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Monday, December 5, 2016

Hello,

I received an order for a custom 11 line Megillah, it is for an Adom Chashuv and the person who is buying it for him wants "all" the Hiddurim.

He also wants the ksav to be very large since it is for an older person so about 1.6mm or 1.8mm per line.

When I called my Klaf contact to order the special sizing he mentioned that there is a new tikkun from R' Chinagel on the 11 line Megillah that is more Mehudar. Basically, the columns are much narrower and therefore they are taller than wider so it is more Mehudar.

I never heard of this extra Hiddur so I called R' Chinagel and he told me that the Hiddur is basically because it is easier to Lein from a narrower column and also that the word "Amudim" means standing (taller than wider), and the regular Tikkun for 11 lines is wider than taller so it isn't really called Amudim.

I got my hands on some pages of this Tikkun and I am not so crazy about it, maybe I am just used to typical 11 line Megillah layout but these new columns look strange to me.

Did anyone hear of this Hiddur before? Is it worth writing with this new Tikkun since my customer wants all the Hiddurim even if it may compromise a bit on the beauty of the layout?

Here are the first two pages of the Tikkun:



Thursday, December 1, 2016

יו"ד - עוקץ שמאל כמעט יורד כמו רגל ימין

היו"ד [השניה ב'עיניך'] עוקץ שמאל כמעט שוה באורך לרגל ימין הקצרה - 
נראה לי שזו כשרה כי הרגל ועוקץ קצרים ביותר, ושום תינוק לא יטעה בה לקרותה חי"ת. וראוי לתקן צורתה, ע"י הוספת מעט דיו להאריך מעט את רגל ימין. [אבל רק מעט, לא הרבה שלא תהא בעיה של שיעור ו'].

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Sayros of Egel for Tefillin

A Gutte Voch,

Despite it being  better to use sayros (hairs) from davka an egel (calf) when wrapping tefillin parshiyos, most sofrim I know use from an older cow  because the egel hairs are generally too short to wrap around properly (esp by vehoya im shamoah where the sayros must be long to extend externally).

I have recently been told about a species of calf that have longer tails despite being very young and this is ideal for a sofer to use when wrapping tefillin. Can anyone provide more info on this? Does anyone know where such tails can be obtained?

Thanks

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Avak Retzuos

Using a guest account to post this question. My email is RebYonason@gmail.com. Thank you.

My new all black retzuos have lots of visible particles that come off every day (first time using all black and realizing this makes the particles much more noticeable) It's been 7 months since I bought them new but they keep shedding little pieces. I place a new piece of paper down when I take them out every day and the black dust falls off every time. I have to keep putting the paper with the tefillin dust in shaimos all the time. I've tried going over the retzuos many times with cloth to collect all the loose pieces but it doesn't seem to stop it at all, and it in fact ends up just rubbing away some of the ink on the flat shiny side.

How do I stop this issue? Are there any shitas to rely on that once the particles leave the tefillin they are no longer kadosh?

Right now the best I can do is to say "asey docheh lo sasei" in terms of being m'kayem the mitzvah while any particles fall into non-clean places. And any particles I can't catch on the paper that I end up stepping on even after taking off the tefillin (when I can no longer use asey doche lo sasey) is a davar she'eino miskavein which applies on kol haTorah kula (not just Shabbos) and also the tefillin dust is buttle b'rov of what dust is to be found and kicked about in general etc (and not put into shaimos).

Thank you for any advice.

Sunday, November 20, 2016

סי' ל"ב סט"ז ביאו"ה ד"ה כשנכתב בכשרות

סעיף ט"ז
ביאו"ה ד"ה כשנכתב בכשרות
מדבריו עולה דדוקא משום דנקטינן כדה"ח דנגיעה לאחר הכתיבה פוסלת רק מספיקא דדינא לכן אין מוציאין ס"ת אחרת בנמצא בשעת הקריאה. אבל אם היינו סוברים כדבר משה דס"ל דנגיעה אפי' לאחר הכתיבה פסול מודאי לכו"ע אז היינו מוציאין אחרת. ובאמת צ"ע. דלפי"ז יוצא דבנגעה לאחר גמר שיעור האות קודם שסילק ידיו - דגם לתי' השני שבב"י פסול דחשוב כשעת הכתיבה עדיין כל זמן שלא סילק ידיו - צריך להוציא אחרת. אבל בסי' קמ"ג כ' להדיא דמדמכשיר הרשב"א "נגיעה למטה" (והוא מהירושלמי דמכשיר בנגיעה לאחר שגמר צורתו אפי' קודם שסילק ידו) לכן אין מוציאין אחרת בכה"ג - אע"פ דב' תירוצי הב"י מודים בזה דפסול. ולפי"ז, אפי' אם היינו סוברים כדבר משה דב' תירוצי הב"י פוסלים נגיעה לאחר הכתיבה, מ"מ מדהכשיר הרשב"א יש לנו לצרפו לס"ס ולא להוציא אחרת. וא"כ יוצא דאין שום נ"מ למעשה אי פוסלין נגיעה לאחר הכתיבה מספק או בתורת ודאי. וצ"ע.

ואבקש מהקוראים להעיר בזה.

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Kuba / Zanav by tefillin

I'm not sure if we've discussed this before but do the halachos of Kuba / Zanav also apply to Tefillin? I know there are some that say it does, but what is the halacha lemaysa?

Thursday, November 10, 2016

שאלה על רי"ש

האם הרי"ש הזו מועיל בה שאלת תינוק ותיקון, או לא?

Stuma Taz - more than 9 Yudin, how much more?

We require 9 Yudin plus a little more in order to represent the 8 chut hasaara spaces between each Yud. How much more?

What are the opinions of the poskim?

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

REB HERSHH SOFER ZY"A -LONG VAVS

Rabbi Winer felt that a tinok helps  for this zein why then can a tinok not help for the vav in the following post?
ברייתא
: לא יעשה ואוין יודין יודין ואוין
לא יעשה זיינין  נונין נונין זיינין

Sunday, November 6, 2016

קובץ עץ חיים באבוב

Does anyone have them? They often have articles on STaM. I'm particularly interested in #11 page 332.

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Yalkut Tzuras Haotiyos

Is the sefer Yalkut Tzuras Haotiyos ()Vaad Mishmeres Stam, 1983) still available?
Thanks for suggestions.

Saturday, October 29, 2016

I never really understood this

In the Mishnah Brurah by ois daled, it is written that the protrusion on the back of the top left of the daled is only lechatchillah le ksivah and a square corner is enough halachically to render it kosher.

By a reish however, many poskim hold that even if it is a square corner on the top right (instead of being round), it is not possul but rather a shailos tinok (see mishnas hasofer). A tinok will inevitably read it as a reish, even with a perfectly square corner) because he is used to the daled protruding on the top right.

So is this the only case in Sta"m where one tzurah can potentially be Kosher for two different letters? And how is such a phenomenon possible?


Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Thursday, October 13, 2016

atzei chaim kalil

http://jerusalemyarmulka.com/Product.aspx?CategoryId=36&ProductId=1308

did anybody try these?
I heard the ball bearings imside make it heavy

Sunday, October 9, 2016

Quick question

If someone brings tefillin for checking and I see the retzuos are cracked or have white marks and subsequently possul, do I need to tell them to put on tefillin again if it is still before shkiyah? (Or can we rely on the more lenient opinions?)

Monday, September 26, 2016

Hay from hu


Given that it's a Sephardic ksav it has me a bit more worried than usual (sdfradi ksav has straighter right regel in a kuf)

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Torah should be commissioned from only clean source. Story with the Bal Shem Tov

The Money to Purchase a Sefer Torah should come from a Clean Source
The money used to commission a sefer torah should not have any doubt of gezel (theft) or come from any other unscrupulous places.[1]




[1] Lev Chayim 2:167 ois 44 sif katan 15. There it also cites a story of a community that the sefer torah would always be found to have a mistake in it, even after fixing it a different mistake would be found afterwards. The matter was told to the Bal Shem Tov and he said that the torah was written with money from an unscrupulous place and therefore it will never be able to be kosher.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Orel retzuos

Do you have experience with them? Are you happy with the quality? Do you find them to be soft? thin/thick?

Do you know anything about the machshirim (2 runs) - Rabbi Sheikovitz in Italy or Rav Hillel Weinberger (Satmar dayan) in New York?

The retzuos under Rav Weinberger are the same or more than those under the Edah. I'm not aware of any halachic advantage so unless there's good reason, I'd rather stick with the Edah, as it's a strong selling point plus it's known that they're experts in retzuos and their supervision is thorough. Your thoughts?

זיי"ן או נו"ן פשוטה

הז' של זבח יוצא ממנה קוץ כלפי מטה -  נראה לי שמועיל שאלת תינוק כאן [בגלל שיש להבחין בין עובי הירך וקוץ] ואם יקראנה ז' מותר למחוק קוץ זה
זה דעתי, ואני יודע שיש רבנים שליט"א אחרים - שיש להם דעה אחרת בנידון

Saturday, September 17, 2016

2 Mezuzahs, same problem - Mistake or another minhag

I was given 2 Mezuzahs from one client to inspect both Uvishearechas finish at end of the line.

I was wondering if maybe theres a shita that holds a minhag to do this other than Shitas HoRambam where a parsha ends as a parsha psucha with under 9 yudin.  Its been a long time since I learned Keset Hasofer.

Can anyone share if you've ever encountered such an issue and are these Kosher lechatchila or B'Dieved?


Friday, September 16, 2016


I have been asked to make a presentation and have kids try to write. Dyo stains. is there a water soluble washable  ink that I can use instead?
Thanks,
YW

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Friday, September 9, 2016

Saturday, September 3, 2016

Ellul Checking Incentive

As a bonus service for those who check their Tefillin and Mezuzos with me during the month of Ellul, I am offering an additional service whereby I send a scan of their parshiyos to Mishmeres Stam for a complimentary computer check. Mishmeres Stam has very reasonable rates for this service and they have the report emailed back to me in a few hours.

I forward the customer the report and the following email. I have done this for my pre-Ellul "early bird" customers and found it is very much appreciated by people.

Wishing everyone much success in their Ellul checking season.


Dear valued customer,

I am now offering  an additional (free) service for Ellul customers whereby a scan of your parshiyos brought in for checking is emailed to the head office of the Vaad Mishmeres Stam in Israel for analysis.  The report gets emailed back to me within a few hours for reference, with a list of any errors or potential concerns that require further scrutiny.

I have forwarded your report with this email.

Although I still manually check  your parshiyos locally as part of my checking service (and apply the necessary maintenance and repair when necessary), the advantage of the report from Israel is that their computer system has been proven  the most reliable available, and statistically has a higher chance of catching spelling errors such as missing or extra letters than a human examiner. So it’s one extra aspect that I feel adds to the maximum level of checking I strive to achieve.

It also means that a detailed image of your parshiyos is kept on the database of the Mishmeres Stam and can be referred to at any time by referencing the code at the top of their report.

If you have any questions about this feel free to call and discuss.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Kelaf Ibud Afatsim post Ibud Sid

This is regular kelaf that was processed with an additional ibud of gallnuts after it was already processed with the usual lime, thats what gives it its yellowish color in this case...

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Be careful with batim paint

I have been asked by a prominent Rov to announce on this forum that anyone working with batim paint (particularly sofrim who  who seal batim hermetically) should be aware that the standard laquer based tefillin paints are highly CARCENOGENIC r"l and to always use them with proper saftey gear (gloves / mask) and in a well venitilated arera such as an outdoor paint booth.

We have discussed this in the past but reminders of this nature are important.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

נפלה טיפת דיו ליד נו"ן פשוטה

כדאי לראות הגדלה

נפל קצת דיו ליד נו"ן פשוטה ועושה לה מעט מושב. אני מסתפק האם זה פסול בודאי, כי נעשתה לנו"ן כפופה, או שמא מועיל בה שאלת תינוק. ואם יקראנה נו"ן פשוטה נוכל לגרר

Thursday, August 11, 2016

KOTZO D'ALEPH: New Letter from Vaad Mishemeres Stam



Kotzo D'aleph. It's  Kaballistic significance is gaining recognition (as per the above letter), and  is important that sofrim and magihim read the above.

On the topic of Kaballistic hiddurim,  I have heard from countless sofrim and Rabonnim the Kaballistic importance of the right side of the choteteres of the ches, that it should be thicker and more prominent than the left.  (This is seen in many choshever older ksovim and brought down explicitly in Shulchan Oruch Harav, so IMHO also very  significant.)

Secondly, it's important to keep things in perspective : Kaballistic hiddurim are certainly important. However the primary concern for a magiha is that people should have Kosher stam. Shulchan Oruch comes first. It seems that some magihim  put an inproportiantely greater emphasis on  lengthening tagei lamed, yet seem less interested in fundemental halachic repairs that are of far greater significance and concern.  Just saying...

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

HEY OF HAZEH SHINUI TZURA??





חי"ת שרגל שמאל כפופה מעט כעין תי"ו

לחי"ת ברגל שמאל יש בליטה או כפיפה מועטת, והיא קצת מתדמה לכעין תי"ו
נראה לי שמעיקר הדין יש להכשירה כי היא אינה דומה לת' משום החטוטרת שבה, ומכיון שהיא יותר דומה לחי"ת, היא כשרה
אבל מדין "כתיבה תמה" יתכן שהאות פסולה משום שנדמית קצת לאחרת, ולכן יש לשאול תינוק
אם כן קודם ירגילו היטב התינוק בחיתי"ן שבכתב זה, ושאר אותיותיה כגון תוי"ן נוני"ן וזייני"ן, ושוב לשאול תינוק, אם יקראנו חי"ת אזי היא כשרה. וכמובן מצוה לתקן את הירך בהוספת דיו כדי ליישרה

Thursday, August 4, 2016

ה"א עם שתי רגלים שמאליות

הסופר שכח למחוק את רגל שמאל של הה"א הראשונה אחר שמשך את הגג ועשה לה רגל שמאל חדשה !!!
האם הה"א כשרה כך??
ואם לא, האם מותר למחוק את הרגל הפנימית, או שזה פסול משום חק תוכות??

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Removing Atzi Chaim

is there any hakpada not to remove atzi chaim in order to make is easier to take on a plane?

2000 Years of Failure

                                                                                                                               בס"ד
 
For the benefit of the new members of this forum, I publish this article again.
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In our quest to be Tzaddikim we forgot about being a Mentch.

2000 years ago, we caused, with our own actions, the destruction of Beit HaMikdash. For the next 2000 years we cried, we fasted, we wore black hats and jackets, we learned many pages of Gmara by heart, and we prayed for the reconstruction of Beit HaMikdash - to no avail. Beit HaMikdash is not yet rebuilt and we seem to get deeper and deeper into the hole. We made an experiment, a 2000-years long experiment, and we failed.

God could not care less what color hat we wear. God could not care less if we wear a shirt, a jacket, or a kappotta. God could not care less how many pages of Gmara we know by heart or how many days in a year we fast. There is only one thing that God cares about – what we do for each other. The time we spend helping someone in need, is infinitely more important than the time we spend with our noses pointed to the books we learn. Yes, we do have to learn Torah. It is very important to learn Torah. But, when nobody visits a lonely person in the hospital; when nobody helps an older person carry heavy shopping bags; when nobody helps an overwhelmed family care for a sick child; when we hurt another Jew who is not as "holy" as we are; when a person can say “Let somebody else provide the help, I am too busy learning Torah”; all the pages of the Torah books we learn, cannot make up for it.

The prophet Yeshayahu, during the days of the first Beit HaMikdash, already warned against false Frumkeit. In Ch.1 and in Ch.58 Yeshayahu tells us that God does not care about our sacrifices; does not care about our prayers; despises our holiday observances; and does not want our fasts. The only thing God wants from us is justice and acts of helping those in need. We did not listen, and Beit HaMikdash was destroyed, twice.

It is time for us to wake up from our illusions and false Frumkeit. It is time for us to understand that we have failed and that we need to change our priorities. It is time for us to start helping each other with our actions, not with our lips. If we ever want Beit HaMikdash to be rebuilt, we better drop our books and roll up our sleeves to help each other in times of need. As it says in Tana Dvei Eliahu (24.1): “Those who went out of Mitzraim had one Mitzvah that was liked by God more than 100 other Mitzvot ... they were all united, with a covenant to do Chessed with each other.” All united – not segregated into private cliques and groups which act like private insurance clubs.

A man who had trouble in his marriage, complained to his Rabbi: "It says that folding the Tallit immediately after Havdalah is a Sgulah for Shlom Bayit. I always do it, yet, it does not help." The Rabbi answered: " I have a better Sgulah for you. After Havdalah, roll up your sleeves and go wash the dishes."

Let's not try to be a Tzaddik. First, let's try to be a Mentch.

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Teach me how to be a Mentch.

I don't want to be a Rav,
I want to be a businessman,
I don't want to turn the Torah
Into my commodity in trade.

I want to learn the Torah
As a guiding light for my daily life.
I want to know how to deal with people
With honesty and respect.
I want to know what to do
In difficult situations
Which come up from time to time.

I don't need to know
What Bracha to say
If on Succot day
I wake up at the top of a palm tree
Holding on to an uncut Lulav with my hand.
I promise you, I never will.
I also have a feeling
That you will neither.

I asked my Rabbi
What did he get tested on
When he was ordained as a Rav.
He told me many things
Which matter from time to time;
Not even one of them
Had anything to do with
How to be a Mentch.

Please my teacher, please again,
Teach me how to be a Mentch.

Saturday, July 30, 2016

Shailos tinok on reish

I just received a batch of mezuzos, it's a simple but Halachically sound ksav and overall easy to check. However there is one issue that keeps coming up with the letter reish, namely the sofer wrote some of them a little too square on the top right... not a zavis chada (ie a sharp corner which would be possul) but a fraction less than that and a little too square for my liking. The halacha in such a case (Mishnas Hasofer and others) is to make a shailos tinok. However I find that the child always reads it as a reish, because they are used to a daled protruding on the top right and these obviously do not, even in the worst cases. So my question is, how useful is a shailos tinok here and does anyone have any other more practical guidelines on how to deal with this case?

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Sheurim in Kesses and M.B.

does any one have, or know where I can get Sheurim in Kesses and M.B. in english or Heberew?

If your wife is pregnant or nursing a baby...

Danger:      Mothers Who Fast While Pregnant or Breastfeeding Have the Highest Rate of Mentally Retarded Children 

 http://jewishgold.blogspot.com/2009/01/fasting-pregnant.html

 

 

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Keses Hasofer in English

Does anyone have an English translation of Keses Hasofer's 5th chapter on tzuras haosiyos? I would like to quote it in a paper, so I am looking for a translation with no copyright problems.
Thanks a lot.

Saturday, July 16, 2016

New Israeli whatsapp group for batim and sgira

שלום הרב אלי, קיבלתי את המייל שלך, שיש לך פורום בינלאומי לענייני סת"ם. אשמח אם תפרסם שם את ההודעה הבאה:
יש לנו קבוצה בווצאפ, המיועדת למי שעוסק בסגירה ושיפוץ בתי תפילין.
הקבוצה מיועדת אך ורק למי שעוסק במקצוע.
בקבוצה נמצאים יצרני תפילין, ומורים המלמדים סגירה.
בקבוצה נמצאים חברים מארץ הקודש והעולם.
מי שמעוניין, שישלח הודעת ווצאפ
ל- +972 50-410-6417
בברכת התורה.

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Hachnasa Sefer for a 15cm Torah

15cm sefer is a bit too small to let kesivas osiyos, anyone ever heard of doing sewing instead?

Monday, July 11, 2016

How to attach the tefillin knot to the bayis

R' Melech Michaels is a talmid of R' Avrohom Tzvi Wosner and has kabboloh from the Va'ad Mishmereth Sta"m.







There's also an incidental product placement for Beis HaSta"m.

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Reish / yud shailo in Gett

The reish from "Geoffrey" . The Gett was already written and sent with a shliach, and the shailo noticed by the receiving Beis Din. So it cannot be fixed...
Does it need to be rewritten?

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Mezuzah at car dealership

This yid owns a car dealership and is very proud of his mezuzah at the entrance to his show room:

But is such a case Halachically acceptable?

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Article in online news about Safrut and Sofrim

Canadian Jewish News featured yesterday online. Also, a beautiful YouTube video showing a Sofer STaM: Click here.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016


I am very excited to announce this course. It is unique in that it is the ONLY course which offers both practical training in כתיבה coupled with a rigorous curriculum of הלכה, quizzes and tests, and Shiurim.

I will be running this between Sukkos and Pesach as well B'ezras Ha'shem.

Please email me for the full syllabus, cost, requirements etc.

Do these Judaica artists know they are committing fraud???

Just went to one of the wealthiest families in the country to put up mezuzos. They spent thousands purchasing mezuzos from the finest galleries and boutique shops in Israel. As a traditional Orthodox family they asked and were assured everything was kosher.
I decided to do a quick inspection and, believe it or not, every single mezuzah but one was a paper print! Very unpleasant explaining to these nice people that they'd been comprehensively defrauded...

UPDATE
Since writing the above post, I emailed this link to some of the vendors, with an explanatory email as to why their selling counterfeit mezuzos, while possibly not a concern to them, is unacceptable and shocking to some of their clients. I have added some of their names in the labels below, so that people searching for their products may come across this post and be warned. Am I wasting my time? Who knows. But the more people they hear it from the better. At least two of these are very popular Judaica artists and if I see their cases with their trademark paper mezuzos on a regular basis, then certainly others across the globe are equally affected.

(The fact that in this case the victims of their fraud are well known and highly influential in the Jewish world may also help in getting  their attention.)

I remember some years ago having a similar dialogue with a popular Israeli Judaica chain. The outcome was positive. Today, they sell kosher Mezuzos. You can see the dialogue here:

http://www.stamforum.com/2011/12/do-you-think-this-email-will-acheive.html

If others have been exposed to this type of blatantly unacceptable activity, an email objecting to it is likely the best course of action. The more they hear about it, the more likely they will worry about it adversely affecting their reputation, and the more likely they will stop doing it...

Sunday, June 19, 2016

botched correction

out of town sofer gave me this parsha to check while he was visiting. I found that he  wrote כי twice,  I  instructed him to 1.erase first yud and second kuf  2.widen the kaf  gradually. he corrected it and left town. As our minhag we recheck prshios that needed correction. I have a sofek as it looks currently, however since correction was done gradually we must also view it at every step of the way if it had a shinui tzura

Humongous mezuzah at Ben Gurion Airport

On my way to the departure gates at Ben Gurion Airport, I noticed the mezuah on the wall before the duty free shopping area. So, my thought was what size / what kind of kulmus made was used to write these letters?