Aleph Hafucha resources

Can anyone direct me to resources on the Aleph with Yud Hafucha, similar to the Arizal tzadi? I've heard that the Noda BiYuda is machshir but I cannot find this psak, or any other discussions.
Thank you and Ksivo Vachasimo Toive

Worst Ksav Ever

May I suggest the "sofer" who wrote this strongly consider a different career path.

Gvil for a Sefer Torah

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Is it possible to make גויל for a ספר תורה which is מעובד בסיד, or is usable גויל only able to be made in אפצים, due to differences in the result of the עיבוד ?

How to sew a Megillah according to all opinions?

What is the proper way of sewing Megillat Yeriot together?
I know that the Keset brings down the idea of Meshuleshet (28:10), but I am unsure what exactly that means...
1. Is that case only with regards when someone does not have enough Gidden to sew the whole Megillah or is it for any sewing of a Megillah?  2. If the sewing needs to be Meshulashet, does that mean it needs to be a number divisible by three? So that means 3,6,9 etc are the numbers that fulfill this opinion? 3. Is the number Megillah stitches equal to the number for a Sefer Torah's stitching? 4. Any difference Minhagim for Sephardim, Ashkenazi, Chabad?
As always, your inputs are helpful and I am extremely appreciative!

Leniency for sefer Torah that survived the Holocaust

I once heard that there are poskim which lechatchillah allow leniencies in  a sefer torah saved from the Holocaust. I've even heard that a Holocaust sefer can be used lechatchillah even if the majority of opinions render it problematic, so long as there is a "yesh lismoch",  it is OK to use. For all other sifrei Torah such a rule would only apply if you have already taken it out and found a problem during the laining (we can be lenient because of tirchei ditzibura).

Has anyone else heard such a thing and if so, can they please advise which poskim hold this and are there any printed teshuvos on the matter?


Kavanot of maaseh hamerkavah

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I received a request from a potential client to scribe for him the kavanot of "maaseh hamerkavah." i have never endeavored to do this although the ktav itself seems easy enough. the question i have for the "olam" is if there is a specific sequence in which the maaseh hamerkavah must be written and/or specific amirot that should be said (similar to when writing a sefer torah, tefillin, mezuzot) -- basically, what, if anything, is required to undertake this project?

Something beautiful

Please see attached. I never saw anything like this before.
Does anyone know where this coming from?

New images of Megillah written by the Rebbe Mahara"sh

New high-res images have been taken of the entire Megillah!

They can be viewed at:

This is the only extant work of STaM  by a Chabad Rebbe that is still in its perfect original form.

There is another Megilla written by the Rebbe Maharash which is housed in the library of Agudas Chasidei Chabad. It, however, underwent an extensive "makeover" by a Brooklyn Sofer in the 1940s. It therefore has lost its original qualities.

G-d willing the complete Megillah will be posted in time the Yohrtzeit of the Rebbe Maharash - 13 Tishrei.

It should be noted that the Rebbe wrote of the Rebbe

"בקי הי' ואומן בכתיבת סת"ם. לכל אחד מבניו נתן מגילה כתובה בכתי"ק ... כן ישנם מזוזות גכתי"ק.
People mistakenly believe that he did not write מזוזות. This is clearly inaccurate based on the above testament of the Rebbe.

It should also be noted: people mistakenly bel…

The letters which are written differently according to the אר"י ז"ל

In connection to the Yorzeit of the אר"י ז"ל

👆 from ספר שיח סופר כלל וא"ו

Can I ask sofer to redo the work?

I gave my Sefer Torah for repairs.
This is one of repaired amudim.

Is it quality work?

List of shemot to Mekadesh or not

I found this chart listing the shemot that are Chol or Kodesh according to the Keset HaSofer, Kol Yaakov, and to הרה"ג הרב אלישיב זצ"ל as brought down in his Sefer נקדש את שמך

From the Or LaSofer online Forum for Soferim.

כמה חייב אדם לטרוח להדר במצות קביעת המזוזה

נשאלתי:  האם מזוזה שקבועה מאחרי הדלת או לפניה [פונה כלפי חוץ, ולא כלפי חלל הפתח], כי אי אפשר לקבעה בחלל הפתח כראוי לה לכתחילה, בגלל מבנה או צורת המשקוף. האם יש צורך לעשות מאמץ ולהוציא הוצאות יתר כדי לחפור לה מקום בחלל הפתח, או שהיות שאפשר לקבעה לפני או אחרי הדלת בדיעבד כדינה, אין צריך לטרוח יותר?
בהשקפה ראשונה נראה לי שהיות שבמצב ההוה אי אפשר לקבעה בחלל הפתח, אינו חייב לטרוח טירחא מיוחדת לעשות אופן שיוכל לקבעה שם ע"י חפירה וכיוצא בזה.
לא מצאתי מקור ברור לדבר זה לעת עתה, לא לחייב ולא לפטור.

וכן צ"ע האם יש במקרה כזה וכדומה - חיוב [חז"ל] להוציא עד כדי שליש יתר מכדי דמיו לקיים מצוה מהודרת? כלומר, האם מבחינה כספית חייב להוציא עד חצי מכדי דמי המזוזה, כדי לקבעה בסף בצורה יותר מהודרת, כשם שיש מצוה לקנות מזוזה כתובה מהודרת יותר, אם אפשר לו לקנותה עד חצי מדמי מזוזה זולה, כמבואר בשו"ע בנוגע לאתרוג.

אודה לכל מי שיש בידו להעיר בנושא.

Sefer Torah with very tight ksav

Sholom uvrocho,
I wanted to ask about the following Torah.
Please see picture below.

Did you see anything like that?

Writing LeShamh

Can someone write that he's writing leshmah or do Shomah ke'oneh in order to make his Sta"m or Shemos Leshmah?
I was recently asked this question and do not recall ever seeing the question, if any one has mareh mekomos it would be appreciated

Question on the עשרת בני המן page in the Megillah

I recently got some קלף for a second מגילת אסתר, and I see that the lines were done for the עשרת בני המן daf a bit different than normal.

Instead of the page dividing evenly into 11 lines, there are 10 lines that are equal, but the 11th line is smaller than the rest of the lines.

I assume that it is the correct layout, but my question is witch line should the כתב be based on?

I know for sure it cannot be the larger lines because then the כתב for the 11th line would jump out of the 11th line.

I will try to get a picture of the lines בעזרת ה soon.

Unknown machlokes mekubalim in tzuras ה׳


The minhag from the arizal is to write a yud in the first letter ה׳ of שם הוי׳ and a vov in the second letter ה׳.

However, concerning the last ה׳ of the שם, according to earlier mekubalim, it would seem that there was a letter yud that was stressed within it.

In the perush Dan Yadin of R' Shimshon of Astropoli ז׳׳ל on sefer Karnayim, he mentions that there is a machlokes mekubalim in the tzura of the letter yud within the last letter ה׳ of שם השם and a maskana on how to write it. Unfortunately, the מו׳׳ל did not print the pictures of the letters that were obviously in the original manuscript. I was curious if any sofrim on this forum might know what it referred to, or, at least find it interesting as I did.

When sirtut detracts


The reason given for sirtut is to meyasher the ksav and for yofi haksiva and halacha le'Moshe etc.

In the following two cases it appears that the sirtut may hinder the ksav rather than help it, and was wondering your thoughts.

First case is the asvan ravravan, the large letters. The letters are not written on the sirtut itself, but with the sirtut disecting the letter in half. This can be easily discernible at a glance and gives the apearance of the letter cut in half by the sirtut. In addition, when writting a large letter since the sirtut, because there is a larger amount of ink and it is right in the middle of the letter, the ink tends to bleed more into the sirtut, making it harder to write properly. Perhaps this is a narisha svara but it would make more sense to rub out the sirtut in before writing this letter were it not for the divrei kabala that it needs to be there...

Example of where the sirtut is easily visible.

Second case is where you need to write a letter that …

Elboim/Landau - Shimborsky/Edah retzuos

What do they retail for (with putting on) in the NY/NJ area?

Which maker/hechsher do you prefer (quality and/or halachically) and why?

Entrance requiring mezuzah?

Thoughts on if this entrance to kitchen needs a Mezuzah?

Issue of mechikas Hashem?

In preparation for restoring a sefer Torah or part thereof, one needs to check if there's loose ink. This is typically done by lightly rubbing over it with a cloth. May one do this over entire amudim or is there a chashash of mechikas Hashem?
If the entire amud can be done with a few swipes of the rag, a complete sefer can be gone over in under an hour. If one may not touch the Shemos it becomes a daunting task.

One might think that mima nafshach, if the ink is attached to the klaf, going over it with a cloth won't do anything and if it lifts it off the klaf, it's because it's already loose and not considered attached to the klaf/pasul. However, based on my initial research, both Harav Elyashiv and Harav Mordechai Eliyahu held there's a problem of mechikas Hashem. According to Piskei Halachos, Harav Elyashiv said to leave the Shemos untouched and if and when the ink falls off on it's own then it must be fixed. (Until then you don't have to assume it's p…

ribua hatefiros

Someone wrote that there's no need to be machmir by ribua hatefiros, particularly Sephardim and this doesn't require any tikun and can be worn with a bracha as is. So he's claiming that there's no need for the corners to be 90 degrees/square. This is news to me. I've no doubt that Rav Friedlander would have paseled this.
Someone else suggested fixing it without opening the bayis even though it's sealed with glue. On top of the issue with correcting the ribua once sealed, if one would fix without opening it, the hole needs to be extended and the charitz widened without tearing the gid and that would leave a considerable gap between the corner tefiros. If opened, the hole can be widened then the original side filled.

Spit damage on sefer torah. How would this be fixed? The answer may be simpler than you think. Feel free to post your thoughts...


Sheila nun vav

What are your thoughts?