people who have emailed me in recent years to join the forum and I simply have not added them. Nor have I added quite a few newer members to the member list on the side bar. I wish to reiterate that I do not vet who can join - the forum is open to everyone - however in order to add new members I need to clean out the authors list (BlogSpot only allows 100 authors) and many of these are no longer active. I simply have not had time to maintain and clear this list or work out a better system. I hope no one took my lack of response personally.

Like everything, in order for this forum to function and grow, it requires someone with the time and interest to run it. I have the interest but unfortunately, as said, not the time. I am therefore delegating this task to one of the members of this forum, Dov Berger, who has privately expressed interest. If anyone else is interested in helping,  please email me privately. I'm sure we can agree, there is tremendous potential here.

Once Dov joins as admin, we are aiming to clear out non active authors and add the many new members who have requested to join as well as to label posts (most posts are not labeled) so that topics can easily be found when searched.

Hopefully we can make this site great again 😏

Any other suggestions or offers for assistance are welcome.

Wishing everyone much hatzlocha in their avodas hakodesh and a happy and kosher (remainder of ) Pesach...



Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Some recent Shailos emailed to me I promised to put on the forum.....

I'm sure everyone is too busy before Pesach but I get regular emails from around the world as my email address is the only one public on this page. The easy ones I answer right away but some that are more difficult I promise to post here to ask the opinions of our members, but of course I never get around to it....

So just quickly, here is my outstanding list, if anyone can post a reply I'd be much obliged....

1) The yud below.
The left part is a not attached but possibly still a shinuy to a small ches?



2) From a sofer in England:

Shalom R. Gutnick,

I wanted to post something about two sifrey torah that were stolen from a community in the UK so that people could a) keep an eye out and b) advise how one might go about tracking these down. But there doesn't seem to be an option to post anymore on the page that I could see. I know you periodically clear down infrequent posters.

I don't know if the robbers knew exactly what they were stealing as I understand they were being stored temporarily in a locked gun cabinet attached to the wall and they may have thought there were guns inside. They removed the whole cabinet.

Any advice I can pass to the community and to the police from you or others who have encountered this about what they should do would be helpful.

I'm trying to get some photos of the sifrey.

Kol tuv,

3) Another email question:

Shalom Rebbi,

I am a huge fan of your blog. I am trying to locate mareh mekomos regarding putting atari chaim (1, 2, or none) on a megillah rus. Any thoughts?

I appreciate the help!

4) From a magiha in Europe

Are we choshesh for shinoy tzurah to hey in the following two cases? Shailos tinok?






Any finally, a question of my own. Is a tzadik like this lechatchillah? (Hardly a nun)




Wishing everyone a Kosher and Freilichen Pesach!






Friday, March 24, 2017

bayis shel rosh rov prudos according to Chabad?

bedieved? not mehudar?

סגירת בתים לשמה, אם לא אמר בפיו

שאלה:  מה הדין אם סוגר בתים סגר תפילין ורק חשב "לשם קדושת תפילין", אבל לא אמר בפיו כלום במהלך הסגירה. מה דין התפילין?
והאם חייב לפותחם ולסוגרם מחדש ולומר בפה "לשם קדושת תפילין"?

תשובה:  נראה לי שבדיעבד כשר, ואין צריך לפתוח שוב על מנת לסגור לשמה בדיבור.
כי מבואר בשוע"ר סי' לב סעי' לא בנגע לעיבוד העור דהואיל ויש מכשירים בלא לשמה עכ"פ סמכינן על זה לענין שסגי במחשבה. וא"כ יש לומר כמו כן בהכנסת הפרשיות לבתים - הרי דעת הרמב"ם שגוף עשיית הבית אינו צריך להיות מעובד לשמו כמבואר בשוע"ר סי' לב סעי' נז, וכל שכן הכנסת הפרשיות לבית וסגירת הבית ואפילו תפירתו - אינו צריך לשמה לדעת הרמב"ם, וממילא דסמכינן על שיטתו בדיעבד אם חשב בלבד ולא הוציא בפיו [עיין ביאור הלכה סי' לג סעי' ד ד"ה אפילו, דמשמע שמיקל בדיעבד אפילו לא חשב, אלא הכניסן סתם. פשיטא דיסכים בדיעבד להקל בחשב לשמה].

