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Measuring the length of Zadi Pshuta/Pai Pshuta bdieved #2

In this post I will explain more about the length of the pai/zadi pshutim, but I will first clarify: These are my thoughts, I don’t have enough hallachic basis for my opinion, and I don’t dare hold a machalokes halacha l'maase against the opinion of Pri megadim or Misna brura. A.  A possible solution could be, that the long letters - the pshutos (of the pairs kfufos-pshutos: caf, nun, pai, zadi)  {please don’t mix with the 'ois pshuta' mentioned in one of my posts above, that meant a simple letter that only has a foot, like a vav. Here the word 'pshuta' means extended straight in defference to the bent 'kfufa'} must be unique in their tzura that they extend under the line, this being part of their tzuras ois, the kfufa is bent and in line , the pshuta extended and going under line. Accordingly we may suggest that a pshuta that doesn’t extend under the line is pasul because of shinuy tzuras ha'os – it isn't the correct letter, examples: