This is what I found regarding what I posted about a Zayin which might seem like Dalet Hafucha: (And by the way - Reb Yisroel - please show me the Mareh Makom regarding the issue with long Raish in Mishnas Avraham, for I cannot find it,,, Thank You,)

I just publicized this following article I wrote, explaining why even the Mezuzah "holder" should not be neglected...
"ופסח ה' על הפתח ולא יתן המשחית לבוא אל בתיכם לנגוף"
What you should know about The Spanish Inquisition while Pesach-cleaning
By Rabbi Shea Lindner Sofer Stam
On February 20, 1997, The New York Times published the following fascinating article, under the headline: “When Household Habits Betrayed the Jews”. I will first quote the article in its entirerty:
“Do you sweep dust toward the center of the room instead of straight out the door? Did you buy a new set of dishes last March? Do you suffer from such severe headaches that they prevent you from cooking on certain days of the week? And by the way, do you prefer to cook in olive oil rather than lard?”
If you had lived in Spain, Portugal or their American colonies from around 1480 until the early 1800's, your domestic habits - or rumors about them from neighbors and servants - could have led to pris…
Would like to know everyone's opinion on this Zayin of the word Bechozek on the last line. Is this a serious Shaala of a Dalet Hafucha?...

Small Tikkun in Sefer Torah

As we were reading Parshat אחרי מות during Mincha on Shabbat I noticed that the Sefer Torah was missing some Tagim.

I forgot to take a picture before the תיקון, but the new תגים  are on the words אשר על
It looks like there was some erasing where אשר על is, and the sofer (Metayeg?) forgot to put the תגים afterward.

A חג כשר ושמח to everyone!

Can this Negiah be separated?



Vaad Mishmeres Stam in Israel has a branch called IDTORAH. All STaM  scanned by The Vaad gets saved under a unique code system,however no names are attached to and scans.  What ID.....  does is the following: It takes the files saved in the main computer system:
1. puts them into ID database
2. saves them with all the owner info.
3. If you scan anything that has a match  in the database it will be identified with all the info stored.
What you gain: A torah that is registered can allways be identified even if the eitz chaim and mantel were removed.
A torah flagged as stolen and is brought in for computer check or registration will be recognized automaticaly.
A thief stole a large amount of sfarim and removed the eitz chaim,when he was caught only tjose in the database were returned easily to the owners.
Imagine your father /grandfather take his torah to a retirement community and at a ripe age passes away, five years later the rav changed the gabay changed and the family wants the tora…

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גימ"ל - ירך שמאל גולם

הגימ"ל [דגנך] ירך שמאל עיקרו מחובר ישירות לקו ימין, ורק יש שפיץ [עוקץ] קטן בראשו - כלומר "ונהפוך הוא" אשר ישלוט העוקץ ויהא עיקר, והראש נהיה לזנב. היות שעיקרו הוא הגולם, לסוברים שדין ירך גימ"ל זה [שתמונתו כיו"ד הפוכה התלויה בתג לירך ימין] כיוד"י האל"ף ופ"א וכדומה, שאם הם גולמים הם פסולים - הוא הדין בגימ"ל זה ירכו גולם.


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"ומחה אל מי המרים" – "דיו שיוכל להמחק"

What exactly does that mean? What happens with the ink of the Megillas Sota? How does it get erased? Is the Megillah placed in the Water?Does the actual ink dissolve?
“L’halocho” it makes no difference, since "העיקר שאין למדין כתיבה כתיבה מפרשת סוטה". The difference will only be, according to the first opinion in Shulchan Oruch. weather the ink needs to be washable/ dissolvable.
Here is a list of some commentaries, of which we see CLEAR, and seems self-understood, as commonly explained, that yes! the Ink gets erased with water.
-Pls do not rely on the quotes alone, rather look it up for yourself in the sources.
1.רמב"ן, בראשית ז, כג "...הוסיף לאמר וימח שנמחו הגופות ויהיו למים כענין ומחה אל מי המרים (במדבר ה, כג)..."
2.ילקוט מעם לועז, במדבר ה, יט-כב, (בהוצאה הרגילה דף נ) "...ואח"כ נוטל אותה המגילה שנכתבו אותיות הנ"ל, ונותנה לתוך הכלי, ושם נמחק כל מה שנכתב עליה, עד שלא נשאר בה שום סימן של אותיות..."
3.תוספות יום טוב, משניות סוטה פ"ב משנה ב &quo…

sefer Torah registry/identification

The NY based Universal Torah Registry suspended operations as of 12/2017. I'm aware of the International Torah Registry from Machon Ot. Are there any other registries or services that offer means to identify Torahs in case of theft?

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Siyum Sefer Torah

My Yeshiva had dedicated a new Sefer Torah in memory of Rabbi Sam Menlo (Of Blessed Memory) a major founder of the yeshiva.
One of my Rabbeim asked if I wanted to fill in a letter for the event and I asked my friend there to take a video of me filling in the letter. 
I was so nervous I accidentally said "Kosev" instead of "Kotev" (Although does not make a difference after the fact) 

לנו"ן אין מושב !!

