Sunday, April 24, 2016
ואפרט להלן הערות שיש על חלק מצורות האותיות שבמזוזה זו.
ואין זה עיקום (וכפיפה מעט) שבירך המצוי בכתב [המיוחס של חב"ד] ר' ראובן, שהוא עדין הרבה מזה המצוייר כאן (וזוית שבירת הירך - הוא כלפי פנים דוקא, ומעט).
הרגלים כאן גסות ועבות ביותר – וזה שינוי מהמקובל שרגלי האותיות ד' ה' ות' של ימין יהיו עדינות ודקות, ויש להקפיד בדבר זה לכתחילה.
לסיכום - הכפיפה המוגזמת של רגלי האותיות לאחור [לצד ימין] אינו נכון, וחלקם מעורר ספיקות בדין, ובודאי אינו מהודר.
Thursday, April 21, 2016
Wednesday, April 13, 2016
They chose to have the sefer written in Ksav Arizal, since most of the family is Chasidish. (Some are Chabad Chassidim, some are Gerer Chassidim, and some are non Chassidic (but they don't mind Arizal).
But the real issue of contention is if the "pitzuei DAKKAH" should be written with a Hey (the way most write it today) or an Aleph (the way Chabad (and Temanim) write it. Years ago, this would likely have been less of an issue as this matter has definitely grown more contentious and political (on both sides) in recent history.
The Chabad Shul attended by some family members would not likely use the sefer if it was written with a Hay. Conversely, the non Chabad shules would not want to use it with an Aleph. It is a very real problem that could potentially jeapordise the project and potentially alienate certain family members.
In the past, I have changed the spelling when a sefer has moved to a shul that wants me to adjust it to their minhag. But this is not really something one should plan to do from the outset. Nor can this really be done practically more than a few times. It's not the solution.
A possible solution that was suggested was to have the sofer write the yeriya that has the "pitzuei dakkah" twice, one with the aleph and one with the hay. So if shared around, the yeriya could be switched prior to being housed at the shul based on the shuls minhag.
I was unsure as to the halachic implications of such a solution. While it would be ideal for the sake of peace in this particular situation, it may not be right to do this. I wonder what others think. Please feel free to comment.
Thursday, April 7, 2016
Tuesday, April 5, 2016
A few points:
1) It was a bit clumsy doing it with pencil (a rapidograph would have been easier but the ink bled as soon as it came in contact with the paper I was using (hence the mechikah by the taf).
2) At no point during the repair was there a shinuy tzurah or panim chadashos. (it meant thickening the vavs from the bottom up, and doing some letters, such as the taf in stages, ensuring that at least a fraction of the bottom left regel remained exposed.
3) Frankly, before attempting such a tikkun it would be wise to photocopy the parsha and plan the tikun by sketching it in with pencil first. Once you are satisfied with the result you can use the sketch as a template. It will make it a far less nerve wracking exercise!
Saturday, April 2, 2016
Thursday, March 31, 2016
Sunday, March 27, 2016
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The shiur is Lezecher Nishmas Rabbi Mendel Gorman Z"L, a member of our forum who passed away on Purim.
We also have in mind (yebodel lchaim toivim aruchim) two other members of this forum who are unwell and may they have a speedy refuah shelaimah.
We look forward to your participation...
Thursday, March 24, 2016
This is not a Purim Shpiel (or maybe it is). I'm looking for a sofer who writes high quality Alter Rebbe ksav to write a Gr"a (11 line) megillah!
I told him such a combination is unheard of and borders a purim shpiel. But he's set on the idea, and said he's going to call it the "moshiach megillah" because such a megillah is suitable for moshiach's times. Indeed.
I did however place one condition: payment upfront. Because if he orders it and doesn't buy it, I highly doubt I'd find any other customers interested in buying it, and could well stuck with it for a long time!
