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lack of tagim of Rabeinu Tam

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In the Yud of the word "Hashamayim" it does not have the Tag of Rabeinu Tam (actually most of the yudim do not have tagim on them). The fellow that gave me this mezuza to have it check is Ashkenazic background but not so observant and definitely does not have mehudar Mezuzas and tefillin (we call this "mivtzaim mezuzas"). He does not keep all ashkenaz customs (does not daven Nusach ashkenaz). So my question is as follows- does the din of "Kotzei derebeinu tam Meakev for an Ashkenazi" apply even to those who are not so frum or do they need to follow ashkenaz customs for us to apply the din. Obviously my question is if one can be lenient and machshir a mezuza when every or most of the yuds (of a basic sephardi mezuza) is missing kotzim derebeinu tam). The poskim do machshir all types of Ktav as the Mishnas Hasofer explains in his intro to Smin 5 (however is it also speaking about a ktav velish which is missing kotzim drebeinu tam?) I appreciate your inpu…

Measuring the length of Zadi Pshuta/Pai Pshuta bdieved

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Here are examples [illustrated on computer drawing] of a question - what is the shiyur of the Zadi Pshuta's foot/guf?
The minimum length of the ZP is not an accurate measure in kulmusim (from head to toe) – but a measure of the extension of the guf below the connecting Yud. The Pri Megadim (quoted in MB's MS ois zadi pshuta) that bdieved if it has the length of a yud (k'mloi ois ketana) it is kosher. [this is clearly if there are no otherproblems of shinui tzura, and has been clarified by a tinok – if needed].
According, if the connection is low [exa. 2k under the rosh] the shiyur of the foot will be 3k [total with head 4k]. If the connection is 1k under the rosh the total hight of this ZP will be 3k [head 1k, above the connection 1k, below 1k]. If the connection is 1/2k under the rosh the total hight of this ZP will be 2 and 1/2k. Shorter than the line, and not extending under the shita! Even according to the MB's shita that the shiur mloi ois ketana is a yud with the reg…

Positioning the Parshiyos and mezuza

In a shiyur of sofrim here [in Yerushalayim], this interesting subject came up: What is the correct position of placing the parshiyos shel rosh in their batim?

It says in SA [Rema] 32:46 that the parshiyos should stand in their bayis and the end of glilas ha'klaf [side of shma, ie where it opens to start reading] should face the "kore" [the one reading the parsha, a person standing facing opposite the maineach – one who puts them on his head], so on opening the parsha he could start reading from its begining, shma .. va'ydaber .. Thus the opening is towards the right side of the kore, ie the kadesh parsha [end of glilas haklaf] is positioned towards the shin wall of the bayis, and not towards the inner wall, and so all 4 parshiyos their opening faces right.

In SA 32:32 "there is no need to add klaf at begining or end of the parshiyos" [ie, not like sefer tora & megila that additional klaf must be left before the begining of the writing "k'day lagol…