ראה גם פורום לנושאי סת"ם: עשיית תפלין ותפירת ס"ת ע"י פסולים

Saturday, March 18, 2017

נגיעה של יו"ד לכ"ף פשוטה

יש פוסלים דבר זה משום שנעשה מעין צד"י פשוטה. לענ"ד זה כשר, ומותר להפריד.
כמובן ראוי לשאול תינוק, וכאשר תינוק יקראם כדין - בודאי כשרות.

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Is this considered Ksiva?

In the word "BABOKER", the following happened:

1. The first Beis came out perfectly normal.
2. As I was writing the base of the second Beis, it connected with the first and seemed to create a full connection so that there was one thick line of wet ink.
3. However, as I pulled the Kulmus down and off of the Klaf, they seperated and left exactly what you see here above: as small Negiya. As you can see, there is no roshem that there was ever any ink in between the two bases.

Can I just scrape the small connection? Or no because of what happened in step 2?


Saturday, March 4, 2017

ראש הלמ"ד נכנסת לחללה של דלי"ת

עוקץ הל' נכנס לד'. יש לשאול תינוק בכיסוי כל החלק שתחת לרגל ימין של הד', אם יכירנה כד' יש להכשיר (וראוי לכתחילה למחוק מעט מאורך רגל ימין של הד'. כדי להמעיט כניסת ראש הל' לחללה. הרגל בלאו הכי דהויה וצריכה תיקון)
ואם תינוק יקראנה ה' אז הד' פסולה וחייבת תיקון [בספר תורה שמועיל תיקון שלא כסדרן]. ויש למחוק את כל
 רגל הימין ולחזור ולכתבה קצרה מעט, כדי שראש הל' לא יהא בחללה (כמה שאפשר

פשוט שא"א למחוק מראש הל' - כי הוא שייך לשם קדוש. אמנם מכיון שצואר הל' דהוי ובלאו הכי יש להוסיף עליו דיו, ואפשר בכך להרחיב מעט את ראש הצואר בצד התחתון שלו כלפי למטה, כדי שעיקר הראש לא יהא כלל בחלל הדלי"ת

Thursday, March 2, 2017

גולם פסול

לענ"ד זה גולם, כי רובו מדובק לגוף. והמעט שבולט אינו גוף ועיקר היו"ד

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Plastic retzuos

I am still seeing lots of plastic retzuos the ones where the whole thick black  upper layer peels off, its been over a year since the scandal broke but plenty of people still have it, rabosai keep your eyes open for  it they are mamash possul

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Should a woman make a shehechiyanu after the completion of the last letters of a sefer Torah she commissioned?

Since 1) women are obligated acc to many opinions in the Mivtzah and b) a common custom is for the owner to say shehechiyanu at completion (with a new fruit). So, for example, a woman who commissions a sefer in memory of, say, her late husband, and she is the owner, can / should she say shehechiyanu???

I've never seen it done, but why not?

Thursday, February 9, 2017

פ' והיה אם שמוע של רבינו תם - נמצא בבית של רש"י

שאלה:  הביאו לי תפילין רש"י לבדיקה, הפרשיות היו מונחות בבתים לפי סדר רש"י, אבל הפרשה 'והיה אם שמע' היה של ר"ת. כלומר, היה לה ריוח בסוף כמו שמשאירים לר"ת. היהודי שנתן את התפלין לבדיקה מניח רק תפלין רש"י. 
א)  האם הוא יצא חובת תפילין עד היום?
ב)  האם מותר למחוק את המילה האחרונה ולהאריך את האותיות עד סוף השורה?

תשובה:  נלע"ד [בהסתמך על ספק האם אי פעם הניחום כר"ת, דבר שלא נראה כל כך במקרה הזה. וגם אם כן הניחום פעם כר"ת, לא פשוט כלל לומר שמי שעבר על דין מורידין להוריד תפלין דר"ת שכבר הניחום כן, ולעשותם רש"י, שאינו יוצא ידי"ח מצות תפלין דרש"י] דיצא ידי חובתו בהנחת תפלין כדין.
מכיון שההנחה הפשוטה שלי [במקרה זה שמעולם לא הניחום בפועל כר"ת, ובצירוף ספק בדין מורידין הנ"ל] מותר למחוק את התיבות האחרונות על הארץ ולהאריכם שיגיעו עד סוף השיטה [כנהוג בתפלין דרש"י] - אם ירצה.
פשוט שגם אם לא ימחקם התפלין כשרות, כי ריוח שלאחר על הארץ אינו פוסל, כמבואר בפוסקים.
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קיצרתי בביאור כמה ספיקות שיש במקרה זה בדין 'מורידין', והעיקר שאם באנו לחשוש שהיו פעם בתפלין ר"ת ממש ואחר כך הוחלפו, יש חשש יותר שמא הם שלא כסדרן. ומכיון שהמגיהים הם בחזקת כשרות, ההנחה הפשוטה [כל עוד לא הוכיח אחרת] שהסופר שהניח הפרשיות בבתים עשה כדין, ולא עשה טעות או איסור.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Vov

Very basic parshiyos, but the vov from udevash is problematic because of the thin line coming out of the head. Do we say it's too thin / negligible to be a shinoy tzurah or do we say because of ain shiur leuvei haos that it's a zayin?

Thursday, February 2, 2017

שאלה בקידוש הכתיבה

שאלה:  סופר התחיל ס"ת חדש ושכח אות במילה בראשית, וקודם כתיבה אמר [שהוא כותב] 'לשם קדושה' וכן האזכרות 'לשם קדושה'. ושלח למחוק את השורה הראשונה שכתב, וכאשר חזר לכתוב שוב מחדש לא הזכיר [שוב] 'לשם קדושה'.
האם אמירתו הראשונה הועילה או דילמא כיון שמחק הכל חשיב ככותב עכשיו ספר חדש, וכיון שעכשיו לא קידש - כל מה שכתב בפעם השניה פסול?

תשובה:  לענ"ד לא הועילה אמירתו הראשונה אלא היא בטלה, והיה צריך לקדש הכתיבה פעם שניה, ומכיון שלא עשה כן הרי זה פסול.
הרי זה דומה להפסק בין ברכה לתחילת עשיית מצוה, שהפסיד הברכה. משא"כ לאחר שהתחיל תחילת המצוה הרי כבר חלה הברכה, ואע"פ שהפסיק באמצע עשייתו עדיין הברכה תקפה.

Monday, January 30, 2017

כ"ף פשוטה מרובעת

נראה לי שכ"ף זו מרובעת ופסולה [לפי מנהג אשכנז].
פשוט שיש לתקנה [כפסק הפמ"ג] בהוספת דיו ואז תהא כשרה [ואינה תיקון שלא כסדרן, כי מעולם היתה לה צורת כ"ף, כמבואר בפמ"ג].

נקב בתפלין

יש כאן נקב או חתך בגג התי"ו. השאלה, האם זה היה משעת הכתיבה שאז יהא פסול משום שאינו מוקף גויל [עד שיגרר מעט מעובי הגג מעל הנקב וסביבו, לעשותו מוקף גויל], או שנקל לומר מסתמא אירע אחר הכתיבה, ואין חסרון היקף גויל שאחר הכתיבה פוסל
במשנה ברורה מבואר [כמדומה בשם הנו"ב] שאם יש סיבה חזקה לומר שלא היה בשעת הכתיבה, כגון שנוכל לסמוך על חזקת הסופר (או המגיה) שבודאי אם היה נקב זה היו תופסים הדבר, ויש להם חזקת כשרות, [או שמצורת החיתוך ניכר שקרה אחר הכתיבה] - יש להקל ולומר שאירע הדבר אחר כן. (אבל אם יהא ספק שקול, יש להחמיר בספק של תורה)

איך להתאים פסק זה למציאות - תלוי בעיני המורה, האם מכיר את הסופר שיש לו חזקת כשרות וכו

Saturday, January 28, 2017

מזוזה מנוקדת

קיי"ל ספר תורה מנוקד פסול [יו"ד סי' רעד] האם הדין שוה למזוזה ותפלין
מסברא נראה שכן

האם מישהו יודע איזה ספרים מדברים על זה

Please Help

http://community.digitalboutique.co.il/globerman/en/

R' Sholem was a member of this Forum, any assistance would  be appreciated.

Saturday, January 21, 2017

What is better?

I have a customer with a shel yad (Rabeinu Tam) approx age 40 years, which has cracking on the end where the parsha begins being rolled. The ink is weak along a cluster of creases which exist at the far left edge of the parshiyos (in this case shema parsha). It's unlikely that even if I go over it, that it will be strong long term and will likely continue to crack. The Rosh parshiyos and the first three of the yad parshiyos seem solid and I'm not worried about them.

Do I:

1) Fix as best as possible even though it will likely continue to deteriorate as the ink is quite brittle in that section?

2) Replace the last 2 parshiyos (I have some newer ones of similar level from a sofer that had a psul in the first parsha. So it won't cost the customer anything and therefore expense is not a factor in this decision). Although I am confident this option will last longer, the disadvantage is that the yad will now consist of two pieces (glued together).

Which option is preferred?

My gut tells me to change because it is not a financial expense to the customer and there is no chashash of psul. However if I leave it and the ink continues to crack we have a potential possibility that they could become posul.




Saturday, January 7, 2017

Baruch Dayan Ho'emes

It is with great shock and sadness that I wish to share the news of the untimely passing of Harav Hagoan R' Mordechai Friedlander, one of the top Rabbonim in Sta"m and Moreh Tzedek of the Vaad Mishmeres Stam ( Yerushalayim) and Badatz Eida Hacharedis.

Besides for being a giant posek and a top class Moreh Horoeh, Rav Friedlander had the ability to connect to thousands of talmidim with his approachable and warm demeanour, and his fluency in Hebrew, Yiddish and English meant that sofrim from all nationalities and backgrounds were able to have a shprach with him. He was often quoted on this forum.

This is an enormous loss for us all and he will be greatly missed by the Sta"m community. We wish his family much comfort and Besuros Tovos to all.





Thursday, January 5, 2017

The Aron Kodesh staying open during the entire Hakafos of a hachnasos sefer torah.

Does anyone know a source or reason why the Aron Kodesh stays open during the entire hakafos for a Hachnasos Sefer Torah? 
Is this the correct minhag? This is what I have seen by all the places that I have been to.

It seems that since the Aron Kodesh is emptied out from all its Sifrei Torah there is no issue of disrespect. (That is why we do not keep the Aron Kodesh open on other occasions since there are other Sifrei Torah inside and it would be disrespectful to leave it open.) However, this still does not explain why we  דוקא leave open the Aron Kodesh.


Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Beis Yosef tzadik, Sometimes presents like this in cheap stam

This is just a sketch but it is not uncommon to see this type of tzurah and doesn't seem to bother too many people. Is it OK?



Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Zichron Eliyahu

B"H

Does anyone know where the sefer Zichron Eliyahu זכרון אליהו on Hilchos Tefillin is sold? Is the new version now in print?

Freiliche Chanukah,

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Batim macher in Brooklyn willing to accomodate visitors?

A frum woman who is a family friend is doing a master's degree in ritual objects, and, for a project, would like to observe and document the process of making peshutim batim.  Does anyone know of a batim macher in Brooklyn that would be open to this?

Thanks, and a freilikhn Chanukah!

Monday, December 19, 2016

fixing short letter according to m"b

I am not clear if this biur halacha allows to fix only a nifsak that top is less then shiur or also a letter that was written with a yerech less than melo os.

Thursday, December 15, 2016

מלא אות קטנה REISH

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS REISH

M''B WRITES IN SIMAN 36 REISH :
ויריכה יהיה קצר
ואם עשה רגל הריש קצר כמו יוד די בזה בדיעבד 
WE ALL REMEMBER MB 32/44
:מלא אות קטנה היינו יוד ובקוץ התחתון שלו  
(הקול סופרים  באות ד לכאורה חולק  שהרי מסביר או"ק  היינו עובי קולמס
יד אפרים לומד שבמלא או"ק צריך תינוק והמ"ב מביאו  בדף 88 ביאור הלכה  ד"ה כשר וחולק עליו
NOW THE QUESTION IS:
 A REGEL  REISH SHOULDN'T BE TOO FULL KULMUSIM
SIZE OF YUD IS LARGER THEN KULMUS-PROBABLY KULMUS AND HALF

IS IT POSSIBLE THAT ONE AND A HALF KULMUSIM IS BDIEVED BUT ITS SUPPOSED TO BE SHORTER THAN 2 KULMUSIM.

THREE EXPLANATIONS:

1)the word bdieved means should be longer but not that the os is bdieved after the fact
2)can we explain רגל הריש קצר כמו"רגל" היוד
3)can we explain יריכה יהיה קצר" מגגה"כדי 

ACCORDING TO 1 KOSHER
ACCORDING TO 2 LECHATCHILA
ACCORDING TO 3 KOSHER BDIEVED
ACCORDING TO YAD EFRAIM -SHALAS TINOK
ומי שרוצה להחמיר כיד אפרים וגם המ"ב  צריך לעשות שני קולמוסים מצומצמים