Tuesday, March 22, 2016
It was decided in the end that due to practical reasons (the time wasn't suitable for everyone) that Rabbi Weiner was going to upload the shiur to the forum and people could listen at their convenience. However we only managed an audio file and for some reason audio files cannot be uploaded here. It was supposed to be uploaded by the time the shiur was supposed to happen, a few minutes ago.
We are now postponing the shiur to 11:00 PM Israeli time next Tuesday 29th March, after Purim. I will update the exact mode of transmission as we get closer.
Apologies for anyone who was inconvenienced.
Wishing b'suros tovos and a freilichen purim to everyone....
Monday, March 21, 2016
Mishna Brurah תרצא ס"ק כ holds that if aseres is not at bottom of column as in so called chabad megila the megila is kosher only bdieved and should be used to read in public only when other megila is not available.
Vav of Veizasa (I heard that the late Lubavitcher Rebbe received a regular megila from his father in law the previous rebbe, The current chabad megila is written according to the megila written by the rebbe the moharash- and the late rebbe received a megila in this style as a present from a chasid-this then became the standard chabad megila)
According to pre megadim if vav of veizasa is not zakufa different megila should be used (שעה"צ סק כ)
Mishna Brurah (שעה"צ סק יד) writes that nowadays we do not make the vav of veizasa zakufa
How should we write it?
in ksav ari I always make sure the vav is zakufa. In ksav Beis Yosef I dont know -I would say that since its a kosher vav why not do it and be yotze the pri megadim.
THE BRIGHT SIDE OF CHABAD MEGILA IS that it has mehudar gilyonos. Most megilos do not have the proper gilyonos even after using most kulos.
gilyon should be:
3 etzbaot on top
4 etzbaot on bottom
2 etzbaos on top
3 etzbaos on bottom.
gilyon counted from top of lamed and from bottom of long chaf
keses -gilyon counted from most letters.
THE RABBIS GIVING HECHSHER ON KLAF ARE SOMECH ON THE KULA THAT THESE SIZES ARE FOR A YERIA LONG AN AMA AND AS THE KLAF BECOMES SMALLER THE GILYONOS CAN BECOME SMALLER.
Thursday, March 17, 2016
I have asked R' Moshe Weiner to kindly give a shiur on STa"M (via Skype?) for interested members of this forum. The shiur will be in the zechos of R' Mendy Gorman - Yechezkel Menachem Mendel Zev ben Shainda Raizel, Lerefuah Shelaimah Ukrovah. Rabbi Gorman is a sofer from England and member of this forum.
The shiur will take place via Skype conference video call this coming Tuesday evening, (the night before Taanis Esther), commencing at 11:30 PM , ISRAELI TIME (Tuesday afternoon in the US).
Rabbi Weiner has kindly agreed to give the shiur on any general topic in STa"M of interest, suggestions welcome in the comments.
Please mark the time and it would be nice if we had good participation.
If any tech savvy members of this forum have any idea how the shiur can be uploaded directly to this website or watched live on on this site, please let me know. Otherwise we will do it via Skype conference video call.
Tuesday, March 15, 2016
Thursday, March 10, 2016
Sunday, March 6, 2016
There are times when a set of tefillin are brought in to be checked, and the housing is just too small to accomodate the parasha of the shel yad fully within the bayit. The result is that a good portion of the parasha extends down to the Titurah resting outside of the confines of the bayit.
At this point it is easy to recommend that the client purchase a new and larger bayit for the shel yad in order to resolve the problem. But are there other solutions that do not involve the client spending money? Is there anything else that can be done?
Perhaps, just like we place the mezuzah at an angle; we may also place the parasha of the shel yad at an angle in order to take up the slack. This solution is brought-up in the Sefer "Zikhron Eliyahu."
Needless to say, I have tried this solution, and it did not work. The Perasha is just too large for the bayit and although part of the lower section of the scroll ended further in within the housing there still remained a significant section sticking out. See picture below.