לנו"ן אין מושב מתפשט מהצואר לשמאלה, אלא רק שהצואר משופע כלפי מטה [כעין משולש]. זה פסול [וגרע מדין גולם ביוד"י האל"ף וכדומה], וק"ו מגולם ראש הנו"ן שהוא פסול, ואין לו תיקון בתפלין ומזוזה שלא כסדרן.

צד"י [כתב אר"י] נפסק היו"ד - לענין תיקון

הדין במקרה זה: אם ניכר לעין שיש כאן שתי אותיות, אי אפשר לתקן בתו"מ שלא כסדרן. ואם ספק אזי מועיל קריאת התינוק, ואם קוראו צ' - מותר לתקן בתו"מ. בנוגע לכתב האר"י - היות שהצ' אינו דומה כל כך לנו"ן [בכתב זה] ויו"ד, משום שהנו"ן כפופה מאוד, והיו"ד הפוכה, יש מקילים. למעשה אין למהר ולהקל כל כך, אלא רק אם ספק מה הצורה שלפנינו. לפי התמונה הנראית כאן - זה נראה יותר כאות צ'. היות שההבחנה במקרים אלו גבולית, קשה לסמוך על תמונה בסקן להחליט הדבר [אע"פ שבמקרה שלפנינו היות שהכתב קטן יותר מהתמונה, כמעט ברור שמסקנת הרואה במציאות תהא זהה לרואה בסקן].

ראה גם:

Where to purchase hardcover Yeriot Shlomo set in US?

Any stores that have them in stock? I prefer a hardcopy since I can learn the Sefer over Shabbat.

Unique Megillah at the Kotel

Query and comments on GR"A megilla - thoughts welcome

Today I was talking to a respected rabbi I am friendly with,  who is currently researching the concept of the GR"A  megillah.

He sent me a photo of a page from the Ma’aseh Rav of the Gra, Weinreb edition, and noted  that the Likutim on the side begin the discussion quoting the Tosefes Ma’aseh Rav written by R’ Eliezer Landau, great grandson of the Gra, re the need for Amudim ( Atzei Chayim equivalent) on the Megillah.

He noted that what seems to emerge is one of two approaches:

A) either the Gra insisted on 2 Amudim, like a Sefer Torah; rejecting the concept of Igeres...
B) Insisting on at least 1 Amud which would achieve both; Having an Amud and at the same time differentiating the Megillah as an igeres from a Sefer Torah and other Sifrei Nevi’im.

This Shita in the Gra is expressed by R’ Naftali Hertz who as a Talmid of R Yehoshua Leib Diskin was sent to Yafo to hold the religious fort there in the late 1800’s/ early 1900’s. He was a Mekubal apparently. He published one of the e…

Where to get כתב קבלה and other questions.

1. Where do Soferim normally get כתב קבלה?  I know of different certification organizations in New York and Israel but I am unsure exactly where they are located. 
2. What material/knowledge is tested on the test for כתב קבלה? Already learned קסת הסופר, שלחן ערוך סימנים לב לג לו, small amounts of מקדש מעט and דעת קודשים.
2a. What other ספרים should I learn?
3. Is there any minimum age requirement?
4. Any difference between getting כתב קבלה between ספרדי כתב and כתב אשכנזי? I know how to write either כתב, preferably ספרדי כתב.
Thank you for answering these questions. Any information will help!

Dimensions of starik bottim

Another sheila I received via email to post on the forum by one of our members:

what are the internal dimensions of the Starik bottim in the 28, 30, and 32mm sizes ? I’m looking to get replacement bottim for a pair of yerushoh tefillin, but I don’t have access to these numbers

viewing as filled with ink

I explained the view of the mikdash maat that this gimel is posel רואין אותו כאילו נתמלאה דיו
All know the magen avraham that this aleph is kosher(either with or without scratching)
Rabbi Lindner posted the shaila on vav. We need to understand the difference of these two halachos to be able to rule on the vav.

And now the Nun of Nafshechem... How serious would you say this is?...

Question on the Protrusion of the Beis

(Of course, I am not trying to put down this Sofer Stam in any way)
I want to know if the Beis's protrusion is good because many of them have very small ones...
Also, how long should the protrusion be in order to be kosher?

What is your opinions on this Vav of Ve'ahavta? Is this a Sha'ala of possibly looking like a Zayin?...

The Berditchever on סת״ם and Megillas Esther

On the Stringency of writing Megillas Esther, the beginnings of Safrus from Ezra hasofer, ksav Ashuris, ksiva tama, the 70 languages and on sirtut
The Berditchever writes at length his view on ksav Asuris etc, in his Kedusha Shniya on Purim. As you’ll see below.
The first part(kidusha rishona), concerning the stringency of megilla, does not have to do with סת״ם as much as comparing it to Sefer Torah, in general. The later points have more to do with סת״ם itself. Nonetheless, I trust this first part will still be of interest to the sofrim. Permission for use of the pictures of the text was given by the מו״ל of this edition (who happens to be a descendant of the Berditchever!)
The stringency we find by Megillas Esther over a sefer Torah. 
There is a stronger obligation to read the megilla than there is a to read the Torah. Yet the Torah is from Moshe from Sinai while the Megilla is only written ברוח הקודש by Mordechai and Esther. Even though it is an obligation to read Yetzias Mitzrayi…