So what else to do? Perhaps we can flatten the parasha of the Shel Yad in a way similar to what we do when we insert the scrolls into the Shel-Rosh. Perhaps a combination of both of the above methods will be sufficient to take up the slack and have the parasha fit fully within the bayit. So let's go and try again...
Re-wrap and we are all ready to go. Will it work? Here are the results.....
Much, much better, but we still have a tip of the margin sticking out. Perhaps this may be the best that we can do? Apply a little more pressure and... there it is! The scroll is now inside the bayit!!!
What do you think? There are some that would hold that since the bottom part of the scroll still lies within the titurah elyona then, this section (on tefillin gazot) is considered to be outside of the bayit. This is particularly the case since there is a change in the ribuah on the outside of the Tefillah. Notwithstanding, the above opinion, is there room to be lenient and accept this solution lechatechila and consider the parasha as laying fully within the bayit? Or should the client be made to purchase a larger shel yad? Your input is duly welcomed.
Friday, March 4, 2016
Anything further such as a Sta"m campaign or stam related activity in his zchus would be very appropriate.
May he and his family be Zoche to rachamei Shamayim.
Tuesday, March 1, 2016
2) I was writing a Nun, and somehow I wrote a Gimmel by mistake. Although I wasn't sure if it's ok, I quickly connected the feet of the Gimmel transforming it into a Nun - right away, a second after the Gimmel was done. Since I initially wanted to write a Nun, and right away transformed the mistaken Gimmel into a Nun - is this acceptable or I have to erase?
Saturday, February 27, 2016
Sunday, February 21, 2016
Tuesday, February 16, 2016
If any of you have something to offer, please email me with an official proposition. He needs to buy it officially, from a real company or professional sofer and the offer must be done in writing, with all details about the Torah, like number of lines, and of course, the final price (if the Torah is in Europe, with VAT included).
He is flexible about the size and ksav.
This is quite urgent, so if any of you have a special Torah like this, email me asap at email@example.com
Monday, February 15, 2016
Sunday, February 14, 2016
While there are opinions who are choshesh in such a case (R' Wosner) it is important to note that it really has to present itself in the unique manner of looking like a mem with a small nifsak (for example the vov of the mem would be angled back slightly as it is shaped in a mem). Its not enough for them just to be close, there has to be other contributing factors. Therefore in a case such as the pictures below, where it presents as a chof and vov that - yes are close - but simply still look like their normal individual letters, there should be no problem unless they are actually touching.
Thursday, February 11, 2016
So what's the status with the sofer and the tfillin that was written while the sofer was listening to music or a shiur. we know that the shevet halevi didn't like it although he never pasuled Stam based on that. yet many sofrim whom I've met, do it. Should the customer be notified that it's lacking hidur. ...
Monday, February 8, 2016
Sunday, February 7, 2016
Thank you r' Eli for adding me to the blog.
Name's Natan. Chabad Sofer in Montreal, CA.
I had a sheila concerning this Reish, but I got so many different opinions and views about it, that I wanted to post it here in order to hear your views and reasoning about this Reish of Ukshartam. For me it is a sensitive case with a client that I could not clear cut yet in either direction.
Thank you !
Thursday, February 4, 2016
Tuesday, February 2, 2016
Wednesday, January 27, 2016
Thursday, January 21, 2016
Very often there will be no bottom right corner of the rosh. Sometimes it's just extends out to the right on a slight angle from the regel.
I find that a shailos tinok is not always apt because child will be deceived by the tagin and will not distinguish between an angular blita and a proper rosh.
How does the Olam deal with this shailo? And can a tinok relied upon here?
Monday, January 18, 2016
I was told that Chassidim generally don't hold this way and are not makpid on lending the sefer only, because one fulfills the mitzvah this way as well. Could anybody help me to find the source for this opinion?
Thursday, January 14, 2016
Tuesday, January 5, 2016
Hi Sofrim, i have some pictures of letters in mezuzot that i want to know if those are ok, or make the mezuza pesula